God Works in the Wait

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I have found great comfort in knowing that God is with me always! When I stumble he upholds me. When I am overwhelmed he lifts me up. When I cry out to him he listens. No matter how hard things may be, I remain in the truth that God is with me, always! 

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. 

Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)

As I reflect on Psalm 37:23-24, I realize I have a part in this so that God is delighted in my ways and making my steps firm. I am reminded to keep God at the center and to pause and recognize all that is good in the midst of chaos. But the hard part of the stumble can be the period of time waiting for God to uphold me. 

The space between the stumble and being upheld may not always be immediate.

But I have come to know that God works in the wait!  And sometimes it’s the wait that can be important. Am I joyful for what I have or too fixed on what the future will look like?  Waiting can be so hard sometimes – it can be confusing, emotional and discouraging. But remaining in the truth that God will uphold me provides firm ground. 

I want to be joyful in the wait and notice all that is good every day. Pausing to notice nature, personal connections, and the peace that is available to me. I don’t want to “pass the time.” I want to be intentional, trusting God every step of the way, knowing he will always uphold me in ways that honor him. I am learning that the space in the wait can be so beautiful when I pause, pray, and trust God! 

How are you spending time in the wait?

I encourage you to notice the ways God is upholding you! 





Written by Christine Brevik, Executive Director

Am I Satisfied or Wandering?

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Am I a wee little part in God’s big story, or is he a wee little part in my story? There’s really no need to answer this verbally, for my life reveals the answer clearly to a watching world! “Oh, thou who has the hearts of all men in thine hand, form my heart according to the Word, according to the image of thy Son.” (The Valley of Vision, “Christ the Word”) Amen! 

Perhaps one of the worst of all lots in life is found in Ecclesiastes 6:3, one whose “soul is not satisfied with life’s good things. “ Verse 9 says, “Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite.” My translation? Be content with what you have and stop chasing after what you don’t have. Verse 12 asks, “For who knows what is good for man while he lives a few days of his vain life, which passes like a shadow?” The only conceivable answer? God!! And if he knows and we trust him, then won’t we lean in and be satisfied and stop wandering? The Israelites wandered for 40 years because they did not trust.

Am I trusting or too busy wandering? Will I embrace my little part in his big story and be satisfied? Or will I continue wandering, trying to squeeze a little bit of him into my story? I encourage you to ask yourself if you are satisfied or wandering too? How are you including God into your story?


Author: Jessica Davie is a YadaFactor coach and describes her first YadaFactor class as a needed breath of fresh Holy Spirit filled air. As a coach she is excited to see the transformation and growth of course participants and finds it incredibly fulfilling to be a part of another believer’s journey to finding deeper intimacy with God.

Why Summer Is The Time To Reorder Vertically

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Oh, the joys of summertime! We welcome longer days, sweet vacations, lazy pool days, and cookouts with friends and family. It’s a time when our schedules become less rigid, sleeping in becomes a thing again (well, at least for the kids!), and warm sunshine kisses our faces.  

 Summer’s less-structured time, unfortunately, often pairs with less time spent with the Lord. In the YadaFactor course, we discuss competing voices that clamor for our attention and distract us from hearing God. A competing voice is anything that interferes with us getting to the Bible each day. 

While summer has many glorious moments, we must fight to listen fiercely to the voice of God—intentionally and daily.


Jesus knew about distractions. In Mark 1:35-37, Jesus’ friends hunted until they found him, and they told him, “Everyone is looking for you!” Whew! That’s a lot of pressure. Everyone wanted something from Jesus, and they wanted it now.  

But where was Jesus?

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Mark 1:35-37

Jesus could have filled his time with many good opportunities, but he knew what was most important. He rose early in the morning—so early it was still dark outside. He went somewhere quiet to be alone and talked to his Father. Jesus was so intimate with his Father that nothing could distract him from getting alone with him. He will go to the people and accomplish many wonderful things. But not first. First, he gets alone with his Father.

Jesus set a beautiful example for us.

The most influential voice in your life is the one you listen to first and most. 

  • Who do you listen to first thing in the morning?
  • Where do you go when you have a problem or feel overwhelmed?
  • Who or what directs your steps each day?
  • How do you decide what you will and will not do with your time?
  • Where do your thoughts dwell the longest?


