“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
Micah 2:12-13 I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people. One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.
Malachi 3:16-18 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, those who serve God and those who do not.”
You, dear ones are part of my treasured possession, my remnant. You need to be talking with others who have learned the fear of the Lord for it will help you ignite a spark and glow of what I am about to do in this time. As you talk and discuss what I am doing in this hour, you will see a path to take-a higher way. You have honored my name-you have stood for my namesake and now you will be a part of my treasured possession, my remnant. I am drawing a line in the sand and you will see the distinction between the righteous and wicked. Your names are written on my scroll of remembrance. Despite the many who have gone into captivity, will you break open the way for my people? Will you be like a banner summoning my troops to gather on my mountain? I will lead you. I will guide you. I have invested and deposited too much into your lives to leave you and not bring my plan to fruition. Get ready to wipe the sand off your feet and prepare others for this process and refining. A new day is dawning-break open the way for you have completed the long, dark night of your soul.
Playing for Free by Joni Mitchell
I slept last night in a good hotel
I went shopping today for jewels
The wind rushed around in the dirty town
And the children let out from the schools
I was standing on a noisy corner
Waiting for the walking green
Across the street he stood
And he played real good
On his clarinet for free.
Now me I play for fortunes
And those velvet curtain calls
I’ve got a black limousine
And two gentlemen
Escorting me to the halls
And I play if you have the money
Or if you’re a friend to me
But the one man band
By the quick lunch stand
He was playing real good for free
Nobody stopped to hear him
Though he played so sweet and high
They knew he had never
Been on their T.V.
So they passed his music by
I meant to go over and ask for a song
Maybe put on a harmony
I heard his refrain
As the signal changed
He was playing real good for free.
I don’t know why but the lyrics of this song struck me deeply this morning. Joni is saying by now she is a rising star and plays for fortunes and fame. She has the limo and escorts and the velvet curtain calls. But she notices this guy who is playing his clarinet high and clear with skill for free. She thinks about going over to request a song or harmonize with him but the light changed and the thought is fleeting. Still she is struck by the skill of this one man band and the fact that he would play for free…
Do you sing your song for free? Do you continue to do your hidden work without the accolades and recognition of fame and fortune? I stand and give my applause to this humble man with a song and joy in his heart to share with no tangible reward in sight.
When you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. (Matt. 6:6) But those who exalt themselves will be humbled and the humble exalted.(Mat. 23:12)
I asked for a word for 2017 and was impressed with two words, advance and seize. Matt. 11:12 uses both of these words. Has the kingdom of heaven been forcefully advancing in your life and are you ready to seize your inheritance? I believe that is the strategy God is giving in this hour.
Since we have learned to hear God’s voice and be led by the Holy Spirit, we see in scripture that often the directions are different each time. One time he might say, wait, don’t go up because you will be defeated, or go around and ambush the enemy or march around Jericho seven times and shout!
Could this word apply to more people than me this year? Where do you need to advance? What do you need to seize? Do you need to let your pastor or boss know what God has put in your heart to do and how you can serve as a light in your community? Do you need to move forward with the plan and vision God has put on your heart? Do you need to seize the land the enemy has kept from you way too long and receive deliverance and healing needed?
All these things are available to us. Often God is waiting on us to get over our own insecurities and believe he will be with us to defeat our enemies and step forward to do the task he has prepared for you. I challenge you with God’s leading to have no further procrastination, advance in this battle and seize all the territory God plans for you and your descendants.
Ps. 71:18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
Nehemiah had to let the king know that his heart was broken for his homeland, Israel, and what God had put in his heart to do in rebuilding the walls that had been destroyed.
Not only do you need to give out what you’ve learned, but others are coming in your path whom God is connecting who need your exact message and wisdom. If either party does not engage, the message may be forever lost. This message may have condensed the time it takes for them to reach their destiny. All the lessons in life are to be shared. We overcome by the word of our testimony! Ask the Lord who needs your message and then arise, shine, your light has come!
I will give you every place where you set your foot as I promised Moses. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. I will never leave or forsake you.
Be strong and courageous because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
Keep the Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. The you will be prosperous and successful.
The Lord your God will give you rest and has granted you the land.
You are to help your brothers until the Lord gives them rest as he has done for you, and until they to have taken possession of the land the Lord your God is giving them.
Mark 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.
You have the new wine but you must become new and renewed to retain and deliver it. Keep renewing your minds with My word and promises because I spoke creation into being. Shed the old skin and come up higher and believe that you don’t have to wait to the great by and by to experience My anointing or angels summoned on your behalf. Imitate your ancestors who by great patience, faith, diligence, and perseverance entered the land I had for them.
What have you learned to fear more than your enemies, loss of money, or fear itself? You have learned to obey My guidance and fear NOT following the path I have for you! That’s good. Transcend this world and mindset and live in My kingdom where the unseen and spiritual realm is real. Test My word to see that it is true and if you are humble and fear Me and seek Me with all of your heart it will bring wealth, honor and the energy of life. In the long run and for your family’s sake, is it more important that you have a nice lifestyle and plenty to eat or that you accomplish the purpose I put you on this earth to do and be? You have many works to prepare-they are eternal works-”just do it” as I have provided a cushion for you to work with but be diligent and accountable to your King.