“A Gentle Spirit with a Giant Message, is how I describe Holly Smith. Women are drawn to her message because of her genuine love for Christ and her transparency portrayed in her testimony. The message Holly shares thru ‘The Cracked Pot’ will touch and bring freedom to women of all generations. She shares God’s message with a passionate commitment to change the lives of others in a positive way. She recently spoke at a Powerful Journey Women’s Conference. The evidence of the power in her message was shown as her session quickly filled with standing room only. As God continues to do a great work through Holly, she will be an added bonus to any program.”
— Phyllis Jenkins, Powerful Journey
“I believe God’s ultimate aim is to cause you to conquer your greatest fear. He does this by exposing the lie you believed. One lie is to look to yourself for ability and deliverance. I didn’t need a master’s degree to follow my Master’s decree to my destiny.”
— Holly Smith
Consider the contrast between well done, you good and faithful servant and you wicked lazy servant! Even though the passage in Matt. 25:23 refers to money it can also apply to our talents which were given to another when we weren’t productive with what we had been given. Taking ownership of our talents is often frightening and risky. It takes work, practice, prayer, resources, and grace to overcome the fear of failure that the lazy servant gave in to. He was not chastised for being afraid. We are all afraid when we try something new. He was chastised for not confronting his fear and trying the best he could. Not confronting our fear denies the grace of God and insults both his giving of the gift and his grace to sustain us while we are learning. (Dr. Henry Cloud)
Never imagine that what you do for others or what you do in private doesn’t matter. It counts more than we know. God watches how we steward what is not our own before He entrusts us with more.
You can’t fail. God has ordained victory for you, and victory it will be. It may not seem that way at this time because of your torment. You must no longer permit concerns that have plagued you to lay claim to any of your spiritual “real estate”. They are squatters and God demands eviction.
God has made you “lactose intolerant” and you can no longer digest “milk”. You need to call women and men up to a life of purpose and sacrifice and meat for the mature who through constant practice discern good and evil. They won’t have purpose without sacrifice!!
God is going to astound you and make you astounding!
This is the time when the humble will be exalted. Those in the back will come forward to instruct and change places with those currently in authority. Those in authority cannot learn what God wants to teach them in the limelight. This will be a season when they will sit on the bench. Get ready to sharpen your swords -be ready with the word in and out of season for it will surely come-first as a still, small voice or whisper then as a megaphone to reach a broader audience and those on the periphery. Your gift will make a way for you! Some of you will experience a wilderness season but it will be a “Place of the speaking” and will be the season your ministry is derived from. God will speak tenderly to you and restore your fruitfulness and your whole life will have meaning and purpose for those God has planned to reach through you! Others of you have gone through your desert and will come up from the wilderness leaning on your Beloved-you won’t lean on your own understanding anymore. Your Valley of Achor will become your door of hope. (Hosea 2:14-15)
Fan into flame your gift-step out, practice-you will be a preparer of the Way for the Lord-remove the stones and obstacles so women can come into their full inheritance in the Lord. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise ends up winning the race-by steady plodding along-help the turtles, the stragglers and bring them along under your umbrella so we can all take off together in the corporate jet!
Couldn’t get this song out of my head this morning:
Here are a few lines from this old song by Peter and Gordon:
Woman, do you love me?
Woman, if you need me then
Believe me I need you
To be my woman.
And you know how much I love you
Woman, don’t forsake me
Woman, if you take me then
Believe me I’ll take you
To be my woman.
Heard a worship song one weekend on a volunteer prison ministry trip that impacted me deeply. The words went like this: “I’ve been changed, healed, freed, delivered! I’ve found joy, peace, grace, and favor. I can’t go back, I won’t go back to the way it used to be before Your presence came and changed me. I’ve been changed! I’ve been changed!
A tall girl at the assembly began signing to this song. The leader pointed her to the front to lead us. I cannot accurately describe with words the impact the Holy Spirit made through this woman. Throwing her hands up showing she couldn’t go back to her old ways and how the Presence above changed her. Why? Because you could see from her countenance and motions what she had to go through to experience freedom from shame, guilt, sins. The pain turned to joy and a transformation and gratitude you could taste. She was declaring by her actions-do you get it? I am different, I am no longer the same!
What an awakening to witness afresh that God’s spirit is alive and He is in the transformation business. I am so grateful that we have been given access into His throne of grace at any time-what a privilege! I don’t want to squander that opportunity by being distracted or in a rut just going through the motions of life. Are you alive, changed, healed, delivered? Don’t let this moment pass you by. No more chains, our past is over! Sins forgiven. Right now is the moment.
Each of us has the opportunity to affect our fellow brothers and sisters. Are you fanning your gift into flame, allowing Christ to live through you? Are you stirring yourself up in the Holy Spirit or just going through the routines of life? Arise, shine for your light has come! Wake up, He’s alive! Draw near.
God bless this nameless, humble woman for illustrating her testimony and bringing a touch of heaven to us! I’ve been changed! And I won’t go back, can’t go back, to the way it used to be before His presence came and changed me…
Be yourself, Free Yourself, Then you can see yourself-
When some part of you wasn’t accepted growing up, we tend to discard it and separate from it. Later we realize that is the very part that our giftedness is derived from, our real authenticity. Let’s learn to be ourselves again.
Thank you for making each one of us unique with a purpose and mission only we can fulfill. Forgive us for comparing to another which only distracts and delays our own destiny. Help us bless others and their contribution to the Body. Help us to go home in our hearts and recapture parts of ourselves that may have been discarded. Demolish defense mechanisms and false selves that can harm us. Set us free to be all you made us to be. Help us embrace our lost parts again, becoming whole and authentic. Connect our minds back to our hearts and help us put feet to our goals, relying on You for our strength. Restore the joy of our salvation and our childlike faith again. Amen
At Pentecost, a violent wind filled the place where they were sitting. (Acts. 2:2) That wind was from heaven. Ru-ach in Hebrew means wind, Spirit, breath.
There is a violent wind blowing into the country right now, but as at Pentecost it will bring fiery zeal to the people of God.
You are to be a fire starter. Your zeal must ignite these God is sending to you. The ashes of our life are simply the last traces of the fire God has used to consume any indulgences, fears or doubts you formerly battled.
Breath in the new thing God is sending. Exhale any hyper vigilance, self-awareness, strife.
“Sit silently with Me.” I am bringing the desires of your heart. There is a whirlwind coming and with it, I will stir the nations, but to you I come in a still small voice.
You have an indomitable spirit.