Gospel Hope + Help in Truth + Love

About Me

Christine M. Chappell
Author, writer, speaker, & podcast host.

Motherhood

Clean Home, Messy Heart
Motherhood is hard. Here’s help & hope for pursuing heart change.

Depression

Resource Guide
A powerful digital download for walking through the darkness.

Podcast

The Hope + Help Project
Cultivating compassionate biblical conversations about life's challenging problems.

Endorsements

Themes Frequently Found Here
Depression
Anxiety/Fear
Self-Harm
Suicide
Suffering
Anger
Motherhood
Heart Change
Biblical Counseling
Faith Trials
Sin Struggles
Resources
Who Visits This Blog? Sufferers, Strugglers, & Supporters
The readers and podcast listeners who follow my ministry typically struggle in one way or another with issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self-harm, eating disorders, or some other medically assigned psychiatric diagnosis. Often times, they are confused and concerned about how to approach their struggles in a God-honoring way. Many of them struggle with guilt or shame because they have been labeled with a problem from a medical doctor. They want to respond biblically to their challenges but are unsure how to do so. I can frequently sense their confusion about how faith in Christ intersects with their problems in meaningful, transformative ways. They also wrestle with decisions about whether or not to make medications a part of their holistic approach to body and soul care—they are afraid of making a choice that demonstrates a lack of faith in Christ. My readers find themselves eager to know what the Bible has to say about their issues, and want to hear it said in truth and love from a compassionate voice who understands the desperation of their hardship—a fellow traveler who can sympathize with their pain. Unfortunately, my readers have voiced they do not always feel like their local church is a place where they can turn to for help. Whether or not the notion is founded, they believe their particular brokenness will cause them to become embarrassed, shunned, or rebuked. As a result of past experiences, they are disappointed by the ways people have tried to suggest help to them and are nervous about inviting others back into their private pains.

The other segment of readers and listeners who follow my ministry consist of helpers and caregivers—those who are supporting someone walking through a challenging season in life (like I described above). These readers have broken hearts over their loved one's struggles and want to help, but are unsure how to go about doing so. They have a compassionate heart and know Christ is the ultimate remedy, but need concrete, actionable steps to put into practice to effectively love and counsel well. These helpers are have their own discouragements over how hard it has been to walk alongside the one they are caring for, but they understand the call to one-another care takes time and long-suffering. The bottom line is: they want to serve well and love well, and they want to know how to go about doing it in a helpful, God-glorifying way.

Recent Blog Posts

Hope + Help for the Depressed Ministry Leader with Terry Powell

In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews author/teacher Terry Powell on the subject of handling depression in ministry. Terry shares pieces of his life-long battle against depression with vulnerable humility, giving us a picture of God's sustaining grace for those involved in leadership positions. He offers thoughts about combatting negative self-talk, and answers the question, "Is depression a hinderance or a help to fruitful ministry?" The episode also explores the issue of suicide in pastoral ministry, and whether or not the concept of victorious Christian living can be reconciled with the believer's experience of depression.

Hope + Help for Anxiety Recovery with Laura Fleetwood

In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews author/speaker Laura Fleetwood on the topic of panic and anxiety recovery. Laura shares details about her personal struggle with anxiety, what recovery has looked like for her, as well as the various ways God has ministered to her as she has battled on-and-off seasons of disruptive anxiety in her life. She also explains how panic and anxiety manifests itself in her physical body, and gives listeners a practical acronym designed to help us turn more quickly to Christ and his body when panic strikes.

Hope + Help Bonus Episode: Heart Change in Motherhood with Christine Chappell

In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine shares a bonus episode on the topic of heart change in motherhood based on stories from her book, Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and Change for Overwhelmed Moms. The episode is an edited version of a talk recorded in front of a live audience and unpacks the challenges of sacrificial love, comfort idolatry, repetitive sin habits, and self-reliance in motherhood, explaining how the gospel of Jesus Christ offers women hope and help for progressive, meaningful change.

Afflicted Ones: The Church Needs You to Be Brave

Where are the afflicted ones who will take the risk and let their brothers and sisters know they are not alone in their struggles—that they too have walked a forlorn road? The church needs the afflicted to care for the afflicted so the comforts of God can be fully dispensed. When the afflicted are shamed or silenced or shunned, Christianity suffers and God’s name is profaned.

Hope + Help for Weary Moms with Christina Fox

In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews author Christina Fox on the topic of weariness in motherhood and her new book with P&R Publishing, Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms. Christina shares about her reluctant struggle with postpartum depression, the importance of having proper expectations in motherhood, and how to turn from helplessness to hope in Christ. She also addresses common heart issues that moms of all ages wrestle with, such as control idolatry, discontentment, and general discouragement with the motherhood experience.

