“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
“Sail on, silver girl, sail on by, your time has come to shine,
All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine?
If you need a friend, I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind.”
On closer inspection I discovered that silver girl refers to Paul Simon’s wife, Peggy Harper, who found a few gray hairs and was upset. These lyrics touched me as Paul encourages her to press on, keep going, for your time has come and your dreams are on their way. Do you see them shine? He lets her know if she needs a friend and support, he’s got her back side and just like a bridge he will be there to help her over troubled water and ease her mind.
I think that is what Jesus is saying to us, “Sail on!” Joel 2 promises God will pour out His Spirit on all people one day, redeem the years the locusts have eaten, and never again will you be shamed. Your dreams are still on their way. He’ll be your friend and carry you over rough waters. He is your inheritance, your very great reward. Go and take the land, gray hair and all. You are valuable at this time not only to still have your day but to pass the baton to the next generation in what you’ve learned and experienced.
John 2:10 reminds us how most hosts at a wedding party bring the choice wine first and then when their taste is dulled, bring the cheaper wine but you have saved the best for last! Sail on, Silver girl, your time has come to shine. The best is yet to come!
Humbling ourselves and making the first move to resolve offenses can turn our biggest rival into our greatest cheerleader. What do you have to lose? Often our own pride and caring what others think are obstacles preventing us from doing so. The Bible tells us to break up hardened ground and not to sow among thorns. What does this mean? Hardened ground might be places of unforgiveness or obstinance requiring repentance. Thorny ground in the parable of Matthew 13 represented the distracting cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches. Worldly concerns choke out the seed of the word from producing fruit. Are you acquainted with any thorny or bitter people?
One night I was awakened in the middle of the night with these words: Embrace your thorns. Why? Because painful circumstances, mean people who have offended you or spoken falsely about you are actually helping you arrive sooner to your destiny. Perhaps we should thank them. They are helping us lose our reputation in the world and, as a result, bring the humility necessary to hold the gift God has for us. If we are made in the image of Christ and follow in His footsteps, we must remember that He was made of no reputation. Hebrews 12:2-3 tells us to keep our focus on Jesus, the perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. The scripture continues to say we should consider him who endured such opposition from men so that we do not grow weary and lose heart. The joy set before Jesus was our deliverance and freedom from sin.
What is the joy set before you that would help you endure your own cross? Would transcending the world system, answering to an audience of One, coming into your kingdom calling or helping point others to Christ be enough of a joy? I think so!
What did Jesus do with the shame? He endured it but didn’t own it. He despised it. He was going to another place and knew He was being led to sit and rest at the right hand of God.
We are not to be held back by old familiar companions on the road either such as victim mentality, self-pity, or shame. Let’s allow the death of our old self to be complete. Let’s strap on our best running shoes to journey to our new name, a new kingdom, to the right hand of our Father seated with Christ. We are being redefined and shedding an old skin that was hard to live up to anyway!
When we see this process in a redemptive light, we will run to make the initial effort to resolve our differences, humble ourselves and break up hardened ground. We will not be surprised at fiery ordeals coming into our lives but we are traveling to the place where mocking, betrayal, and maligning were defeated.
Jesus sat down at the right hand of God. Are you trusting in the finished work of the cross and who you are in Him now? Do insults roll off your back replaced by humility? Have you embraced your thorns, swallowed your pride, resolved your offenses? Then you are ready to represent Him.
Psalm 87:6-7 announces, This one was born in Zion. As they make music they will sing, All my fountains are in you.
…that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come! (II Cor. 5:15-17)
I read a devotional this week that I could really identify with. It was talking about the increasing popularity of self-improvement books. I recalled this genre was about all I used to read as a young person. My interest came largely because of my feelings of inadequacy in my own family and desire to measure up to the standards of this world. Many of us are always desiring to become someone other than what we are now. It seemed reasonable to think I needed to take responsibility to find the right strategy, make the necessary changes, get psychologically healed from my past, and become this person these books were writing about. Though I believe books can help us become aware of our weaknesses and work on overcoming them; there is only One who can change us and make us new. The remedy for this kind of change was the complete opposite of what I thought back then.
Reminds me of a story when I first met my husband. I went to visit my mom in Houston and was reading a book titled, “Word Power Made Easy”. My mom kidded me and remarked,
“If he doesn’t like you now, it’s too late to improve!”
I realized I had worked so hard striving to become someone other than myself but no matter how many books I read, I couldn’t really fix myself. I needed to be a whole new creation! As far as “word power”, God had made me a simple communicator. This quality was actually needed in my future marriage to balance the intellectualism of my husband. I needed to lay down my self-improvement inward searching and turn my focus outward to serve, love and sacrifice for others as Jesus did. As I did this he would make me all I was created to be.
Then the Lord gave me an interesting dream:
Alan and I had a booth set up at a local church selling mangoes. Man-goes was a play on words, a pun illustrating this truth: the (old) man must go. Ironically, the church name was Restoration which symbolized our redemption from our previous secular thinking and need for renewal. We would be “selling” this message of dying to self, living for Christ.
(II Cor. 5:17)
Later on I dreamed of having a spiritual baby of rest that others would adopt and help me raise.
Are you striving to become something you are not? Enter his rest, turn outward and see where he wants you to serve. He will make you who he created you to be. Know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Embrace your uniqueness and give thanks!
May I pray for you?
Dear Lord, Thank you that you are the all sufficient one. Make me a whole new creation in your image as I serve and love others. Thank you that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I embrace who you made me to be and as I abide in you; you are my hope of glory. Amen
You are like a miner in a cave. I have given you a headlight to shine in the darkness and show you the way. I will reveal treasure in dark places, you will have keys for many who sit in darkness and have lost hope. Remember David’s group all felt depressed and disenfranchised.
You have been born again and are to persevere under trial and receive the crown of life. I have given you life through the word of truth. Faith is believing in the unseen until it is seen. James says humbly accept the word planted in you. Let faith accompany action-in writing, preparation, worship for surely I am with you and will help you join my mind to my body and become fruitful in my kingdom.
Micah 2:12-13 I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people. One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.
Malachi 3:16-18 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, those who serve God and those who do not.”
You, dear ones are part of my treasured possession, my remnant. You need to be talking with others who have learned the fear of the Lord for it will help you ignite a spark and glow of what I am about to do in this time. As you talk and discuss what I am doing in this hour, you will see a path to take-a higher way. You have honored my name-you have stood for my namesake and now you will be a part of my treasured possession, my remnant. I am drawing a line in the sand and you will see the distinction between the righteous and wicked. Your names are written on my scroll of remembrance. Despite the many who have gone into captivity, will you break open the way for my people? Will you be like a banner summoning my troops to gather on my mountain? I will lead you. I will guide you. I have invested and deposited too much into your lives to leave you and not bring my plan to fruition. Get ready to wipe the sand off your feet and prepare others for this process and refining. A new day is dawning-break open the way for you have completed the long, dark night of your soul.