Show Don’t Tell

January 14, 2016By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 2 Comments

I’m in Huntsville, Alabama, visiting my daughter, Roby and her family, and they’ve got a full schedule planned for my time here. So, we go out to Five Guys for burgers and fries after church (Dante’s choice, and a very good one at that!)…and I’m explaining to Roby and Jeff how my husband, Ross, doesn’t … Read More

He’s Begging Us!

January 12, 2016By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk No Comments

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephesians 4:1-2 NLT) Last night was our monthly Women of … Read More

One Simple Question

January 7, 2016By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk No Comments

I’ve been blogging lately about multi-level marketing in the church using as a foundation the content of my first book, Consumed by Success, Reaching the Top and Finding God Wasn’t There. I wrote the book over 20 years ago, yet as I share it anew I can see the same vulnerabilities that drew me into … Read More

Learning to Let Go

January 4, 2016By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk No Comments

The last few weeks have been nothing short of a whirlwind. With almost our entire combined family in, in two different shifts, the house was humming with energy and activity. Then we caught our breath on New Year’s Eve with a quiet evening, and headed out of town on the first day of the new … Read More

A Prayer for the New Year

December 31, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 1 Comment

I’ll be returning to my MLM in the Church series next week, but in the meantime, I’ve been pondering how God has worked in 2015 and looking forward to the New Year with thoughtfulness and anticipation. The Lord is taking me out of my comfort zone in more than one area in my life, so … Read More

Family Matters

December 29, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 1 Comment

Most of you know that I wasn’t raised in a Christian home, so as I reflect back on the values I was brought up with, it’s a bit sad to see so little significance placed on family relationships. Family connections were never held as a virtue, so I never learned to invest into relationships with … Read More

Joy to the World

December 24, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz No Comments

Squeals of delight. The clamor of Christmas joy. Twinkling white lights. Red and gold highlights the evergreen. Shiny wrapping paper litters the dining room table. Serenading songs of the season. Scents of cedar, cinnamon, pine. Candlelight Services on Christmas eve. Family gathered, laced with anticipation. Carefully wrapped gifts cascade around the tree. Hmmmmm. The greatest … Read More