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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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Apr 19

The Problem with Church: Pain in the Pew

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

“I don’t know why I’m about to tell you this, but ever since you shared your story, I knew I had to talk to you.” This was the first time someone I knew personally reached out to me, after reading the story of my recovery from a suicide attempt. It’s been a few years since […]

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Jul 25

Don’t Kick the Catfish: Thoughts on the 23rd Psalm

By Steve Austin | faith , Messy Grace

When I was fifteen, we took our annual trip to the beach. There I was, in stupid teenager Heaven, taking in the sights, when I walked up on a dead catfish. In all the years we spent camping at the beach, I’d caught my fair share of sea cats. The little devils are basically worthless, but they put up a heck of a fight from the piers at Panama City and Gulf Shores.
I stood over the carcass of this dead fish, as it swelled in the sun. I was barefoot and bored, so I did the next logical thing for a stupid teenager.

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Jul 06

Why I Stopped Hating the Church

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Featured , Messy Grace , Recovery , Recovery from Abuse , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church , This is My Story (series)

Anyone who says church hurts are no big deal has no idea what they’re talking about. I was deeply wounded by the church and threw stones at her for a decade.
These days, I am blessed to belong to a church I love. But learning to engage the church again has been a long journey. Here’s why I stopped hating the church…

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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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