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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. […]
Dear Newlyweds | Christine M Chappell | Clean Home, Messy Heart

Dear Newlyweds: I Don’t Wish You Happiness

Dear Newlyweds, My sincere congratulations on your newly formed marriage! Your lives have been leading up to this very moment in time, when you would lock eyes, hands, and lives with someone whose grasp on your heart feels so fixed and firm. It’s an exciting time, as new beginnings tend to be. Marriage is cause […]
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 […]
Root of Impatience | Christine M Chappell | Clean Home, Messy Heart

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 […]