“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 wanted to add one incident to the previous blog:
One day as Alan and I were walking around the block in our neighborhood we noticed a man from a mowing service mowing a neighbor’s yard. He stopped his mower and pointed at us as we walked by and in a loud voice yelled, “I see the rest of God on you according to Hebrews 4!” We were shocked as we didn’t know this guy from Adam but he announced at last we had quit striving and entered a trust and rest in God. What a wonderful confirmation!
Later that day I was reading Joshua 1 and the following verses struck me for you too!
I will give you every place you set your foot.
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. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
The Lord your God will give you rest and has granted you this land.
You are to help your brothers until the Lord gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land the Lord your God is giving them. (Joshua 1:3, 5, 6, 8,13-15)
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Help my sisters and I hear your voice and obey. Thank you that you always know what we need and work things together for our good. Help us to feel refreshed and renewed by these promises. Give us courage to possess the land you are giving us and to help others come into your rest. Amen
A story in my life on our journey 15 years previously: Before going on our anniversary trip to Copper Mountain, I had a dream. I was biking through a nice neighborhood and came to a hill with Alan. He was able to get over it but I was struggling and just pedaling in place with no progress. I saw this girl from high school pedal by us. I wanted to find out about she and her husband and told Alan to go ahead and catch her and ask how they were doing. In the meantime, I would try to conquer this hill and hoped to by the time he returned. The couple’s names were Kristi Turner and Dave Journey. When Alan returned, he reported that Turner had divorced Journey. That symbol would prove significant because Turner had “divorced” or given up the journey.
As we drove to Colorado, Alan was looking back and having lots of regrets of not ending up financially successful and providing for his family as he had hoped. He was speaking negative things and his frustration with the call of God on his life. I knew he was thinking of “divorcing the journey” and going back to his secular job. When we got to Copper, God gave me a dream. I was pregnant at 52 years old. I knew Alan wouldn’t want to raise a baby all over again as our sons were older and grown. In the dream I saw Sarah from the bible who was also pregnant in her older age (her hair was almost white). I asked her what would I do about this since my husband wouldn’t want a child at my age? She pointed her finger in my face and said, “Rest! Don’t worry, she continued, because many people would adopt this baby and help raise it up. I know now that dream symbol of being pregnant is often pregnant with a spiritual growth and in my case I was pregnant with a baby of rest. I was to cease from striving and enter His rest as Hebrews 4 mentions and that many would need to do this and trust God to carry them, “adopting rest”.
The next day before leaving for home, I was jogging with the huge mountains beside me and a lake and highway to my left. I was venting a bit to God that I had hung on to His promises and tried to encourage my whole family but unless He gave me a sign to continue in faith, I couldn’t go on! I was exhausted! As I waited in silence, He spoke, “Good! Now I can take over! You see, Holly, I have to carry you your last leg to My promise and your destiny. You can’t accomplish it without Me! Now look up to the highway!” Right as I glanced to my left there was a moving van with the title “Covenant Transport!” There was the sign I asked for. “It’s my promise Holly, I began the call and will carry you to the completion.”
This was the training to come to the end of myself in trying to accomplish my own call and have my Peniel or wrestling with God to let the government of my life be on His shoulders. I learned to trust His way over my own…I had a prophecy later that said you have heard of beauty to ashes but you had ashes to beauty. You had a death to self first then beauty.
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I believe God is giving you the experiences you need right now to back up what you know in the knowledge of the bible.
May I pray for you?
Thank you that You who have begun a good work in us will carry it to completion. Help us to cease striving to accomplish our own calling and enter into Your rest. Help us to trust You and Your timing for our maturity. Help us to enjoy the journey and gain the wisdom and revelation You intend for us to help all those coming in our path!
In Jesus name,
It is an essential part of the Christian life to lose your reputation of the world. It needs to be on your resume’. I can remember in my life it was hard for me to say “no”. That is a problem-if you want to be pleasing and not rejected sometimes not saying no or anything may wind up in serious trouble (like being dominated by others or not standing for injustice) Even Jesus had righteous anger driving the moneychangers out of the temple.
But back to my struggle with saying “no”. I might be up half the night thinking out how my saying “no” would affect others and how I would experience rejection and they would not understand that I felt led by God to say “no” to this particular invitation.
Finally my husband said, “They aren’t thinking of you, just let them know and that’s it.”
I had come to the place of needing to “let the cards fall where they may”. This is a turning point where I was going to get a lot of painful practice until it would come easy for me. We are taught as women in society (in my day) not to rock the boat and to be pleasing and agreeable, not to lead but follow, especially by those who are our elders. Galatians 1:10 says, Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
So what if the elders you are following have it wrong? What then? You then have to take responsibility for your actions, or inactions…We are to be led by hearing God’s voice and obeying. Heb. 10:16 says, “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
Hearing His voice and being led by His Spirit is our compass.
Sometimes by avoiding rocking the boat, the waves build up so high they become a tsunami and break our boat in two! One thing I learned is no one can bond with a false front. There has to be a cause and conviction to stand for or be known for. Who are you and what do you stand for? Let us become strong and courageous in our convictions to the Truth that every false front and mask of protection be removed and we can know that
as we see in a mirror dimly, we will see him face to face one day and must give an account for our actions or inactions. Help us to know He is bringing us to a higher place and marking out the trail before us to be a strong voice on His behalf.
