Spotlight Interview: Holly Smith
PJ: How did you come up with the name The Cracked Pot?
Holly: I saw a cracked pot in a dream. I want to share a little of what was going on which led to this symbol in a dream. I came from a very capable family. I was searching for my own strengths and significance. I began comparing myself with my sister. She was a brilliant scholar who ended up being a lawyer, chief counselor, and vice president of her company. I picked the wrong person to try to pattern myself after; I guess you would say we had a case of sibling rivalry, vying for our parents’ attention.
I married without resolving this jealousy because I knew I loved my sister. I didn’t know at the time you cannot love someone completely when you are competing with them. When my husband, Alan and I went to counseling for the issues we brought into our marriage, God began orchestrating dreams to hasten the healing process. I didn’t recognize any of the symbols in our dreams at the time or know that God still used dreams today. I had memorized the verse in Hebrews 13:8 which said, Jesus Christ is the same today and yesterday and forever. Our counselor was familiar with dreams. He was a pastor and psychologist and recognized many of the symbols. He told us to bring our dreams to each session and with God’s help he would interpret them.
I brought a dream the next week about a gift my sister, Jill, and I were giving our mother. Jill’s gift was a beautiful colorful vase. It was perfect. My gift to Mom was a cracked pot. The counselor said that the gifts represented each of us and two sides of our mother. Jill’s side was the perfect, capable, diligent side. My side was the flawed, deficient, marred part. I didn’t like representing the flawed side of my mom and I doubt she liked relating to me either if it reminded her of her weakness. I found myself mad at God since He knew how insecure and inadequate I already felt.
Later, God confirmed my gift as a cracked pot. I won’t tell how because it would spoil the mystery. You have to come hear the story. He did let me know that brokenness was good and part of my purpose in bringing good news to the weak. God often causes men and women to exhaust their reservoir of effort before He replaces it with his own ability.
As Paul said in II Cor. 12:9, His power is made perfect in our weakness.
PJ: What is your number one message to women?
Be yourself! Women need to recognize that the unique attributes they possess are part and parcel of the calling they must fulfill. Their individuality is inseparable from the role they perform in the kingdom.
Forgive and clear up all offenses even when they are not your fault. As you do this, it will open up the way for your blessing. Cease striving to gain your spiritual inheritance; depend on God to fulfill His promise to you. Wait for Him to give you a clear sense of the agenda He has for you. Once you have it, try to obey Him immediately. Obeying God will involve crucifying your flesh and the desires of the sinful nature. Remain humble and believe that the difficulties you face are essential to your preparation.
Remember to praise Him for what He’s doing.
“Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” (Is. 26:12 NIV)
PJ: What is the most courageous thing you have done to move forward in Living in Your Purpose?
Holly: Taking care of my mother- in- law for seven years. We returned from living in Kansas City for two years with complete failed expectations from a ministry venture. Upon our return, we were unable to find a house to rent in our preferred geographic location, and the deadline for school enrollment forced our family to quickly make the decision to move in with my husband’s mom for the summer. His father had recently died, and there was plenty of available room in the house. Unfortunately, what followed was a succession of orthopedic surgeries culminating in a broken neck, and near paralysis for her. Her care necessitated my undivided and selfless attention; something I was reluctant to agree to. Nevertheless, I was to be the primary caregiver, despite my lack of interest or experience in nursing the aged. My own dream was on the altar along with my discomfort in my circumstances. This was the training God was using that transformed me in the process and that I share today. In the end, God used me to profoundly alter the events of my mother-in-law’s life, completely changing her perspective at 86 years of age and influencing my whole family.
PJ: How was your ‘Hidden Voices Ministry’ born?
Holly: I started a speaking group in my church to help instruct others how to speak their testimony. I wanted to help them find their voice and get over any intimidation to speak. I did this totally in faith because I was afraid of public speaking myself. I believed God was saying that it was time to tell my story. Rather than focusing on my lack of ability to do it; I figured we could all practice together. I found all the scriptures in the Bible which illustrated how God gave Moses, Paul, and other Bible characters the ability to do what he was calling them to do regardless of their ability. Even though our stories were only 5-10 minutes long each month, I often could not sleep the night before because of my fear of failure. I think it actually helped the group to know I was a vulnerable novice like many of them. We would learn together. God gave me a simple format to help draw out these stories. We first began sharing in a relaxed way like we were having coffee and catching up with a best girlfriend. These ladies had incredible testimonies of their journey with the Lord. As a result, I started a ministry in 2009 called Hidden Voices to help women strengthen their voice, gain confidence, and find their place of service.
