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Her answer stunned me!

Karen Mercer, the woman whom God used to develop the sidewalk counseling ministry in the Pro-Life movement, shared a profound truth with me when I interviewed her on the All Things Podcast. We talked about her new book, Only if God Says So: Finding the Courage to Protect Life in a Pro-Choice World. When I asked…
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Tears of Joy!

Redeemed & Restored: Tears of Joy! There’s something about reading your story out loud. I wasn’t prepared for the impact it would have on me. So many times I had to stop and gather myself, take a deep breath, allow the tears of joy to flow and then restart again. I believe the process of…
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Redeemed & Restored: Consumed by Success … Another Amazing Full Circle

Another amazing full circle. God has been nudging me to get my very first book updated and back into print. It’s been a little less than 20 years since the first edition of Consumed by Success came out and I took a brave stand against the multi-level marketing (MLM) business model.   To read the words I…
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My quest for the word of the year …

I finally started my quest for the word of the year God would have for me during the last week of 2022. I was struggling with looking back over 2022 to see any repeating scriptures or thoughts from my journals.   “Lord, I don’t have a clue what you are saying for 2023 and what…
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Full Circles and Answered Prayers

Oh, what a difference a year makes! The conclusion of this week will launch us into a new year. 2023! Many of us will spend time reflecting, reminiscing and even comparing the past to the present in hopes for a better future. This is where I am today as I REFLECT on this holiday season.…
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Athena Dean Holtz
Welcome, I'm Athena!

I start each day by tithing the first hour to the Lord in prayer, reading the word, doing word studies of the Text, and asking God how I can live out what I am reading. This time is usually met with meditation on devotionals that are usually written by dead guys like Oswald Chambers, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, AW Tozer, and Andrew Murray.

Right now, I’m reading a daily devotional with a friend called Tozer on the Almighty God for my focus for the day. It's fun to see individually what pulls us in to spur one another on to good deeds!

The Bible is filled with action steps to walk out in practical and intentional ways. This sets my day in motion to walk it out! I hope this is your heart, too.

Consider this a personal invitation to join me in this journey!

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Welcome, I'm Athena!

I start each day by tithing the first hour to the Lord in prayer, reading the word, doing word studies of the Text, and asking God how I can live out what I am reading. This time is usually met with meditation on devotionals that are usually written by dead guys like Oswald Chambers, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, AW Tozer, and Andrew Murray.

Right now, I’m reading a daily devotional with a friend called Tozer on the Almighty God for my focus for the day. It's fun to see individually what pulls us in to spur one another on to good deeds!

The Bible is filled with action steps to walk out in practical and intentional ways. This sets my day in motion to walk it out! I hope this is your heart, too.

Consider this a personal invitation to join me in this journey!

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Have you been stonewalled? 🤷🏻‍♀️

I’ve been unpacking the toxins and anecdotes for each ever since Ross and I watched the videos processing the crisis our new church had recently experienced that nearly brought a church split. Rather than just do damage control, the Session (or elder board) brought in a reconciliation team from their denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.…
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The blame game…

But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The…
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The gift of a complaint …

TOXIN #1 – Criticism Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6) A few years ago we started reading “A Complaint is a Gift” as a team at Redemption Press. The premise was the only way to know how to improve…
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Called to reconcile…

We are called to reconcile. Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle…
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