WILLING TO WAIT — SINGLE AND SURRENDERED: PART THREE

February 18, 2015By AthenaReal Talk No Comments

A few days later I received Ross’s response to my email. THIS IS THE THIRD PART IN A FIVE-PART SERIES DOCUMENTING ATHENA DEAN’S PERSONAL AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEY FROM SINGLE WOMAN TO HAPPILY MARRIED ATHENA DEAN HOLTZ. Don’t miss Part One or Two before you read on! Dear Athena. Thanks for the heartfelt note and your thoughts. You were not speaking presumptuously. I totally … Read More

WILLING TO WAIT — SINGLE AND SURRENDERED: PART ONE

February 14, 2015By AthenaReal Talk 2 Comments

It’s that time of year again, when hearts and love abound on Facebook and in the news. I remember so many Valentine’s Days when I felt such loneliness. Especially seeing couples hold hands and looking so happy. Now that I’m over-the-moon in love and married, I thought it might be helpful to share the struggles, … Read More

THE IMPACT OF A BENCH AND BUILDING A PERSONAL BRAND

February 13, 2015By AthenaReal Talk No Comments

I’ve been teaching authors for many years about the importance of branding. Of determining what message God has planted inside you that permeates everything you write about. There are specific strategies for discovering your brand and your tag line. You can’t just say you’re “America’s Favorite Counselor” and that makes it your brand. Just because you proclaim … Read More

WHAT? ME? A PASTOR’S WIFE?!

February 11, 2015By AthenaReal Talk 4 Comments

Well, it’s been almost 8 months since Athena Dean became Athena Dean Holtz. On June 13, 2014, I married Pastor Ross Holtz, founding pastor of The Summit EFC in Enumclaw, Washington and officially joined the ranks of “pastor’s wife.” Since that time, old and new friends alike will look at me, cock their head, and say … Read More

RESPONDING WELL TO THE SPEED BUMPS OF LIFE

February 9, 2015By AthenaReal Talk No Comments

I’ll never forget that little white car speeding down the road and over the speed bump. She didn’t slow down, not even a little bit. “Oh, Lord…that is SO me! Forgive me for not being sensitive to YOUR speed bumps in my life!” EVERYONE EXPERIENCES BUMPS IN LIFE I believe everyone experiences speed bumps of … Read More

BE STILL AND KNOW OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL: PART TWO

February 7, 2015By AthenaReal Talk No Comments

Athena’s path to truth and healing continues at the mercy of our faithful Lord. Miss the first part? Read it now. BUT THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS FAITHFULNESS! God used that same hunger to lead me back to HIS TRUTH. He showed me how often I called evil good and good evil…because my foundation was … Read More

BE STILL AND KNOW OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL: PART ONE

February 6, 2015By AthenaReal Talk 5 Comments

I HAD A HUNGER FOR GOD FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE…. Even though I never attended a VBS, never heard the gospel, or had any sort of orthodox Christian teaching growing up, we’d visit my cousins in Huntsville, Alabama for Christmas and inevitably attend a midnight mass at the Catholic church. I didn’t understand much … Read More