I Cor. 13:11 says, When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
We will no longer struggle with saying no or setting boundaries as He has set them internally in us! Thank you, Holy Spirit, that You won’t be satisfied until we are made in God’s image as we go from glory to glory. The only One we are to follow blindly is You and Your leading.
Are you willing to go “outside the camp” and bear the shame and disgrace He bore for us? For here we do not have an enduring city but we are looking for the one to come.
Help us to represent you unashamedly as you did us and bore our sins on the cross. Let us go outside the camp and participate in your sufferings so that we may participate in your glory when it is revealed. May Your kingdom be the one we are concerned with and stand for not our reputations in the world. Free us all of pretense that we may be identified with the Truth! Help us Lord be a rebel for Your kingdom and go against the ways of the world.
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I love this quote which was from a book study recently:
The reality of naked trust is the life of a pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down and secure and walks into the unknown without any explanation to justify the decision or guarantee for the future. Why? Because God has signaled the movement and offered His presence and promise.
And Ps. 107:6-7 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distress. He led them to a city where they could settle.
Shortly after Mom died September 7th, 2020, my husband and I felt called to Kansas City to be involved with a church there. We had been there for a short 18 months 30 years earlier and felt like God was saying, “Go and finish the work”.
God had been showing me in dreams that despite our hand to mouth living at this time that he was taking us to a land where we could stand and thrive. My mom had left us a stipend to invest in a house as we had been leasing for 34 years.
As we arrived in Kansas City, housing was at the top of the market and yet we had sold most everything to come and find a house. We first got familiar with the area and outlying areas close to the church and began looking. It was a frustrating time for buyers as there were usually multiple bids and they were paying about 8% higher than the buyer was even asking. After being bandied about in air bnbs, where someone had a reservation coming in behind us constantly, we were exhausted and scattered everywhere. We would have to pack up clothes, groceries and necessities and move again in a week or two. We were literally homeless and doubt crept in. Are we sure we were called to be here? It was much more comfortable with friends and family and familiar territory. Wouldn’t God help us find a house easily if He called us here?
Finally we bid on a house that had 3 acres. My husband wanted to be away from the city and have at least an acre. The only problem about a country place was that unless you were paying high dollar most needed major updating. The one request I had was to have a vanity area and modern bathroom. After losing that house by a bid over us of $35,000, we were disappointed and frustrated.
I went to the ladies ministry night and the ladies around the table were praying for me to find a house as our realtor sat with us. One older woman, Claire, spoke up confidently, “The house you are going to buy is not even on the market yet and it won’t be a totally money deal either.” Well if that were true God, how could you let us go around in circles and not land us yet?
Losing the first house served to make us more flexible. Alan had not been open to look at a two story house until now. There were many two stories in Kansas. We were about to rent an apartment and give up the search when we spotted three houses to look at for a final attempt to buy. I had a dream that night. One of the houses we would be looking at the next day would be ours! In fact the dream seemed to reveal it was already accomplished. We owned the house and I was having my neighbor over for tea in a beautiful backyard covered in trees. We sat outside on an outdoor table with a red umbrella. I also recalled a prophetic word I had received long ago that spoke of my being misunderstood and rejected which had left scars but that a time was coming when I would be restored. And it would be a Christmas in July for me…
After touring two homes the next morning, we came to the third and just felt it was the one as we walked in the door. Sure enough the trees were solid in the back and the outdoor table set on the deck held a red umbrella just as it was pictured in the dream!
We had a day or two to think about our offer since the other agent was out of town and Alan came up with the bid. Since I thought it was God’s choice I really desired the house and was afraid of losing another and being destined to homelessness…Alan said we must lean and trust in God about this decision and not win it in our own strength. I wrestled in the night. Was my dream true or just my hopes? Could I rely on this message in the night? I heard God whisper, “You will be alright.” I knew that meant we would be alright with the bid we were submitting. I had also submitted a letter to the owners stating our desire to be the owners and to host missionaries and visiting leaders of our church as well as lead groups and do some writing. The setting was definitely inspirational and satisfied the country feel my husband desired being in the culdesac with trees and twenty five acres beside us. The owner of the land had no plans to ever build beside us!
The woman’s prophetic impression at ministry night had been accurate. The house had been in pre-MLS and not out officially on the market at the time. Our realtor had sent it to us and we had access the day it came on the market and it had not been all about money. We got the house for $10,000 under what we expected to pay!
In the next few days the story got even more interesting. A red umbrella was sent to my forwarding address. However, I didn’t recall telling anyone the story yet about locating our house by the red umbrella or my temporary address. I first asked my realtor and sister if they sent it. They might be the only ones with the knowledge and address but they did not do it.
Ammsun was written on the case which held the umbrella. Under the company name was written in capital letters, I AM HERE!!! What? A sign and wonder to show me the great I AM is planting me in this location? I wonder who this special neighbor is that I will have over for tea.
Was this a mistake by Amazon or a divine confirmation? I choose to believe the latter! We closed on the house July 30th which proved true that I certainly had a Christmas in July!
God works in mysterious ways! When you know it is His choice that is all that matters. We surrendered every preconceived personal desire and felt a peace that He has a plan and knows the exact place you should live!
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