Athena Speaking

Satan is going to have a field day with this!

A few weeks ago when we were in shock over my hubby’s sudden resignation that we were not looking for or expecting, in the middle of it, my friend texted me these words.

“Satan is going to have a field day with this.

Be on the alert. Know whose voice is speaking.


God‘s voice stills you. Satan‘s voice rushes you.

God‘s voice reassures you. Satan’s voice frightens you.

God‘s voice enlightens you. Satan’s voice confuses you.

God‘s voice comforts you. Satan‘s voice worries you.

God’s voice convicts you. Satan’s voice condemns you.

God’s voice calms you. Satan‘s voice obsesses you.”

Multiple times since these words ministered to me have I passed them on to others who experienced major warfare as they took steps of obedience in their calling. And tonight, I used these words to encourage new and veteran writers alike at the Northwest Christian Writers Association monthly meeting.

These words of truth resonated with those in attendance. But what totally spoke to me of God’s watchcare over me was evident with the way things unfolded. I was struggling all day not feeling like I was prepared. I knew what God wanted me to say but my PowerPoint file was feeling like too much, and I gotta tell ya, I’m a PPT girl! I love having beautiful slides with engaging images and photos to help make my points.

Our drive was 90 minutes to get up to the church in Kirkland, and on the way I was trying to work on my presentation, but nothing worked. Our hotspots weren’t connecting. I realized I didn’t bring my remote clicker (that’s ok I can stay close to my laptop and advance the slides there). Then I noticed that my adapter to be able to plug into the HDMI was missing. (Oh I’m sure they will have one in the sound booth!).

I just kept feeling uneasy, so I threw my hands up in the air, and said, “God if you want me to go old school tonight and just use my notes, I’m willing. I don’t want to be fretting about whether this will work or not … so I’m surrendering my plans and will just have to paint pictures with my words instead.”

45 minutes later we arrived to find the facility without a projector. I didn’t miss a beat … I was ready to roll, grateful to God for nudging me to surrender my plan and be ready with Plan B. Using my printed notes for my one-hour presentation.

We rolled with it, and the message of committing to ACT was delivered. Embracing the importance as Christian writers of accurately handling the Word of God, certainty in God’s calling on our life, and transparency in our writing. It flowed and it encouraged, just as I’d hoped, even without all the bells and whistles.

Which took me back to a few days ago when 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 took up my entire study time.

“When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith would not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 BSB

I went in weakness and fear … not having it all together and not feeling like I would. But when He prepared me even before I found the lack of technology, that was a demonstration of the Spirit’s power … so that my words for the evening did not rest on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.


Isn’t God good to walk with us and prepare us for the job He has given us to do? Have you seen this lately in your own walk?

Thanks for hanging out with me today,

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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