Don’t let the carefree days of summer turn into fewer moments with God and his Word. Summer is the perfect time to reorder your life vertically.

No matter how seemingly good your sunny summer days may be, nothing is better or more important than getting close enough to Jesus that you sense the warmth of his love and hear what he is saying to you. That is the power of God at work in you.

Find a still moment to open your Bible and journal each day. Ask God, “What do you want to say to me today?” and listen. As your summer days progress, whether you have your toes in the sand, you’re sitting by a crystal-clear pool, or you’re simply performing mundane tasks, may it ALL point to God, and may you know (Yada) him deeper.

Desiring to learn more about listening to the Lord through the “Read It, Write It, Share It” process of YadaFactor? Visit our website and join our newsletter to be the first to know when our next session of free classes opens for registration.  


Written by Julie Garner, YadaFactor Coach

YadaFactor’s Generational Legacy

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A Mother’s Day Story

written by Lisa Tammaro, YadaFactor participant 

At least a decade ago, my mom passionately shared with me that she had joined a group of women whose sole purpose was to help other women experience and know God more intimately. Despite her enthusiasm, my marital turmoil ironically caused me to be circumspect. Consumed with worry, I simply couldn’t manage the stress of a commitment, and was reluctant to share with a triad group the tragedies that had fallen upon me and my children at the hands of my then husband who suddenly seemed a stranger to me. Always praying and patiently waiting for God’s perfect timing, Mom often mentioned the impact YadaFactor had on her life, and she occasionally would ask me to prayerfully consider joining. I justified that to decompress meant minimizing obligations, including YadaFactor; and furthermore, to rehash the past, even with God, seemed to be reliving the trauma. I just wanted to move forward with a “normal” life, while denying the impact of our experience. So, I opted to keep my relationship with God private.

As God would have it, new challenges surfaced. With perseverance, I pressed on, reaching out to God, but always keeping Him at arm’s length for fear of what He might bring next. Anxiety seized every fiber of my being. My emotions were at odds and waged war with my intellect over confidence in God’s love for me and faith in His goodness. All the while, Mom persisted in prayer, never giving up on me and, moreover, never giving up on God. Feeling defeated in life, and with nothing to lose, I agreed to take the Yada Factor Experience course. God’s providence was immediately evident. The women in our triad had been perfectly chosen, each of us with a history and disposition that complemented one another.

Journeying through the 7 week course together, we discovered new ways to approach our time with the Lord that opened our hearts and minds to hear Him speaking into the depths of our lives and situations. Most unique was the method taught on how to encourage and support one another to hear from God. When the 7 week course came to an end, our triad had formed a strong bond. We had all grown with one another in our relationship with the Lord and so opted to continue together on our own.

In the year and a half since our triad began, my relationship with God has deepened. While my circumstances have not changed significantly, I have. I come boldly before God, I wrestle with Him, I trust He still loves me in my moments of doubt, and I’m learning to trust God’s process even when it’s counterintuitive.

Accepting my faith ups and downs, I now appreciate my journey alongside God, instead of feeling guilt and shame, because I know He accepts me. In adherence to the Hebrew meaning of Yada, I am discovering what it is to know and be known by God. The blessing of my beautifully faithful, prayerful Mom has brought me into a deeper, richer relationship with my Lord and Savior through YadaFactor; and for that, I am truly eternally grateful.

Photo: Lisa and her mother Beverly

A Praying Mother

by Beverly Ristuccia, Lisa’s mother and YadaFactor Coach

I’ve been reflecting on my time coaching women in YadaFactor over the years and the impact that it’s had on my life and the lives of so many women. I’ve been a witness to the saving work of Christ in women who were so lost and suffering, I’ve seen women who found freedom from their burdening circumstances because they drew on Jesus’ strength and I’ve been an eyewitness to the sanctification, transformation, and personal spiritual growth of hundreds of women as a result of the YadaFactor ministry which teaches the disciplines and tools necessary to hear God speak into each of our lives through His written Word.

