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Category Archives for "Mental Health"

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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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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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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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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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 to Heal Your Hurts
Jan 06

Free Course: How to Heal Your Hurts

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Courses , Depression , Mental Health , Recovery , Recovery from Abuse , self-care , Self-help

​Are you ready to find healing from emotional pain? Join my free Heal Your Hurts Course toay!Then join me for this brand-new, ​FREE e-course!Heal Your Hurts CourseI’ll teach you ​how to release the physical, mental, and emotional pain that keeps you stuck in a world of hurt.The FREE step-by-step process to go from pain to […]

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Will you help me stop suicide?
Jan 04

Will You Help Me Stop Suicide in 2020?

By Steve Austin | Mental Health

​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 wasn’t supposed to be depressed.I was raised in the church. I served on youth leadership. I traveled with […]

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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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Enjoy a Healthy, Happy, Low-Stress Holiday
Nov 26

Enjoy a Healthy, Happy, Low-Stress Holiday

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Family , holidays , Mental Health , podcast , self-care , stress management , Videos

​Enjoy a Healthy, Happy, Low-Stress Holiday​The holidays are upon us. ​If it seems like you can’t get anything right, or find time ​to simply catch your breath, spend a few minutes with me while I teach you how to have a healthy, happy, low-stress holiday.The hectic aspects of the holidays are, unfortunately, a sign of […]

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