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Joanne Ellison

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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 of three, grandmother of 11 and has been married for 45 years to Dr. Blount Ellison. 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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Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

Good morning making space for God friends! Some of you know that I have written a book titled “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.” The book is a call to Christians, to reposition yourself for God to use you for His glory. Jesus describes Christians corporately as a “city on a hill”; that we are […]

God is Near to the Broken-Hearted

Today I want to share with you a video that features some of the toys that are in my grandchildren’s playroom at my house. This may seem silly at first – these toys were played with by my children and now my grandchildren and have seen their share of wear and tear – but they […]

God’s Divine Purpose

Recently I read an article on black holes. Throughout the article, I was reminded of the Scripture: The universe declares the glory of God.  Black holes were an entirely unwelcome consequence of Einstein’s theory of general relativity that ascribes gravity to the warping of space-time geometry by matter and energy. Too much mass in one [...]

God’s Timing & Your Destiny

Good morning! Today I want to share with you an “oldie but a goodie.” This is a short video teaching about a question that so many women share that they are struggling with —  “What is my destiny?” This teaching is based on the book of Esther, which we’ll be studying, along with Ruth, this […]

What is Your Message?

Good morning Making Space for God friends! This morning I want to challenge you to think about something I recently heard: Our mess of yesterday can become our message today…. How true this is? It’s easy to look at our failures– the things that we wished we had not done, or our messes– when things […]

Christian Standard of Living

Earlier this week, I wrote about our call as Christians to rise up in Christ and live a joy-filled life. You can read that post here. Today I want to share with you an entry from my Drawing Near to God devotional with that same theme – that true joy comes from the Lord. This […]

Don’t Postpone Joy

Sometimes I find myself saying things like:  Tomorrow will be a better day. Or If I do (blank) then I will find joy. Or… If I buy this new thing it will make me feel better. Or if I had more money… You get where I am going with this. Let’s face it. It’s easy […]

Take Time for Rest

Can you believe June is here? We’re coming out of the hectic school year and month of May and entering into the summertime, a season when many people look forward to longer days and a lighter pace.  Today I want to share with you an entry from my Sitting at His Feet devotional. The writings […]

God Bless America

Today we celebrate Memorial day. Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. As Christians we […]