Over the years, I’ve shared with my children how YadaFactor has been life changing for me and how it’s extraordinarily deepened my personal relationship with my Savior. I’ve learned that I can’t live the Christian life on my own strength and that I need to abide day by day and remain in Christ in order to overcome life’s hardships and to bear fruit, John 15:5. YadaFactor has provided me with the tools to do just that through the hard won discipline of getting into God’s Word daily and seeking to hear His sweet soft voice speak to me as I begin my day by asking Him, “Lord, what do you have to say to me today?”

Not only does God show up for me and meet me in my need but He has transformed my life by drawing me into a deeper more intimate relationship with Him and by empowering me to obey and serve Him as I rely on His strength ( 2 Cor.12:9-10 ) to bear fruit and do the work he has foreordained for me to do ( Eph. 2:10 ).

Having seen what God has done in my life through this ministry, I desired with all of my heart to leave a legacy for my children. I began praying for my daughters to take the YadaFactor Experience course. I knew that my daughter Lisa was struggling with some major life issues and needed to hear from God to allay her fears and receive wisdom and guidance from Him. As her mother, nothing brought me more joy than when she accepted my encouragement and invitation to take the course.

Since that time, I’ve seen Lisa become intentional about her daily devotional time with the Lord. There are days when she will share her concerns with me but she knows that our conversation will inevitably end with my saying, “Well, pray about it and see what God has to say to you.” Although Lisa continues to face some challenges, I see her radiate the peace of God, which was once missing in her life, as she hears from God and trusts Him to lead her through these times of uncertainty.

I’m deeply grateful for YadaFactor, as I’ve experienced the joy and peace of seeing Lisa blessed through this ministry. Although Lisa, at times, is powerless against her circumstances and not knowing what she should do, YadaFactor has taught her first to seek God’s voice and to fix her eyes on Him for He is the only One who can calm the storm and lead her through the valley.

I am so thankful to Yada and the women who dutifully, fiercely and faithfully listened to the voice of God which resulted in a ministry that would impact and transform, not only my life and my daughters but the lives of so many women across the globe by asking one very simple question,

“What did God say to you today?”

Coaches Spotlight: Mona Glick

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What drew you to YadaFactor?

My sweet friend, Pegi Richardson, would give me a journal to encourage me to write and I would say thank you but never opened it. This happened for a couple of years. God was trying to teach me to trust Him and while studying Moses in Bible Study Fellowship I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me about keeping a record of what God was doing in my life. Pegi and I met for a couple of years doing YadaFactor together until I heard God say in 2015 it was time to become part of a group.

What do you like about coaching?

I love watching the light turn on for people. When it comes together for them and they start hearing God speak, there is nothing like it. It is like watching scales fall off people’s eyes.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have been doing strength training for over 30 years. It has become a way of life and a wonderful discipline. These days you will find me in my garden with God growing bales of kale, sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots and the list goes on. I enjoy fermenting foods and making my own kefir and kombucha. With that said, my heart is for the Gospel and I am always looking for ways to reach people with it.

What one word would you use to describe YadaFactor?


Why would you suggest YadaFactor to friends and family?

Because YadaFactor gives you the tools necessary to hear the gentle whisper of God.

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

I love how YadaFactor is a safe place to be heard with no judgment towards one another.

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

I am a Jewish follower of Christ for 22 years. Because of some challenges as a child, I was always speaking to God but never heard Him speak to me. YadaFactor was the missing link that helped me to hear God. I heard a woman at a YadaFactor home gathering early on talk about how God would chase her down and speak to her all day long. I wanted that and now I have it!

Celebrating Women

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As we celebrate Women’s History Month there are many events that bring recognition to some trailblazing famous women that have helped build our nation and shape progress. It is a wonderful time to celebrate these events and the women that have made a difference. But as I reflect on these accomplishments, I am also drawn to the everyday events that may seem simple and ordinary that also deserve recognition. The woman that gives of her time freely volunteering in a homeless shelter, the mom who pours into her children every day, the Sunday school teacher that teaches biblical values through bible stories and song, and all the women who simply support each other through everyday challenges and take time to celebrate the milestone successes along the way. We are all worthy of celebration every month of the year! 

God has a habit of picking ordinary people for some very important tasks. One story can be found briefly in Luke 2:36-38.

