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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.

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

Is Your Past Really More Than History?

Photo Credit: Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash  “We can let the past become something more than history: something that tutors us as we move into the new year. The past is history but the past is alive, because the past is in us.” --Howard Thurman We have a lot of choices with how we handle the past.   We can simply let life happen and choose to avoid our history. We can choose to live [...]

By | 2017-10-09T13:38:07+00:00 October 10, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Valley Experiences|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Lent – A Sacred Journey In His Shadow

Photo by Danielle Macinnes By Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator I remember when my son Drew was four. While Drew did not need a lot of extra hugs, he did like to know where I was. He didn’t need me to hold his hand. He just needed to be near me. I could be in the middle of Target, look around and realize one of my children was missing, only [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:02+00:00 March 21, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Will You Open the Door?

Photo by Sharon SwingPoem from Advent Book by Kathy and Jack Stockman by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps  Questions to Ponder: What story of Christ might you want to spend time reading this Christmas? What might you want to explore during this Advent season? Is there a door in your life that needs opening? What possibilities lie behind that door? How can you be present to the Creator’s Presence [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 December 11, 2014|Categories: My Life Now|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Stop and Think About It

Photo by Bridget AMES by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps Have you stopped before you start this holiday season? My eight year old son, Mitchell, and I were reading a book before bed one night. It was a silly mystery book called Jigsaw Jones. We ran into this line in the story, “The whole family was piled tightly into the car, like a hippopotamus wearing a Speedo bathing suit.” Mitchell giggled and [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 December 2, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |1 Comment

Simply Grateful

Photo by Jean Lakosnyk by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator I remember the things our kids said thanks for at the dinner table when they were small…peas, ketchup, ants on the sidewalk, ice cream cones. My kids are getting older but I’m still learning lessons from their thankful hearts.  Here’s what God put on my heart just this week as I reflected on my need for gratitude.  “In the [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 November 11, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |1 Comment

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps “Hope and faith will both come to an end when we die.  But love will remain.  Love is eternal.  Love comes from God and returns to God.  When we die, we will lose everything that life gave us except love.  The love with which we lived our lives is the life of God within us.  It is the divine, indestructible core of our being.  This [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 May 22, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , |4 Comments
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