Just Be

Just Be

What time is the next meeting? Did I pick up the birthday gift? We need eggs—when can I stop at store to get those? Is there enough gas to pick up and get home? Did I get the wash out into the dryer? Does all of this sound way too familiar? It does to me. Do you just catch yourself running from one moment to another without a breath? I know I do. Well, we just need to all evaluate how rich this type of life can be. Are we really participating in “real living” or are we just checking the list to get it all done? Are we interacting in a genuine way with all of God’s children or are we brushing them off in order to move on to the next check off? But most of all are you brushing yourself off? Today I say,”STOP!”. You are God’s most precious resource. You cannot help others and you can especially not help yourself if you are not still, rested, and listening. You can do this! Find some amount of time, no matter how small, and put yourself on the check off list. When you do you will feel like you gained an extra day in the week. Most of all you will be able to accomplish your God given purpose in a more beautiful and meaning way!

 Just Be

 It comes to me in the night.

When the sounds are quiet.

The sleet gently taps on the windows.

I know the wind hears me cry because the chimes tingle.


It come to me as I search for peace.

When I ask God to save me.

My heart can be felt beating through my skin.

I know my soul feels different.


It comes to me as the light makes its way to the page I write on.

When my thoughts reach for smiles of a happy time.

My eyes get heavier yearning for the deep sleep.

I know because the words come out as they should.


It comes to me beneath the soft comfy.

When my legs are warm.

But my shoulders are slightly chilled.

I know because of the comfort I feel knowing where I am.


It comes to me as the smell of the coffee makes its way across the kitchen.

As I taste the smooth yogart when the birds search for their food outside.

When my mind is fresh and open.

I know because my hope comes through for the day.


It comes to me.

I don’t know why or how.

But it is there.

A touch to my soul.

One that caresses my spirit.


It comes to me and says, “Be still and know.”

It says, “Be quiet and listen.”

It says, “Stop and concentrate.”

It says, “Just be.”

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

 Thank you so much for using your time with me this week. And if this is your few moments to yourself, when you finish reading, just sit and be with God and yourself. Don’t feel guilty. You must care for all of God’s children, and that includes you! I pray for quiet, peace, and listening for you this week.










And There Were Two

And There Were Two

Believe me Valentine’s Day may be over but loving is still alive and well! Have you ever been around two people that you just knew their relationship was special? They are tender to each other, yet they do not always take life so seriously. They complete each other’s sentences or one will ask the other one to finish a story for them. They have learned to grow together as they have learned to grow as individuals. Their encouragement to each other has caused each to move toward their own purposes. They are always there for each other although each does not have to be seen together all the time. One moment they bicker at each other and immediately turn around and lift each other the next. They know about agreeing to disagree! You just know that God was invited into their commitment early. And they have accepted their responsibility to God through that commitment. You know—it is never too late to re-invest in a commitment you have made. God is always open to blessing true intentions. So find that love of your life and love them like you never have before! Most of all protect that commitment above all else for God.

And There Were Two

God pulled these two souls from the stars,

And placed them with their families.

Their hearts, bodies, and souls grew from love, experience, and time.

One night they became friends.


God touched their hearts to yearn for each other.

Friendship led to spiritual love for who each other was and would become.

They smiled, laughed, cried, soothed, and healed each other through the hours.

Soon to know they were stars that had never really been apart—

Only separated a short time to give their families of themselves.


The two lights then joined,

Facing God and forming the future.

Providing a life lived for others and for God.

So now the light of the two stars shine upon so many to illuminate a spiritual love toward everyone.

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

 Thank you for reading with me this week. I always want to provide you with love, truth, and inspiration. That is my commitment to you! My commitment to my “soul star” happened over forty years ago. Danny, my heart will always be yours and my commitment to you will stand throughout time. God’s commitment to you will bless you this week—be ready!!









