Words Of Encouragement | Disgrace Will Ultimately Humble Us


We know that God hates pride. Proverbs 16:5 “The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” I don’t know about you, but I hate to do anything that God Almighty hates…and I do not want to be punished. So, for me, I want to really pay attention to this.

The obstacle of pride will keep us from drawing closer with God. It seems obvious; however, we struggle with this almost every day. Without even thinking, we often wake up and begin our day exactly the way we want to. Pride shows itself as we selfishly do things without God. We can even on a “good day” put forth an honest effort to put ourselves in the right place and hold God up high; but we always fall short and put ourselves in the high place, don’t we?

We love ourselves naturally. It doesn’t take much for us to put ourselves above others and have them not see Christ in our lives. Our eyes leave God and we don’t need Him any longer. Sadly, we then miss out on seeing His power and His glory. Ultimately, we are on a wrong path leading us to separation from Him.

It breaks God’s heart when we do not listen to Him. Ultimately, pride will take us captive. In Jeremiah 13:17, it tells us “If you do not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the Lord’s flock will be taken captive.” Just the thought of this brings me to tears. I would like to take a moment and ask you to visualize God’s face with tears running down His face as He looks at our prideful hearts. The verse doesn’t just say that His eyes were overflowing with tears, but that His eyes weep bitterly. Have you ever wept bitterly? The heart severely hurts and feels oh-so-heavy, right? It is helpful for us to understand the emotion fully so we can understand God’s heart.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2 The definition of disgrace is: loss of reputation or respect, dishonor, shame, discredit. As I ponder this, I can see a direct correlation of disgrace and why pride is something that God hates for His children. When we behave in a way that is prideful, we do not allow others to see Him. We steal all His glory and our job is to BRING others to His glory!  In addition to disgracing God’s glory, have you ever been around someone who is full of pride? They are annoying to be around and they are difficult to respect. Pride can destroy a marriage and wound children. It can tear apart a friendship. Because we are supposed to bear Christ’s name as a Christian many in the world do not see God; and sadly, pride has a lot to do with this.

One thing for sure, disgrace will ultimately humble us. For some, they seem to be more hard-headed and live through more disgrace than others (look at the story about Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4). We can either choose to let God humble us or develop humbleness ourselves. Fortunately, there is hope for us yet! If we truly work on humbling ourselves, we will have His wisdom! When we see ourselves in the rightful place as a servant of God and He is the King; we will lower ourselves before His majesty and worship Him. He wants to gift us with His wisdom.

We must be obedient and humble ourselves before the King on a daily basis. So often we pray that God will make us humble. (That sounds scary now that we just read about Nebuchadnezzar!) However, James 4:10 Says “Humble YOURSELF before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” How does this look? God gives us circumstances every day to humble ourselves. Do we look at these as opportunities to learn humility? Given the opportunity, we have the choice to defend ourselves and not see what it is that God is showing us; or we can choose to humble ourselves and honor God by bowing down to Him in all areas of our lives; especially when we need to admit our faults. The choice is ours.


Words of Encouragement | The Mug

zxcdIt was my husband’s birthday this month. I decided to get him something from the heart for his gift; so I chose to go to the paint your own pottery shop here in town. Searching through the options on the shelves, I selected a coffee mug. He loves coffee so this would be perfect!

Now, I needed to make a decision of what to paint. I know his favorite colors are red and black, so that would be the colors. There were books to look at in order to help get the creative juices flowing; I picked this curly design and placed a heart in the center of the mug.

I started by painting the red on the mug; leaving the white to show through in a shape of a heart. Then I put black paint on the handle and around the rim. I pulled out the fine-tipped, black paint marker and began to make curly designs on the red paint. I had a picture in my mind; but for the life of me it was not looking quite like my image.

This stuff is tedious work, people! The tip of the marker kept getting clogged with the red paint (It stays a chalky texture until it goes in the kiln).  I began feeling super stressed. Elijah, the 9 year old boy I had with me finished his shark and was getting antsy. We decided it would be a great idea if he selected another item to paint. My mono-vision contacts, from looking close then far away, were making my eyes feel over stimulated. I am sure that you have felt that feeling before; you have high expectations and nothing seems to be going right. You can physically feel the stress. Then it happened. I put my finger right into where I painted and smudged the design. Talk about feeling irritable, I wanted to cry and throw the mug away. Not quite sure what I was thinking, but I resolved the mistake by putting a FLOWER over the smudge. Yes, on my husband’s manly mug…a flower. But one flower wasn’t enough; I had to balance it out and put several flowers on it.

