“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
I found myself in the book of Hosea this morning. We know that Hosea was a prophet who was called to illustrate the relationship, or lack of it, between Israel and God at the time. He was to do this through his marriage to an unfaithful wife, Gomer. Each child conceived from this couple represented a pronouncement from the Lord to Israel for their spiritual adultery and attributing their prosperity to idols in the land.
The second child’s name meaning struck home. Her name was Lo-Ruhamah, translated,
I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them.
First God caused Gomer to become naked and bare. Then He stripped her of her vineyards, wine and oil because she hadn’t acknowledged Him as the source of her provision and was pursuing other lovers. He walled her in so she couldn’t find her way to her idols.
But then He turns like a dime in anguish and decides to allure her into the desert to speak tenderly to her. There she will get her vineyards back and come back to the true lover of her soul. Then after all she goes through in the desert and as she is forced to quit running, He makes her valley of trouble a door of hope for her future and for others who hear her story. By the end of the story the Lo has been dropped from the name of Ruhamah, which now meant, I will again show love and compassion to this people. Ruhamah was like one who had been pitied, but obtained mercy.
Have you ever been to the place where you thought perhaps God could never show love to you again? Have you been through so much and your circumstances look so bad that people have pitied you? Have you made other “things’ your idols? I was once a Lo-Ruhamah but our God is a merciful God-I only have to remind myself of this story and know I have also obtained mercy, been restored, and reconciled in His faithfulness.
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!!