Whitsy Brown

Whitsy Brown

Of course we are near Valentines Weekend, and you know love is always in the air! I just had to reflect this week upon the most amazing type of love above all. God set the example of unconditional love, and He continues today giving us these types of examples in our everyday lives. A very special girl named Belle taught me a great lesson of unconditional love. She was our family’s brown, deer-head Chihuahua. Actually she was our daughter’s until it was time for our daughter to explore the world and pursue her own purpose in life. Belle really bonded with my husband and I, and we really depended on her. She just gave to us everything she had without ever requiring us to do anything in return. This baby gave us her love up until the very end. She tried so hard to stay with us and continue loving us although she was in pain and suffering. The day God brought her into our lives was the day where He saw the long term purpose for Belle. How He would show us His love through her, unconditionally. If you have been blessed with a special pet do not waste another moment without telling them how you unconditionally love them. “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” is one of God’s most amazing commandments, and He sent these wonderful creatures to teach us just that.

 Whitsy Brown

(Better known as Belle)

I yearn for you little one.

For your kisses.

For your hugs.

I yearn for your soft fur against my face.


You never required anything of me.

I relied on you for love and peace.

You ask nothing in return.

You just gave without needing anything.


You always listened to me.

Even when I would rant in anger, cry in pain, or laugh with joy.

When I was sick you laid beside me.

Hoping your breath would heal me.


When I needed to heal outside with the sun on my face.

You laid out with your belly warming from the brightness.

You followed wherever I went.

Just to be close.


Your happiness in the morning with your wagging tail

Gave me hope for the coming day.

And joy to get out of bed.

Your excitement made me realize God had something special for us.


When I came home every day your welcome always told me you are now safe.

You talked back with your eyes when there was no one to hear me or speak to me.

I have to say goodbye.

Although I don’t want to.


But you have served you master well.

I know it is now your time to find peace and rest.

Now the universe will know who you are and how you help to heal.

So I let go my friend.


Your unconditional love will live on forever.

God created you for such a magnificent purpose.

In order that your light will shine on so many more.

So go my friend and spread your love to others.

 Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Letting go is very difficult, especially when we have received unconditional love. Make sure this week someone will have trouble letting go of you because of such love. I thank you as always this week for your presence and love toward me. I know God will send love to you this week! Just don’t forget to love back!








Lost Love

Lost Love

Have you ever been so alone that you felt no human anywhere even knew you were alive much less knew you needed to be loved or wanted to give love? I know we all, no matter the age, have been at this place during sometime in our lives. One of the greatest desires is to give and receive love. The word love is such an amazing word. It means so much more than the simple letters represented. So many of us have forgotten how to actually use the word. This is why we find ourselves in such places. I swore many moons ago that I would always tell my loved ones how much I loved them as we departed, because we never knew if the next time we saw them would be here on Earth or in heaven. So when my family came along we all adopted the phrase “I love you.” as we left each other. No matter where or when we are leaving each other we say this. For us this simple word means be safe, I am with you, be careful, you matter to me, and you are everything. There is a lot of power behind that simple word. So what does this have to do with us getting to this very low place of not feeling loved? We absolutely must not let ourselves get to this place, and if we do we must act immediately. Move yourself to reach out. Don’t be alone. Show someone else love. It can be from a small gesture to a huge gesture. The size does not matter as long as you give it away. When you give it away it will return many times back to fill your void. Talk to people, smile at people, gesture kindly to others, and give. You are not just giving to this person, you are giving love to yourself.


Lost Love

My joy seeps from beneath my skin leaving my body.

My existence is irrelevant to any soul.

Only to be a doer and provider.


At the times I so needed to provide love.

I was denied that opportunity.

I yearn for that love that was lost.


It is also about receiving love.

I yearn for the days when love was simple.

A small cry would bring closeness.

A hurt feeling could be soothed by a loving soul.


Now it is always too quick.

We must go.

There is no time.

Is this where we are?


In a world where love has lost its meaning.

My heart yearns for our return to love.

Time to love.

Making time for love.

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

 Start loving someone this week. Just to love them. Not to expect anything back. Don’t let yourself fall into the sadness of losing love. It is time that we approach others with love instead of fear. You need to know I love you and yours!