Depression & Anxiety

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 […]
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
Side by Side by Edward T. Welch | #bookschristineread | Christine M. Chappell | Faithful Sparrow | Book Review

Side by Side by Edward T. Welch | #bookschristineread

“Practical Guidance for Loving Others Well” I eyeballed this book for some time online before I finally pulled the trigger (or should I say, clicked the mouse) to purchase it. I’m certainly glad I did not let it fall off my radar. Fitting this book into your reading schedule this coming New Year will certainly be a […]