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Anna was a faithful witness. She literally could not stop talking about Jesus. A witness that shared her faith to everyone she came in contact with. A woman that most likely impacted the lives of so many with her faithful words. Anna demonstrates the importance of spending time alone with God, being faithful in prayer, and sharing the gospel with others. I don’t know about you, but I think that is worth celebrating. An ordinary woman chosen by God to receive the gift of prophecy and to see Jesus as an infant. Only mentioned briefly in the bible, but her impact so mighty and in ways we may not completely know and understand. 

Anna is not unlike many of us as we spend time with God during our Yada time and as we listen to what he has to say to us personally. We share the good news of Jesus with those we encounter during ordinary events – in the grocery line, at the office, coffee with a friend, or a brief encounter with a stranger. We are all making a difference one encounter at a time. 

 So, during Women’s History Month, I encourage you to stop and celebrate all the ordinary and mighty women that are on mission, sharing the good news of Jesus! 

Christine Brevik, Executive Director


Coaches Spotlight: Mike Cowart

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What drew you to YadaFactor?

Cindy Chamberland introduced YadaFactor to me as a way to grow closer to God.

What do you like about coaching?

Most importantly it keeps me grounded with my spiritual disciplines: study scripture, prayer, mediation, journaling (aka-YadaFactor), silence, solitude. By practicing these disciplines on a regular basis, I enjoy sharing with others how YadaFactor has changed my life!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Study scripture, my wife (Darlene) and I have a one year old miniature schnauzer that takes up a lot of my time. Therefore, I spend a lot of time outdoors: walking, and hiking.

What one word would you use to describe YadaFactor?


Why would you suggest YadaFactor to friends and family?

It has changed my life by showing me how to have a personal relationship with our Lord.

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

Every coach/person has their own story, and I can not think of a better way other than YadaFactor to assist people to start or strengthen their personal relationship with God.

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

YadaFactor had been an avenue for the Lord to transform my heart and called me into His ministry at some point in my life! Yahweh and I are still working out those details, lol.

Mike with his wife Darlene

Agape Love

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To understand Agape love, you have to first understand that there is a distinction between love as we know it and what Agape love is all about. Love is an intense feeling of deep affection, used to describe things that invoke pure emotion and delight. We tend to use the word loosely to describe things we fancy. Agape love is so much more than a feeling. It’s a promise. It’s a covenant that believers of Christ are committed to showing others. Agape Love is love but at its highest form.  In 1 John 4:8 it states that, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Simply put, Agape love is Godly love. We can learn and appreciate the true context of this love by seeing the greatest example set by our Lord in Romans 5:8, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We also see this in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” He laid down his life for all of man-kind. This act of selflessness is rooted in Agape love.

Agape love is an action of loving others as much, if not more than, we love ourselves. Agape love is bigger than what our flesh can fathom. It is demonstrating true love through actions of service, obedience, and selflessness. As we look at how God defines the love we should have for others, we can look at how it is described in 1 Corinthians 13, specifically in verses 4-7.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” These qualities/sentiments can be applied to the way we convey Agape love to others.

In 2007, I started a residential program for sex trafficked teenage girls. I’ll never forget the first resident that arrived. She was 14 years old and had been trafficked across several state lines. She came into my office one day crying about selling her body for 50 dollars while her roommate would earn 250. She kept saying, “I sold myself so cheap.” At that moment I shared with her that her body was priceless. I talked with her about Jesus and His sacrifice that was made on the cross and that by accepting His gift of salvation her sins would be as white as snow; and through Him she could find forgiveness for others who had hurt and abused her. I reminded her that she was a child of the King and His Agape love for her was unending. This strong young lady started a jewelry making business called Queen Elizabeth’s Jewelry because she wanted the name to symbolize her royalty in Christ. She went on to get a Masters degree from an Ivy League school on a full scholarship.

Agape love can restore and encourage others to walk in their full purpose. We would love to hear from you about ways God has used you to show Agape love!

Written by Emily Reed, YadaFactor Marketing Assistant and Founder of Flagship Equip

Coaches Spotlight: Susie Colahan

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What drew you to YadaFactor?

My friend Christine introduced another friend and I to YadaFactor after we had been attending a Bible Study in her home for a long time. We both took the Yada class together, with Christine serving as our assistant coach. After the class, the three of us formed a triad, and have now been together for several years. During the summers we meet weekly on Zoom; winters we are all in Florida and are able to meet for breakfast once a week to share what God is telling each of us.  It has been a wonderful time of growing in intimacy with God and with one another.

