The "ah ha moment" that transformed me!

The “ah ha moment” that transformed me! 😃

Losing something near and dear to me was just part of my roller coaster of a week. Thankfully the ride was met with the safety bar of truth from the Word. Let me share the Word that kept me secure first and how that shaped my reaction to my loss.

Beginning with encouragement from the Lord from Ezekiel 34:

“By the Spirit I will feed My flock, and I will lead them to rest,” declares the Lord God. (v 15)

I will deliver my flock and they will no longer be a prey and I will judge between one sheep and another. (v 22)

I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate harmful beasts from the land SO THAT they may lie securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing, and I will cause showers to come down in their season, THEY WILL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING. (v 25-26)

Oh Lord, thank You that Your deliverance results in my no longer being a prey to the enemy…

This realization moved me into prayer from Ephesians 3:16 and following…

I ask that out of the riches of Your glory, You may strengthen me with power through Your Spirit in my inner being, SO THAT Christ may dwell in my heart through faith. Then I, being rooted and grounded in LOVE will have power together with all the Saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that I may be filled with all the fullness of God.

I needed to do a little digging there on being rooted. The Greek root word for ROOTED means to cause to strike root, to strengthen with roots, to render firm, to fix, establish, cause a person or a thing to be thoroughly grounded.

The Greek root word for GROUNDED means to make stable, establish to grounding of the soul. Lay the foundation, ground, settle.


I always thought my foundation was off because I didn’t understand the difference between scripture in and out of context. But my ah-hah moment here was realizing that, in reality, my foundation was faulty first and foremost because I was not rooted and grounded in His love! Because the root of rejection was all encompassing in my soul, there was no room left for love.

To tie it all together, now that the root of rejection has been pulled out, I am being filled anew with His love, and STRENGTHENED with roots of LOVE!

Ding, ding, ding!


My word of the year!

As my roller coaster ride this week went careening around the bend, who knew that I would need that strengthening more than ever as I spent the next few days processing the wound of being forced to downsize and having to sell our little slice of heaven on the water. It was a bittersweet week of embracing the pain and at the same time pondering so many memories made on the vessel whose maiden name was my namesake, Athena.

The scriptures given to me over these days of mourning were from Psalm 107:8-9:

Let them give thanks to the Lord for His loving devotion and His wonders to the sons of men. For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

This is new for me. I realize I am learning to process hurt without viewing it through the lens of rejection. It’s a whole different ride when you are no longer the enemy’s prey, and he no longer has access to your thoughts and feelings. Instead, the pain can be acknowledged, felt and processed knowing that God will bring good out of it … yep … that is our Romans 8:28 God!

So even though my heart is saddened by the loss, the exhilarating ride takes my breath away as I race down the track of life holding on to the safety bar of His truth.So have you struggled with feeling like the root of rejection has perhaps set you up to be prey for your enemy? What has that looked like in your life?

Thanks for spending time 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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