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Time to PAUSE

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Today, more than ever, we are faced with valid reasons to fear the future of both ourselves and our children.

Juggling responsibilities, along with increasing demands, leaves us anxious, overwhelmed and totally exhausted.

 

Maybe it’s time to PAUSE.

 

Pray for God’s will to be accomplished in your life.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Accept the peace of God.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalms 32:7

 

Understand that God is guiding you – yes, even when you feel it least.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

 

Seek strength from the Lord.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

 

Engage with God and others.

“If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”  Romans 12:8

 

Blog by Rebecca Johnson, YadaFactor Participant

 

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Member Spotlight: Rebecca Johnson

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As an early riser, who also loves to journal, I strongly connect with Psalm 119:147, which says, “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.”  Reading my journal is much like riding a roller coaster with life’s ups and downs, fast starts and slow ends.  Even so, there is peace between the pages as I wait to hear the voice of God.

I first discovered YADA when I met Debbie Csutoros during her visit to my hometown, Asheville, NC.  To say I was intrigued was an understatement! Besides that, it gave me a reason to buy a new journal with clean pages and “fresh book” smell.   As I set off to write my thoughts, fears and desires, I had every hope that God would speak to me.  Speak, He did!  Through every stroke of the pen and every bowed head, I felt my relationship with my Savior grow stronger.

Four years later, I still cherish the early morning hours when I purposely PAUSE to make that special connection with God.

Real Power in the Pause

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Hunger to Pause

 

Pause to rest, pause to know, pause to feel, pause to grow. 

  Rest in the pause to know.

Know in the pause to feel.

Feel in the pause to grow.

Grow in the pause with Truth.

 

Truth is the key to rest, to know, to pause, to grow. 

Without the pause hunger remains.

Hunger to rest, hunger to know,

hunger to feel, hunger to grow.

 

 

Real Power in the Pause

 

Attempting to beat the rush I pulled into the Express Car Wash at 7:30 am. As I handed over the keys, I took a deep breath and searched for a spot to sit and pause for a few minutes. I needed my car clean for a funeral later that afternoon. I had two goals: wash the car and get to God’s Word. Joshua 17:7-18 was my next place in the Bible. From this text my journaled observations uncovered something vital.

 

God still has land promised for me. But to take possession of it I must stop and pause regularly to remember who He is, what He has done and that I too am part of His story. Stopping to pause produces divine power to believe God another day and trust Him to overcome my trials, knowing He fights for me. With His courage I can take possession of all He has promised and live in that land.

 

The people in these scriptures were a part of a long line of faithful fathers: Jacob, Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh. Now, Joshua was in charge, addressing the children of Joseph and their complaint. They thought they needed more land than what was being allocated. Joshua acknowledged them with a challenge to go and clear the hill country. Their response was faithless, “We can’t, it’s not enough and the Canaanites have iron chariots!” Immediately God began reminding me who these people were and their story with God. These children called Jacob, grandfather! Their father was Joseph, a leader of faith. He was sold by his brothers into slavery and ended up saving his family and nations from famine.  I thought, “Are you kidding me? They were afraid of iron chariots?” In the 15 minutes of waiting for my car to get cleaned, I was struck so deeply by the magnitude of these few verses and how these people were so afraid that they forget who they were!

 

Joshua had heard faithless words like this before and he knew their implications. He replied to these people in the faith he possessed. He believed for them and said, “You are numerous and very powerful, go clear the land to its furthest limits, it’s all yours.”  Sadly, they failed to do it; they did not take one step forward to receive what God had promised (Judges 1:27). After seeing all God had done in their lifetime, they believed a lie. They focused more on their enemy’s iron chariots than the God they followed. Doubt and fear robbed their future.

 

The next moment God whispered to me, “What about you, do you trust me to fight for you? Will you go take the land?”

I became aware of how easily I do the same thing.

