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Category Archives for "Parenting"

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 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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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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How to Find Balance for Stressed Out Parents, via Catching Your Breath: The Podcast
May 12

Podcast: How to Find Balance for Stressed Out Parents

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Family , gratitude , life coaching , Marriage , Parenting , podcast , relationships , self-care , Self-help , stress management

​How to Find Balance for Stressed Out ParentsHoly End of the School Year, Batman! My wife is a teacher. Each day from 7-2:30, she ​teaches 14 three-year-olds. On top of that, we have two school-aged children of our own. That being said, this time of year is often chaotic and exhausting. End of the year parties, […]

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Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of my Faith
Apr 17

Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of My Faith

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

“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]

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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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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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