More Than a Flag

More Than a Flag

It is easy to be patriotic when we celebrate at our big Fourth of July birthday.  But after these parties have ended, we put all the things away and sometimes forget that our symbols we celebrate around are more than just symbols.  They represent so much.  They represent so many.  So many that believe one constant thread can unit and bring together multiple groups of individuals.  I still get chill bumps when I say the pledge of allegiance or when I hear the national anthem, and I see that red, white, and blue flag waving.  I remember all of those that have sacrificed in something greater than themselves.  I remember hurts and heart aches that have kept this flag flying.  As you go about your free life this week—Doing the things you wish to do in your life—Worshiping how you wish—Celebrating life as you wish—When you see this little flag somewhere, stop and realize how really blessed we are to have something more than a flag!

More Than a Flag

It caught my eye in the grass.

The blue and white stripes had faded.

And the stars were not as brilliant.


Each star and stripe represented individual states.

Individual states with individual needs.

Connected by their uniform thread to form this unity.


The balloons and the streamers were all gone.

The fireworks were all popped out.

The good smelling foods all put away.


The people all returned to their normal lives.

The celebrations had all come to an end.

This was months ago.


But this little flag made it through all of this.

The strong fabric helped this flag remain in tack.

The colors still standing for freedom.


The flag was blown and tossed.

The sleet and rain beat the flag’s fabric.

The sun beamed on its colors.


Sometimes we are all like this flag.

We get worn.

We get faded.


We get stuck in bad places.

We are blown and tossed.

We are beat upon and left to struggle alone.


But our strong souls help us march through the many burdens brought our way.

This appears to be one small American flag.

But it’s actually the souls of millions.


The flag is resilient.

Like the American people are resilient.

Resilient because of their freedom thread.


This flag is a spirit and a soul of resiliency.

If only others knew this is really more than a flag.

This is a flag of humanity.

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

I know if you are like me there has been so much in the media about the candidates and the up coming election, that you will be glad when it has all ended.  I am not happy with either candidate.  I do not feel as though they really represent America, but I cannot get discouraged because America is not about these two people.  The American people are the leaders of this country.  It is about the millions of people getting up in the morning, going to work in order to care for their family, and living the best lives they know how.  It is these people believing that they are a part of something larger than themselves.  So remember it is not these two people that will shape America.  Love America and remember what that flag stands for—–many groups of people seeking refuge for a free life!  Many flags fly under that red, white, and blue!  It is these millions of others that have a deep love of country and spirit that will shape America!  I am proud to be an American!







Seasonal Reflections

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Seasons for the Soul

Describe a time in your life when you were resilient.



What did you do to make it through this time?



Who and how has someone sacrificed for you during your life so that your life circumstances were for the better?



Describe your American heritage and how your ancestors brought their individuality to America.








The Multitudes of Passion

Multitudes of Passion

The Berlin Wall Coming Down

It is so important that we feel passion for our ways in this life.  However, in a society that puts our every breath on the screen, it is difficult to display that passion in a meaningful way in fear of severe criticism or ostracizing.  Also many people have used agendas as a substitute for passion.  I truly believe that when people are passionate in a genuine way others will know.  Others immediately respect that without some type of physical altercation or verbal punishment.  Passion is deep in the heart and seeks goodness for mankind when sought in a healthy way.  It helps us all to better the human race.  Passion does not instill hate, prejudice, or fear.  Passion brings God’s creativity into this world through us.  Now this does not mean that questioning was not meant to be a part of this process.  So be passionate not “agendanate” this week!  You will see God through others and in their passion!

The Multitudes of Passion

To be passionate,

Does not mean to throw a punch.

To voice my opinion,

Does not mean that I am allowed to demean someone else.

To stand up for those who cannot stand,

Does not mean I trample over others to do so.


To believe,

Does not mean others have to believe.

To speak up,

Does not mean that I am offending someone.

There can always be acceptance—

Without rejection.


I wonder often if God ever dreamed His few would become so many.

So many differences with so many voices.

Or did He intend that from the beginning.

That so few would become all.


And that if all were passionate.

There would be questioning.

And questioning would push people to become better parts of themselves.

And being better parts of ourselves would help us be better parts of others.

