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Bring Back The Bible

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Did you know???

In 2019, over one-third of American adults (35%) said that realistically they never use the Bible outside of a large church service or mass. The proportion of Americans who use the Bible daily also fell to fewer than one in ten (9%), the lowest number on record during the ten years of the State of the Bible research study. – 2020 State of the Bible, Research from American Bible Society and Barna Group

As Bible engagement and understanding have diminished in our society, so have many of the biblical values we hold dear.  

It’s critical to our nation’s future to restore an understanding of biblical truths.

YADAFACTOR HAS A PROVEN SOLUTION

Yada is a Hebrew word that means “to know.”  YadaFactor is “to know and be known intimately by God and others.” YadaFactor is transforming believers into a listening culture one day and one person at a time, using the Bible as our only curriculum. Bringing people back to God’s word is our top priority! The YadaFactor discipleship model puts each student at the feet of the Father, learning to integrate the Word of God with daily life.

JOIN US TO BRING BACK THE BIBLE

This summer we invite you to help us “bring back the Bible” by making a financial contribution to support our ministry efforts. Since launching our online course and coaching model in 2018, we’ve had 191 people go through our 7-week course. The testimonials have been powerful!

“I have grown in faith as I search His Word for His personal instruction, correction, encouragement or direction for me. YADA just makes me fall more in love with Jesus as I realize His faithfulness to meet with me every day.”

“This method teaches how the Bible is the Living Word and applies to me every day in all situations. I can take each moment to God. He wants to hear about every detail. I can test all things against what the Bible says to see if it is true or a lie from the enemy.”

“Now that I have experienced God this way, I won’t be satisfied with less. Through YADA, He has been answering my prayer for a deeper relationship with Him.”

AND MANY MORE!

GIVE

Would you prayerfully consider making a financial contribution to YadaFactor this summer? We are offering our course at no charge again this fall (however, our cost is approx. $425 per person). Your gift makes this possible.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

We’d be delighted to answer any questions you have about YadaFactor or discuss ways you can get involved. 

YadaFactor is a 501c3 organization. Your gift is tax deductible.

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What do you do with rest? 

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What do you do with rest? 

Does it make you anxious? 

Do you go into “Martha Mode” and make yourself busy to avoid it?

Are you so tired that all you want is sleep when your world becomes silent? 

Honestly, I’ve experienced all of these scenarios (on multiple occasions). 

For a decade I served as Founder and Director of a faith-based nonprofit helping teenage girls recover from sex trafficking. Over 350+ girls and young women received residential care, education, job skills training, counseling, Christian mentors and hope to dream again. Launching a ministry was exciting, but at the same time, it was scary and exhausting. Countless hours were poured into developing, growing and sustaining the ministry from week to week, month to month. Rest did not come easy. In fact, I often wondered if it were even possible?! In 2017, I made the decision to resign. My children were approaching their teenage years and quite frankly, I was pretty fried! Anxiety, depression and restlessness had become a way of life for me.

After resigning, I escaped Charlotte, NC to the beautiful mountains of Montana where I stayed for four months with my family. It was there, in the cold of winter on Flathead Lake, I had to learn how to rest.  I would sit by the fire, open the Bible to wherever my fingers took me, ask the Lord to speak and I would write. I journaled like a crazy woman with many tear soaked papers. Leaving the ministry was like a funeral for me. I didn’t see it then, but oh how I see it now! Many things had to die, in and around me, so that I could enter into true rest. The kind of rest Jesus promises us when He says “my yoke is easy and my burden is light” in Matthew 11:28. The kind of rest that you CAN experience, even in the midst of a busy work season, a tragedy, or stressful season in life.

How?

One word…remain. 

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” –  John 15:7

For the past several years I have been leading a business I founded called Flagship. We coach faith-based nonprofits on fundraising and development. My coaching services led me to connect with YadaFactor in 2018. I was blown away to learn that a ministry like this existed! Bringing people back to God’s word, teaching them how to hear God’s voice while using the Bible as their only curriculum, journaling and sharing in an intimate group of three sounded like something I could really get behind.

Since connecting with YadaFactor, I have been blessed to play a very small role in helping to expand their ministry. I believe wholeheartedly in their vision. I have witnessed the power of their simple, yet deeply rich ministry model, at work in the lives of many…. including myself.  The leadership team has been a great source of encouragement to me and has always provided a trusted place to be transparent.

This summer, Debbie has been challenging us with the theme of rest. A few days ago I skipped out of work and took a day of silence and solitude. I was up against some work deadlines, but I felt God saying come…trust me with those deadlines.

Here I am kicking my feet up, reading, journaling and praying in Lake Lure, NC.

Guess what?

The deadlines were still here waiting for me the next day and everything worked out just fine. 🙂

 

Join me in praying to remain. It’s a battle we all face from time to time.