Hope + Help for Self-Harm with Dave Dunham

In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews Pastor/author Dave Dunham on the topic of self-harm. Dave shares how he got started working in addiction ministry, why helping an injurer requires attention to both the body and soul, reasons it's important to uncover the struggler's motivations for injuring, the necessity of having a robust theology of sin in order to treat strugglers with compassion and grace, the helpfulness of practicing repentance, and words of encouragement for the person who feels enslaved to their addictive habit.

The Time God Met Me in the Mental Hospital

It's by design we raise our ebenezer on the battlefields of life (1 Samuel 7:10). Maybe for you, that place is a hospital bed. Maybe it's a courtroom. Maybe it's a jail cell. Maybe it's a clinic. Maybe it's a cemetery. Believe there is no place too taboo for our Jesus, no building or circumstance can keep him away from consoling your hurt and wiping your tears. Uncomfortable places of despair may separate us from the outside world for a time, but they cannot separate us from his steadfast love (Romans 8:35-39).

Hope + Help for Abusive Men with Chris Moles

In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell and Reverend Chris Moles unpack the heart of domestic abuse. Chris shares why he believes there has been some push-back from the Christian community about pursuing violent men with the hope of the gospel, the problem with treating domestic abuse as an anger issue, reasons why focusing on abuse as spiritual rebellion is so important, realistic ways of measuring intervention "success," and words of admonishment (as well as hope) for the man who senses he is abusing his power and wonders what true change will require. He also shares a variety of reliable resources that the audience can explore to further educate themselves on the issue of domestic violence, or find guidance for next steps if they are in a abusive relationship.

Being Needy is Not a Fault—It’s a Design

When someone is struggling or suffering, they can sometimes be hesitant to reach out for help. But what does the Bible have to say about our neediness? Is it a character flaw or sin? This article explores some of the ways we view neediness as annoying or inconvenient, and how God's design for his people and community go against the grain of trending cultural norms.

Hope + Help for the Grieving Widow with Lisa Appelo

In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews author/writer Lisa Appelo on the topic of learning to live with grief as a widow. Lisa talks about the day her husband suddenly passed away, how she addressed the grieving process with her seven children, some of the unexpected emotional struggles she faced, and how the body of Christ rallied around her and her family as they learned how to live without the husband and father they loved. She also shares some practical spiritual and physical care suggestions for those walking through seasons of grief.

Help! I’m a New Christian Living with a Psychiatric Diagnosis

"My fiancé and I are new Christians who have struggled with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. These past four months have been very difficult, and we are having a hard time understanding how our new faith ties into these issues. How can we best support each other during these challenges? Are there biblical resources available to help us?"

Hope + Help for Fighting Destructive Habits with Rush Witt

In this episode, Christine Chappell guides a powerful conversation with Pastor/author Rush Witt on the topic of fighting against diehard sins and destructive daily habits. Rush shares about his personal experience with biblical counseling, helps listeners unpack the undercurrents of our heart struggles, gives practical steps for attacking "acceptable" sins while avoiding the pitfall of destructive introspection, and ultimately offers courage and clarity for the Christian who is desperate for change but feels stuck in the struggle.

When Mom Falls Away from Grace

When mothers mourn their inability to "do better" and "be better," they can use it as an opportunity to press into God's grace or as an occasion to fall away from grace, believing they ought to be law-keepers instead of grace-receivers. What rebukes and encouragements does the Apostle Paul have to say on this matter? Continue reading...

Good News for the Discouraged Mom

Sometimes Mother's Day weekend looks like limps in our strides and lumps in our throats. When we feel we don't measure up to what it means to be a "good mom," we don't feel much like celebrating life, let alone motherhood. But there's good news to be found for discouraged mothers. Here are gospel truths to remember as your weary heart heads into Mother's Day.

Hope + Help for Eating Disorders with Emma Scrivener

In this episode, Christine Chappell interviews author Emma Scrivener about the spiritual and physical struggles associated with eating disorders. Emma shares pieces of her personal battle against anorexia, detailing how the gospel of Jesus Christ enabled her to turn a new page in her recovery and the way she viewed her relationship with food. The episode also discusses some of the heart issues associated with disordered eating, practical spiritual and physical steps for seeking help, and words of encouragement for the sufferer who feels hopeless or helpless to find progressive life change.

Walking Our Children Through Depression: Four Ways We Imitate God

Mental health issues can be complex in nature, and parents can run the risk of overlooking particular facets of treatment because of prejudices about underlying causes. But when we look to the Scriptures and see God serving the sorrowing with individualized, calculated affection, we see a multifaceted approach to managing mental anguish — one that acknowledges the dichotomy of man (as body and soul) and the necessity of the body of Christ.

Hope + Help for the Depressed Christian with Guest Zack Eswine

In the premiere episode, Christine interviews author/Pastor Zack Eswine on the topic of depression. During the conversation, Zack shares some of his personal experience with despondency, wise & unwise ways to approach loved ones who are suffering, the blessing of biblical metaphor in providing a language for our sorrows, as well as comfort and clarity from the Scriptures for those walking through the seasons of darkness.