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My strongest desire of all? To belong.
Dec 16

When you’re tired of all the fighting.

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , faith , mindfulness , self-care , Self-help , The Struggle With Church

“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great…” -Maya Angelou(from Braving the Wilderness, by Brene Brown) The Worst Kind of HangoverWhen I started writing Catching Your Breath, I knew I’d have to get really honest. No pretense. No […]

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Jul 26

3 Reasons Why You Need Better Self-Care

By Steve Austin | Ask Steve Austin , Best of Messy Grace , life coaching , Mental Health

I’m so excited to announce More Than Leftovers: An Online Self-Care Community! But before we get into those details, I want to give you 3 reasons why you need better self-care. 3 Reasons Why You Need Better Self-Care You’re too busy. How do I know? Because I’m a human, too. Being a self-care expert and […]

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Apr 24

Grace: It’s All about Gas and Groceries

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

Have you ever lived paycheck-to-paycheck? Contrary to what anyone may have told you, an author has to sell an astronomical amount of books to ever make any money. My average month from book sales is around $35. I’d gladly show you the Amazon receipts. And I promise you, that pay doesn’t come close to balancing […]

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Feb 15

The Psych Ward and The Church

By Steve Austin | Recovery from a Suicid... , The Struggle With Church

As the nurse wheeled me down the long and lonely corridor and through the locked doors of that ward, I felt hopeless and humiliated. But on the other side, I found help for my anxieties, rest for my soul, and practical ways to walk toward my new life. On my own, without the hope Christ brings, I also find myself at the end of the rope, but in the context of healthy community, wrestling alongside others who have their own burdens to bear, I know I can keep going.

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Feb 11

Cancer’s Unlikely Gift

By Guest Blogger | faith , Messy Grace

Do you remember the iconic scene from Forrest Gump, when Forrest tells the woman on the bench next to him, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.” At 25, I had my entire life planned out. Whom I would marry, how many children I would have, my career, the car I would drive, the places I would travel. It was glorious. I thought I would only pick the chocolates I liked.
Cancer upended it all. In the ugly packaging of cancer came my greatest joy.

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