Emily Fitchpatrick

Between Two Trees

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As we move through the summer, we hope you will make time for rest. Not just the hammock kind of rest, but the REAL rest God provides continually through Jesus. This kind of rest is a rest of the soul. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? This is why YadaFactor continues. YadaFactor encourages three vital behaviors – read, write, and share – to hear God’s voice.  But to hear him we must come and be willing to listen.

In Matthew 11:26, Jesus invites us to this deeper rest:

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

This is where we will spend the summer, exploring the possibilities of living at rest, while at work and play.

 

Between Two Trees

by Debbie Csutoros

The rope falls perfectly

Forming a swing for the body.

One leg at a time gently crawls into 

its natural sway. 

The whole body lays back in rest between two trees. 

How would this be if not for love?

Love sacrificed between two trees, that we might rest in Thee.

Are you resting?

Are you swaying in the comfort of His rest?

Choose this day

to rest…between two trees. 

Guidestar Platinum Seal of Approval

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We are excited to share that YadaFactor recently obtained the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Approval!

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of nonprofit data and this designation demonstrates that YadaFactor is an organization focused on measuring our progress and results in order to provide current and potential funders accurate and detailed information. The designation is only awarded to charities illustrating the highest level of responsible fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

We are proud of achieving the highest rating in GuideStar. This accomplishment demonstrates our commitment to being fully transparent with our mission, metrics and money.  The rating is awarded to those non-profit organizations that can measure program impact while also providing the highest level of transparency and stewardship of donor dollars.

Read the YadaFactor 2020 Annual Report.

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.

Real Power in the Pause

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Hunger to Pause

 

Pause to rest, pause to know, pause to feel, pause to grow. 

  Rest in the pause to know.

Know in the pause to feel.

Feel in the pause to grow.

Grow in the pause with Truth.

 

Truth is the key to rest, to know, to pause, to grow. 

Without the pause hunger remains.

Hunger to rest, hunger to know,

hunger to feel, hunger to grow.

 

 

Real Power in the Pause

 

Attempting to beat the rush I pulled into the Express Car Wash at 7:30 am. As I handed over the keys, I took a deep breath and searched for a spot to sit and pause for a few minutes. I needed my car clean for a funeral later that afternoon. I had two goals: wash the car and get to God’s Word. Joshua 17:7-18 was my next place in the Bible. From this text my journaled observations uncovered something vital.

 

God still has land promised for me. But to take possession of it I must stop and pause regularly to remember who He is, what He has done and that I too am part of His story. Stopping to pause produces divine power to believe God another day and trust Him to overcome my trials, knowing He fights for me. With His courage I can take possession of all He has promised and live in that land.

 

The people in these scriptures were a part of a long line of faithful fathers: Jacob, Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh. Now, Joshua was in charge, addressing the children of Joseph and their complaint. They thought they needed more land than what was being allocated. Joshua acknowledged them with a challenge to go and clear the hill country. Their response was faithless, “We can’t, it’s not enough and the Canaanites have iron chariots!” Immediately God began reminding me who these people were and their story with God. These children called Jacob, grandfather! Their father was Joseph, a leader of faith. He was sold by his brothers into slavery and ended up saving his family and nations from famine.  I thought, “Are you kidding me? They were afraid of iron chariots?” In the 15 minutes of waiting for my car to get cleaned, I was struck so deeply by the magnitude of these few verses and how these people were so afraid that they forget who they were!

 

Joshua had heard faithless words like this before and he knew their implications. He replied to these people in the faith he possessed. He believed for them and said, “You are numerous and very powerful, go clear the land to its furthest limits, it’s all yours.”  Sadly, they failed to do it; they did not take one step forward to receive what God had promised (Judges 1:27). After seeing all God had done in their lifetime, they believed a lie. They focused more on their enemy’s iron chariots than the God they followed. Doubt and fear robbed their future.

 

The next moment God whispered to me, “What about you, do you trust me to fight for you? Will you go take the land?”

I became aware of how easily I do the same thing.

 

Every day I have to fight to pause, remember, and believe God.  What has God already done?  Choose to believe it and trust him for my future. I can so easily forget when I choose not to pause. Like you, I’m busy, I have a job and a family. I have a wedding and a funeral. Like you, I know these are just excuses, but at times I believe they’re so valid and then I wonder why I’m discouraged or afraid or unhappy or I feel I have no purpose – poor me. I’m believing the enemy. I am looking at the iron chariots instead of the One who promised me good land, allotted it, and is just waiting for me to take it. Plus, He promises He will fight my enemies for me. What a deal. But this really is the REAL deal. God was actually blowing my mind at the car wash!

