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Debbie Csutoros

Whose Bundles are you Carrying?

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Streams In The Desert

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Devil’s Burden

Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God.—Heb 4:9 NET

The Lord made them secure, in fulfillment of all he had solemnly promised their ancestors. None of their enemies could resist them.—Josh 21:44 NET

For the Lord takes delight in his people; he exalts the oppressed by delivering them.—Ps 149:4 NET

An eminent Christian worker tells of his mother who was a very anxious and troubled Christian. He would talk with her by the hour trying to convince her of the sinfulness of fretting, but to no avail. She was like the old lady who once said she had suffered so much, especially from the troubles that never came.

But one morning the mother came down to breakfast wreathed in smiles. He asked her what had happened, and she told him that in the night she had a dream.

She was walking along a highway with a great crowd of people who seemed so tired and burdened. They were nearly all carrying little black bundles, and she noticed that there were numerous repulsive looking beings which she thought were demons dropping these black bundles for the people to pick up and carry.

Like the rest, she too had her needless load, and was weighed down with the devil’s bundles. Looking up, after a while, she saw a Man with a bright and loving face, passing hither and thither through the crowd, and comforting the people.

At last He came near her, and she saw that it was her Saviour. She looked up and told Him how tired she was, and He smiled sadly and said:

“My dear child, I did not give you these loads; you have no need of them. They are the devil’s burdens and they are wearing out your life. Just drop them; refuse to touch them with one of your fingers and you will find the path easy and you will be as if borne on eagle’s wings.”

He touched her hand, and lo, peace and joy thrilled her frame and, flinging down her burden, she was about to throw herself at His feet in joyful thanksgiving, when suddenly she awoke and found that all her cares were gone. From that day to the close of her life she was the most cheerful and happy member of the household.

And the night shall be filled with music,

And the cares that infest the day,

Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,

And as silently steal away.

—Longfellow

Streams In The Desert – December 1

Public domain content taken from Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman.

 

 

 

 

The Battle to Believe in Life’s Storms

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When pain comes it is hard to understand. Where are you God? Yet we praise Him, and fight to believe what He has promised through the pain. He is enough! This is why Jesus was born. To rescue us, to save us, and to love us home. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy. Please listen to this song all the way to the end, there is a small message from John Piper. We pray God speaks to you and strengthens you today.

 

 

Mary’s Time Management

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Let’s face it; we are all running short on time these days. Our schedules are packed and frankly don’t have time to spend with God, right? We want to, but how is that possible with all life’s demands? We say to ourselves, “It’s ok if I didn’t get there today. I mean, I am saved and I have all eternity to spend with God, right? He loves me just the same and He allows me to live in grace, right?” While all these statements might be true, how does not setting aside time with God affect my day?

Let this story motivate you.

One day Jesus went to visit two women, Mary and Martha. Martha was busy cleaning, as any good hostess would be. And Mary? Well, she was sitting at the feet of Jesus. Wasting time? Doing the lesser work? Nope, not according to Jesus. She had chosen what was better. We don’t know what else Mary got done that day or how God expanded her time. But we know Jesus personally affirmed her.
How much better might your day go if you heard God affirm you? How much more might you get done? Who really cares? If you were affirmed by God today and documented how He spoke to you in your circumstances, you experienced God and have something valuable to share with the world! How long does it really take to read a few verses of Scripture and jot down a note each day? Five minutes, maybe ten? What is the return on that investment of time?

Oh yeah! That is the Yada experience. If you get a glimpse of God’s perspective, how might that change your “to do” list? Apply Mary’s time management system today. It is a decision of faith, one day at a time, believing that every little bit of time we spend with God makes a big difference. Sometimes it will seem unreasonable with your tasks ahead, like there’s not enough time. None of Mary’s “to do” lists were documented, but the time she spent with Jesus was.

Don’t skimp on Jesus today; sit at His feet and get His perspective. He will affirm you too! Or maybe He just did. Print it, paste it, and share it at your next Yada.

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.