 

Every day I have to fight to pause, remember, and believe God.  What has God already done?  Choose to believe it and trust him for my future. I can so easily forget when I choose not to pause. Like you, I’m busy, I have a job and a family. I have a wedding and a funeral. Like you, I know these are just excuses, but at times I believe they’re so valid and then I wonder why I’m discouraged or afraid or unhappy or I feel I have no purpose – poor me. I’m believing the enemy. I am looking at the iron chariots instead of the One who promised me good land, allotted it, and is just waiting for me to take it. Plus, He promises He will fight my enemies for me. What a deal. But this really is the REAL deal. God was actually blowing my mind at the car wash!

 

As I finish my journal entry it’s the day of my mother-in-law’s funeral. My kids are traveling home and their fights are delayed. There are big storms on the horizon and my car is dirty. I have learned the hard way that I have to battle to pause no matter how busy life gets. I have learned there is real power ignited in me when I prioritize the pause, even if it’s only for a moment. His word is power, fuel to fly in the Spirit that overcomes natural laws of sin and death. I needed to hear from God to remember again who He is, what He has done, and who I am in His story. He has promised land for me and for you. So, I took another deep breath, got up, headed to my car and thought with a giggle, “Wow, how do you do that Lord?”

Recent Testimonials

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We had a wonderful, fruitful semester in The YadaFactor Experience during our Winter 2021 Session. It was such a blessing to serve 24 women and men through the course.

Words used by participants to describe their Yada experience included: growing, calming, deepening, enlightening, stunning, refreshing, loud, exciting, fulfilling, sweet, encouraging, focusing, profound, convicting, conversation, praise, inspired, and anchor. 

Anonymous testimonies from participants this semester: 

  • It has been so good to get into the habit of seeing what God is saying to me through the Bible.
  • I love the structure and aspect of feedback – it takes away a lot of pressure.
  • The feedback from the group/triad helped me hear what I may not have heard. 
  • YADA provides a space of no judgement.
  • With pen in hand and a scripture before me, the Holy Spirit alerts me to what to process that day. I have been finding a lot of encouragement from the Lord in my YADA time in the past 2 months. 
  • I especially like the concept of reading a whole book of the bible as I YADA to more fully see God at work in the scripture rather than a topical scripture approach (in many Bible Studies). Yes, my desire to know God more has increased after YADA. I don’t want to miss what he wants me to hear every day. 
  • The whole experience has been inspirational. I could even hear God’s voice in what other people were sharing, even though it wasn’t about me. 
  • I have learned how to really look closer into my life and where I am as God speaks to me through His Word. 
  • I use the SOAP method in all studies of the Word. When I use my Bible app I am observing God in the scriptures and applying it to my daily life. I am enjoying God in so many ways now more than ever. 
  • The relationship of trust that is formed is precious and real. There is a uniting of purpose with like-minded people. 
  • I am more focused and intentional about spending that time with God. 

YadaFactor is a proven pathway to go deeper with God.  As believers, we have access to an array of Bible studies, workshops, sermons and conferences, but we lack guidance to process this wisdom personally.  Often we miss God’s still small voice.  We have discovered it’s in hearing His voice confidently that we are sustained and transformed.  It’s here God unlocks deep intimacy.

YadaFactor provides the guidance you have been longing for to grow and go deeper with God.

Questions? Contact us! 

The joy set before Him.

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For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2

What was the joy set before Christ when he endured the cross? What could bring Him a joy so desirable that he would willingly subject himself to the torture of crucifixion?

It was His unfathomable love.

Jesus loves you and me so deeply that He endured the cross, providing for us an opportunity for the forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with the Father. He endured so that you and I could spend all eternity in His presence.

You are the joy set before Him!

This being true, then how we do live today on the other side of the cross?

Let’s personalize it.

For the joy set before me, I can endure heartache. For the joy set before me, I can endure financial pressure. For the joy set before me, I can endure loneliness. For the joy set before me, I can endure tragedy. For the joy set before me, I can endure _______.

Fill in the blank with whatever you’ve been called to endure today. Because “you” are his joy, set before him, he suffered, died, and rose again. He knew then, and now, you would need his love and resurrection power to endure.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17

We pray you experience His joy this Easter weekend as you look to the other side of the cross.

