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Coaches Spotlight: Joi Lively

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What drew you to YadaFactor?

I would have to say the Holy Spirit drew me to YadaFactor! I had been consistently asking God to reveal Truth to me during my frustratingly quiet times with Him. A friend, who has since become very dear to me, invited me to sign up for the course and I immediately considered the words I would use to politely decline her invitation. My introverted nature began to sweat thinking about sharing with other women in a small group. The leading of the One who knows me better than I know myself was very persistent! I said yes to the course because my heart’s desire was to truly KNOW God. I’m so grateful YadaFactor has taught me to hear His voice and Know His heart. Thank the Lord, my quiet times are not so quiet anymore!

What do you like about coaching?

I am honored to be part of teaching sisters in Christ to hear God’s voice in ways they never have before. It is truly a privilege to see eyes opened to the Word of God!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am the incredibly grateful mom of 5 children, help care for my aging grandfather, and have the privilege of homeschooling as well! So, when spare time comes around, I enjoy sitting with a good book or taking a walk beside Lake Okeechobee! We have beautiful sunsets from our backyard in Pahokee, Florida!

What one word would you use to describe YadaFactor?

Transformative

Why would you suggest YadaFactor to friends and family?

YadaFactor has taught me the greatest, most effective way to study God’s Word and hear His voice. Every single aspect of life is positively impacted when we learn to consistently listen to God and others. YadaFactor is a valuable tool!

Is there something special you’d like to share with other coaches in the YadaFactor community?

I am praying for you and encouraged by your faithfulness.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?

My husband and I are raising our children on the same property my great grandparents settled over 100 years ago! We currently have four generations of “Salvatores” living in houses around our property! 


Learning to Walk on Water

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Adventure is about risky, unknown pathways outside the usual. Adventures can be exciting, exhilarating, even scary.

Peter’s adventure was in the midst of a storm, daring to step out of his boat to join Jesus, walking on the water! How do you think he told the story of what happened that night? I’m guessing it was about walking on the water, not sinking.  Or maybe it was.  Regardless, it was likely a story he told with excitement in his voice because Jesus did the impossible through him!  God was teaching him a faith that can exceed human boundaries.

In 2007, Steve and I found ourselves in a cancer storm. While camping that summer, we received a call from the doctor that Steve had advanced prostate cancer.  Shortly after this, Steve’s dear father passed away. Like the disciples, we were in a storm, and we were “terrified.” (Matthew 14:26).

Then 2008 rolled around and the economy crashed. We found ourselves crying out like Peter, “Lord, save me (us)!” (v. 30). As if that were not enough, a dream investment became a nightmare. But God was teaching us like he taught Peter, to walk by faith not by sight.

By 2014, when this picture was taken, our faith was forced to grow or die. We had to choose faith every day at even greater levels, because another storm came up suddenly in a mountainous legal battle that threatened to sink us. But God was taking us on a soul refining adventure to learn to walk with Him on the water of faith.

When the disciples were terrified, Jesus immediately said three things: “Take courage! “It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  Then Peter said, “Lord if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come.”

Jesus uses our storms to draw us closer to himself.  Whatever storm is blowing in your life, you can KNOW (yada) that Jesus is there and says, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Storms can be painful and scary, but Jesus can answer our prayers in unimaginable ways. Dare we step out of the boat and join Him to transform our fears and worries into purposeful adventure?

 

Debbie Csutoros

Coaches Spotlight: Laurie Connors

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What drew you to YadaFactor?

I became friends with Pegi through Bible Study Fellowship over 20 years ago. Early on, we met together to discuss Christian books. She spoke about how her mom mentored many people for years following 12 step guidelines. Pegi recognized how Christian women could benefit from conversation guidelines and connected it with God’s Word (the original “Big Book”!)

What do you like about coaching?

Coaching keeps me grounded. In these turbulent times I have something steady that I can look forward to. God blesses me through staying connected to Him. Giving back to Him by serving through YadaFactor is truly for my benefit!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to drive so I take trips to meet with family or friends monthly if I can. I also like to see an Opera in the movie theater… who knew I would love Opera!

What one word would you use to describe YadaFactor?

Fascinating

Why would you suggest YadaFactor to friends and family?

