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Cultivating a Teachable Heart | Guest Post by Emily Sue Allen

He really is a stand-out kid; smart, capable, clever, and helpful. He brings me more joy than I could say with his goofy 8-year-old grin, and the thoughtful ways he cares for others. He also knows how to push my buttons with incredible precision. Whenever I correct his behavior, he resists, pushes back and tries […]

When Failed Resolutions Come Back to Haunt You

Facebook memories can often be great sources of joy and reflection. And while it’s usually a treat to look back over the events that have happened on a particular day in your personal history, not all of the recollections come with warm feelings of happy days passed. Sometimes the memories serve to remind us of painful […]
Jill E. McCormick | Guest Blog | Christine M. Chappell

Two Lies I Believe | Guest Post by Jill E. McCormick

♥ Hey friends! I’m bubbling with writing urges and I can’t wait to start sharing my own posts in just a couple weeks. In the meantime, my 2016 guest post series continues TODAY with writer/blogger Jill E. McCormick! ♥   It took getting hit by a car to realize I believed two lies about my […]

7 Words You Need to Pray from the Garden of Gethsemane

Today, I’m welcoming guest writer Janelle Upton to the blog to share her reflections on the garden of Gethsemane. I really enjoyed her insights and I hope you do as well!   Can I be totally honest with you? Most times I do not in, anyway, relate to Jesus. I adore Him. I look to […]
Online Bible Studies for Women | EQUIP with Christine | Christine M. Chappell | FaithfulSparrow.com

“Panic to Peace” Free Video Workshop Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new online classroom {EQUIP with Christine}, which will offer women a library of live teaching from my workshops. It has been on my heart for some time to figure out a way to take my live classes and offer them to women across the globe, and I […]

For the Mom Who Feels Like the Fruit Will Never Come

♥ Hey friends! I’m taking the rest of the year off from writing original posts, but amazing things are still coming for you! My 2016 guest post series continues TODAY with author/blogger Courtney Steed! ♥   “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear […]
Resources for the Christian Woman Who Is Depressed | Christine M. Chappell | FaithfulSparrow.com

Resources for the Woman Fighting Depression

If you are a woman fighting against depression, I pray that these resources are helpful to giving you comfort, encouragement, and hope. If you are a family member or loved one supporting a woman who is struggling with the pain of mental burdens, I pray that these resources will help you find the wisdom needed […]
The Steadiness of Faith | Barbara Hill | Guest Post | Faithfulsparrow.com | Christine M. Chappell

The Steadiness of Faith | Guest Post by Barbara Hill

♥Hey friends! I’m taking the rest of the year off from writing original posts, but amazing things are still coming for you! My 2016 guest post series starts TODAY with writer/blogger Barbara Hill!♥   I was revisited today by an illustration I heard years ago about a ship and a train. My pastor was sharing about living […]
Hearts of Thanksgiving in Seasons of Grumbling | Christine M. Chappell | Faithfulsparrow.com

Hearts of Thanksgiving in Seasons of Grumbling

It was one of those days that took every ounce of gut-wrenching, teeth-clenching, tongue-biting endurance I could muster. You know the kind–when the kids start their day with grouchy complaints that never quite seem to taper off as the hours tick by. As the night sky fell upon bedtime, I sat on the floor and […]
12 Scriptures for Fighting Panic | Christine M. Chappell | FaithfulSparrow.com

12 Scriptures to Read When Fighting Panic

“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them but they are talking to you, they bring back […]
Bible Study Tips | John Piper Prayer Acrostic Printable | Christine M. Chappell | FaithfulSparrow.com

Ditching Personal Agendas When it Comes to Reading the Bible

Recently, I’ve found myself reading straight through 1 Kings during my nightly quiet time. After a season of bouncing around through books of the Bible based upon my “mood-of-the-day,” it’s been nice to park myself in one spot (and stay there) to simply read for enjoyment. At first I wasn’t sure why I was being led to […]
When Someone Else is Living Your Dream | Christine M Chappell | Clean Home, Messy Heart

When Someone Else is Living Your Dream

It hit me the moment I saw it: a Facebook update celebrating the news of achievement and success, renown and opportunity. I confess: I’m not immune twinges of jealousy, however briefly they linger. I know I shouldn’t feel this way when others are triumphing with their talents, but this undercurrent of envy still remains. It has […]
Reconciling Marriages Through the Gospel | Christine M Chappell | Clean Home, Messy Heart

3 Ways the Gospel Motivates Marital Peacemaking

My husband and I hit a brick wall every-so-often—a place in our hearts where our pride has consumed us and neither wants to make the first attempt to apologize. If you’ve been married for any length of time, I’m certain you can relate to the difficulty couples have in pursuing humble reconciliation after a fight. […]
Finding Hope in the Barren Waste Place | Christine M. Chappell | Clean Home, Messy Heart