In His love,

The YadaFactor Team

Take The New Year Challenge!

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We invite you to join us by taking the YadaFactor New Year Challenge.

It’s an opportunity to see God’s panoramic view of your story in His-story!

We’ve provided a free download below to help you get started. We’d love to hear what you discovered after you finish!

We are approaching 2021 with great expectation and hope you will join us for our next YadaFactor Experience: a 7-week online course to help you go deeper with God. It’s currently being offered for FREE!

Click here to learn more.

Our prayer is that this year you will…

  • Increase your daily time with God in the Bible.
  • Grow in confidence that you are hearing God’s voice.
  • Learn to live free, resting in God’s grace rather than human performance.
  • Find your firm identity in how God sees you versus what you see.
  • Live abundantly in God’s promises despite circumstances.
  • Find a safe place to process hidden fears and questions without judgment.

If this seems impossible, it’s NOT! We can help.

With love,

Debbie

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BUT, THERE IS ANOTHER REASON

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Dear Friends,

During this unprecedented year, thanks to your generous support, the dedication of our coaches, and by God’s grace, we led over 100 women and men through our online course. Hundreds more were impacted through our online community!

Why does this matter?

Barna statistics indicate that 94% of Americans own a Bible and believe it applies today, however, only 29% say they read it outside of church. With so many believers disengaged from the Bible the opportunity is broad and the time is NOW!

We believe many people lack guidance to wrestle truth-fully and process all they are learning from the Bible personally in a world full of toxic noise. Lies, shame, unresolved grief, conflict, broken trust, fear, and false belief systems keep us stuck, often blocking authentic living with Jesus and each other.

BUT, THERE IS ANOTHER REASON!

“As a country we are moving even further away from God. This is not what I want to leave to my children. So, the call for change is now and it begins with us, God’s people. It is time for God’s people to get serious about their faith and it begins NOW. If you are not in the Bible seeking the TRUTH for yourself, so that you can share Christ in humility, confessing your own weakness rather than pointing out the weakness and sin in others – then you have begun at the wrong place. Are we are seeking the comfort, pleasures and passions of this world over the will of God? I must confess this is a daily temptation for me and the opportunities to move away from God seem to intensify.

We must stop and look in the mirrors of our own hearts and seek to obey God, loving HIM first with all our hearts, souls mind and strength. Loving, not serving, was God’s first requirement for His people Israel and through Jesus it is the same for all who follow Him. We, the Bible-believing Church, need to be diligent to this call. From it will flow the living waters needed to satisfy thirsty hearts and souls.”

~ Debbie

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YadaFactor is a proven discipleship model that puts each student at the feet of the Father, learning to integrate the Word of God with daily life.

Help us help others seek HIM first. Our rewards will be found when individuals and families join us in heaven because ONE heart turned to God and listened to HIS voice in a world that is rejecting and turning away from God. Standing firm in this evil day is a truth God has spoken in Ephesians 6.

How will we equip the next generation? Helping them prioritize God and the Bible will give them everything they need for life-giving power to stand firm. Encourage others to take our next course in January! Perhaps forward this email. Men, women, and teenagers are all welcome –WITHOUT COST – while funds last.

Register here!

Before we close out the year, we wanted to make sure you know how much we love you and appreciate you…our awesome friends who make this ministry possible!

Your prayers, giving, encouragement and participation have helped this ministry grow to a new level of impact (and we are just getting started)! There is absolutely no way we could have done this without you…and we still need you!

Will you come alongside us to plant the seeds of passion for the Bible and intimate relationship with Jesus?

There are only 3 days left to get your 2020 tax deductible gift in to support the ministry of YadaFactor. You can give online, by postmarked check to the address below, or easily transfer a gift of stock to our account at the National Christian Foundation (contact us for assistance).

Our goal for this year-end was to raise $35,000. Many of you have given ($8,647.89) and we are so thankful for every dollar. It will be used wisely for God’s glory. But, this leaves a shortage of $26,352.11. We are asking God to meet this goal through you. Healing and change begin with each heart that turns from seeking God’s pleasures and blessings to seeking HIM first.

