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  beautifully flawed Jeremiah 18:4 |  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. September 22, 2020   Back in the 90s I was the Assistant Minister of Music at a church. I had my choirs and I LOVED what I was doing. However, the Pastor told me that I would never be the Minister of Music because I was a woman and I didn’t play the organ. Funny thing is I had been playing and directing choirs since I was 12. When I came to Howard Univ., the 1 st thing I did was find a church to play for and I have stayed employed as a church musician ever since. Never once did I have a complex about NOT playing the organ nor did I have a problem because I was a woman. Truth is, at the time, I really didn’t want to be a Minister of Music but the reality was, I was doing the job in the background and quite effectively might I add. So now all of a sudden I had a complex about this organ thing
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  Do It Afraid |  2 Timothy 1:7.   We often quote the scripture, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” 2 Timothy 1:7. It is a very popular scripture. Songs are even written about it. But the reality is, many of us are scared to death! Life is scary. That is why we do everything possible to find a safe place of comfort and perceived normalcy. The fear of the unknown is just too much. We stay in dysfunctional relationships, unfulfilling jobs, bad marriages, abusive situations…because we’re afraid of what could happen if we leave. At least it’s the monster you know 😕. In a way, this scripture makes us feel like being afraid is a sin. God didn’t give us the spirit of fear, so if you’re afraid, then something is wrong with you as a believer. Therefore, many times we do not move forward and take a leap of faith so that we won’t have to experience the anxiety of a new uncertain fearful situation. But I would like to submit that