Inspiring You to Thrive: Spiritually, Emotionally, Relationally.
With her fun personality and inspirational style, Poppy Smith motivates her listeners to thrive spiritually and personally. Poppy makes following God come alive through her practical, how-to presentations.
Using Scripture, humor, and colorful illustrations from her own struggles to be more like Jesus, Poppy encourages women (and men, at times) to grow in every kind of situation—whether joyful or painful!
As a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, Poppy helps audiences across the country and around the world to cultivate a more dynamic walk with God. She is a former Bible Study Fellowship teaching leader and has a Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation and Direction. She has spoken across the United States, in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K., as well as several countries in Africa and Asia.
Sharing what she learns in compelling and motivating retreats, seminars, workshops, conferences and special events, Poppy helps people to:
Poppy’s Personal Journey was God’s preparation for her ministry and heart for hurting, struggling, or spiritually hungry women. Born in England to a non-believing family, Poppy grew up there and in Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Kenya. She met her American husband in Nairobi and they soon moved to the United States. The adjustment to her new marriage and new country, combined with loneliness and the loss of all that was familiar, brought Poppy to a defining moment with God. The resulting change, from anger to acceptance, from fighting God to seeking Him, led her into a life-long love of Scripture and the One it reveals.
Retreat & Conference Presentations
Whatever their age or stage of spiritual growth, these presentations give women hope and invite them to grow! All retreat, seminar, workshop, special event topics can be adjusted to fit your time requirements.
Lord, Flip My House!
Do you love watching decorating shows on T.V.? Do you marvel at the changes that can happen in the right hands? Have you ever thought that YOU can experience inner changes when Jesus, the Master Builder, starts remodeling YOUR house?
In this fun, Biblically-based presentation, Poppy gently helps you see what needs removing, restoring, or renovating in your heart, attitudes, words, and self-talk. Using true life illustrations of her own ups and downs, you will laugh, identify, and grow as you discover how Jesus can help you:
Why Can't HE Be More Like Me?
Do you find yourself nodding in agreement with the answer to that question? You want your marriage to be happy and honoring to God, but you wonder how when your husband baffles and sometimes irritates you. You may even wonder if you made a terrible mistake.
A fun, informative seminar for women who are married, have been married, or want to be married! Men can also be included for a male/female focus.
Poppy offers you hope in this upbeat, empathetic, and biblically grounded presentation. Based on her book, Why Can’t He Be More Like Me?, this seminar will help attendees better understand areas of conflict in marriage including different backgrounds, expectations, needs, and reactions on a variety of topics from communication styles to finances and sex.
Go For It!
Find your passion and live it! Do you wonder what God created you to do? Want to explore and find direction? Do you have desires and dreams but wonder where to go with them? In these practical, inter-active presentations you’ll be challenged to not only see life as your most precious gift, but also as something God wants you to invest for the sake of His kingdom. With insightful questions and thought-provoking exercises, Poppy will enable you to:
I'M TOO YOUNG ... TO BE THIS OLD!
Do You Ever:
...If so, you're not alone!
Every day thousands of women experience the same feelings, ask the same questions, and wonder about the same issues. But, hope and help is at hand.
What You Will Discover:
THRIVE ... No Matter What!
Have you ever asked, “God, where are You? What are You doing? How can I cope?” Like it or not, pits are part of life. But how should we look at them? And where will we get the strength and wisdom we need to cope? Drawing from the life of Joseph, Poppy presents a God who knows who you are, what you’re going through, and how His purposes work together for your ultimate blessing. Through her warm and practical presentations, Poppy equips audiences to thrive spiritually, physically, and emotionally—no matter what! In this faith-strengthening series, you’ll learn:
SIMPLIFY ... Make Room For Jesus
Most Christians want to feel closer to God but struggle with finding the time. Life is like an over-stuffed suitcase packed to the brim with constant activity. But there are answers to our longings for a different pace—answers that take us toward what really matters as women, wives, mothers, and most importantly, followers of Jesus in a crazy, busy world.