Finishing off, I put his name at the bottom and painted a black rim at the top with red dots on the inside. I hated it. All I saw was “pink” paint, flowers, and it was definitely not the image I had in mind for this gift. My mom was with me. We both were laughing as we retold the situation to my husband and my dad. All of the “what I should have done’s” were mentioned. I should have done a different design. I should have just put my name on it and re-made him a manlier one. I should have put hearts instead of the flowers. I should have dropped it…on and on. Tim just laughed and told me he would love it; even when I told him that it looked like a pig threw up curly-ques.

I went to pick up the mug at the shop. The owner, as she pulls my artwork out of the box, says, “And this one turned out so nice!” I couldn’t believe it! And, I was surprised as I looked at it. The pink was bright red and the black was way more muted. The curly-ques were much milder than they were before it went into the kiln. It did; it actually looked pretty good! I got into the car and called my mom after sending her a text message with a picture of it!  We talked about the significance of the fire. Interesting, right? Just like in life as we have situations that paint us, decorate us, fail us, and even cover up the mistakes with new attempts to do things correctly. Then God, fully in His amazing grace, comes when we allow Him to and puts a coat of plain glaze right over top of our “artwork”. Then, He puts us in the kiln. Fire is never comfortable; but boy does the pottery come out beautiful afterwards! The glaze makes everything nice and shiny; even the colors change. His plans are always the best.

The “game-changer” in this situation is the willingness to be put into the fire. The Bible talks about not getting comfortable but allowing God to move us into His image.  You read through scripture and there is story after story of God calling people out of their comfort zones. Read Daniel 3 for the story about three men (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) who literally went into the fire!  Their willingness, obedience and faith in God resulted in changed lives of many people. I am sure their “mug” (situation) didn’t look too good before and as they were taken into the fire! But what a glorious story after!

I was driving down the road and heard the song by 7eventh Time Down called “God Is On The Move.”  While I love the song, it really struck me that WE need to be “moving” along with Him.  James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”  So often we see husbands who get involved in seeking Christ-likeness and only do painting. They never seem to allow God to put the glaze on and certainly when it gets too hot from the fire, they become defensive and sometimes even quit. God certainly IS on the move. He wants to do BIG things in our lives. Remember the quote, “NO PAIN, NO GAIN”; well, it is like that with our quest to Christ-likeness. God has even warned us of this in scripture. Although there are many verses that allude to this hardship; one is Acts 14:22, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”

In closing, the question is: Do you want to go through life feeling like you are just painting (or playing Christian)? Along with this come feelings of anxiety, frustration, emptiness, like giving in/throwing in the towel (breaking the mug), insecurity, dissatisfaction, etc. God has such a better picture in mind! Stay the course and allow Him to finish what He has started. Follow Him.  As the song says, “God is on the move, on the move, Hallelujah! God is on the move; in many mighty ways.” He does take us into the fire. It isn’t always easy; but discovering your Spirit, for husbands knowing and understanding the spirit of your wife, and knowing and learning God’s Spirit is AMAZING! I am so glad I didn’t throw away the mug. Tim loved it when I gave it to him. And so it is with God’s ways; the blessings are huge and so worth the fire!

Written by Denise Wedel

Words Of Encouragement | Live With Intention

FullSizeRenderLately I have really been meditating on intentional living. So many of us have ideas and thoughts concerning our walk with God, the relationships in our lives and the activities that we would like to do. Yet, we don’t live with intention.

My encouragement in this article, will be to get you thinking about your purpose, your goals, and then how are you planning on getting there. I have two phrases that my family can tell you I do not like, and they are “I will try” and “sorry”. We will leave the “sorry” comment for another article! However, we will address the “I will try”. It is so often an overused and meaningless phrase. Living with intention is not trying, but doing.

The Bible says, “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish it, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ ” Luke 15:28-30. A wise person sits down and makes a plan; they lay a foundation. May I suggest that you sit down individually to work on a personal purpose statement and then as a couple or family to create a purpose statement for the family. Decide what you want to look back at, in 2017 that you envisioned for 2016 and see what you have accomplished. Men, decide what areas specifically you want to grow in.  This will allow you to be a better leader for the entire family. What a wonderful thing to do every year.

Once you make the plan, decide what you are going to do monthly and weekly. At the end of the day, go to your Heavenly Father and ask Him if He is pleased with your progress. Ask yourself, where did I succeed? Where do I need to work harder tomorrow? Do I need to reconcile anything from today? This is intentional living. Make a list of what you will do for the next day. Keep the list with you and look at it; do the items on the list! So many have grand plans, and yet do not accomplish anything. Change starts with a decision. Plans start with a decision. Decide daily what you can and will do.

