The Matriarch

The Matriarch

If you have not already figured it out, I love nature!  I really believe it is God’s gift to us that helps us learn about life, explain life, and explore within ourselves to become better.  Being of Irish descent, being close to the Earth is a tradition that has been passed down to me.  A respect and honoring of God’s gifts.  Many spiritual people have this belief.  I also believe God speaks to us with His Spirit through these gifts.  It is that one conversation with the Spirit that allows your soul to gain so much!  God can tell you many things.  He can give you many insights.  So—-if you are afraid you are not hearing from God, when your moment of nature arises—-you need to stop!  Listen and feel Him soak your soul!

The Matriarch

Her neck and head are held so straight and high.

Proud and protecting her home.

When her eyes meet yours,

She touches something in your soul.


Some say she is your totem or your fetishe.

Where the Spirit speaks to you through her.

Her presence says peace be with you.

Her confidence tells you to be strong.


I know whatever the moment is-

It is so tender.

It is so reassuring.

She provides you with a spiritual base.


The only movement between you and her is when

She gently wiggles her ears

Or she slightly swishes her fluffy, white tail.

Also the only sound is your breath

Holding in every second of awe.

Because you are afraid the moment will pass.


Sure enough then as delicately and quietly as she comes by,

She says goodbye.

This is what it feels like to be with a true aristocrat.

Or how it is to be with the queen in her court.


This is what it feels like to be with a true, confident woman.

A woman that would lay down her life for those she loves.

Whether you are my spirit guide or my angel or my watcher,

Thank you for being my matriarch.

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

 Enjoy your conversations with God this week.  It does not matter if it is through nature or some other means—–Just make sure you have them!  Blessing to you and yours!







Holy Ground

Holy Ground

Have you ever felt deep in your soul the feeling of being in a special place?  A satisfaction that made you feel safe?  A feeling of a presence watching over you and taking care of you?  A feeling that where you are and how you feel is in the presence of something much more than you?  As my sports guys call it, “the sweet spot”.  We all find a place where all of this is true.  We just don’t recognize that place often enough.

When I was a little girl I only knew of a holy sanctuary or church as this spot.  When we are young our world seems small and condensed so we can physically understand.  As our soul gains depth and breadth, this holy sanctuary becomes many spots.  However, a stained glass window and cross still seems to always do it for me!  You might find that moment on a bench near a lake or in a city near the trees.  I believe one of the most profound places for me was with my daughter at the 9/11 Memorial.  That is truly a sacred spot.  How the souls of thousands in this place have risen like the phoenix to demonstrate God’s great love.  How they gave all  and how God has used them to spread love.  It is truly a place where the reverence of life is honored.

Although to us these moments seem far and few between, they hold so much that we can cherish them for a life time.  And they are actually not that far apart.  We just don’t slow down to recognize them or hear them.  We have to slow long enough to hear our soul.  Be observant.  Recognize.  Let the air of your “sweet spot” fill your soul’s breath with renewal!

Holy Ground

Every time my foot sets down

My feet feel the padded carpet.

The wind wants my attention,

But my soul is drawn to the light.

I know I am on Holy ground!


My shoes crunch the leaves and twigs

As I look up to the sky.

My toes feel the green pad as I gaze on the dark night with fireflies.

Magic dances in my eyes.

I certainly know I am on Holy ground!


My body causes the floor to squeak,

But I look forward and see the eternal flame.

Although the walls surround me,

It is the base that makes me safe.

I know I am on Holy ground!


Every movement,

Every touch,

Every sound,

Every smell,

And every vision lets me know

I am on Holy ground!

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Thank you for allowing me to be one of your “sweet spots” this week.  May your soul take with you today a renewed spirit of love and peace.







Plant Palette

Plant Palette

Don’t you love all the garden choices this time of year!  At the garden centers we are given this unending variety of colors, tastes, smells, and textures.  I just love it!  All of these let us experience the Earth and God’s gifts in such an amazing way.  You know our choices are the very same way when it comes to souls we meet and interact with on a daily basis.  We have people that put smiles on our faces immediately.  We have some people that just compliment us whether they are very different from us or whether they are very much like us.  Then we also have some people that rub us the wrong way.  Their texture is itchy and scratchy!  No matter, the variety is what makes this life so interesting and fun.  We can love them all for the gifts that they give to others.  So enjoy those beautiful blooms you chose this time of year, whether it be plants or people!

Plant Palette

Your enticing colors draw me to touch you.

Then the touch of your velvet purple lets me smell the aromatic results of the touch.

Your yellows, oranges, blues, and pinks excite me!

Row after row!

Tray after tray!


I get to run my hands through all of you.

Touching, feeling, and smelling.

The gardenias take me to a tropical paradise.

The coreopsis lead me through the yellow summer fields.

With the lavender I am in France feeling the sun upon my face

And seeing the purple flow across the fields.


The basil and tomato plants spin me into the summer picnic where burgers are grilling.

And then what do I see popping up above all the rest?

Balloon flowers just like the ones Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home.

The cool summer evenings return when I smell the deep scented angel trumpets.

And I think about the large moths flying into the white, funnel blooms.


The rosemarys say touch us and pinch us to let the aroma out!

The coleus, dusty miller, and scented geraniums provide me with textures to love.

I rub their leaves between my fingers and inhale their pure essence.

The marigolds and the sedums demonstrate the deep rust and gold colors that will lead us from summer into fall.

The picture palette continues with every color in the rainbow!


The choices of how your garden picture will be composed is very difficult.

Because as a gardener you know you want them all!

The hope is if you don’t get them all this year,

The plant palette will be there again for your picking!

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

 Thank you so much for being with me this week.  I know the choices you make are so important, and I thank you for choosing to be with me!  The photo I used this week is The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California.  I was blessed several years ago to visit these fields.  They are even more amazing to see in person as they are in the picture.  They produce most of the poinsettias that we enjoy at the holiday times.  I was there during the ranunculus season just like in the photo.  If you ever have the opportunity, you must visit.  Carlsbad is north of San Diego.  May this year and next bring you a great palette of souls to choose from within your life.  Just like the flower fields do!









From Beginning to End

From Beginning to End

When we speak in finite terms, the beginnings and the ends in this life seem clear cut.  However, we all learn very quickly that this is just not so.  Actually what seems to be one finite beginning to one finite ending imposes itself on the very next beginning and ending!  They are all a mesh linking together and actually extend one right into another.  The ending of one leads us into a new beginning of our journey.  But we must experience each and every one to complete what we call our life.  I really believe God knew we could not handle it all at once.  That is where His great unconditional love comes in.  So slow down this week!  Recognize and understand where you are on these beginning and ending journeys.  Most importantly relish it and appreciate it for what it is and why you are there.  See the ones you are traveling with and know they are all great blessings to you.  But don’t get comfy because a new end and new beginning are right around the corner!

 From Beginning to End

Sun Rise

Sun Set

Moon Rise

Moon Set









Sweat Pants




























Three months

Six months

Nine months


























Motionless body


Moon Rise

Moon Set

Sun Rise

Sun Set

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

 Really try to enjoy your journey this week.  Don’t be worried about what begins or what ends—-live the gifts and blessings God has right in front of you today!