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Jan 20

God helps those who …

By Steve Austin | faith

I live in the South, where “Christian” is synonymous with “Republican.” My older family members always voted down the party line. I live in a place where people say things like, “I don’t see how you can vote Democrat and still call yourself a Christian.”
Now that I’m a little older, I’ve realized my political views are actually pretty varied, and they don’t fall along party lines. I can no longer talk about inclusion for the outcast and faith in the underdog, yet vote down the “us vs. them” mentality of a particular party.

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Jan 18

God Works Ordinarily

By Steve Austin | faith , Recovery , Recovery from Abuse

For years, I believed exactly what Christine Caine’s quote says: God can do in a second what you have been unable to do alone for years.
But it only led me away from Christ.

We wish for it, but unfortunately, God usually doesn’t change our circumstances in an instant.

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Daring to Trust Again: Life After My Husband's Suicide Attempt
Jan 11

Daring to Trust: Life After My Husband’s Suicide Attempt

By Lindsey Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Family , Marriage , Mental Health , Recovery , Recovery from a Suicid... , relationships

I will never forget how cold the tile floor was on that hot September afternoon, as I slid down the wall of ICU room number six.
The statement that made my knees buckle, as I stood at the end of that hospital bed, was, “No, I did not mix up my medicine. I wanted to die. I do not want to be here any more.”

My clearest thought was how I was not enough. But if not me, how was our beautiful baby boy not enough to make my husband want to stay? I wondered how I could possibly face family and friends at our son’s first birthday party the next day, alone. I wondered if I would spend the rest of my life the very same way.

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Dec 15

Finding God in Times of Transition

By Steve Austin | faith , Parenting

In times of transition, it’s normal to feel lost or forgotten. But you are not lost, and neither is God. He is right where He’s always been, longing to be with us in our struggle. He wants to wait with us while we look for our new normal. He is never intimidated by our situation and He never gives up on us, even when we lack faith.

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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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May 20

Is it possible to live again? Life after PPD.

By Lindsey Austin | faith , Mental Health , Messy Grace

After Ben’s birth in September 2011, I suffered from severe sleep deprivation, psychosis, and postpartum depression.
It was the darkest time in my life. I was hospitalized for nearly 2 weeks and separated from my newborn for most of that time. The situation was completely beyond my control but I felt so much shame over it. With the help of good doctors and my amazing family I began to recover and finally feel like myself again.

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Mar 14

Can You Lose God?

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

Letter to a friend: You lose a job. You lose a spouse. You might even lose a child. You lose car keys, your wallet, and your debit card. If you’re lucky, you lose weight. Some folks lose hair. You might even lose your mind.   But lose God?  No sir. You might lose heart. You […]

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Jan 07

This World is Cruel but God is Love.

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

I learned a great lesson about messy grace in a high school classroom. I’m eavesdropping on a high school conversation. An openly gay boy, talking to a girl who is eleven weeks pregnant. The boy asked, “How awkward was it [telling your parents]?” And she responded, “Daddy threw a couple of things and cussed me […]

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