God even has plans. He says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Do you know what His plans are for your life? Do you spend time daily in His Word? His Word is the foundation on which our plans rest. Husbands, do you discuss with your wife and get her thinking about the areas that need a plan in your life and in the home? Do you pray about these plans together?

Eph. 5:15 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.” And James 5:12 says, “Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.” Living intentionally is being careful and wise on how we live; then doing what we set out to do. When we wake up in the morning, the first thing we should do is to pray over the list we made together as a couple the night before. Just think about how much closer our walk with God will be and how we can look back at what we have intentionally completed if we make the decision to live life with purpose!

Once the decision is made, do it! Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, says he to you; but his heart is not with you.” Will you be a person who thinks in his heart and does it; or a person who thinks it and your “heart is not with you”…aka “I will try”. Let’s choose to live intentionally, daily.

Words of Encouragement | Looking Deeper

80b6c25734b8177219779a990ff77134Years ago, we dug a well. The people we hired came out and set up their equipment and began to drill. They had to go through feet of shale, which is a very hard rock. About 700 feet later, they finally hit water!

Do you ever have days of feeling like you are “digging through feet of shale”? Life can dish us things that are down-right hard. Emotions of weariness, exhaustion, sorrow, depression, anxiety (along with a long list of other emotions) can flood our spirit.

The Lord is our source of Living Water. In John 4:14, Jesus Himself says, “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

As you go throughout your day “digging” in this well called “life”, please remember that Jesus is offering us something. He clearly is not forcing us, as we can see in this passage, to drink. It is a choice that we make. We can either sit and wallow, or we can drink.

Let’s take some advice from Isaiah 12:3-6. It says, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And in that day you will say: ‘Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!’”

  • With JOY we will draw water from the well. Choose to rejoice in the good things. Praise His holy name. He has saved us!
  • Call upon His name. Ask Him for His help. He is the one we go to. His name is POWERFUL.
  • Declare the great and excellent things He has done. Let people know what He has done. Remind people that He is to be lifted up.
  • Cry out and shout…sing songs of praise to Him. He is the Holy One. And, He IS in our midst.

It is easy to get caught up in the miseries of life. It is a choice of what we decide to do with life’s trials. But, let’s encourage one another to go to the Living Water and drink; let’s share with others about this Water!

Words of Encouragement | Allowing God to Make us Into His Perfect Masterpiece

eFirst of all, it is the ARTIST that makes the artwork a masterpiece; not the canvas, not the brush, and not the paint, pencil, or chalk. Have you ever tried to cut hair while outside in the blowing wind? How about cutting a straight line while someone is moving the paper all around? What about painting or coloring while driving on a bumpy road? Imagine, with me, that WE are a piece of canvas or paper and God is the artist. He picks up the brush…and begins to dip it in the paint. As he goes across to spread the paint on us as the canvas…we move. Let’s imagine the brush and paint are events and people in our lives. God brings these things into our lives to build masterpieces out of us. He actually has a picture in His mind! Remember…He is the MASTER artist! Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

It is so important that we realize the need to HOLD STILL. I really believe that comes from trust. And when we trust in God, we can hold still. Imagine how frustrating it is to God when he goes to paint on our canvas and we move. Then He has to re-apply paint over and over again; working around us. Often I hear people say, “God told me…” or “God says…” Standing on the outside, I often see people putting words in God’s mouth when the person wanted to “do” whatever it is… and left God out of it. Thus, doing exactly what THEY wanted to do. I can identify with this when I sought after the things that I thought would make me look “perfect”. It takes diligence and desire to hold still. It takes discipline to listen in Him. It takes a habit of taking time with God daily in prayer and in His Word to find out His ways and then applying them. It takes respect to know that God alone is the Master Artist…He does not need our help. “This God—His way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 18:30.

An example in scripture of a man who stood still was Daniel.  Most everyone has heard the story about Daniel and the lion’s den; but let’s look at what happened before he went to those “lion’s sleep over”!

