“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
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.
What I “heard” (perceived intuitively) however was vastly different and somewhat revelatory to me; “HOPE”. I was instantly able to identify with the veracity (look it up) of that impression, and also realized I didn’t know how to affect a remedy for myself. I needed to hope again like peanut butter needs jelly, like Dun needs Bradstreet.
Holly (loving, cute, spunky life partner) and I had experienced a fairly prolonged wilderness season. I was stuck, axle-deep in the mire of negative expectation, also slightly torched that God had “let” this malaise last so long. I do have to add, in my own defense, that we experienced a true “cross” experience, one in which we had participated/endured/sat relatively still while God put us to death. I also have to add for those who have not yet experienced such a season that you won’t be having a near-death experience…
In any event, as I ran the following day, I devoted my banter towards heaven with the question: “What do I do now? What is my responsibility in producing hope in my own situation? Aren’t you (God) the only source of hope?” I knew I was unable to deliver myself, (quick learner) and was of the opinion I was “waiting on God”.
John 6: 28-29 seemed to drift into my consciousness; 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One he has sent.” Simple enough, but how do I manifest belief? I realized I was going to have to recapture a sense of spiritual initiative, which had long ago perished in my desert wanderings. According to Hebrew 11:1, I had to believe and act as if my actions would, in partnership with God’s purposes, be rewarded; be successful again. Paul said in 1 Peter 3:15, But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. Someone needed to look at me with complete perplexion ( poetic license), dumbfounded that I could smile, given my circumstances. I had to overcome the spiritual inertia, which I had allowed to descend on me, put a patch on my tube and grab the pump again.
I need to emphasize at this point that the renewal of optimism I crave is spawned more from a change in perspective than effort. I was made aware that I did not need to build a hive, but eat the honey. To painfully reiterate: More effort is not the solution, believing again is. My responsibility is, to pick up my rifle, jump out of the bunker and stand erect on the battlefield once more.
Ps. 147:10-11 “God takes no pleasure in the strength of the horse, nor does he delight in the legs of a man, but the Lord delights in those that fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
Romans 11:22 “Consider the kindness and sternness of God…”
God does not create anyone to achieve things in their own strength. On the contrary, at some point, he must demonstrate the total inadequacy of our efforts to please him by performance.
This is what is meant by the sternness of God: every disciple of Christ must, at some point, experience the sense of bitter failure that results as we try to please God, yet fail miserably. Our destiny is resurrection from dead works, which must by definition include the burial of a single seed in the dirt, a solitary death march to Golgatha, far from the applause of the multitudes.
Those three days in the tomb are the catalyst by which all people find the answers they so desperately sought as they petitioned God.