PJ: As you can see, Holly Smith is an amazing woman with an incredible testimony and ministry. She would be a great asset to your Women’s Groups, retreats, seminars, workshops, etc. Here’s how you can contact Holly:
Powerful Journey Conference- Feb. 2, 2013
Powerful Journey Conference 2013
Spotlight Interview: The Sister Millionaire Club
PJ: Why did you begin The Sister Millionaire Club and what are you goals?
Sheila: I started the club because I saw so many "Sisters" wanting to do great things in our community, but lacking the financial resources to make it happen.
As a Certified Financial Planner and Money Coach, I also personally witness some of my clients being challenge with finances in various ways, from not knowing how to budget to needing to create more cash in their lives. The Sister Millionaire Club allows me the opportunity to addresses many of these financial issues in a group format versus education individuals one at a time.
Any woman wanting to improve her financial status should joined the Sister Millionaire Club. Especially women who are in business or have their own ministries and non-profit organizations. My goal is to help educate those women and bring exposure and visibility to their businesses and causes. Ultimately, this should lead to more revenue for the business and more donations for their non-profits and ministries.
The goal of the "Sister Millionaire Club" is to educate, encourage, enable and inspire its members to become financially free and even achieve millionaire status, so that we can impact our communities in a positive manner. We are building wealth for a purpose - to serve others and improve our communities.
One of the key corner stones of the club is our Monthly Member Spotlight and Networking Events.
These events are held on the First Monday of each month (2nd if there is a holiday).
The meetings are held at 6:00pm, 12201 Merit Dr., 10th floor Conference Rms., Two Forest Plaza Bldg. Dallas, TX 75251
PJ: What are the benefits of becoming a member of The Sister Millionaire Club?
Sheila: Member Benefits: New & Beginning Members
- Monthly Business Spotlight
- One day course on "The Fundamentals of Wealth Building"
- Monthly interactive Tele-seminars on various financial topics
- Support/Encouragement and Master Minding with other Sister Millionaire Club Members
- Listing in Sister Millionaire Club eDirectory
- Opportunity to become a Sister Millionaire Club Ambassador
- Discounted email blasts for your business and events (5000+database and growing)
- Discounted Vendor Booths at Sister Millionaire Club Events
- Discounted Vendor Booths at Sheila Lofton's Speaking Events
- Ability to select premium vendor space at Sister Millionaire Club Events and seminars
- Discounted Advertising Space in Sister Millionaire Club Directory
- Monthly Networking Events
Member Benefits: Advanced & Renewing Members
All of the benefits of New & Beginning Members +
-One day course on "Wealth Accumulation & Acceleration"
- Additional Monthly interactive Tele-seminars on Advanced financial topics
- "Fiscal Fitness Check-up"
- Opportunity to become a Sister Millionaire Club Coach
- Master Minding with other advanced and renewing members
We Look forward to seeing you!
Spotlight Interview: Kinsley Spencer
PJ: Kinsley, tell our readers about KStylist.
PJ: I love the 3-Tier program. Can clients purchase it Tier by Tier or can it be purchase one Tier at a time?
Kinsley: We are so glad that you like our system. It is designed in tiers (or phases) so that we are able to best meet our clients’ needs and exceed their expectations. We encourage new clients to always start with a Wardrobe Edit (Tier 1) because it snow balls into the next Tier (or phase.) The process for our services are a lot like baking a cake. If we follow the recipe and use the correct ingredient that the cake is going to turn out perfect, which is exactly how we want your experience to be. KStylist offers flexible appointment times to fit your needs and we charge per session.
PJ: How will your service help to ‘Free’ our readers to have more time from their busy schedules?