Read with me Daniel 6 starting at verse 1:

Darius (the king of Persia who just destroyed the seemingly invincible King Belshazzar) divided the kingdom into 120 provinces, each under a governor. The governors were accountable to three presidents (Daniel was one of them) so the king could administer the kingdom efficiently. Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other presidents and governors, for he had great ability, and the king began to think of placing him over the entire empire as his administrative officer. This made the other presidents and governors very jealous, and they began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling his affairs so that they could complain to the king about him. But they couldn’t find anything to criticize! He was faithful and honest and made no mistakes. So they concluded, “Our only chance is his religion!” They decided to go to the king and say, “King Darius, live forever!  We presidents, governors, counselors, and deputies have unanimously decided that you should make a law, irrevocable under any circumstance, that for the next thirty days anyone who asks a favor of God or man—except from you, Your Majesty—shall be thrown to the lions.  Your Majesty, we request your signature on this law; sign it so that it cannot be canceled or changed; it will be a ‘law of the Medes and Persians’ that cannot be revoked.” So King Darius signed the law.  But though Daniel knew about it, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs bedroom, with its windows open toward Jerusalem, and prayed three times a day, just as he always had, giving thanks to his God.

This was Daniel’s habit. He stood still. Now me…I would be up all night doing my circle thinking…trying to think of the perfect plan on how to handle this and to figure out how I could work things out to not have to go into that lion’s den, RIGHT?! But nope, Daniel respected God. He was obedient. He knew God was the Master Artist…and that God had a plan. Daniel would allow God to paint; even though it was a horrifically scary time.

An example of a man who did NOT hold still was King Nebuchadnezzar. Turn back a few chapters to Daniel 4. In chapter 1, Daniel and his 3 friends stand strong in their convictions and obeyed God by not eating the King’s food. Because they stood still, God gave them wisdom beyond all the other wise men in the land. King Nebuchadnezzar honored these godly men because of that. In chapter 2, the king had a dream and only Daniel could interpret it. But Daniel was sure to let Nebuchadnezzar know that it was only because of the 1 true God. In the end, the king admitted that Daniel’s God was best of all of his god’s. Now, chapter 3 is the famous story of the fiery furnace. King Nebuchadnezzar watched closely, Meshach and Abednego as they were in the furnace. He witnessed their God and contrasted that with his gods. They didn’t come rescue him in the same way. Nebuchadnezzar witnessed the Lord standing by these men who trusted Him. So King Nebuchadnezzar made a law that no one could speak against the God of Israel. We can see the king beginning to have an understanding of God…but he still has not chosen to allow God to be his Master Artist. So, now we are up to chapter 4. In verses 4-5, we see that there is another dream. Again, no one could help interpret the dream. So, who comes to help him again? Daniel. The king tells Daniel the dream and as Daniel listen, he becomes stunned and afraid. But the king reassures him and pleads with him to share with him what the dream means. Let’s hop down to verse 19. I will read from the Living Bible translation: Daniel replied: “Oh, that the events foreshadowed in this dream would happen to your enemies, my lord, and not to you! For the tree you saw growing so tall, reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see, with its fresh green leaves, loaded with fruit for all to eat, the wild animals living in its shade, with its branches full of birds— that tree, Your Majesty, is you. For you have grown strong and great; your greatness reaches up to heaven, and your rule to the ends of the earth. “Then you saw God’s angel coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump and the roots in the earth surrounded by tender grass, banded with a chain of iron and brass. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven. For seven years let him eat grass with the animals of the field.’

“Your Majesty, the Most High God has decreed—and it will surely happen-that your people will chase you from your palace, and you will live in the fields like an animal, eating grass like a cow, your back wet with dew from heaven. For SEVEN years this will be your life, until you learn that the Most High God dominates the kingdoms of men and gives power to anyone he chooses. But the stump and the roots were left in the ground! This means that you will get your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules.  “O King Nebuchadnezzar, listen to me—stop sinning; do what you know is right; be merciful to the poor. Perhaps even yet God will spare you.”

And if you continue to read the rest of the chapter, you will see that this is exactly what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. But look at verse 34 “At the end of seven years, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven, and my sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High God and honored him who lives forever, whose rule is everlasting, his kingdom evermore. All the people of the earth are nothing when compared to him; he does whatever he thinks best among the angels of heaven, as well as here on earth. No one can stop him or challenge him, saying, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?’ When my mind returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My counselors and officers came back to me, and I was reestablished as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.”

“Now, I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of Heaven, the Judge of all, whose every act is right and good; for he is able to take those who walk proudly and push them into the dust!” We think that the timeline from Chapter 1 to Chpt. 4 is about 43 years; so in other words…it took around 40 years and turning into a beast for King Nebuchadnezzar to humble himself and stand still…and to allow God to be his Master Artist.

What areas do we need look at in our lives that we need to stand still? It is our choice to trust Him and allow Him to paint or to continue to move until His gentle warnings end. He wants to see us glorious! His truly perfect Masterpiece…will we hold still and allow Him to paint His ways into us?

