“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
My mom passed away peacefully September 7th at the age of 90. She was a very accomplished and dignified woman. While raising three children at a time when few women worked outside the home, she went back to school and got her Master of Arts degree and Ph.D from Texas Christian University. She then became an English college professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.
After teaching a number of years, she and her husband Ken owned and operated several bookstores in Houston. When the larger bookstores such as Barnes and Noble were taking over, she learned a new business of inventing parts needed for oil wells. She and her partner owned and managed Bolton Alloys until her retirement at 82. She was an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school for adults, and served as elder and clerk of Sessions.
Whether camping in the Texas hill country, driving through the French countryside, or exploring the Scottish Highlands, she was always ready for the next adventure. She had a joyous outlook on life and was always teaching her kids and grandkids whether it be reading Bible stories, speaking correct English and manners, hosting neighborhood fellowship, directing Christmas plays, piñata birthday parties, or Christmas games and museum visits.
There were many people that wrote me of my mom’s mentoring them, taking them in for 2 months while they treated their young son at Texas Children’s hospital nearby, funding school programs and church, teaching the word in adult bible classes, working on church newsletters, baking cookies for the prison and on and on. All this was accomplished while running a business and eventually nursing her husband with Parkinson’s disease. She also took her own mother in until the brother and sister-in-law took her to Utah for awhile. Below are the few scriptures I shared in her zoom funeral.
According to Ephesians 1:5-6 You have been enriched in every way in all your speaking and knowledge because the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you. You do not lack any spiritual gift. Mom, you have been given many gifts in your intelligence and articulate speech but the most important gift as you know was your testimony and salvation. According to Ephesians 2:8-10 you knew it was by grace that you were saved through faith-it was nothing of yourself, it was a gift of God so that no one could boast of their own righteousness. God created good works prepared in advance for you to do. You completed those works in the book of Life and finished your race in faith.
You looked not only to your own interests but to the interests of others.
I Timothy 1:3-7 I am reminded of your sincere faith which first lived in your grandmother and in your mother Lois (Willie Mae) and I am persuaded now lives in you also. For this reason we are reminded to fan our gifts into flame through practice. For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind.
We are thankful to have such a heritage and cloud of witnesses cheering us on. We have heard of the love and faith you had toward the Lord and His saints and it brings joy and comfort knowing the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you!
The following is Christ speaking but can you imagine your own mom leaving some final advice?
my dear ones, as you have always obeyed (my suggestions) so now not only in my presence but much more because of my absence- work out, cultivate, carry out to the goal and fully complete your salvation with reverence and awe with watchfulness against temptation- not in your own strength for it is God who is at work in you-energizing and creating His power and desire- both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
You were always being a mom to the end as you were telling us to go home and even when you could not swallow telling us to go to lunch. Thanks for being our mom and cheerleader-you made our lives happy and every holiday or visit a celebration! We celebrate you today.
Thank you Lord for the privilege of having Billi for our mom. Her love spread throughout her family and friends. We rejoice in her homecoming and rest. May we always cherish the memories she shared with us. Enter into your rest good and faithful servant.
What did you go out in the desert to see?
A reed swayed by the wind? (Luke 7:24 NIV) As a child John the Baptist grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly in Israel. (Luke 1:80 NIV) Solitude with God in the desert was his school. He gained the lessons and experiences needed to verify his beliefs, listened to God’s voice, and became forthright to resist an unbelieving world and shun popularity for the cause of the kingdom. No, you didn’t go out to see a flimsy reed tossed and turned with every wind but a prophet who would prepare the way for the Lord who was coming to baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. What do you need to do to firm up your reed and prepare the way?
May I pray for you?
Lord make us strong! Help us to keep a tender heart but toughen our skin in the times coming that we will stand boldly for your truth. Help us to lean on you and not our own understanding-in all our ways to acknowledge you and you will make our paths straight. Amen
Praying for the Josephs in all the families and countries-there is someone who has been misunderstood, thrown in the pit but brought out at this time to help their families and their nation at this time of need. The rest of the family will then have eyes to see the reason for the journey they have had. There will be a great reconciliation. They will be able to save their family in difficult times such as these and bring peace and security through their faith.
Things that used to plague you from the past have gone away-you see yourself in a new light. In fact you have become very transparent! (II Cor. 3:18) And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
God is watching over you with great love and protection. He tells me you are a dreamer. He is sending dreams in the night and you will learn to value them and learn the dream language to interpret them for others. He’s helping you to see through the eyes and mind of Christ. You have the word to sustain the weary! God is using your knowledge of His word, your experience, and dreams to express His heart in this season. His favor is on you!!