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What do I Need to Know about Pastors and Suicide?
Mar 04

Pastors and Suicide: What Should I Know?

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid...

California has mourned the deaths by suicide of two beloved pastors in under six months. Although tragic and sad, the deaths of Pastors Jim Howard and Andrew Stoecklein leave many people—especially within the church—wondering what happened. The recent deaths also point to the need for mental health care within the church. What can the church […]

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You Can't Glue Ashes: Notes on the First Year of Grief
Feb 28

You Can’t Glue Ashes: Notes on the First Year of Grief

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Family

“​Blind me to the faults of the other fellow, but reveal to me my own.”-Ben House, Sr.To: Ben, From: BenA few days before Valentine’s day, my first-grader was sitting at the kitchen table filling out twenty superhero cards for his friends. When he filled one out for Ben, I was a little confused. He’d never […]

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Is It Okay to be Really Sad? 4 Elements of Emotional Wisdom
Feb 24

4 Elements of Emotional Wisdom

By Steve Austin | Mental Health , mindfulness , self-care , Self-help , stress management

It’s Okay to be Really SadAround the same time my Grandfather died last year, my son’s best friend moved away. I told Ben, “It’s okay to be sad.” The kid’s parents bought a beautiful new home across town, so my son has lost his favorite friend, the kid who sat next to him every day […]

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Why It's Time to Let Go of Past Pain & Move Forward
Feb 20

VIDEO: Why It’s Time to Let Go of Past Pain & Move Forward

By Steve Austin | Mental Health , Recovery , self-care , Self-help , stress management , Videos

Have you ever been hurt so badly that you thought you’d never get out of that pain and move to the other side? You deserve to let it go and learn how to move forward with your life. Here’s why. Are you ready to let go of past pain and move forward with your life? […]

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How to Be a Better Christian: Notes from an Ex-Pastor
Feb 17

Why No One Really Cares What You Believe

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

“One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practise the […]

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My Little Boy Taught Me How to Love My Neighbor
Feb 16

My Little Boy Taught Me How to Love My Neighbor

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , empathy , life coaching , Self-help

“Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.”- Jim Casy, The Grapes of WrathMy son loves LEGOs. He’s been building things as long as either of us can remember. At least once a month, his grandma takes him to the LEGO store at the mall downtown, and he gets to build with […]

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Jesus was a master at practicing empathy. Here's why.
Feb 13

Jesus was a master at practicing empathy. Here’s why.

By Steve Austin | empathy , faith , Religious Recovery , self-esteem , Spirituality

I was a pastor when my world fell apart. Lying in an ICU hospital bed, looking up at the ceiling, numb from the waist down, it seemed pretty clear to me that I only had a couple of choices: get out of the hospital and figure out how to heal, or leave the hospital, and […]

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