“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 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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Is. 49:11 “I will turn all my mountains into roads and my highways will be raised up.”
Redemption is My word for you for 2021. My redemption draws near. You have been through the pangs of birth for many whom I will redeem. Your testimony, My story in your life will save many who have lost their compass.
I have truly made you a covenant for My people and how have I done it? Your lives are an illustration of My promise for others. When they see the result of their trials turning into blessings they will rejoice. The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread. (Is. 51:14) This has always been My plan to use your difficulties on your journey to give strength and resolve to overcome the enemy and pave the way for others.
For I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of My wrath, you will never drink again. I will put it into the hands of the tormentors, who said to you, ‘Fall prostrate that we may walk over you, and you made your back like the ground.’ (Is. 51:22-23) Yes, I allowed the cup that made you stagger so that you could become strong, stand and thrive against your enemies of shame, poverty, fear, and rejection because I never intended you for man’s approval but for My approval. Now you can give proof that you did not lack bread as you went through this process of being set free. For My arm is not too short to save and My refining fire draws near for others now. I want to see all the dross come to the surface to be cast off in this hour-for I am a redemptive God and want to regather you to My shelter but you need to be cleansed and repentant.
I want to be your guide and rule and govern your lives so fall on Me, Your rock, and derive strength and dependence from Me. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God and in due time I will raise you up. (I Peter 5:6) You are not able to accomplish this yourselves. I am rebuilding you in My image as you surrender all striving. So persevere in following my directions and you will see what I produce in you! For I have made you upright men and women and you will be My plumb line for others to look up to and measure their growth and standards to live by.
Redemptive suffering is always redeemed for another, for those coming in your path. You are making a highway for travel, for hope, for joy, removing the obstacles to freedom-
“And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Is. 51:11)
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Daughter, I am making you a place of rest for My people. I am coming to inhabit you in a remarkable way you cannot imagine. Everything you have studied or meditated on, your cause, your prayers will be used in your library of wisdom as I speak fresh revelation through you. You will model the picture of peace even in a storm; you will be a lighthouse, a rescue signal for those who are looking for their way home. All you have been through will be used for those coming in your path.
Is. 50:7-8 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near.
See, I have known from the beginning how I planned to use you. I knew the zigs and zags and distractions you would take but now you are My Bride-you are committed and surrendered to Me and part of My Royal Priesthood that will bring those who were once darkness into My beautiful light. You will praise and worship in advance before you see the victories. Your blood is precious in My sight and I will protect you from the evil one. Stay strong and have faith in the Lord and in His mighty power. I love you daughter and I plan to use you mightily to help bring My spotless Bride to Me and in the coming harvest!
I see a silver star which is a reminder of the Eastern star the wise men used to find Jesus. Silver stands for redemption as I am redeeming the years the locusts have eaten in your life and your Valley of Achor will become your door of hope in this next season!Continue reading →
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?
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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