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Coach Spotlight: Christine Davis

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YadaFactor coaches are volunteers who make this ministry possible! This month we are spotlighting Christine Davis. Fun fact about Christine…she’s very artistic and paints watercolor (photo below of a recent painting).

 

What drew you to YadaFactor?

I’d been searching for ways to better hear the voice of God. Eight years ago, when my friend Beverly told me about YadaFactor, I decided to give it a try.

What do you like about coaching?

I love witnessing the joy women experience when they know God is speaking to them personally. At times I see their lives opening up like a rosebud becoming a fully bloomed rose.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My husband Bob and I thoroughly enjoy quality time with our 6 grandchildren, who range from ages 8 to 17. They come and spend weekends or even weeks at a time with us, and we take them individually on special vacations. I like to ride my bike, swim, take walks, and spend time in the woods. I dabble with watercolor painting, which is a great way for me to focus on the beauty of God’s creation. I enjoy cooking, shopping, and going out to eat.

What one word would you use to describe Yada?

Powerful

Is there something special you’d like to share with other coaches in the YF community or those considering becoming a coach?

Being a YadaFactor coach is a privilege. Sometimes it isn’t easy carve out the time to do it, but it’s so important. When I think of how much I’ve been blessed on my personal YADA journey, how could I not share it with others? Plus, coaching seems like the perfect ministry for me, as I’m getting older and have less energy for more physically active pursuits. I feel honored and blessed to be a part of the YadaFactor community.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I’m a snowbird, spending half the year in the hills of western Massachusetts and the other half on a canal in Cape Coral, Florida. My husband and I have informally adopted a Guatemalan couple who are full time missionaries to the poorest of the poor Mayan people in their country. You can follow them on Facebook at DLopez Emmá DLópez and see how they are the hands and feet of Christ in Guatemala.

I’ll take Rest over Anxiety Please!

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This month, YadaFactor is focused on living out the word rest in a world that seems to be spinning off its axis. According to recent studies, 2 in 5 adults (42%) report symptoms of anxiety, which is the opposite of rest!

As a counselor and co-founder of YadaFactor, I see anxiety daily in the call God has given me. With Covid currently increasing, natural disasters, and distressing world events, all that is happening can keep us wondering where God is. If God offers peace or rest, how can we find it in these circumstances? Thankfully, YadaFactor offers a way!

Philippians 4:5-7 says,

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer, supplication, with thanksgiving make your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Let’s spend a moment together using the Yada model through this passage as we journal! Grab your pen and coffee and take a moment with me as we go through these verses.

I first want to focus that God is in control as the verse begins: “The Lord is at hand.” There are times I feel the world is out of control and I need to be reminded God is not! He IS at hand. Looking up “at hand” in my concordance I find it means to squeeze or throttle, to be near in place and position. That says a lot to me as God is always ready to act and He is near! It’s like He is saying “Let’s go!”

The verse also is telling me to not be anxious about anything, but to give what I am anxious about in prayer and supplication. Supplication means to beg; sweat it out. That visual reminds me of the moment in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus was sweating blood, pleading with God to take the cup away that he was about to endure for our sake. Jesus was anxious but was doing what these verses are asking us to do. He stayed there until he could say, “Thy will be done.”

It has taken me a lot of years to get honest with God through begging, pleading, and petitioning in earnest. Currently, I am doing this for my daughter who is struggling, and it is hard to watch someone you love hurting. I have prayed for years for family members and often must wait for God to reveal his plan for them. But I have learned to write promises I get even before they are fulfilled, and love to wait in trust for when I will put the date of the answer.

Ending with thanksgiving also has proven so effective to let the peace of God rest on me and calm my anxiety. I do see Him at work in my life and there is so much to be grateful for. I love nature and get to enjoy it so much each day. I live in Virginia and love to hike, see waterfalls, and ride motorcycles with my husband. We love our adventures to see ALL God has created. I often am amazed at how creative the God of the Universe is. I love to thank Him for allowing me to experience how much He has given us to enjoy.

By the time I write all this, I begin to feel the peace of God, which surpasses my limited understanding of any situation! He alone can guard my mind and heart when the anxiety of each day wants to come back in. I am to follow this model each morning as counseling others needs to come from overflow of the time I spend with God. I have my own anxieties each day and need to come to Jesus to find rest for my soul as that is what I want to offer others. How much can overflow from your cup of rest and time with the Lord today?

God offers us all rest over anxiety, which will you chose today?

Cindy

Cindy Chamberland, a YadaFactor Co-Founder, is our resident thinker and a forever student of God’s word. Cindy has a doctorate in clinical counseling and a private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has a passion to connect with people and help them find hope and healing. On the weekends Cindy loves to ride motorcycles with her husband of 35 years to see the incredible beauty in God’s natural world. She also enjoys running and hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. She has two grown children and six grandchildren.

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

 

Are you a faith blogger, or interested in becoming one? We have volunteer opportunities for female and male “guest” bloggers. Bloggers write short articles sharing insights God reveals from their Yada journal and biblical truths to encourage our growing community in their faith journey. Contact us for more details. 

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.

The Beginning

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When we got together ten years ago, we never imagined we would be here—creating a website and blogging on it! Did they even have blogging ten years ago? This is what God can do with a little time devoted to Him each day and a strong commitment to keep meeting every week. God did this and we are so excited to be able to connect with you. God has used the Yada experience so amazingly in our lives that we want you to have it too.

Our first lunch was a simple one, yet important. What made our time together so special that day was that we all got really real. Have you ever had a time like that—a time where you left feeling heard and loved no matter what you shared? We wanted to meet again. We knew sharing on this deep level was missing in our lives. So we met again. And, we met again. Today we are still meeting.
We all had issues (still do, actually), so when we began meeting we worked through “12 Steps-A Spiritual Journey.” We were not alcoholics or addicts but we had marriage, food, anxiety, people issues . . . in other words, lots of idols. This study helped us to learn to listen to God and each other’s story. Each story was what it was, and we were not there to fix it. There was no cross-talking allowed, which means we listened without interruption. That is one of the greatest tools we encourage in YadaFactor and it continues to be a staple in our sharing.

After meeting for over a year and finishing this study, we just had to keep meeting, and eventually it evolved into Yada. We were reading, writing, and sharing for four-and-a-half years before we realized there was something special happening and we had it captured on paper. We would walk out of the local café where we met and wonder “what just happened?” Our sharing time together moved from one hour a week to two hours. It became the most important scheduled event of our week and is even more so today.

When we “yada’d” we were really experiencing God and His Word. Yada is not a feeling, although, we had those. Yada is knowing God one day at a time and holding onto what we know. The truth of God’s Word was so relevant and real when we were willing to be real and transparent.

We named our group Yada Sisters after our first invitation to share at a women’s Bible study in Colorado. From there, we continued to share what we were learning with our friends and family. We have done workshops at our own local churches, and God is continuing to expand Yada, which brings us back to you.

This website is new territory with one constant: to know God and others intimately. The heart behind this YadaFactor website is that you come along with us on this extraordinary journey. It’s been said that God’s Story is “epic.” We get to be a part of that story every day. God invites us to join Him in His story. Yada is one way to do that. Come, let’s walk together following JESUS.