In these fun and practical presentations, Poppy will give you the WHY and the HOW to:
Does your heart long to climb higher, to grow closer to God? This is His desire for you, too. Sadly, many Christians live in the valleys of life, struggling with habits and thoughts that rob them of experiencing the comfort and joy of God’s presence. In this life-changing seminar, Poppy shares her journey from the valley to finding POWER to climb, encouragement to persevere when the going gets rough, and the vital role others play in our spiritual progress. These presentations will help you:
Speak Wisely, Your Words Have Power
Would you sometimes like to cut off your tongue? Wish you could swallow your words? Someone is always listening, whether it’s your child, spouse, friend, relative, co-worker, or yourself! Words have the power to break hearts and relationships, they also have the power to build up, heal, encourage and be used by God to bless others. These empathetic messages spoken from one woman’s heart to another, enable listeners to:
Wisdom For Today's Woman (Insights from Esther)
Today’s woman can feel overwhelmed with issues—how should she make decisions, deal with loneliness, improve her marriage, handle unexpected and undesired circumstances? Applying insights from the lives of five people in the book of ESTHER, Poppy helps you discover how to:
Reaching Higher: Lessons From The Life of Abraham
Have you ever wondered how to be a successful Christian? After tracing the up’s and downs of ABRAHAM'S relationship with God, you will:
Changing Your Thinking ... Change Your Life!
What you think can either spur you on to a more fulfilling life in God’s purposes or stop you in your tracks. Your automatic thoughts, self-talk, and fears can intimidate, control, and ultimately determine what happens in your life. Poppy’s practical and inspiring messages help audiences:
Prayer Conference / Retreat
PRAYER—BONDING WITH GOD
Do you wonder about prayer? Why pray? What does prayer do for God—or for you? Discover why God calls us to praise, petition, and pursue Him from our hearts through prayer.
GIFTS, GIFTS… GLORIOUS GIFT!
(Suitable for Christmas events for women/men)
What has been the best, most exciting gift you’ve ever received? In this fun, talk-around-the table, get to know each other Christmas event, Poppy uses heart-touching and hilarious stories about gifts she has received. Inviting the audience to identify good gifts they have received, this outreach presentation wraps up focusing on the greatest Gift ever offered, the gift of a relationship with the Living God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
WHY CAN’T I JUST SAY “NO”?
Humorous and practical, a talk every woman can relate to! Ask yourself: Do I run at a dizzying pace? Does my husband or friend sigh when they hear me agreeing to yet another commitment? If you want to put some sanity into your life, schedule Poppy’s fun presentation that will have you identifying, laughing, and learning how to say “no” in order to say “yes” to the life God wants for you.
GOD’S BEAUTIFUL W.O.M.A.N.
Our culture’s standard of beauty is a skinny body, sexy hair, spotless skin, and head-turning good looks. Wonderful as those attributes are, what is God’s idea of a beautiful woman? Could every Christian be a raving beauty in His eyes? YES! In this inspiring presentation, Poppy offers her audience simple steps to becoming God’s beautiful W.O.M.A.N.
"Poppy was a delight to work with. Her style was exactly what we were looking for. She is friendly, passionate, funny and so much more." ~ Debbi Wicks, Paso Robles, CA
"You have been such an encouragement to so many ladies in our area alone. The feedback that has come to us ... She was so real ... I could relate to her ... She spoke from her own personal struggles and we could identify with her ... I could have listened to her for hours ... Poppy was an inspiration ... If Poppy only came from America for this one meeting, I think it would have been worthwhile as God has changed my life through her message today." ~ Barb D., Australia
"Poppy Smith delivers. She understands the issues women face--fears, self-destructive thinking and unhealthy attitudes. With transparency and charge of joy, Poppy inspires her listeners to move forward in life and faith and to keep on growing." ~ Rhonda Rhea, Author
"Poppy does a fabulous job of speaking God’s word and touching women’s hearts. She is humorous and transparent while challenging listeners. Her use of the Bible to teach practical truth clearly and boldly communicates God’s calling for a holy life. Lives change and hearts soften as she shares about struggles that are common to all. I hope that we can have her come and speak to our women again with her fun, inspirational, and insightful message." ~ Heidi Bolz, Eugene, OR
"Thank you for such a wonderful weekend. The truth that you shared at our women's retreat was powerful and so relevant for every woman that was able to attend. Your transparency was refreshing and encouraging. That coupled with the truth from God's Word resulted in a weekend where God was honored and woman were challenged and encouraged and hearts were changed! Thank you for spending time with us. We are thanking God for the way that He used you during our time together!" ~ Julie Bernard, Women's Ministry Director