 

As I finish my journal entry it’s the day of my mother-in-law’s funeral. My kids are traveling home and their fights are delayed. There are big storms on the horizon and my car is dirty. I have learned the hard way that I have to battle to pause no matter how busy life gets. I have learned there is real power ignited in me when I prioritize the pause, even if it’s only for a moment. His word is power, fuel to fly in the Spirit that overcomes natural laws of sin and death. I needed to hear from God to remember again who He is, what He has done, and who I am in His story. He has promised land for me and for you. So, I took another deep breath, got up, headed to my car and thought with a giggle, “Wow, how do you do that Lord?”

Recent Testimonials

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We had a wonderful, fruitful semester in The YadaFactor Experience during our Winter 2021 Session. It was such a blessing to serve 24 women and men through the course.

Words used by participants to describe their Yada experience included: growing, calming, deepening, enlightening, stunning, refreshing, loud, exciting, fulfilling, sweet, encouraging, focusing, profound, convicting, conversation, praise, inspired, and anchor. 

Anonymous testimonies from participants this semester: 

  • It has been so good to get into the habit of seeing what God is saying to me through the Bible.
  • I love the structure and aspect of feedback – it takes away a lot of pressure.
  • The feedback from the group/triad helped me hear what I may not have heard. 
  • YADA provides a space of no judgement.
  • With pen in hand and a scripture before me, the Holy Spirit alerts me to what to process that day. I have been finding a lot of encouragement from the Lord in my YADA time in the past 2 months. 
  • I especially like the concept of reading a whole book of the bible as I YADA to more fully see God at work in the scripture rather than a topical scripture approach (in many Bible Studies). Yes, my desire to know God more has increased after YADA. I don’t want to miss what he wants me to hear every day. 
  • The whole experience has been inspirational. I could even hear God’s voice in what other people were sharing, even though it wasn’t about me. 
  • I have learned how to really look closer into my life and where I am as God speaks to me through His Word. 
  • I use the SOAP method in all studies of the Word. When I use my Bible app I am observing God in the scriptures and applying it to my daily life. I am enjoying God in so many ways now more than ever. 
  • The relationship of trust that is formed is precious and real. There is a uniting of purpose with like-minded people. 
  • I am more focused and intentional about spending that time with God. 

YadaFactor is a proven pathway to go deeper with God.  As believers, we have access to an array of Bible studies, workshops, sermons and conferences, but we lack guidance to process this wisdom personally.  Often we miss God’s still small voice.  We have discovered it’s in hearing His voice confidently that we are sustained and transformed.  It’s here God unlocks deep intimacy.

YadaFactor provides the guidance you have been longing for to grow and go deeper with God.

Questions? Contact us! 

Keeping Christmas

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Reclaiming Simple This Season

This holiday season YadaFactor invites you to join us in reclaiming simple. This encouraging email and video series has been developed to help you refocus and find joy in simplicity.

Keeping Christmas

Are you willing…

To forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you? To ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world? To put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground? To see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy? To own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life? To close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness? Are you willing to do these things even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing…

To stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children? To remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old? To stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough? To bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts? To try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you? To trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you? To make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do those things, even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing…

To believe that love is the strongest thing in the world, stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem two thousand years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?

Then you can keep Christmas.

And if you can keep it for a day, why not always? But you can never keep it alone.

– Henry Van Dyke

 

Thank you for joining us to reclaim simple this season.

We wish you and your family a blessed and joyful Christmas!

We are so thankful for your friendship.

Keeping Christmas,

The YadaFactor Team

Whispering & Whistling

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Reclaiming Simple This Season

This holiday season YadaFactor invites you to join us in reclaiming simple. This encouraging email and video series has been developed to help you refocus and find joy in simplicity.

Official Conscience

Jiminy Cricket was first introduced in the 1940 Disney animated feature film, Pinocchio. He was appointed as Pinocchio’s official conscience by the Blue Fairy, in hopes that Jiminy can guide Pinocchio on his journey to become a real boy.

I dub you Pinocchio’s conscience, lord high keeper of the knowledge of right and wrong, counselor in moments of high temptation, and guide along the straight and narrow path. Arise, Sir Jiminy Cricket.” – The Blue Fairy

Stories like Pinocchio were commonplace just 60 years ago. Culture reminded us of right and wrong through movies, art, radio and tv shows.

In Pinocchio’s story, all he had to do was give a little whistle.

Bad news…

Those days are gone.

Good news…

We have someone more powerful than a cricket, we have Jesus!

He knows, hears, sees and loves eternally, despite human emotions. Jesus has the power to keep danger zones of conflict and temptation at bay.

And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

– 1 Corinthians 10:13

A whispered prayer and a whistle of gratitude.

He will work on your behalf.

Whispering & Whistling,

Debbie