The Double Edged Sword of Silence

September 3, 2018By AthenaReal Talk No Comments

I’ve been making my way through Edie Melson’s “Soul Care: When You’re Weary” and am encountering the faithfulness of God in new ways. There was one exercise that hit me hard and got me thinking more about the power of words. Edie listed a group of words and asked us to pick one, think about … Read More

Stewarding Well

July 7, 2018By AthenaUncategorized No Comments

Over the last week, I’ve been coming down from the crazy, busy high of three back-to-back events, from East Coast to West Coast to Midwest. It’s easy for me to get out of my routines when I travel, from daily quiet times to keeping up on emails. I found myself this morning pouring out my … Read More

Looking Forward

December 31, 2016By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz 8 Comments

God has started me on a new journey of late. I’m sure it is a result of some of my snafus in 2016 that came about because I didn’t follow through on a warning, think through what might happen if I do a certain thing, or neglect another… many scriptures from Proverbs showed me to … Read More

When You’re Hurting in the Holidays

November 23, 2016By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 2 Comments

Have you ever felt like just skipping over the holiday season altogether? Does your heart ache while those around you are rejoicing during Thanksgiving and Christmas? Do you find yourself anxious, depressed, or experiencing pure dread when you consider this time of year? Can I just say that you are not alone? The holidays are … Read More

Sabbath Turns to Surrender

August 1, 2016By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 9 Comments

My Sabbath has become a cherished moment in our busy week. At this point in my life, with so many different responsibilities, I pretty much only have Sunday afternoons and Mondays off. Tuesday through Friday is dedicated to Redemption Press, Saturdays are dedicated to women’s ministry tasks, presidential duties for the Northwest Christian Writers’ Association … Read More