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Category Archives for "Best of Messy Grace"

How a Simple Hug Changed My Life
Jun 10

How a Simple Hug Changed My Life

By Guest Blogger | Best of Messy Grace , faith , guest post , lgbtq , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

“The best advice I’ve been given when I’d failed – was a hug.”-Bob Goff​I’ve loved giving hugs for as long as I can remember. My pre-school teacher, Mrs. Upton, first emphasized the power of a good hug. One day during circle time, she taught us how to give “bear hugs.” One at a time, we walked […]

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Why I'm Trying Out Church Again for the First Time
May 26

Why I’m Trying Out Church Again for the First Time

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

“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships, so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.”-Wm. Paul YoungDead InsideFor a while now, my Christian friends have laughed (or cringed) at my response to theological talk. I usually say something like, “I […]

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Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety
Apr 22

Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , faith , Mental Health

“The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass.” -Mark 4:39 This morning, anxiety slapped me in the face before I even opened my eyes. Like a glass of freezing water, it jolted me from restful sleep. What a bully. There are times when I feel such shame because the anxiety persists. Sometimes, I […]

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Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of my Faith
Apr 17

Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of My Faith

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

“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]

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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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Oct 23

Why I Still Trust God When Shame Feels Heavy

By Lindsey Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Family , Messy Grace , Parenting

I vow to let go of past failures and strengthen what remains so I can be a better version of myself each day. Not let go of them completely, as in forget them, but take my fear, shame, mistakes and misgivings, and put them under my feet.

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Why I Believe Love is Love
May 18

Why I Believe Love is Love

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

It’s who you are that counts. Your worship to God is the way you live. A few years ago, I would have ignored, shunned, and been disgusted by the scene that unfolded that night at the gas pump. The journey toward authentic faith became real for me in that moment.
The most effective way to destroy prejudice is by sharing tangible love, one opportunity or person at a time. If my Sunday morning song service doesn’t match my response to a gay guy at the gas pump, I’m in trouble.

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