For the chance to develop a relationship with the God of the Universe!

Is there something special you’d like to share with other coaches in the YadaFactor community?

I am thankful for how God weaves together relationships with my sisters in Christ that endure, even when we don’t see or talk to each other often. After all these years of living the Gospel, how is it possible that I still find it difficult to share it with others? I take some comfort in knowing actions speak louder than words. I walk forward in expectant hope that Jesus is perfecting this in me, one minute at a time.


What Did God Say To You Today?

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I always marvel at the feedback we receive at the end of each course. This time was no exception as our Spring courses concluded the week of June 13th. Hearing from our YadaFactor Experience (YFE) course participants always brings a smile to my face as I marvel at how God continues to bless us all. Below are some of the most recent comments we have received from course graduates.

  • “Before my Yada Factor Experience course, I struggled to hear from God.  Since taking the course, I realized how much I was missing out on the fullness of God in my life. Instead of analyzing and ruminating over life’s big decisions, I learned to listen for God’s leading through the written word.  As a result, I am beginning to find God’s peace in the midst of trials and my passion for God has been rekindled.”
  • “I realize now that I’ve been dependent on devotionals and now, I’m encouraged to begin anew with a new perspective and new tools.”
  • “The fact that the course was 7 weeks long helped get me into a great routine and helped me with accountability to hold me to a daily quiet time.”
  • “This experience has enhanced my desire to continue to “grow” my time with HIM instead of allowing it to sink from “first place”.”
  • “I am more focused and intentional about spending time with God.”

A big welcome to our newest YFE graduates to the YadaFactor member community! We are excited that you have joined us as we continue to read, write and share while asking “What did God say to you today?”

Click here to register for summer courses. 

Christine Brevik, Chief Operating Officer

Iron Man and Jesus

By | Debbie Csutoros | No Comments

The main character in Iron Man is Tony Stark. In the movie he has a changed heart that redirects his mission to build super-powered armored suits that defend against threatened peace around the world.

So, what does the Marvel movie, Iron Man, have to do with Jesus?

The apostle Paul reminds us that we too have a super-powered, spiritual armored suit for our redirected mission. Ephesians 6:10-20 begins with these words, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.” Our superpower is the mighty power of Jesus that raises the dead and lives in us through the Holy Spirit. In him, we too have been given a new heart, which brings a change of direction.

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11 Amen!

Tony Stark is a fictional character, but Jesus is REAL and brings life.  We are called to simply believe who he is with a faith that understands he can do the impossible against enemy foes like doubt and fear. We are responsible for suiting up with the armor, but God is responsible to provide the power once we activate our faith in this way. So, get ready, suit up, our mission has just begun.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

Dear God, you are infinite, eternal, and deeper than I can ever understand.  Thank you for graciously revealing yourself to me in Jesus Christ by your Spirit.  I marvel that my relationship with you will continually be full of discovery for the rest of my life.  Please give me the assurance and knowledge of this mystery, which is Christ in me, the hope of eternal glory.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

(From Brand New:  A 40-Day Guide to Life in Christ, page 89, from Colossians 1:27.)

Coaches Spotlight: Kerry Barrett

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Repenting from a season of sin, God rescued me and drew me close through YadaFactor.  After an initial summer meeting at Debbie’s house, the Lord made it clear to me what a “Quiet Time” relationship truly looked like using the soap method and journaling.  Thankfully the scriptures spoke healing to me and continue to speak to me each and every day in an intimate way.  I am grateful for YadaFactor sisters and my triad for having such patience with me as I did not think I could actually journal. Discerning God’s voice through the Bible is certainly the key to my new favorite word which is Obedience.

Obedience for me looks like starting each morning with my Bible and journal and my listening ears.  I find such excitement hearing my marching orders for the day and then I check back in with myself later in the day and see how I am doing.  More often than not, I have to pray for mental adjustments that line back up with my morning message.  I have heard God say for the past 30 years “Meet with Me Daily” and I can finally be obedient to that direct request and enjoy full relationship with our heavenly Father.

Notably, I have relished my time as an Assistant Coach in YadaFactor because of the exceptional coaches I have been mentored by.  What a gift! I have such a grateful heart to connect with my sisters and Brothers by building others up and witnessing their relationship with GOD improve and that is the very best motivator in my mind to continue sharing YadaFactor with others. Actually, witnessing an acquaintance enrolled in YadaFactor accept Christ as their one true God was certainly a highlight last semester.

