After much hard work, I am learning to embrace my diagnosis as a gift; but that wasn’t always the case.
“When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness—the feeling that we are enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging.” —Brené BrownIn recent years, several well-known Christian leaders have died by apparent suicide: Amy Bleuel, Andrew Stoecklein, […]
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 […]
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-wwvh7-d206b8 On Sunday, January 26th, Steve Austin had the honor of speaking at Cambridge Community Church in Ontario, Canada. He talked about Hagar, and how churches can help people who are hurting to feel seen, heard, and accepted. Support Steve via Patreon. Read the blog.
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 […]
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 […]
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-qmvph-c9c618 In Episode 36 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, Steve Austin sits down with ESPN and SEC Sportscaster, Lauren Sisler, to talk about breaking the shackles of shame. Lauren is a multi national award-winning sports broadcaster working with ESPN, the SEC Network, and AL.com. Her journey was not always full of victories and celebrations. […]
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 […]
After the suicide Monday of Jarrid Wilson, a well-known pastor in the evangelical community, Christian leaders across the country are grappling with how to address and help believers struggling with depression and anxiety – including when those struggling are the ones leading the church.Jarrid Wilson, an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship who founded the […]
It’s always an honor to share my story with a new audience. This podcast interview came as a result of the tragic loss of Pastor Jarrid Wilson to suicide. I’m deeply grateful to Brandy for allowing me to share some hope and practical tips for those living at the intersection of faith and mental health. Here’s […]