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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.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | May 22, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , |4 Comments

Looking Back vs. Going Back

Photo by Richard Park by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps I’ve heard this multiple times from people as I’ve invited them to the journey through Listen to My Life.  “I don’t want to go back into my story.  I don’t want to relive those memories.”  I’ve been thinking about those men and women lately and what is holding them back from looking at their stories.  For some people, this [...]

By | May 14, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |1 Comment

One Thing

By Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps It’s just a few days since the New Year.  Many resolutions have been made and broken by this time.  For many years I’ve preferred the practice of finding a word to live into each year.  I’m a lover and collector of words and so picking just one is like sending me to the ice cream counter and saying pick just one flavor.  Because I have [...]

By | January 7, 2014|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , |2 Comments

What’s Your Story?

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator   I asked the question on Facebook, "How has story work been an important part of your ongoing spiritual formation?" Sharon Swing eloquently responded with words expressing the deep connection between life story and spiritual transformation. If you have ever wondered if story is important, you will enjoy her quote. "I don't know how to think about spiritual formation apart from my story! If I am [...]

Who is the Owner of Your Ordinary Days?

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitato         by John Wesley, Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1936.  John Wesley credits a Puritan pastor, Richard Alleine is the originator of the Covenant Prayer. Do you ever have days that just feel ordinary, same old coming and going, eating and sleeping? Have you ever considered who is the owner of your days? I wonder what would happen if [...]

By | July 23, 2013|Categories: Reviewing My Days|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Keep On…

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives.  Everyone who seeks, finds.  And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8  NLT Questions To Ponder: What am I not asking God about in my current life [...]

By | April 17, 2013|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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