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Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety
Apr 22

Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , faith , Mental Health

“The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass.” -Mark 4:39 This morning, anxiety slapped me in the face before I even opened my eyes. Like a glass of freezing water, it jolted me from restful sleep. What a bully. There are times when I feel such shame because the anxiety persists. Sometimes, I […]

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Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of my Faith
Apr 17

Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of My Faith

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Parenting , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]

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How to transition from mindless to mindful.
Apr 16

How to transition from mindLESS to mindFUL.

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , life coaching , mindfulness , self-care , stress management

To make a difference, not forgottenA moment I must give.A splendid moment, so strong and realThat moment won’t blend in. Like a smile that happens in a flash,But the memory, it lives on.Or a touch, or a word, or a wink so small,No sound is ever heard.But the memory, it lives on.Yes, the memory, it lives […]

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How to Embrace Your True Self in a World of Fakers
Mar 17

How to Embrace Your True Self in a World of Fakers

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , catching your breath , Courses , life coaching , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help

Please call me by my true names,so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,so I can see that my joy and pain are one.-Thich Nhat Hanh Do you have a nickname? Even if no one has used it in years, did you have a pet name of some kind when you were a […]

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Children and Suicide: What You Can Do
Mar 12

Suicide and Children: What You Can Do

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , Mental Health , Parenting , Recovery from a Suicid...

“I have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” -James Baldwin​My Little Girl Doesn’t Really Want to Hang Herself, Right?A friend of mine was tidying up her little girl’s bedroom when she noticed tiny pieces of paper torn and lying in a pile near the […]

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Love Wins
Mar 07

Love will Never Vote You Out

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , lgbtq , Messy Grace , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“It’s funny, isn’t it? That you can preach a judgmental and vengeful and angry God and nobody will mind. But you start preaching a God that is too accepting, too loving, too forgiving, too merciful, too kind…and you are in trouble.” -Bishop Gene Robinson (Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire)When You Believe You are BadRyan wasn’t out when […]

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