The Lord blesses me in very personal ways that I can recognize. For instance, there are actual cherries on my cherry trees in North Carolina this year that we planted 3 years ago. He blesses me with good health when I care for my sister that certainly doesn’t enjoy good health. He brings me great joy with my adorable pets and the best blessing of all is walking in Obedience to our precious Savior.

 


Coaches Spotlight: Rachel Csutoros

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What drew you to YadaFactor? 

I grew up hearing all about YadaFactor from my mom, Debbie Csutoros. So I wouldn’t say I was really drawn to YadaFactor, but was subjected to countless conversations about it and why I should do it. Thankfully, God moved me to finally start my first Yada group when I was a senior in high school. So I am very thankful for my mother’s push to start hearing from the Lord through YadaFactor.

What do you like about coaching?

Coaching has been a great experience for me. I think after Yadaing for 10 years, I can tend to take for granted that I get to hear from God daily and weekly through my quiet time and Yada sharing. But every time I coach a class, I get to see the women experience God in a new way and I can see they are blown away by this new relationship with the Lord. It reminds me just how special this process is and makes me so grateful to experience God in such a real way everyday.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I really love to read. I always have a book I am working through and read before bed and on the weekends. I also really enjoy exercising and in the last few years I have gotten into Crossfit–which has been a ton of fun. I forgot how much I loved competing in sports in middle and high school, so it has been a fun outlet.

What one word would you use to describe Yada?

Necessity. In my quiet time the other day, I read Jesus Calling and it said that spending time with God is a necessity, not a luxury or an option. It really is a necessity.

Why would you suggest Yada to friends and family?

There really is no other process like YadaFactor. I have been involved in bible studies for a long time, and there are no bible studies that replicate the Yada process. I would suggest it to my friends and family, and have, because I want them to experience God in the real way that I get to everyday. Getting my direction in life directly from the Lord everyday is really the only way to live.

Is there something special you’d like to share with other coaches in the YF community?

I think it is easy to get into a routine in coaching the YadaFactor classes, but I want to encourage us all, including myself, to remember why we coach and volunteer our time. This entire process is to allow other women and men hear from God and apply His Word directly to their lives. I think it is such a special honor to be in these roles. And I am so thankful for all the coaches and for your sacrifice to help other people hear from the Lord.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I think the Yada process is imperative to people to learn and I am extremely excited to see where this ministry leads us!

 

Marvel

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So many of us spent this past weekend reflecting on the difficult journey of Jesus and the miracle that followed. A lot happened in 3 days. Friday was devastating, Saturday there was silence, and Sunday brought the miracle of the resurrection. Peter marveled at the empty tomb wondering what had happened. Marvel is defined as being filled with wonder or astonishment. It is easy for us to marvel at the miracle on Sunday.

As I spent my quiet time this past week reflecting, I was drawn to the post resurrection story of the Walk to Emmaus. Two men are on their way to Emmaus and talking about everything that had happened. Now this doesn’t seem unusual as I am sure many people were buzzing about what had happened. What I am struck by in this story is how in Luke 24:15 Jesus just casually shows up and engages in conversation with the men.  Jesus is unrecognizable to them at first and they are just having a conversation about the events of the prior week with, of all people, Jesus! He shows up when the men are lost, hopeless, and overwhelmed and he provides insight, hope and peace. I marvel at the subtlety of Jesus’s presence with ordinary men walking on that path. He just shows up when the men least expect it and turns the conversation around.

This weekend I was moved by a story told by my pastor about the Atacama Desert in Chile, known as the driest place on Earth. This area is harsh and barren. The fascinating thing about the Atacama Desert is that hidden underneath the dry and cracked soil there are over 200 varieties of flowers. Every few years the desert gets a years’ worth of rain in one day resulting in the magnificent miracle of the desert bloom. In a place that is dry and hopeless, rain provides incredible beauty. Just as my days sometimes seem dry and hopeless, God provides hope and beauty.

