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About Joan Kelley

Joan Kelley is the Director of Facilitator Development for oneLifemaps and a facilitator and teacher using the “Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story,” a visual workbook to be used in small groups, mentoring relationships, workshops, retreats, classes, between spiritual friends, or individually to re-discover the storyline of the life they are authoring with God. More information is available at www.oneLifemaps.com or Email Joan Joan is also co-founder of a ministry called Sacred. (www.mylifeissacred.com) that helps people set apart space to be with God at guided solitude retreats. Joan also teaches a spiritual formation class on Thursday mornings at Willow Creek Community Church.

Remember

Photo Credit: Natalya Zaritskaya on Unsplash by Joan Kelley “If you fail to remember who God is in his power, glory, and grace, and you forget who you are as a child in his family, you will always mismeasure your potential to do what God has called you to do.” –Paul David Tripp I vividly remember the family I grew up in. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch. I remember my mom and [...]

By | 2018-03-23T15:01:20+00:00 April 3, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Praying

Photo Credit: Stephen Pedersen on Unsplash by Joan Kelley “It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.” --Mary Oliver Sometimes I try too hard. I think [...]

By | 2018-03-23T14:33:26+00:00 March 27, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Voice You Listen To

Photo Credit: Tanja Heffner on Unsplash by Joan Kelley “The voice you listen to is the one you belong to.”  - Jonathan David Helser We all have voices we listen to externally and internally; present voices and voices from our past; loud voices and quiet voices. It takes quieting our body, mind and heart to be able to discern the voice of God from the dysfunctional choir of voices that can distract us [...]

By | 2018-03-01T15:10:43+00:00 March 20, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Reviewing My Days|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Profound Gifts

Photo Credit: Ester Marie Doysabas on Unsplash by Joan Kelley Sometimes the most stunningly beautiful parts of my day have no words...a knowing glance, sharing a tear, a smile from a stranger, noticing a piece of creation that's been there all along, finding something that was lost, listening well, holding someone's story tenderly, margin left in between appointments, a deep breath or a long sigh of relief. These are profound gifts found in [...]

By | 2018-03-01T14:48:46+00:00 March 13, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What Are You Delighting In?

Photo Credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33 "What we delight in, we tend to seek. We will find ourselves lingering over the works of God, celebrating before Him with glad hearts, and talking ever more eagerly about them–and especially about His work of redemption–with the people we see each day." - T. M. Moore [...]

By | 2018-02-23T14:33:33+00:00 March 6, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Christmas Prayer

Photo Credit: Josh Boot on Unsplash by Joan Kelley As you move into this day that celebrates the birth of Christ, take a moment to pause, to listen to God’s word, to acknowledge His presence. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock." Lord You are calling us gently and softly to be quiet, to slow down, to seek your pace, your rhythm. Help us to daily notice your [...]

By | 2017-12-25T07:44:13+00:00 December 25, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Learning to Wait

Photo Credit: Mira Bozhko on Unsplash by Joan Kelley This week marks the 2nd week of Advent.  We continue to reflectively wait for the birth of Christ as we follow Mary and Joseph to the manger.  We wait with expectant hope for Christ’s return and reign over all the Earth.  And finally we actively wait in the present moment and acknowledge Christ as Emmanuel – Christ with us.  The simple yet profound power [...]

By | 2017-12-13T06:07:57+00:00 December 12, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Journey to the Manger

Photo Credit: Walter Chavez on Unsplash by Joan Kelley Advent starts this week.  It marks the beginning of the church year calendar, followed by Christmas, Epiphany and then Lent, Holy Week and Easter.   Advent means coming or arrival.  It’s the season of waiting and anticipation as we remember with awe and wonder that first Advent when Jesus was born.  It’s a season of slowing and savoring as we acknowledge Christ’s presence in our [...]

By | 2017-12-03T17:07:39+00:00 December 5, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Master Gardener

Photo Credit: Eddy Boom on Unsplash by Joan Kelley A few weeks ago I was helping on a work day at a friend’s retreat center. Along with 4 others, I was put on the gardening team. The leader of the team was an incredible woman who had a certification as a “master gardener.” I watched as she led the team with skill, grace, and gentleness. There was no judgment when I trimmed the [...]

By | 2017-11-07T15:36:43+00:00 November 7, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

All is Gift

Photo Credit: LoboStudio Hamburg on Unsplash Joan Kelley, our Director of Facilitator Development, taught at the Sunday night liturgical service at Willow Creek Community Church, known as The Practice. Our blog post this week is the podcast of her message. It was too good not to share! You’ll be blessed by her perspective on how to intentionally engage in practices of gratitude and the benefits of doing so. Please, take the time to [...]

By | 2017-10-16T13:31:43+00:00 October 24, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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