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Category Archives for "Family"

Feb 06

A Spiritual Misfit’s Journey: Faith Like Lego’s

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

My little boy is a Lego-maniac. He’s only six-years-old, but he’s got a brilliant imagination and is meticulous with the details. At least once a month, his grandmother takes him to a “build night” at the local Lego store. Forthe first few months, on build nights, Ben would get a small kit and follow the […]

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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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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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The Kind of Jesus I Really Need
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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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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What to do When Your Child Attempts Suicide
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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How to Survive Marriage and Mental Health
Sep 04

How to Survive Marriage and Mental Health

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

My wife spent a week on a psych ward following the birth of our first son. She had a miserable fight with postpartum depression and sleep deprivation. One year later, nearly to the day, I landed in ICU and then a psych ward following a suicide attempt.
After living through it, here’s my take on what to do when you decide to stay married to someone with mental illness.

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Jun 24

Light the Torches! Grace for Divorced Christians

By Guest Blogger | faith , Family , Marriage , Messy Grace , This is My Story (series)

I’m divorced. Well, not really. I’m now married. Happily, with five kids. But I have been divorced, or, more appropriately, have gone through a divorce. There’s a difference.
The past does not define us. Divorce, in particular, is not a label.

Many Christians disagree. Many Christians deem divorce the mark of death, the breaking of God’s covenant, the dreaded scarlet letter. It’s one of those ‘sins’ that is given greater weight than others – like, you know, killing people, being gay, having loads of premarital sex – and, likewise, damns those who go through it to raw ditch pits and hellfire.

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