Friday, December 13, 2013

If you are not reading the comments....

If you are not reading the comments you are missing the most lovely fellowship and wisdom.

Jep, our resident librarian and sage, left this quote yesterday.

All Will Be Well Ed. by Lyn Klug

"And so our Good Lord answered to all the questions and doubts which I could raise, saying most comfortingly: I may make all things well, and I can make all things well, and I shall make all things well….And you will see yourself that every kind of thing will be well…And in these …words, God wishes us to be enclosed in rest and in peace."

 p.27 Julian of Norwich

I happen to know that there are people who have bigger worries than Christmas shopping.  I know you do too.  Know these dear souls....are these dear souls.

This is for those who are in fearful places.  Places that blow your mind and break your heart.

I will tell you what a wonderful woman told me one dark, horrible day when I just wanted to die.

"You are not called to die.  You are called to learn God's truth and pass it on."


Never forget,

You are loved with an everlasting love. And underneath are the everlasting arms.
~Elisabeth Elliot

Encourage one another,


  1. "You are not called to die. You are called to learn God's truth and pass it on."

    And so you did.

    And we are all better for it.

    Love you, Donna Elsie!


    1. Anonymous11:03 AM

      Thank God for that man and his wisdom. jep

    2. What an awesome quote...

    3. Hold the phones: I always thought Julian of Norwich was a woman. jep?

    4. Yes. Julian is a woman.

    5. :-) yes!

      and I love to say "hold the phones" !!

    6. Anonymous10:52 AM

      Yes, Julian is a woman….I was thanking God for the "man" (I now see it was a woman) who told Donna her calling "to learn God's truth and pass it on." My eyes aren't what they used to be. Thanks for the "Hold the Phones" comment…it made me smile. jep

    7. I had a feeling that's who you were referring to, jep :-) xxx

  2. Robin9:55 AM

    Thank you Donna. Thank you for sharing God's love with us.

  3. Amen!

    THANK YOU. I do love the Quiet Life Comments Section (QLCS) but we would not be here if you didn't open your virtual door and welcome us.

    Thank you for the beauty.

    Thank you for the grace.

    Thank you for the simplicity.

    Thank you for the encouragement.

    "You will see yourself" -- such hope! Lately I've been focusing on the word 'present' found in Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, a very PRESENT help in trouble.

    Carol in Oregon (who got her 'bread-and-butter' gifts almost done: Orange vinaigrette to give to all the families at work and church [I've been saving bottles for three years] and sweet hot mustard for the neighbors.)

  4. Anonymous10:02 AM

    Love you, Donna. Just love.

    I'm so, so happy that I stumbled upon this place 5 years ago. You, dear Donna, and the wise commenters have helped me along. So much love and wisdom and encouragement.
    To the QL community, sometimes you might think your comment may not matter, but you just never know how it might uplift or encourage someone. You is important.

    Sarah P. from our pipes are frozen again in Iowa.....but, all is well

    1. {{{LIKE}}}

      (except for the frozen pipes: DISlike! hang in there!)

    2. Anonymous12:16 PM

      (((LIKE))) as well. You IS important.

      Mary Z

  5. Thank you Donna - I love how Carol just put it - a virtual door. I imagine it's one of those old style doors where the top swings open and you can rest your elbows and lean out. (A Dutch door?) You're waving at us from this wonderful corner of the world.

    The Encouragement with a capital E is what makes me want to sit down each day about 5 p.m. and take a peek.

    P.S. So glad we have a resident sage and librarian to bless us, too. Not to mention all the dear comments from the rest of the readers.

    God bless each one, especially those who are facing big challenges.

    Again, thanks Donna :-)

  6. "AMEN"! would you please get a like button ;p

  7. Donna, you are so right. There are lot of heavy deep brokenhearted situations out in the world that are not shared publicly.....your words minister to them. And your words minister to those who minister to them.

    So keep on keeping on with your encouragement speaking God's truth with His love!

    Tammy ~@~

  8. Anonymous11:14 AM

    Everyone is right to say without you Donna, we could not come and exchange our own brand of humor, wisdom, joy and love. You and God provided the space at the table and I come and am comforted and encouraged every day of your blog and the QLCS. My husband and I pray a prayer every night that I prayed with the children at school for years and it always reminds me of this place you have created:
    "Father we thank you for the night and for the precious morning light…for food and rest and loving care and all that makes the world so fair. Help us to do the things we should…to be to others kind and good. In all we do in work or play to grow more loving every day." Anon.
    All of you gentle folks here help me grow in many ways. Thank you! love and prayers, jep

  9. I have stopped reading comments nearly everywhere else. Even beloved bloggers that I read get comments from trolls that just make me angry to no benefit. News story comments are sure to raise my blood pressure. Even entertainment news stories get comments that are so discouraging. This comments section has always, always been worth a read, even though I seldom comment. I just want all of the commenters to know that your sweet thoughts and generous hearts brighten my day. (Donna, you of course win the internet as far as I'm concerned.)

    1. Anonymous12:17 PM

      LOVE your comment about Donna winning the internet. So cute -- and so true.

      Mary Z

    2. Ditto, Mary Z


  10. I seldom comment but I do so appreciate your quiet life!

  11. Like Marsha said…..

  12. Thank you all. You are so lovely.

  13. Cyndi K G3:01 PM

    Thank you for sharing this, Donna. During the school year I do not always have/take the time to read the comments (I am a teacher) but it is good to be reminded that here is a community of people reflecting God's love and wisdom in the middle of a sometimes frantic world.

  14. Anonymous6:47 PM

    Such loving people leaving heart felt comments. We all need a positive, uplifting place to retreat are giving all of us that place Donna. Love you. Mean it. Karen F.

  15. Anonymous7:57 PM

    Thank you my very dear Donna! I love you. Thank you Katie for the heart.---- Carol Sue

  16. "....enclosed in rest and peace" Beautiful words. I need practice. Love you, Donna. Thank you for sharing and thank you jep for the quote.

  17. CourtneyH11:41 PM

    thank you for sharing this - so needed lately. I love the comments here.

  18. Anonymous12:47 AM

    Thank you, Donna, for the Elisabeth Elliot quote. It ties in wonderfully with something I have been thinking about lately- that God loves me very personally. This is hard to realize and fathom most of the time. I got to go to a Women of Faith conference about a month ago and a speaker there said to start prayer sometimes with the words, "God, this is (insert your name), one who you love." I have been trying that and it feels so wonderful. Knowledge of God's everlasting love and everlasting arms is getting me through the very hard things you mention today.

    Debbie Z.

    1. I love reading this, love this prayer. thanks ~

    2. Anonymous10:45 AM

      I echo Susan's comment…thank you for sharing that prayer starter Debbie Z. jep


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