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.
Themes Frequently Found Here
Depression
Anxiety/Fear
Self-Harm
Suicide
Suffering
Anger
Motherhood
Heart Change
devotionals
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.

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 empathize with their pain.

Helpers and caregivers also follow my ministry. 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 but need concrete, actionable steps to put into practice to effectively love and counsel well. They want to serve and love well, and they want to know how to go about doing it in a helpful, God-glorifying way.
Christine M. Chappell
Author, Writer, Podcast Host
is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heart, and the host of The Hope + Help Project podcast. She has completed biblical counseling certificates with the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship, and is currently pursuing certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Christine's writing and teaching have appeared at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Thrive Moms, Servants of Grace, Devotable, and For Every Mom.

Recent Blog Posts

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 […]

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 […]
Clean Home Messy Heart Podcast | Christine M. Chappell

Grace in Gethsemane | Matthew 26:36-46

In this special episode, Christine reflects on the night of Jesus’ betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane by sharing five points of grace found in the passage of Matthew 26:36-46. This message is meant to have listeners learn more about Christ’s spiritual agony and physical passion which began that night, increasing a profound appreciation for his […]
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 […]
Clean Home Messy Heart Podcast | Christine M. Chappell

Crockpot Fail | Psalm 119:162

Join Christine as she reflects upon her latest crockpot failure and how God used it to reveal a hidden heart attitude when approaching familiar bible verses. This episode’s featured scripture is Psalm 119:162: I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil. (ESV) Episode Challenge Resources Download the podcast journal page (click here). Episode’s […]
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 […]
Life Together | Dietrich Bonoeffer | Christine M. Chappell | Book Review | Faithful Sparrow

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | #bookschristineread

A classic exploration of Christian community, indeed. If you are currently in the process of learning to be a disciple-maker or are presently being discipled, I would highly recommend this book to reinforce what you are learning about the importance of growing alongside a body of Jesus-followers. Merely interested in learning why being actively connected […]

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

If you’re like me, you are probably-right this moment-facing a situation of conflict, change or uncertainty and have no clue what should be done about it. Though I have grown used to these sorts of dilemmas over the past few years, I continue to fight for solutions and quick-fixes, leaving me hopeless and frustrated. It’s […]

Bonding Over Books: Happiness by Randy Alcorn

Interested in joining us on a trip through Randy Alcorn’s newest release, Happiness? Here are a few simple steps to get started: 1.) Buy the book (click here for link to amazon). 2.) Join the Facebook Group “Coffee Chats | Bonding Over Books” (click here for link to group page). 3. ) Finish reading the book by […]