“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
In my devotional this morning it said Peter’s eyesight was actually a hindrance to him when he needed to keep his eyes steady on Jesus and not how it was going to work as he walked on water. Where has doubt crept into your life and actions? Have you asked for signs and wonders and when they come still ask for more confirmation? Faith is conviction of things not seen and being certain of what you hope for. Are you certain of what you hope for?-Let that certainty occupy your thoughts-this is a new season-begin decreeing those things that are not as if they were! Remember that the persuasion of doubt does not come from the one who calls you. Continue running your race because we know our God will make a way through the sea-a path through the mighty waters.
(Heb. 11:1, Rom. 4:17b, Is. 43:16)
In order for you to increase and enter and possess the land God has promised your forefathers for you, you must believe and obey My voice. It may not make sense at times because My ways are higher and I am giving you the mind of Christ where you no longer lean on your own understanding. Conventional wisdom will die. You have been tested to see what was in your heart so that in the end it would go well with you. Your message and story derived from this experience will help many coming in your path. I am releasing a new promise to you. I will put my laws and commands on your heart and mind. (Heb. 10:16) You are coming into a place where all will be provided. I want to restore all that was lost. For I am your Redeemer, your shield, your very great reward!
I found this to be a great exercise to get you flowing in a prophetic word for someone. Whatever comes to mind just flow with it-don’t worry about answering all 4 questions if one prompts you enough to begin writing.
Read Luke 10:38-42
1) What is the one thing your friend needs to do at this time?
2) What specific encouragement can you give?
3) How would you give a word that would encourage your friend?
4) What particular promise do you sense that the Lord wants to release into this person’s life at this time?
Write the word down on a card and give it to the person the Holy Spirit puts on your heart.
Here is an practice example I came up with:
All you need to do right now is sit at Jesus’ feet. You will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.
You have chosen the best thing to do: to sit in My presence and it won’t be taken from you. One word from Me can change your whole situation! Be still and know that I am God-I have you and all that concerns you in My hand! Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts and I will write them on their minds.” God will lead you by His Spirit and by hearing his voice.
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…