A Day in the Life of Jana Kelley

September 15th, 2017

Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.

Jana Kelley joins us today to share a glimpse into her life in Southeast Asia. Plus, be sure to check out her new release, Mercy Triumphs. Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it.

Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.

Coffee and Bible in bed. This year I am using a chart to read the whole Bible through.

Up and at ‘em. I listen to podcasts or audio books during the time that I get ready for the day. The view out my bedroom window is beautiful, but this day was particularly amazing with a giant rainbow to greet me.

After the kids go to school, I try to get at least an hour of writing in before checking email. But today is market day and I better get there early to get the good stuff.

Today’s morning activity is Book Club. Currently, we are discussing my second novel, Door To Freedom.

One of my favorite things to do is visit local friends. Sometimes this is challenging because we are so different. But always the Lord teaches me something from it!

I wonder if I can squeeze in some writing before I pick up the boys. I usually write at home, but my favorite is to write at a coffee shop. You can see why from this picture of Starbucks.

Our island is known as a foodie’s paradise. I am not a foodie, but I am all for good cheap food and that is available in abundance here. We eat at home a lot, but we eat out a lot too. Why not? My favorite local dish only costs $1!

In the evening we connect by praying together as a family before the day is over. We don’t stand on the beach to do it like this picture, but it represents how blessed I am that all five of us enjoy spending time together!

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Jana Kelley

{More About Jana Kelley}

Author of the captivating novel “Side by Side,” Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.

Find out more about Jana at http://www.janakelley.com.


  • Marcie Moseley says:

    Jana, Loved the pictures of your life. The pics put a face on our prayers for you! Thanks from my heart! Love you and your “boys”!

  • Jana Kelley says:

    Thanks Marcie! And thank you to Litfuse for hosting “my day”!

  • Marge Worten says:

    Loved the day in your life… especially since you didn’t mention all the “tedious little tasks” that come with being a wife and mother. Wish I had 1/10th of your energy.