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Category Archives for "Best of Messy Grace"

Nov 24

How My Marriage Destroyed My Shame

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Family , Marriage , Messy Grace

Marriage recovery after a spouse’s suicide attempt is not easy, but it is possible. Flashes of light, incoherent chatter. Nothing made sense. I had done everything I could to make sure I never woke up again. So why was I here? Yet, even in such a dark moment, I felt the force of shame in […]

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Nov 16

How I Found Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Recovery , Recovery from Abuse

I experienced my own personal Sodom and Gomorrah when I was three. I’ve learned a lot in the thirty years since then. One of the biggest lessons is that saving a life requires more than just tidying up. A friend of mine, another victim of abuse, said something to me recently that changed my life forever.

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Oct 05

Religion is Complicated. Jesus is Not.

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

I believe in a Jesus who straightened out all the crooked paths we humans devised and made the complicated things simple. I believe in a Jesus who welcomed the little children who longed to be near him. I am one of those little children, who is content just to at His feet.

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Jun 28

I am not the Judge nor the Jury. I am called to LOVE.

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

My heart is heavy as I sit down to write this article, which is sometimes the best time to write and sometimes the absolute worst.  We’ll see what happens. In the past week, I have seen some of the most hateful, closed-minded, judgmental, ostracizing comments paint the landscape of social media, all in the name […]

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Dec 15

What I Learned from an Empty Freezer

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Family , Messy Grace

Our first few days in Alaska didn’t go as planned.
Lindsey stood in the grocery store and cried on the very first day. A box of Lucky Charms for $6.79 was more than double the price back home. Not to worry, though. One of the locals we connected with before arriving was going to be out of town all winter and promised to fill our deep freeze with salmon, moose, halibut, bear, and caribou. It would be hundreds of dollars worth of food and would carry us through until spring at the very least. Only, when we arrived at our new house, she had already left town and had obviously forgotten. The freezer was empty.

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Dec 13

Our Daughter’s Birth: A Lesson in Grace

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

Standing in the ultrasound room recently with my bride, my little boy, my mother-in-law, and our precious friends Zane and Hannah was (as Zane put it) “surreal”. Toes, fingers, ears, eyes, lips, so many details…Ribs were clearly seen and I was fascinated with the baby’s spine. The anticipation was high, waiting to hear if it was […]

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