Peace, Peril, and Teapots

by | Jan 11, 2018 | Fiction Book Reviews | 3 comments

Here is a wonderful quote/prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson, the 19th century author who penned the books: Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Kidnapped (and so many more).

Robert Louis Stevenson at Vailima, Samoa not long before his untimely death in 1894

Robert Louis Stevenson – Pinterest

“Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind.
Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors.
If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come,
that we be brave in peril,
constant in tribulation,
temperate in wrath,
and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death,
loyal and loving one to another.”
WOW! What a powerful quote.
tea-2090190_1920 (1).jpgInteresting that he doesn’t assume that all of his endeavors, even his ‘innocent’ ones will be rewarded with peace and prosperity. In all truth, the measure of our faith shows in trial, not in fortune. What comes out of our ‘teapots’ when we are put under pressure by life’s difficulties, heartaches, or disappointments proves how much we really believe what we say we believe. Oooh, that’s a humbling thought.
Lots of times what comes out is an overflow of what we’ve been putting in. That’s very convicting for me.

Am I willing to be….

Brave in Peril – Ready to take the next step despite the dark and uncertainty because I know God is with me.
Constant in Tribulation – Trusting God even when I’m hurting.
Temperate in Wrath – Not letting my anger control me.
And above all….Loyal and Loving



This is a high standard, but not an unreachable one. God is big and gives us the power to do what He’s called us to do. As we switch our perspectives and renew our minds with His Word and Truth, we become more of what he’s calling us to be. May we fill our minds and with Him, so that when the pressures of life come (and they will), we show how much we trust His control and love.


  1. Michelle Lunsford

    Hmmm, sort of gives a new perspective to that adorable children’s song, “I’m a little teapot, short and stout…” 🙂

    Lofty levels to which we may aspire, to be sure. Thanks be to God that he never calls us to be what he is not also willing and able to help us become.

  2. lelandandbecky

    Wow! Powerful quote!! “…the measure of our faith shows in trial, not in fortune…” I’ve also heard that trials are where God shows US what’s in our heart, because He already knows. I know I grow more when I’m under pressure than I do in the good, easy times.

  3. carylkane

    Pepper, thank you so much for this post! I’ve been in the refining fire so to speak for quite some time. I’m trusting Him to bring for GOLD! He is causing me to bear MUCH fruit!


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