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

For the Man Who Loves a Broken Mind | Christine M. Chappell

For the Man Who Loves a Broken Mind

We weren’t prepared for this. Certainly “for better or worse” sounded so romantically bittersweet. I’m not sure many of those entering into a lifetime of marriage say those words and think of being worse in a way they cannot see. “In sickness and in health“—a deathbed, an epic medical failure, a withered body with a hand to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]