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Category Archives for "faith"

Why Psychological Safety is at the Core of Love
Feb 17

Why Psychological Safety is at the Core of Love

By Steve Austin | faith , Mental Health , Messy Grace , Religious Recovery

“…as counselors and neuroscientists continue to confirm, the ability to shape a narrative from your experiences, and to connect your story to a greater one, is essential for developing empathy, a sense of purpose, and well-being.”—Rachel Held Evans, InspiredImage by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayHide and SeekGrowing up in a small town in rural Alabama, my first […]

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Feb 07

Video: Playing Sardines with God

By Steve Austin | faith , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid... , Recovery from Abuse , Videos

Is your church a safe space for people who are hurting? On Sunday, January 26th, I had the honor of sharing my story of surviving childhood sexual abuse and a suicide attempt. In addition to sharing my story, I challenged the church to become a safe place for people who are hurting – imploring us […]

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Technology and The Worst Day of My Life
Feb 02

Technology and The Worst Day of My Life

By Guest Blogger | faith , My Very Worst Day (series) , Recovery

​I remember the day like it was yesterday, the excitement and anxiety. I was plagued with anticipation, my hands were sweaty, and my heart was racing. What would this day be like? What would transpire on the days that followed? I had questions, I had reservations, but I was going all-in. However, this particular day […]

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Terminated by the Church: My Very Worst Day
Jan 19

Terminated by the Church: My Very Worst Day

By Guest Blogger | faith , guest post , My Very Worst Day (series) , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

“Besides, I shall perhaps obtain actual relief from writing. Today, for instance, I am particularly oppressed by one memory of a distant past. It came back vividly to my mind a few days ago, and has remained haunting me like an annoying tune that one cannot get rid of. And yet I must get rid […]

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Online Yardsale: How to Support My Trip to France
Jan 17

Online Yardsale: How to Support My Trip to France

By Steve Austin | Current Events , faith , Mental Health , writing

​In 2020, every 40 seconds, someone around the globe will die by suicide. And for every 1 who dies, 25 more attempt. But it doesn’t have to be that way.Will you help me save lives this year?I’ve recently been accepted to a week-long writer’s residency in France. It’s an opportunity most writers only dream of: […]

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How I Found Grace After He Cheated
Jan 08

Surviving an Affair: How I Found Grace After He Cheated

By Guest Blogger | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Family , guest post , Marriage , My Very Worst Day (series) , relationships

I’ll never forget the day I started cursing. It was the day my husband admitted to having an affair.Even though I had suspected for a few months, all I could do was whisper “Bastard” and walk out the door. (I know, pretty low on the cussing scale, but we all have to start somewhere!) It was […]

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Dec 20

God’s Embrace in the Midst of Desperation

By Steve Austin | Bible study , faith , holidays , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid...

I’ve just returned from a truly magical time on the West Coast. On Sunday 12/15, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at my friend Marc’s church, Bridge City Church in Milwaukie, Oregon. This is the text from that sermon. -Steve Desperate for Hope ‘Oh God.’ Five letters. Two words. One exhale. Full stop. ‘Oh […]

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Life-Giving Practices for Weary Parents
Oct 02

Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , faith , Family , Parenting , podcast , self-care , Self-help , Spirituality , stress management

Welcome to episode 33 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast. I’m so excited for you to hear this conversation ​with Courtney Ellis about life-giving spiritual conversations for weary parents. ​​I often tell people that parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever love. You’re still trying to figure out who you are, deal with your own baggage, […]

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4 Ways Your Church Should Look More like a Psych Ward
Sep 22

4 Ways Your Church Should Look More Like a Psych Ward

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

​Christians with mental illness are desperate for authenticity. So how do we facilitate honesty in church? It could start by having a prayer box specifically for mental health concerns, and continue through messages from the pulpit.  One of the missions of the church is to help people grow. Our journey toward wholeness requires permission to be […]

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It's Time for the Church to Confront Mental Health
Sep 17

It’s Time for the Church to Confront Mental Health (via USA Today)

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

​After the suicide Monday of Jarrid Wilson, a well-known pastor in the evangelical community, Christian leaders across the country are grappling with how to address and help believers struggling with depression and anxiety – including when those struggling are the ones leading the church.Jarrid Wilson, an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship who founded the […]

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