Kinsley: KStylist wants to help you become free. Free from wasted time searching through your closet. Free from the frustration of feeling like you have nothing to wear even though you have a closet full of clothes. Free from spending too much time searching for the right clothes while ending up empty handed or worse with the wrong things. We will create a system of organization that will make it quick and easy for you to find the pieces in your closet. You will receive a list of recommended places to re-sell or donate those items more quickly and easily. During a styling session you will receive a custom Color Analysis that lists the colors we want to focus on that best complement your features. We will create and take pictures of head to toe outfits using items from your closet. Those pictures will go into your styling album for a quick reference to guide you in re-creating the ultimate outfit. Throughout the Wardrobe Edit and Styling Session your stylist will have created a list of gaps in your wardrobe. We will go out and find the best options for the items for your closet which will best enhance your outfits the most.
PJ: What are others saying about Kstylist?
My name is Susan Hamn and I am forty nine years old. I have gone through life loving beautiful clothes, shoes, and accessories. I have always just bought what I liked and always thought I would have something to go with it. My closet looks like a small boutique. So many times I would have an event or place to go. I would look in amazement at all my lovely things, but I had nothing to wear. It would drive my husband crazy. How could I possibly have nothing to wear when my closet was loaded from top to bottom? I continued to shop buying shoes, earrings, scarves, handbags, etc. I never had a plan for the items, all I knew is I liked them.
Then I met Kinsley Spencer. Kinsley’s talent and eye for fashion have totally changed the way I shop and have made me feel put together. Kinsley came in, organized my closet, and told me what I needed and what I didn’t. She put over forty outfits together with accessories, shoes, etc. Kinsley took pictures and made a book. Now, when I pack for travel or just don’t know what to wear, I reference my personal fashion book. It has cut my packing time in less than half and I feel put together all the time. I reference my fashion book almost every day. I am looking forward to Kinsley and I working in my closet again this fall. So many combinations of clothes she put together to make outfits I had never thought to do. Kinsley has taught me to shop for clothes with a purpose. I no longer waste money on items I do not need. The gift of a personal stylist is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Now I dress with confidence and pride. Thank you Kinsley, I look forward to getting my fall looks together with you soon.
- Susan Hamn
“Kinsley Spencer is a top notch fashionista with an eye for what works for you. She had me try on some things that I would never have picked... up off the rack and they turned out to be the pieces I feel the best in AND get the most compliments on. She is well on her way to be an image-maker! She reminds me of my friend Tony Amato's mantra of "sparkle and shine"!”
-Laurie, McKinney, Texas
PJ: How can our readers contact you?
Phyllis Jenkins & Powerful Journey Emagazine Celebrates our One Year Anniversary!
On March 20, 2011 a seed blossomed. A dream became reality in the form of the Powerful Journey Emagazine. God gave Phyllis the desires of her heart and opened the doors for a platform that would help reach women nationwide with the messages of:
-Don’t Ever Give Up on Your Dreams!
-Turn your Trying Times into 'God' Trusting Times
-Allow God’s assignment(s) for your life to become your Passion
And today we Celebrate! Why?
-Because You are Here!
-Because Women ‘just like you’ are Finding their Passion and living out their Purpose.
-Because Women ‘just like you’ are Focusing on What Matters Most and are achieving their goals, fulfilling their dreams and pursing their God-given assignments.
And finally, we are Celebrating because Women ‘just like you’ are Flourishing and blooming in their Calling and reaping the benefits. Our cups are overflowing with God’s goodness and His favor! We are blessed with an amazing team of writers (past & present) who are committed to writing articles from their hearts, personal experiences and their expertise.
A special Thank you to: Alba Dorsch, Anjenetta Killette, Ashley Postell, Barbara Hearon, Betty Peacock, Elizabeth Davis, Jennifer Masterson, Marcie Bazor, Mary Loretta Evans, Monique Barber, Sarah Broz, Shammah Kinchen, Sheila Lofton, and Wanda Sykes-Moore.
With God’s help, we will continue to inspire, encourage, empower and equip women like just you to be All that God has created you to be. “Being Confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Joyfully Serving Jesus,
Powerful Journey Organization- Founder
214-621-2802 | www.powerfuljourneymag.com
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