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Category Archives for "Marriage"

How Devastating Loss Led to Freedom
Feb 23

How Devastating Loss Led to Ultimate Freedom

By Guest Blogger | faith , Family , Marriage , Mental Health , My Very Worst Day (series) , Recovery from Abuse

It was Thanksgiving morning, and I was standing in the shower, escaping for a moment into a world of hot water and steam. My morning shower had become my last refuge.Image by Olya Adamovich from Pixabay​Devastating Loss. Ultimate Freedom.I was no stranger to loss. In fact, loss seemed to be a fairly constant companion in […]

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Grace: Like a Warm Blanket on My Very Worst Day
Jan 26

Grace: Like a Warm Blanket on My Worst Day

By Guest Blogger | Marriage , Mental Health , My Very Worst Day (series) , Recovery from a Suicid... , Recovery from Abuse

TRIGGER WARNING: Childhood sexual abuseI have never in my life wanted to die so badly.As I heard him pull in the driveway I froze in fear, shame, and guilt. “Get up, act busy, wipe your face girl!” I tried to tell myself. But, I just laid there frozen. I listened in horror as he gently […]

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He Left Me in the Midst of Mental Anguish
Jan 12

He Left Me in the Midst of Mental Anguish

By Guest Blogger | Anxiety , Depression , Family , Marriage , Mental Health , My Very Worst Day (series) , Parenting , Recovery

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”-Ernest HemingwayThe worst day of my life was the day my husband left me.He walked out on the anniversary of the day he first asked me out, twelve years earlier. We were sixteen then – high school sweethearts. When he walked out, we […]

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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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Surviving Suicide: You are Not Alone
Oct 27

Surviving Suicide: You are Not Alone

By Guest Blogger | Anxiety , Depression , Family , Marriage , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid...

facebook.com/devinbalramphotoA friend of mine asks deep questions with ease. We often talk about mental health and check in with each other, sharing our experiences of surviving suicide. She’s lost close friends, and I nearly lost my husband.She asked me, “How do you feel these days when Steve is speaking somewhere and you’re in the audience?”If […]

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How to Stop Being Taken for Granted
Oct 06

Betrayed: How to Stop Being Taken for Granted

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Family , Marriage , Parenting , relationships , self-esteem , Self-help

​When ​did you last feel taken for granted?Was it today? Last week? Four years ago? If it was deep heartache, it doesn’t matter how long ago it was; you likely haven’t forgotten the feeling of being taken for granted.I recently received an email from someone walking through a crushing season of betrayal. Her heart is […]

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How to Be More Open and Honest about Your Feelings
Jan 07

How to Be More Open and Honest about Your Feelings

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , life coaching , Marriage , self-care , Self-help , stress management

A few months ago, I received this email from someone who listens to my podcast and reads the blog. She ended up signing up for relationship coaching, and after a few months, I asked Stephanie if I could share bits of our conversations as a blog post to help others who are stuck in a […]

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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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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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