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Category Archives for "Family"

Oct 09

6 Mistakes When Reading about Women in the Bible

By Stepanie Long | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Family , Marriage , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

The false teaching that idolizes men, while subordinating and harming women has been allowed to run rampant in the Church in the name of “Biblical Gender Roles” for too long. This teaching reduces women to objects created by God as an afterthought to please and take care of men. It blames women when men lust […]

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Jun 27

The Truth about Parenting, Recovery, and Messy Grace (Video)

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Current Events , faith , Family , Marriage , Messy Grace , Parenting , Recovery , Recovery from a Suicid...

On Father’s Day 2017, I had the incredible honor of speaking at Unity of Birmingham on the truth about parenting, recovery, and messy grace. The title of my talk is, “Eat Your Heart Out, James Dobson,” and I got really honest for a few minutes as we discussed the messiness of life, faith, parenting, and more. I […]

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Jun 21

The Kind of Jesus I Really Need

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

Hi, it’s Lindsey! I’m over at Songbird and a Nerd today talking about the kind of Jesus I need.
My kids were watching a happy little Christian t.v. show. You know, the kind from the 80’s that airs on some random public station, over the antenna. The one with the ultra cheesy choreography and bad music. My kids were watching that. It’s not what I would have chosen for them, but let’s be honest. Sometimes I just don’t care what they watch. I’m raising a toddler and a preschooler, and there are times that I’m simply thankful to have a moment to breathe.

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Jun 15

7 Self-Care Tips for Tired Parents

By Steve Austin | Ask Steve Austin , Family , Mental Health , Parenting

Parenting is exhausting, especially in the early years. I don’t care how many books you’ve read by James Dobson and Focus on the Family, even the most dedicated parents sometimes face burnout.   Here’s the good news: you are not alone. Just last night, Ben woke up twice with a bad dream, and Caroline ended […]

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Apr 26

#AskSteveAustin Podcast: Dealing with Tension in Relationships

By Steve Austin | Ask Steve Austin , Current Events , faith , Family , Marriage , Mental Health , Parenting , Recovery

Relationships can be tough. When there is tension with the people you love, it can make connecting with someone you genuinely care about difficult. Whether it’s a friend, lover, loser, or leaver, the unpredictability of people makes relationships…interesting…at the very least. The latest episode of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast covers relationships, in all their glory. In this […]

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Apr 24

Grace: It’s All about Gas and Groceries

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

Have you ever lived paycheck-to-paycheck? Contrary to what anyone may have told you, an author has to sell an astronomical amount of books to ever make any money. My average month from book sales is around $35. I’d gladly show you the Amazon receipts. And I promise you, that pay doesn’t come close to balancing […]

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Apr 07

How to Listen to the #AskSteveAustin Podcast

By Steve Austin | Ask Steve Austin , Best of Messy Grace , faith , Family , Mental Health , Millennials , Recovery

The #AskSteveAustin Twitter hashtag is really taking off. I’m getting new questions, every single day, and trying to answer as many as possible. What’s your biggest question? What’s the question that keeps you up at night? The one that gnaws at your soul? The one you feel you can’t ask anybody else? Is it about […]

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3 Myths of the Pinterest-Perfect Marriage
Apr 01

3 Myths of the Pinterest-Perfect Marriage

By Lindsey Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Family , Marriage

Our wedding day was perfect – if by perfect you mean borrowed folding chairs from the Baptist church and a catering team that consisted of grandmothers, aunts, and best friends. We were so busy dancing and mingling that we didn’t even get to eat our own wedding potluck. After the guests dispersed, we sent my husband’s best friend down the street to Subway, the only place still open in rural Alabama at that time of day, for a sandwich and chips.
In the nine years since that day, my husband and I have loved hard, fought hard, and earned some hard-won wisdom along the way. But I still love to browse Pinterest, and in doing so, I’ve found 3 myths of the Pinterest-perfect marriage.

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Feb 20

What to do When Your Child Attempts Suicide

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

According to the Miami Herald, 14-year-old Nakia Venant hanged herself in the wee hours of the morning on January 24th, while broadcasting her suicide on Facebook Live. Less than a month before that, Katelyn Davis, a 12-year-old from Georgia, killed herself during another live broadcast. Each news report shows the image of a beautiful young […]

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