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Dec 05

How I Found Baby Jesus in an Empty Freezer

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

Joseph and his very pregnant wife took a long road trip to pay the IRS. Stargazing hippies were following something like a UFO, hoping for incredible news. When Mary and Joseph finally arrived, there was no food in the deep freeze, and the hotel was at capacity.
Jesus wasn’t born in a cheap motel, or a stranger’s bedroom. The Savior was born to an unwed, pregnant teenage girl in a stable, echoing with the sounds of farm animals. It must have smelled terrible. This was not the triumphant arrival the Jews hoped for. Only three people even noticed the birth of Christ. They showed up later with gold, frankincense and myrhh. I bet Mary and Joseph were hoping for moose and halibut too, but you take what you can get when your baby was just born in a barn.

Sounds pretty chaotic, right?

Christmas is nearly here and if you take a look around your own stable, you may find some chaos, maybe a few asses, too.

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Nov 28

What I’ve Learned from Anxiety and Advent

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Current Events , faith , Mental Health

Peace is an assurance that in the midst of hell breaking loose: shootings, wars, riots, and acts of terrorism each time we turn on the television, God remains. God is not being terrorized. Heartbroken? I think so. But not uncertain or afraid. I think Heaven weeps, but God knows the beginning from the end. Peace says that things will get better one day. Our waiting will be worth it.

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Dec 30

I got my little boy a dog for Christmas and it helped heal my shame. 

By Steve Austin | Mental Health , Parenting , Recovery from Abuse

“Where did this dog come from? Is she coming home with us? Can she sit in my lap? What’s her name?” I adjusted the rearview mirror, not wanting to miss a single detail of his excitement. “Yea buddy, she’s your new dog. Merry Christmas.” For the moment, I was his hero.
But that wasn’t always the case.

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Dec 23

The Chaos of Christmas

By Steve Austin | faith

Have you ever thought about the chaos of the Christmas story? An unwed, pregnant teenage girl. A long road trip in a stinkin’ hoopty to pay the IRS. Farmers in a field, following something like a UFO to a far away land. Flea bag motel. Giving birth at the vet’s office. Sounds pretty chaotic, right? It was […]

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Dec 22

“You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch! You’re the king of sinful sots!”

By Steve Austin | faith

He was a mistake from the very beginning. Brought about by a wrong wind… A mistake, but he didn’t start out bad. He started out innocent, but different. Nobody starts out evil. He was just like all the other Whos in Whoville…he just looked a little different. An eight-year-old with a beard. An outcast. Nobody […]

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