Joanne Ellison

Founder & Director

Founder of national nonprofit Drawing Near to God based in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Joanne Ellison teaches women to make space for God so that God’s presence keeps them from being overwhelmed with life.

Driven by a vision to motivate women to pursue a deeper relationship with God, Ellison founded Drawing Near to God in 2000 and has since reached tens of thousands of women through Christian radio, blogging, social media, her weekly Bible study, livestreaming, speaking, books, CDs and DVDs. She is the author of over 20 Bible study guides, the popular 365-day Bible devotional, Drawing Near To God, Sitting at His Feet devotional and Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.

She is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife.  Making her home in the Charleston area for most of her life, Ellison is a graduate of the College of Charleston and an active member of Saint Andrew’s Church, Mount Pleasant, SC.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and traveling with her husband.

Ellison is an engaging speaker, writer and Bible teacher. Her speaking style includes both vulnerability and humor and is rooted in her passion for the Bible. She often incorporates stories about her children, grandchildren and travels into her teachings – cycling through Portugal and Copenhagen as well as hiking mountains all over the States have provided many challenges and adventures!

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Joanne’s Blog

Managing Our Time

Today, I want to share with you a post I shared on the blog last year during Advent, but I think the subject still hits home for many of us today — managing our time. I hope that as we embrace this Advent season, we are all encouraged to make space for God in our […]

What are You Waiting for?

Friends, I have a question for you this morning. What are you waiting for? We are all waiting for something and during this advent season as we celebrate the long awaited Messiah who came to earth, I am asking myself this question. What do I spend my days waiting for; yearning for? So that’s our […]

The Redeemer

This week concluded our study of Isaiah and wow, what a semester it has been! As you know, I enjoy sharing my teaching notes here on the blog so here on the notes from the final lesson, Lesson 12 : The Redeemer. The redemptive power of Christ is seen through His love that draws us […]

Wound Up Over Nothing

So here we are officially in the advent season. And we have two choices. We can enter in to the mad rush of shopping, baking, writing Christmas cards, parties…. or we can first enter into the secret place with the Lord each day and then start our busy days.  I am not Scrooge telling you not […]

Healed by His Wounds

Once again, I wanted to pop in here and share with you some notes from my weekly teaching. Although our study of Isaiah is coming to a close, we’re excited to be offering not one but two studies during our semester starting in January. I invite you to join me for a short 3-week series […]

The Mind of Christ

Happy Monday, making space for God friends! Last night, a Scripture kept running through my mind, so I thought we would unpack the meaning of it together. It has been following me throughout the day in my thought life and I keep wondering as Paul wrote these words to the people in Philippi: what was […]

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Happy Thanksgiving! While today is a special day of giving thanks, we must remember that it is not the only day to give thanks for all that the Lord has done.  Below is an entry from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet, on thankfulness and how when we draw near to God, He helps us through every […]

Superwoman Syndrome

A few years ago, I wrote an op-ed titled the Superwoman syndrome. The point of the article was to help women who are overwhelmed with life make space for God in their lives. In a recent blog post on margins, I wrote the following on the same subject: Together we are on an amazing journey […]

God’s Purpose Prevails

From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do. (Isaiah 46:1) Good morning, Making Space for God Community! Do you believe that God will do what He said […]