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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.

Stolen Joy

Photo Credit: Milan Surbatovic on Unsplash By Joan Kelley I sat with a friend recently who was frustrated with a relative. I listened and then said, “It sounds like their extreme reaction to you is stealing your joy.” My friend teared up immediately. My comment had opened a place of vulnerability, of sadness, of a desire for something more, and a grief for what was unjustly taken. Later that day I sat with [...]

By | 2018-06-20T14:33:55+00:00 July 17, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Wondering

Photo Credit: Kalen Emsley on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the circular motions of the stars and they pass by themselves with out wondering.” Augustine What have you wondered at lately in God’s creation — a hawk sailing through the sky, a lily pad on the pond, the brilliant colors on [...]

By | 2018-06-18T14:11:13+00:00 July 10, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Scars

Photo Credit: Fancycrave on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “If you do not transform your wounds you will transmit them.” Richard Rohr The other night at dinner we each shared about a childhood injury and resulting scar – a literal one still present on our bodies. It was interesting to note we all had one and an interesting story to go with it. Scars remind us of the wound that happened long ago. They [...]

By | 2018-06-18T13:47:53+00:00 July 3, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Beginning of Love

Photo Credit: Kevin Delvecchio on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” ― Thomas Merton Loving [...]

By | 2018-06-18T12:55:21+00:00 June 26, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Third Base Coach

Photo Credit: Joey Kyber on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “Listen to My Life is like your personal third base coach.”. –Sibyl Towner The third-base coach stands in foul ground, just behind the third-base bag, and helps relay signals from the dugout to both batters and base runners. Additionally, the third-base coach is responsible for advising base runners on whether to stop at the second and third base or to continue running home. The third base coach is critical to the baseball game. They [...]

By | 2018-06-13T13:50:12+00:00 June 19, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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: , , , |1 Comment

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
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