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

Honoring His Name

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:2    The Psalms inspire us to praise and honor the name of the Lord. As we seek God, He will reveal His character to us through His names. Let us learn to honor Jehovah God, […]

Enemy Doesn’t Play Fair but God Does

This morning I am like a dog with a bone on a subject that is near to my heart. Why? Because I have just walked through taking the bait of the enemy. The trap he set for me was discouragement. Anyone been there lately? The enemy doesn’t play fair but God always wins… if we […]

God’s Workings Through Ordinary People

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7     In I Samuel 16:1-7, we read that […]

Mom Alert

Good morning making space friends! Today my topic is for women only. Although I know we have men subscribers, you are welcome to tune in, but this is specific to what it means to be a mother. Motherhood is all it is cracked up to be. Motherhood is the best gift we have been given […]

Living in Harmony

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8 I Peter 3:8 describes the way we are to live in fellowship with all people. We are to live in harmony with sympathy, compassion and humility. Scripture encourages us to do good to […]

What I Know to be True

Good morning and welcome to making space Monday. This blog is written for the purpose of helping us make space for God. Not sure how you found us here but glad you did! Today I want to share what has been on my heart this past week: There are a few things we know to […]

God Looks at the Heart

But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him a leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command. I Samuel 13:14   The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any […]

Why Me?

Sometimes I ask myself the question: ” Why me Lord?” Why do I have to forgive when I have been wronged? Why do I have to do something for someone else when I am so busy? Why do I have to be kind when someone has been unkind to me? The questions are endless and […]

Promises Received by Faith

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” John 6:28  God’s promises are true and He is the Promise Keeper. Hebrews 10 tells us that He who promised is faithful. We sometimes use human standards to consider what faithfulness means. In today’s society, we see marriages that have failed […]