Finding Hope in the Waste Place

The dust began to swarm around my ankles as I raked dead leaves and pine needles into a pile. One wouldn’t think August to be a month of making mounds of folliage in the yard, but the excessively dry California summer never gave our tree the opportunity to remain fully green. The size of the […]
When God Wills Us to Wait | Christine M Chappell | Clean Home Messy Heart

When God Wills for Us to Wait

The mailbox was full of junk again. I’ve been looming over it for the past week, awaiting the arrival of what I might as well call a “golden ticket”: a letter from Barnes & Noble’s small press department. Almost eight weeks ago, I submitted a package to have Clean Home, Messy Heart shelved at their […]

Finding the Root of Our Impatience

“I am a mom of an almost 2 year old girl and lately my patience is getting worse! When you are losing patience, what part of the bible do you run to?” I was recently asked this question by a reader and thought it to be a terrific opportunity not only to reflect on my […]
Rancho Community Church Women's Ministry | Christine Chappell | Clean Home, Messy Heart

Temecula Church Selects Local Author for Moms Bible Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Temecula, CA, August 12, 2016—Rancho Community Church (RCC) has officially announced the selection of local author Christine Chappell‘s debut title, Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and Change for Overwhelmed Moms for their fall Mom to Mom group bible study. The semester, which is scheduled to launch on RCC’s Temecula […]

Why You Can’t Just “Fake it ‘Till You Make It”

As I sat there listening to the advice—a long list of do’s and don’ts—it didn’t take long before the age-old gem of, “When all else fails, just fake it ’till you make it” rolled off his lips. Somewhat surprised, my eyes widened as I considered the ramifications of what he had recommended to combat my […]

5 Reasons to Use This Book for Your Next Bible Study

Fall is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you may possibly be jumping for joy at the mirage of pumpkins, cinnamon, and fall leaves that seem still to be so distant in this California heat. And while many of us long for the cooler temps and school day structure that comes with […]

Video Series: Behind the Book | When Things Got Hard

This post is part of a special series of videos that take readers behind-the-scenes of the making and publication of the book Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and Change for Overwhelmed Moms, now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,ChristianBook.com, and more! (Don’t forget to watch in HD!) I think we’ve all been at that place where […]

Operation Bookstore | Can You Help?

This summer, we’re hitting the streets trying to reach local bookstores and churches about stocking Clean Home, Messy Heart on their shelves—and we need your help! Without the aid of a publicist or agent, the legwork to get a published book spread around the country is labor-intensive. Having you join us in “Operation Bookstore” is yet […]

Video Series | Behind the Book: Taking Final Shape

This post is part of a special series of videos that take readers behind-the-scenes of the making and publication of the book Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and Change for Overwhelmed Moms, now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,ChristianBook.com, and more! (Don’t forget to watch in HD!) This video discusses how “Clean Home, […]

Retreat & eBook Giveaway!

To celebrate our collaboration on The Purpose Retreat CA in Temecula, The Purposeful Housewife and I are giving away three prizes to one awesome winner: a free ticket to the Temecula retreat, and free “Mama Needs a Reboot” & “Clean Home, Messy Heart” eBooks. To enter: 1.) Visit my Facebook page and “like” the giveaway announcement […]

Upcoming Mom Event | The Purpose Retreat 2016

Allie from The Purposeful Housewife begins her 2016 Purpose Retreat Tour in Temecula on July 9th. The event, which aims to embrace local moms who are in need of encouragement and refreshment, is scheduled to include author Christine M. Chappell as the co-speaker, and will feature lunch, refreshments, equipping resource materials, and merchandise from vendors. “I […]

Video Series | Behind the Book: The Beginning

This post is part of a special series of videos that take readers behind-the-scenes of the making and publication of the book Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and Change for Overwhelmed Moms, now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook.com, and more! (Don’t forget to watch in HD!) I never would have guessed […]

Community Moms Host Birth Choice Baby Shower Event

Women’s ministry groups from Rancho Community Church in Temecula, CA are slated to host a free baby shower honoring the mothers currently working with Birth Choice of Temecula. The event, which will be held at Rancho on Saturday, August 6th from 9:30am-12pm, is an effort of the church’s “Mom to Mom” and “Sowers Ministries” groups, […]

Clean Home, Messy Heart Book Giveaway & Launch Begins!

