Coaches Spotlight: Julie Garner

By September 6, 2023Blogroll

What drew you to YadaFactor?

I was really overwhelmed by some devastating circumstances and things in my life felt like they were falling down all around me. As a result, I was experiencing a lot of anxiety and depression. It felt like I was just a shell of a person. Then a friend told me about Yada. I didn’t fully know what I was signing up for, but I knew I needed to try it.

What do you like about coaching?

Because Yada has changed my life so much, I love sharing it with others. To me, this is true discipleship. I learn to follow Jesus closer and listen to the voice of the Lord more carefully, and then I help others do the same. I want the women in my class to have a similar life change that I’ve experienced.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Umm…Yada! HA HA! In all reality, I don’t have much spare time. I work, homeschool two teens, actively serve in my church, and juggle all the appointments and life demands–like so many women do. So, when I have downtime, I really do gravitate toward my Bible and journal. In addition, I love just spending time with my family doing just about anything. I just love being together or being with friends.

What one word would you use to describe YadaFactor?


Why would you suggest YadaFactor to friends and family?

I think many of us feel like we know God because we go to church or we’ve learned about him. But YADA is a deep, intimate knowing. It’s not just hearing what someone else knows about him, but knowing Him for yourself. Deeply and personally. Knowing him (Yada) has brought me peace in the midst of raging storms and clarity in the presence of confusion. I want everyone to experience this kind of depth of relationship with the Almighty God. He is EVERYTHING.

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

I’m thankful for the coaches who have poured into my life and vulnerably shared their journals and lives with me. I haven’t just gotten to know the Lord better, I’ve made some really beautiful friends through the amazing Yada coaches! I’m so glad we have each other.

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

My husband Dan and my son Jude took the men’s Yada class last spring and I have also seen how it has changed their lives. Dan has continued in a Triad and Jude has worked to teach other high school students how to study their Bible using Yada. Nothing warms a mom’s heart more than seeing her 17-year-old son sitting at the table with his Bible and journal open asking, “Lord, what do you want to say to me today?”

Julie Garner