Words of Encouragement | Guarding the Mouth

hjgh“Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” Romans 6:13 (NLT)

I have heard the idea of asking, “How can I be a present to God?”during the Christmas time. Also, there is the New Year’s resolution where each year we want to be better about our walk with God, right? However you look at it, we are supposed to give ourselves to God completely; and if December or January is when we actually are reminded of this then that is encouraging!

Use our whole body as an instrument to do what is right…hmm. Does that include our mouth? Ouch. That is hard, isn’t it? Our mouths say and do things almost on their own. In Psalm 141:3, Proverbs 21:23 and in the book of James, we see the value of guarding the mouth.

Here is a thought. When we first get married, we see little imperfections in our husband and pass them off as insignificant; we don’t share those things. We regard that as guarding our mouths. I also know that, often early on, we try to encourage our husbands by building them up and state that they are amazing when actually; they can be hurting our spirit/hearts. We so hope that if we say that he is amazing that he will be encouraged and become motivated to become more sensitive and Christ-like.

Or, perhaps you do share and it backfired and you learned rather quickly to guard your mouth; you stop talking. What if I told you that I am not sure that this is what guarding your mouth means? Actually, that is silence. Another way wives can respond is to lash out and get very angry saying all kinds of things that we later even regret.

Let me encourage you to be honest and share what is on your heart. If you hold it in, so often it blows up and actually becomes destructive. You can put a guard on your mouth by asking God to show you how you can honestly, constructively, share the things that you see. Then, once you have shared, don’t be the one to make it happen! Allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. So often we jump in and think it is our job to become the Holy Spirit’s instrument, trying to convict our husbands. I know it is extremely frustrating to share and sometimes see what appears to us as no improvement. However, we do not know what the Lord is doing in our husband’s heart. My encouragement to wives is to really understand that no matter what we say; it is God business to change hearts. We are a tool that God has designed to be on our husband’s team and help him to see His heart. Sometimes we are at our wits end. It is better to be honest and share than to be silent and not share or even “lie” and say things are fine. But, I find that when I do not guard my mouth it only leads me to a place where I really regret how God sees me. Ladies, if you need help in learning how to be honest and yet guard your mouth, please contact Nancy to set up an appointment. She would love to help you walk through this!

Words of Encouragement | War or Peace?

wasHow would you like the time you are here on earth to be full of life and peace? There is nothing worse than death and war/disturbance. I don’t know about you, but when I got married I thought of spending time with my husband (my best friend), bringing joy, peace, and a living, growing relationship!

Many times, sadly, this is not the case. Soon after the wedding, the relationship begins to die before it can even start. Arguing, selfishness, laziness, etc. show their ugly faces. The flesh is in complete control. The flesh is a destroyer. It is strong. It sneaks in and works its way into the relationship. Most times, for men, the conquest of wooing the woman he met ends when they walk down the aisle and says “I do”. And, the new wife is left with much disappointment. Since she is not taught properly how to be an Ezer, she does not share with her new husband what is on her heart. The husband has the role of spiritual leader and is often unaware of how his choices in this new role can either lead to death, or to life and peace in their new union.

Romans 8:6 (NIV) “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”

Paul gets straight to the point. He shares how there is a decision we must make. Will we let our mind be governed by our flesh, or will we choose to have our spirit’s mind be governed by the Holy Spirit? We see evidence in what choice we make by the fruit/evidence of what is going on in our lives. Galatians 5:19-26 speak of this fruit/evidence:

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

There is GREAT encouragement in this! When you feel like there is no life in you, no peace in you; you know that you are being ruled by your flesh. And, likewise, when you feel life and peace; you are experiencing a Spirit led life. We have a choice! But, you must fight fire with fire so to speak. You must choose to put to death the flesh which is causing death. The blessing of a truly peaceful and loving marriage is sitting there waiting for you to choose it; but the rewards of laying down the flesh are great!

Encouragement also comes from the fact that we are not left unequipped! Several things come to mind. We have the Holy Spirit who leads, empowers, guides in all truth, reveals, and regenerates (to name a few) us. Then, Jesus says Himself in Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.”

Our goal here at CQM is to educate and disciple you on how to put into practice these things. Not everyone has had an opportunity to have someone walk along side of, open up the “doors” of our lives, and be real; addressing the things in there one by one. We are excited about our CQI classes as they make scripture come alive, showing step-by-step how to put the flesh to death and learn to live in the Spirit!