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How to Embrace Your True Self in a World of Fakers
Mar 17

How to Embrace Your True Self in a World of Fakers

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , catching your breath , Courses , life coaching , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help

Please call me by my true names,so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,so I can see that my joy and pain are one.-Thich Nhat Hanh Do you have a nickname? Even if no one has used it in years, did you have a pet name of some kind when you were a […]

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Children and Suicide: What You Can Do
Mar 12

Suicide and Children: What You Can Do

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , Mental Health , Parenting , Recovery from a Suicid...

“I have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” -James Baldwin​My Little Girl Doesn’t Really Want to Hang Herself, Right?A friend of mine was tidying up her little girl’s bedroom when she noticed tiny pieces of paper torn and lying in a pile near the […]

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Love Wins
Mar 07

Love will Never Vote You Out

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

“It’s funny, isn’t it? That you can preach a judgmental and vengeful and angry God and nobody will mind. But you start preaching a God that is too accepting, too loving, too forgiving, too merciful, too kind…and you are in trouble.” -Bishop Gene Robinson (Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire)When You Believe You are BadRyan wasn’t out when […]

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What do I Need to Know about Pastors and Suicide?
Mar 04

Pastors and Suicide: What Should I Know?

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid...

California has mourned the deaths by suicide of two beloved pastors in under six months. Although tragic and sad, the deaths of Pastors Jim Howard and Andrew Stoecklein leave many people—especially within the church—wondering what happened. The recent deaths also point to the need for mental health care within the church. What can the church […]

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You Can't Glue Ashes: Notes on the First Year of Grief
Feb 28

You Can’t Glue Ashes: Notes on the First Year of Grief

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Family

“​Blind me to the faults of the other fellow, but reveal to me my own.”-Ben House, Sr.To: Ben, From: BenA few days before Valentine’s day, my first-grader was sitting at the kitchen table filling out twenty superhero cards for his friends. When he filled one out for Ben, I was a little confused. He’d never […]

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Is It Okay to be Really Sad? 4 Elements of Emotional Wisdom
Feb 24

4 Elements of Emotional Wisdom

By Steve Austin | Mental Health , mindfulness , self-care , Self-help , stress management

It’s Okay to be Really SadAround the same time my Grandfather died last year, my son’s best friend moved away. I told Ben, “It’s okay to be sad.” The kid’s parents bought a beautiful new home across town, so my son has lost his favorite friend, the kid who sat next to him every day […]

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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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How to Be a Better Christian: Notes from an Ex-Pastor
Feb 17

Why No One Really Cares What You Believe

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

“One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practise the […]

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My Little Boy Taught Me How to Love My Neighbor
Feb 16

My Little Boy Taught Me How to Love My Neighbor

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , empathy , life coaching , Self-help

“Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.”- Jim Casy, The Grapes of WrathMy son loves LEGOs. He’s been building things as long as either of us can remember. At least once a month, his grandma takes him to the LEGO store at the mall downtown, and he gets to build with […]

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Jesus was a master at practicing empathy. Here's why.
Feb 13

Jesus was a master at practicing empathy. Here’s why.

By Steve Austin | empathy , faith , Religious Recovery , self-esteem , Spirituality

I was a pastor when my world fell apart. Lying in an ICU hospital bed, looking up at the ceiling, numb from the waist down, it seemed pretty clear to me that I only had a couple of choices: get out of the hospital and figure out how to heal, or leave the hospital, and […]

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