Prayer, Creativity & Faith

Kelly O’Dell Stanley is a graphic designer who writes. Or maybe a writer who also designs. Either way, when she found the place where writing and design intersected, she discovered that was exactly where she wanted to be. The author of Praying Upside Down, Designed to PrayInstaprayer: Prayers to Share, Create: New Beginnings, Kelly loves to explore prayer and faith in creative ways because she knows that God is the Ultimate Creator. And when she puts her creativity into action, she always discovers more of Him.

Nearly 30 years ago, Kelly took a leap of faith and began her own business, doing advertising and marketing for clients across the U.S. Her work has been included in design anthologies and PRINT Magazine’s Design Annual, and she’s received awards from the NAHB, Public Relations Society of America, the Webby Competition, and Art Directors Club of Indiana.

Kelly’s writing awards include first place in Inspirational Writing in the 2013 Writer’s Digest competition (and two honorable mentions in other years) and she was a finalist in the Cascade Oregon Christian Writers Contest in 2017. She is a regular contributor to, and she’s written for,,, (in)courage, Internet Café Devotions, Today’s Christian Woman, Today’s Christian Living, Tiferet Journal, Sasee Magazine, and numerous blogs.

She’s a redhead who does a pretty good job of controlling her temper, a strong believer in doing everything to excess, and a professional wrestler of doubt and faith. (Faith always wins, but some days the competition is fierce.) She’s been married to Tim for over a quarter of a century, which officially makes him a saint. And she loves her three quirky grown-or-nearly-grown kids, Katie, Anna, and Bobby. Even if they do call her all the time. (Or maybe especially because they call her all the time.) But most of all, she loves being a ‘Minah’ to Sully, Finley, and Sophia.

Kelly lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana. You may connect with her on her blog,, on Facebook (Kelly O’Dell Stanley, Author), or on Twitter (@kellyostanley)