Lessons from the Boat

September 1, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk No Comments

It seems like God is always using something that happens on the boat as a sermon prop, and I love it. This last week of having grandkids on the sailboat was a little slice of heaven, along with numerous doses of the realities of life. The first one occurred when we were hooked up to … Read More

The Story of the Yellow Corvette Pickup

August 27, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz 2 Comments

This weekend our church holds its Annual Summit Connection Day. The highlight of the day is the car show where loads of local hotrod aficionados bring their hobbies and enjoy a day of swapping car stories and restoration tricks. Last year’s car show carries with it a new legend … the story of the Yellow … Read More

His Timing is Impeccable

August 25, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 1 Comment

We’ve been studying 1 Timothy on Wednesday nights at my home, and had  just finished our 3rd week and Chapter 3. Julie, recently widowed, asked: “Can we skip ahead a week and study chapter 5 next? I really want to understand what God expects of me as a widow, and I’ll be out of town … Read More

A Modern Day Cinderella Story

August 20, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk No Comments

I was on my way back from the Christian Women in Media National Convention… I don’t typically watch movies on the plane, but decided on a whim to view the new Cinderella movie. It was a nice way to “chill” after a busy conference where I always had to be somewhere and do something. Growing … Read More

Recycled by God

August 13, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk No Comments

It was a sunny day, not enough wind to sail, so motoring Commencement Bay was the order of the day. There were many familiar sights as we tooled around, but one I hadn’t noticed before suddenly came into view. We came around a bend and there was a mammoth blue barge, rusty and worn, piled … Read More

Thankful for the Storms

August 11, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 3 Comments

Ross and I been navigating a family storm over the last month or so. We have struggled through trusting God as our emotions are blown all over the map. It’s difficult when you have to take a “tough love” stance with an adult child, but sometimes it’s the only way forward. So when Ross decided … Read More

Looking Back – His Great Name

May 19, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz 1 Comment

I WAS REVIEWING SOME OF THE POSTS FROM MY HEALING JOURNEY AND CAME ACROSS THIS ONE. WOW. Almost 3 years ago and I was recounting how much I loved sitting through the worship services at The Summit. And now, all this time has passed and I am the Pastor’s wife. I read this post and … Read More