What do you like about coaching?

My next step was to begin serving as an assistant coach for YadaFactor.  As a retired elementary school teacher, I remember the joy of seeing a child’s face light up when they finally “got it.” Now I experience an even greater joy of seeing YadaFactor participants light up and reflect Jesus as they discover the intimacy of hearing from Him daily!  I am humbled and thankful for whatever small part I may have contributed to their growth.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In retirement I am enjoying spending more time with my husband of 55 years, as well as more quality time with our large family (5 married children, 13 grandchildren, 3 greats!). As for hobbies, I am a quilter and my husband is a woodworker, so we both love making special gifts for family and friends.

What one word would you use to describe YadaFactor?

The one word I would use to describe YadaFactor is “Change.”  Due to physical limitations, I was feeling guilty about the ministries I used to be involved in that I can no longer do.  But God has called me into a new season and new ways to serve; He has shown me that in spite of my weakness, I can be used mightily!  He frequently gives me motivation and strength to prepare meals for someone in need.  He has called me to pray as I make a memory quilt for someone who is grieving. And most importantly, He has called me to coach, to share the wonderful gift of YadaFactor with other women.  He’s taught me to accept where I am in life and to know that He can still use me.

Why would you suggest YadaFactor to friends and family?

I title all of my journal entries, and as I come to the last pages of a journal, I list all of the entries on the last few pages. Recently I listed 96 entries in the last journal I completed. As I listed them, many sparked something that made me go back and read over quite a few entries. As I read them, I was stunned to realize how much I’ve grown and changed over the past 96 days! I’m so grateful for YadaFactor, and for the habit of journaling. When I’m feeling low, I need only to read over my journal to be reminded of all God is doing in my life. He is always with me and He is always revealing more of Himself to me. I am humbled and grateful.

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

If you think life is good and you’re happy, YadaFactor will take you to new levels you can’t imagine!  To hear the voice of God, and know that you’re in His will, is really possible!

His Mercy

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Happy New Year!

As we start the new year, I am excited and encouraged to see what God has planned for YadaFactor in 2023. Our winter courses are starting next week with only one spot open! We also have another course in Nepal starting mid-February. God is so good!

With so much to celebrate I am also reminded that the new year is a popular time for resolutions, new focus, and creating new habits. While I love the approach of starting fresh in the new year, I have always wondered why we wait for a calendar to prompt us to start something new. I like to think that every day is an opportunity to start new. A fresh day, a do-over, a chance to reconcile and regain focus. To me, that is what the YadaFactor process is all about. When I think about fresh starts in a new year it reminds me of the hope found in Lamentations 3:22 – 23.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT)

Lamentations is full of so much hardship, but then comes the beautiful message of hope. Hope that can come from a new year, but also comes “afresh each morning”!

My morning time with God is so precious and provides the hope of a new day. That hope comes from my quiet time in scripture, journaling, and sharing what I am hearing God say to me. It has provided the framework that allows me to start new things, refocus, and form new habits any day of the year. Every day is a new day, a new beginning, and a new opportunity to learn, grow, and go deeper in my relationship with God. Can you imagine if God waited until the start of the new year to make things new. I for one am thankful that “his mercies begin afresh each morning”!

Although the calendar is a great reminder to celebrate and reflect on the previous year while refocusing on the new year, I am rooted in the knowledge that God is with me every day. He waits for me patiently with love, grace, and forgiveness as I form new habits and focus on putting him at the center of all that I do.  Every day is a new day to start fresh and receive the mercy that God gives so graciously.

How will you start fresh and receive God’s mercy today?

Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to start fresh every day. Be with me, guide me, and help me recognize the mercy you provide in the midst of chaos. When I get discouraged, I will remain in the truth that your faithful love never ends. Amen

Christine Brevik, Executive Director

I am honored and humbled to be serving in this ministry as we continue to grow and explore new opportunities to share the YadaFactor Experience with more and more people. We have an incredibly dedicated team of board members, coaches, volunteers, and internal support staff that make everything we do possible. Join us in prayer as we ask for God’s continued blessing over the mission He has placed before us.