We look forward to seeing what God is going to do in 2021 with your partnership! We pray God’s abundant joy and peace over you in the new year.

With love,

Pegi, Cindy, Debbie & The YadaFactor Team

Keeping Christmas

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Reclaiming Simple This Season

This holiday season YadaFactor invites you to join us in reclaiming simple. This encouraging email and video series has been developed to help you refocus and find joy in simplicity.

Keeping Christmas

Are you willing…

To forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you? To ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world? To put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground? To see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy? To own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life? To close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness? Are you willing to do these things even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing…

To stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children? To remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old? To stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough? To bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts? To try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you? To trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you? To make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do those things, even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing…

To believe that love is the strongest thing in the world, stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem two thousand years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?

Then you can keep Christmas.

And if you can keep it for a day, why not always? But you can never keep it alone.

– Henry Van Dyke

 

Thank you for joining us to reclaim simple this season.

We wish you and your family a blessed and joyful Christmas!

We are so thankful for your friendship.

Keeping Christmas,

The YadaFactor Team

Whispering & Whistling

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Reclaiming Simple This Season

This holiday season YadaFactor invites you to join us in reclaiming simple. This encouraging email and video series has been developed to help you refocus and find joy in simplicity.

Official Conscience

Jiminy Cricket was first introduced in the 1940 Disney animated feature film, Pinocchio. He was appointed as Pinocchio’s official conscience by the Blue Fairy, in hopes that Jiminy can guide Pinocchio on his journey to become a real boy.

I dub you Pinocchio’s conscience, lord high keeper of the knowledge of right and wrong, counselor in moments of high temptation, and guide along the straight and narrow path. Arise, Sir Jiminy Cricket.” – The Blue Fairy

Stories like Pinocchio were commonplace just 60 years ago. Culture reminded us of right and wrong through movies, art, radio and tv shows.

In Pinocchio’s story, all he had to do was give a little whistle.

Bad news…

Those days are gone.

Good news…

We have someone more powerful than a cricket, we have Jesus!

He knows, hears, sees and loves eternally, despite human emotions. Jesus has the power to keep danger zones of conflict and temptation at bay.

And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

– 1 Corinthians 10:13

A whispered prayer and a whistle of gratitude.

He will work on your behalf.

Whispering & Whistling,

Debbie

2020 Ministry Impact

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God is doing great things!

Despite challenging hardships this year, we see how God was preparing YadaFactor to help people find intimacy with Him every day.

“For I am about to do something new.

See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?”

Isaiah 43:19

Preparing the Way

The year before the pandemic began, we created The YadaFactor Experience, an on-line course designed to help people hear God’s voice personally as they journal their life circumstances with scripture. This new on-line format was a leap of faith and a huge departure from our in-person meetings.

Equipping the People

Then in the first half of 2020, we grew our coaching team dramatically and created a Coach Training Course to equip them. We thought it was to prepare for an event in February, but only God knew that the world would be shutting down soon after.

God had positioned YadaFactor “for such a time as this.” When the pandemic hit, we were honored to be able to offer spiritual nourishment to people in crisis through our 7-week course – at no cost! He confirmed this calling for three more semesters and we have seen over 100 people deepen their intimacy with God in 2020 through The YadaFactor Experience!

Celebrate

Please take a moment to celebrate God’s faithfulness this year!

Please Consider

Would you also prayerfully consider a generous donation to YadaFactor so that we can continue to offer it without cost so that all who are thirsty can come? (Isaiah 55)

Praise

One graduate of The YadaFactor Experience recently said this:

“YADA has transformed my quiet times from a box to check so I could get on with the rest of my day to a personal, face to face conversation with my Creator and Lord every day. I have grown in faith as I search His Word for His personal instruction, correction, encouragement or direction for me. YADA just makes me fall more in love with Jesus as I realize His faithfulness to meet with me every day.” – YFE Participant

Thank you for celebrating with us and for supporting us!