Launch day is finally here! We’re excited to share that Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and Change for Overwhelmed Moms is now available at fine online retailers such as Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, ChristianBook.com, and more. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a copy of the book, then today’s your day! We […]
Julianna Morlet | Clean Home, Messy Heart Forward by Julianna Morlet

Introducing Julianna | Real-Life Reader Reflections

*This post is a part of a series written by pre-publication readers of “Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and Change for Overwhelmed Moms” by Christine M. Chappell, available May 16th. We were privileged to have Julianna Morlet of Shoreline Church in Austin, TX compose the forward for Clean Home, Messy Heart. Here are […]

Introducing Salina | Real-Life Reader Reflections

*This post is a part of a series written by pre-publication readers of “Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and Change for Overwhelmed Moms”. My name is Salina, and I am a mother of four kids. I am a Pastoral Assistant and Church Secretary for a multi-campus church, I work as an administrator for […]

Introducing Shara | Real-Life Reader Reflections

*This post is part of a series written by pre-publication readers of “Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and Change for Overwhelmed Moms“. My name is Shara, and I’m a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful, determined, and strong-willed children—Noah and Hannah. On Mommy Heart Struggles… In becoming a mother, I feel like I have […]
Clean Home Messy Heart Podcast | Christine M. Chappell

The Dirty Room | 1 John 1:5-7

Join Christine as she shares about a recent act of service to her daughter and how it led to a better understand God’s workings to bring about heart change and obedience in the context of Christian community. This episode’s featured scripture is 1 John 1:5–7: This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that […]
Clean Home, Messy Heart Reflection Journal Information

Journal Cover Reveal! | Trailer Video Released

We’re nearing the finish line in project production…can you guess who’s ready first? The Clean Home, Messy Heart 40 Day Scripture Reflection Journal ! Learn more about the journal by visiting faithfulsparrow.com/chmhjournal. Coming soon to Amazon! Special thank you to Firehouse Creative for contributing their work on the journal cover design. Learn more about this […]
Clean Home Messy Heart Podcast | Christine M. Chappell

Methods and Miracles | John 6:28-29

In this episode, Christine shares how a skin care commercial and recent failure in the production of the upcoming Clean Home, Messy Heart 40 Day Reflection Journal helped change her perspective on method-seeking as a way to problem solve. This episode’s featured scripture is John 6:28-29: Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the […]
When Sinners Say I Do | Dave Harvey | Christine M. Chappell Book Review

When Sinners Say “I Do” by Dave Harvey | #bookschristineread

At first, I recognized the title. Then, I recognized the cover. Finally, I realized Brett and I had purchased this book on our Kindle a few years ago, and there it has remained, held hostage by the loss of the Kindle’s power cord. Personally, I don’t enjoy reading eBooks—power cord or no, I wouldn’t have read it. […]
Clean Home Messy Heart Podcast | Christine M. Chappell

The Olive Branch | 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

In this episode, Christine discusses the issue of pride when it comes to reconciling relationships, and a recent conviction that helped her realize the ultimate motivation for being a peacemaker. This week’s featured scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:17-19: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new […]
Clean Home Messy Heart Podcast | Christine M. Chappell

Clean Home, Messy Heart Podcast Now Available on iTunes

I’m excited to finally share that the Clean Home, Messy Heart podcast is officially available on iTunes! This weekly podcast devotion aims at helping women get out of their heads and into God’s word through storytelling, featured scripture, and prompts that challenge listeners to go deeper into their reading and study of the bible. Episodes will […]
Faithful Sparrow | Author Christine M. Chappell | C.S. Lewis | The Screwtape Letters | Book Review

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis | #bookschristineread

This review is quite different from the others I have written thus far. It’s actually a bit strange to not toot the horn of a book as loudly as I have previously, but I figured that in fairness I would share my likes and dislikes about this book because it’s worth it and well-deserving of […]
Faithful Sparrow | Author Christine M. Chappell

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan | #bookschristineread

Have you ever heard of an allegory? I haven’t, until this book was delivered courtesy of my much beloved Amazon Prime free two-day shipping. Reading Pilgrim’s Progress couldn’t have been more timely for me, as I could relate to the struggles depicted in the story, finding comfort, solace, and encouragement between its pages. Author John Bunyan adeptly puts […]

Dear Year-Ago Me, It’s Worse, Yet So Much Better

Dear Year-Ago Me, I know you are dealing with a lot and things feel so chaotic right now. Dealing with these circumstances was not part of your plan, but it’s the hand you’ve been given to play. True, you’ve struggled with this hopelessness many times before, but I know this round is different altogether. It’s […]
Faithful Sparrow | Author Christine M. Chappell | C.S. Lewis | The Great Divorce | Book Review

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis | #bookschristineread

It may come as some surprise that this is only my second time through one of Mr. Lewis’ highly acclaimed classics; the first journey having been in the pages of A Grief Observed. Although the two titles vary in category (the fiction of this recent read versus the non-fiction of the latter), the brilliance of Lewis’ […]