I marvel at how patient God is with me even when I am in the desert and can’t see the flowers that are coming. Just as Jesus showed up on that walk to Emmaus, God is always by my side showing up! The miracle of Easter reminds me to re-order things that might seem out of control and marvel at God’s faithfulness to walk alongside me no matter what! During dry seasons, like in the Atacama Desert, we must remain faithful to see the blooming flowers that are coming. Just as we reflect about the heaviness of Good Friday, we are hopeful of what is to come on Sunday, and we marvel at the miracle of the resurrection.

How are you noticing where God is showing up in your life? Sometimes, it’s when we least expect it – like flowers blooming in a dry and barren desert or Jesus walking the path to Emmaus with two ordinary men sharing the good news! I pray that as you spend time with God, you are able to marvel at the moments where God is walking right beside you, speaking to you, providing comfort, and performing miracles!

 

Written by Christine Brevik, Chief Operating Officer

Coaches Spotlight: Yvette Garcia

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What drew you to YadaFactor? 

I heard about YadaFactor from my friend Mona. She was in my Bible Study Fellowship group and she continued to hear my prayer request be “To know the Lord more and more.”  She told me how it would be so with YadaFactor. She was soooo right!!!!

What do you like about coaching?

I love seeing how much God loves His people. He is so present in our lives and is so faithful.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy my bible studies and spending time with my family and friends.

What one word would you use to describe Yada?

Life-changing!

Why would you suggest Yada to friends and family?

God said it Himself in Jeremiah, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”

Is there something special you’d like to share with other coaches in the YF community?

I am always in awe of how much God loves His people. He shows us in the lives of those He has entrusted us with. We get a front row seat to His love, grace, mercy, faithfulness and so, so much more.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I love how God orchestrated that YadaFactor would be an online class and even with living in New Mexico, I can still be a part of it. The added bonus was it was done on Zoom and that seamlessly kept me connected even in my Bible Studies.

 

Team Member Spotlight: Bruce Plourde

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Hello, Yada Family.

I am Bruce Plourde, a husband, father of two boys, YadaFactor course graduate, and newly elected YadaFactor board member, currently living in Greenville, SC. Having grown up in South Florida, I was fortunate to watch YadaFactor develop and grow from the original triad (Cindy, Debbie, and Pegi) to such an incredibly supportive ministry helping people around the world who desire to know God, be known by Him, and to share that relationship with others in such a safe and sacred way.

I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t know Jesus as my Savior. Although I was immersed in church and had a solid Christian faith my whole life, I struggled a lot with my relationship to God when I was growing up and throughout college. I always believed He was there, but I didn’t know how to hear from Him. I would pray to Him, but really, I only hoped that He heard me and might answer in some way. Can you relate?

I got married right after college, worked as an architectural designer and taught design courses at a local college until I took a staff position within a megachurch’s growing communications department. Soon after, my wife and I had our first son, and life just kept getting busier. In 2006, we decided to move to South Carolina to start our own art-fulfillment business. We joined a thriving church, got involved serving, participated in small groups, etc. Life was great. We were doing what we loved, had a beautiful home and family, attended a great church, but somehow there was still this “do I really know God” feeling under it all.

What I began to realize was that although I had a full and vibrant life with our family, business, church, and community, it was covertly replacing my purpose of intimately knowing God and being known by Him. I was missing the whole reason I was created by God in the first place – to look and listen to Him through a Divine relationship before all the doing of works-based responsibilities for Him. How we connect with God to hear what He has to say about who we are in Him is so critically life-sustaining and life-giving. From His words to us and through our words to Him, we find an eternal equipping to be and do, as He intends. He fills our cup with Himself and from that “we can do all things” (Philippians 4:13). It all starts with time alone with Him.

Psalm 33:4 says, “For the word of the Lord holds true and we can trust everything He does.” As I currently journey through Psalms, I am often comforted by God because He hears and sees us in the midst of our daily battles and is our Ever-Present Advocate, Protector, Provider, and Giver of Peace. I am so grateful for ways I have learned to hear God through YadaFactor and for the daily impact it has on my steadfast pursuit of knowing Him more. What was once so much “doing” in my life has now turned into a deeply rich and sweet communion with the Holy Spirit and with others. I hear Him and He hears me, and nothing can be better.

 

Bruce Plourde
YadaFactor Board Member