“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
This experience happened a few years ago but I was reminded of God’s faithfulness. The horse has served as a symbol to us often of man’s own strength and striving. My husband was trying to provide for his family but the more he tried, the more unsuccessful he became until God had our attention. It seems when God wants to recruit you in His army He won’t take later for an answer. He heals us in order for us to become disciples and help others and teaches us to trust Him for provision.
As we pondered the “dead horse” of our vocation, a ministry opportunity came up which Alan accepted. We were fortunate in working from the house to be able to do projects on the side. He was still very concerned about our finances at the time.
One morning our friend in ministry called to check on us. Alan told him he was still anxious. Jack said he had been thinking about us this morning and prayed that an angel of provision was on its way. We agreed with that prayer.
Three days later Alan’s boss called and let us know a deal had closed that he had worked on much earlier and a check was in the mail. We realized his boss did not really have to even tell Alan that he was the one who had this client. We would have never known. A deal closed that was not even our effort to push it through. In the meantime as he began to serve more, God blessed us and helped us trust Him to work out things for our family.
That night I had a dream: we got to take a trip to Yellowstone, Montana at that time which is one of our favorite places. We drove into the National Park to see Old Faithful perform. We would then stay at Old Faithful lodge.
Interpretation: God is the Old Faithful geyser we are coming to see perform His wonders. He is faithful and consistently meets us when we are in need. We would “lodge” there in Old Faithful’s care. Our hearts could trust Old Faithful to be there for us. Will you join us?
Not until we returned to Texas from living in Kansas City for 2 years did we notice a lot of the people in Texas had the same bondage we formerly had of acquiring things to anesthetize themselves and avoid their issues. There seemed to be a spirit of materialism over Texas compared to the tradition over Kansas City. I met a girl in my gym working out one day who was a Christian. She openly admitted she was a bit of a shopoholic. She loved to buy clothes but she said that when her focus and priorities were askew, God would deal with her by sending a moth that would fly around and land on her clothes. She was unable to swat it and it was a real nuisance. To tell the truth that seemed like a wild story to me.
The next day, however, I saw her again at the gym and sure enough, the moth arrived with her and was landing on her. I looked up moth in the dictionary and found that not only does it eat clothes but it is attracted to artificial light. Interesting… When I got right next to her, it would not alight on me. Perhaps I had been delivered from that mindset after our experience in Kansas City.
Amy shared that her sons were about to go to Christian camp for a week. She admitted to them her story about the moth chasing her because of her wrong priorities. When they returned from camp, they told Amy the leader’s lesson was taken from Matt. 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy but store up for yourself treasures in heaven for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The leader stated the fact that sometimes we see others that have more than us and we think the grass looks greener. Nevertheless, he said, it is not real or lasting. It is fake, like astroturf and only the treasures of heaven and Go’s kingdom are eternal.
Amy told the boys that they were going to take a trip to New Jersey to visit her sister, her husband and their cousins. They lived on a nice ranch. Since her sister and husband were wealthy, Amy wanted to prepare the boys to remember the kingdom lessons they were learning so they would not be jealous of their cousins. However, during their stay Amy’s sister ordered something that was delivered almost daily by the UPS truck to her kids. One day it was new cellphones, the next day the latest x-box and other toys. Amy’s youngest son was pacing in his room with his hand to his head talking aloud to himself, “It’s not real, not lasting, astroturf, astroturf, astroturf…”
Funny as that is we need to seriously change our mindsets and seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added also.
May I pray for you?
Dear Lord, Show us your kingdom and rebuild us in Your image. Just like the men on Emmaus Road help our eyes to be opened to recognize Jesus and help us to surrender to His rule and reign in our lives. Help us not to be envious of those around us with more material things but to have your kingdom and ways as the treasure in our hearts and focus. In Jesus name, Amen.
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
You have been on an intriguing treasure hunt. I have revealed many mysteries to you and there is so much more to discover. You have slowed down enough to hear my voice. Just as in the story of Mary and Martha, Mary chose the important thing to sit at my feet, enjoy my company, and wait for my instruction. Sometimes I conceal things because it would be too much to discover all at once. Each lesson needs to sink in deeply enough to remain. Continue to search out matters of interest and concern because I will give you the keys from my treasure house and answers to your most puzzling questions. Your hunger to seek truth will open up doors of understanding and wisdom. Spend time with me so you will be fully aware of the enemy’s schemes against you. I will hide you under the shadow of my wings for I am endowing you with an extra measure of discernment for the times ahead and my plans for you. Use your time wisely as your time is approaching…
God is training men and women of Issachar who know the times and what Israel should do. How do they know? They have paid a price to get understanding. Understanding is what we need in this hour not so much reason or logic-it’s having our eyes opened by standing in the shoes of others going through difficulty. That’s the only way to acquire compassion and understanding because we know that our brothers throughout the world are going through the same kind of sufferings we are. This last season has been training for the benefit of others- our roots of faith must go down deep beneath the surface to help others be able to stand in the day of trouble and comfort those with the comfort we’ve received.
Is. 44:24 This is what the Lord your Redeemer who formed you in the womb says: I am the Lord who confirms the message of his servant and fulfills the counsel of his messengers; who says to Jerusalem: She will be inhabited, and to the cities of Judah: They will be rebuilt and I will restore her ruins.
Is. 45:2-5 I will go before you and level the uneven places, I will shatter the bronze doors and cut the iron bars in two. I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches from secret places, so that you may know that I, the Lord call you by your name! I am the Lord and there is no other God but me.
This is the year of new beginnings that will be built on a strong foundation. What I have for you cannot be placed on a faulty foundation. David said in Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart and put a right spirit within me.” God is doing some housecleaning in each of our lives-he wants to remove any obstacles that hinder love and holiness. He wants to redeem you from your past and rebuild you in his image. He’s going deep to break up fallow ground. This is in order to give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places! He is summoning his army for battle and breaking through gates of iron in your life in order to free others in your path and his banner over you is love.