Aug 19

You Heal When You’re Heard

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , podcast

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xjmyd-bc3141 In episode two of our four episode series on grief, guest host Brandon Carleton sits down with Sarah Stevens from the Beautifull Project to examine the power of making and holding space for people to grieve. Also, have you ever felt like you can’t describe how you’re feeling? Brandon offers a practical tip to […]

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Aug 19

Why Are We So Bad at Grieving?

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , podcast

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-zytfe-bc310f In the first episode of our four episode series on grief, guest host Brandon Carleton sets the ground work for the series by exploring why we find grieving so hard. Are we broken? Or have we been poorly trained? Brandon also reads a poem (you’re going to love it) and offers a practical tip […]

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the velveteen rabbit, impossible magic, and authentic faith
Aug 04

GUEST POST: The Velveteen Rabbit, Impossible Magic, and Finding Authentic Faith

By Steve Austin | faith , Spirituality

”Deconstruction” has been a difficult concept for me to accept as a personal experience. Not because I’ve never questioned my faith and morality and worldview, nor am I disinterested in other’s journeys. And it’s not only because “deconstruction” as a thing has totally jumped the shark. What I struggle to accept is that someone once was not asking […]

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Worthy and Unashamed: Facing Mental Health Stigma in the Church Head-On
Jul 28

Guest Blog – Worthy and Unashamed: Facing Mental Health Stigma in the Church Head-On

By Guest Blogger | Anxiety , Depression , faith , guest post , Mental Health , Religious Recovery , self-esteem , The Struggle With Church

Unworthy.  It’s a word that I often use to describe myself….in my own head.  You see, I’m a Christian who has mental health issues. I have struggled with panic attacks, anxiety and depression for over 20 years. I’m also a licensed mental health counselor, college professor, worship leader, entrepreneur, wife, and mom.  If you were […]

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It's depression, not demon possession.
Jul 21

Guest blog: It’s Depression, Not Demon Possession

By Steve Austin | Depression , faith , Mental Health , Spirituality

Joy sat at the table, her eyes big and watery. “You know, my depression has been going on for a while, but my husband doesn’t believe me when I say I’m depressed. Instead, he took me to our pastor and asked him to cast out the demon inside me.” Photo by Ben White on Unsplash […]

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When you can't erase your childhood religion.
Jul 07

Guest Post: When You Can’t Erase Your Childhood Religion

By Guest Blogger | faith , guest post , Millennials , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

In Search of WholenessI’ve heard that, as newborns, one of the very first emotions we feel is a sense of abandonment. Your whole life up to that point has been spent in a warm, safe space where you are literally connected to another person. The very next thing you experience is being forcibly removed from […]

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Jesus meant it when he said,
Jul 02

Jesus meant it when he said “Love your (political) enemies.”

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Current Events , faith , lgbtq , Messy Grace , Millennials , politics , Videos

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” – Thomas MertonPhoto by Heather Mount on UnsplashPolitics and FriendshipOne of my best friends and I disagree politically, and it makes our friendship stronger.This friend of mine — we’ve […]

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Healing Negative Memories with Journaling
Jun 25

How to Heal Negative Childhood Memories with Journaling

By Steve Austin | Family , Mental Health , podcast , Recovery , Recovery from Abuse , self-care

Have you ever found yourself confronting painful memories of situations you experienced when growing up?Photo by Jon Tyson on UnsplashOne of my most painful memories is of childhood sexual abuse.During my senior year, in the middle of a class trip, the memory of my abuse came rushing back. We were touring the Department of Human Resources. When a […]

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The spiritual hero who was depressed and desperate.
Jun 12

VIDEO: The spiritual hero who was depressed and desperate

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Bible study , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Spirituality , Videos

Who comes to mind when you think of a hero? Spider-Man? Superman? Wonder Woman? Abraham Lincoln? Martin Luther King? Mother Theresa?​A hero is defined as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.So naturally, when I think of a spiritual hero, my first thought is the Old Testament story […]

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Finding God in Stillness
Jun 11

Finding God in Stillness

By Steve Austin | faith , guest post , mindfulness , self-care , Spirituality

​We are starved for quiet, to hear the sound of sheer silence that is the presence of God himself.” – Ruth Haley BartonWhiskey & GodI transitioned out of deconstruction and started rebuilding my spirituality at the beginning of 2018. That New Year’s weekend, I sat on the back porch of the beach house we rented, […]

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