Peace, Poise and Power

These words showed up twice in my devotions this morning after I said my usual “What do I write about today, Lord?” prayer.

Some borrowed words will make up part of today’s blog: words from the Bible and other writings. It was John Randolph Price who said “live your life with peace, poise and power” in his book Practical Spirituality. This sounds pretty simple but in reality, is pretty hard to practice when life gives you a smack about the head and ears. But, that is exactly where these words fit in. Pray for peace, practice poise, and feel the Power; God’s power!

St. Peter says, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12)

My current trial does feel quite strange, something I never saw coming nor dreamed would ever afflict me. So, poise is called for, and is forthcoming.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13) Yes!

All this is to say that no matter what surprises life has in store for us, there is an answer.

And so, I come to the end of one hundred blogs in one hundred days. Hurray! To those who have enjoyed and looked forward to them, I say, thank you very much! For those who have not, I apologize. We cannot be all things to all people. I realize that, but it doesn’t stop me from hoping, as this poem I wrote in 1984 implies.


Let me be an inspiration

to the would-be uninspired,

let me soothe and comfort

when a mind becomes too tired.

Let me have the insight

to know when there’s a need,

let me be a blessing, Lord,

and do a loving deed.

Let me lend a helping hand

without the need to ask,

let me ease the burden

of another person’s task.

Let me bring some happiness

and let there be a time

for me to be a blessing, Lord,

to those whose lives touch mine.


And now I go forth to live my life, to the best of my ability, in peace, poise and power.

Until we meet again…♥













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