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

I know we can live in this amazing world with others and still express our own passions.  God can lead us in this great venture!  I hope I hear about your passion path this week!

Please pray this week for my God children, Kristen, McKenzie, and Lenny, as they travel through a very tough experience.  Pray that this experience will be a true blessing for them all.  I love you.






Seasonal Reflections

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Seasons for the Soul


What passion lies in your heart to be brought out?



What fears have held you back from expressing this passion and why?



What are ways that you could express this passion in a positive and motivational way?



Describe how questioning can be a positive force in developing someone’s passion (questioning by someone else or by yourself!)?

Speak To Me

Speak to me

Have you ever been given signs to know how things should be?  A small signal, a short view, a quick glance, or a deep feeling that gets your attention.  This sign says listen—-I am speaking to you!  With our hurried pace, we so often brush off these signs or ignore them all together.  But we should stop and pay attention.  For example, I have noticed every time I need reassurance, a butterfly seems to appear—-even during the weirdest times of the year.  When I am attentive to the butterfly, a smile appears across my face, because I know God is there.  I truly know and understand this is God speaking to me.  You know we pray for answers, but are we always willing to slow down enough to hear the answers.  This is the way of God signaling me to something that needs my attention or how I need to stop and get the right perspective.  So—-slow down this week.  Look for the signs.  Listen for the prayers to be answered.  And especially hear and receive the speaking!!!

Speak to Me

The whisper of your breath,

Gently passes across my shoulder.

You have sent the breeze

To tell me of your presence.


The butterfly quietly rest upon my arm.

She is very still as you tell me to stop for a few moments.

You place a trance upon me when the doe’s eyes meet mine.

I see deep into your soul and understand.


You warm my leg

From the fur of the sweet puppy that lies beside me.

You tell me to be comfortable in my own skin.

I am reassured that my inside is more important than my outside.


As the bird flits by me,

I hear you speak.

You tell me to spread out my wings and fly.

You tell me You will catch me.


When the day is hurried,

As my car glides down the road,

The distinguished turtle slowly steps out in my path.

You tell me to stop and understand pace with wisdom.


How can I question you so many times?

When you send so many signs.

How can I not know your love is greater?

Than any measure of kindness when you choose to speak with me every day in some way.


Forgive me when I don’t listen.

Forgive me when I don’t notice.

Find grace for me.

Find patience for my ways.


Thank You for continuing to communicate with me.

Even when I think I know more.

You show me knowledge is so little for what is out there.

Speak to me.

Always speak to me.

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

A very happy, belated birthday to my Lori Lynn!  I have been so blessed to have been chosen to be this woman’s mom.  Love you Ladybug!

I pray this week that the speaking you receive is worthy of your attention.  That you do not brush it off slightly.  Be ready for your prayers to be answered!  God bless you and yours!






Seasonal Reflections

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Seasons for the Soul


What physical signs have you been aware of in your life on a day to day basis?



When is there an instance that you needed to hear the speaking in your life, but made another choice?


Upon reflection how did you change your behavior in order that the next time you were spoken to, you were more attentive?


If physical signs do not call to you, what does that allows you to know your spiritual communication is happening?



I love the moments when my heart is so full it cannot hold itself in any longer!  All the thanks, blessings, and sighs come out showing God that I owe all to Him.  The tears roll and my hands reach out praising God for the power that I do not have.  Understanding the faith in this power greater than myself is why I am so blessed.  Worship is such an essential part of our lives and this process.  Worship is synonymous with celebration for me.  I especially know that when I create, I worship.  I am giving my all to say thank you.  We have to remember that our worship is not the same as other people’s worship.  That is another amazing thing about our relationship to God!  Our DNA creativity worships God in our own DNA way!  You may not always be in front of an altar.  You may be in your car at a stop light.  No matter which worship is your DNA’s cup of tea, this week include worship in your life.  Make some time where you can celebrate—-dance, sing, pray—just do it!  Don’t pull back but push forward in letting your celebration (worship) begin!


The rooster sounds.

The chickadees chirp.

The geese are vocal.

The bluebird sings melody.

The breath sighs in tune.

The stream praises with its trickle.

The tingle of chimes floats with the others.

Oh!  God!  We worship you!

For you are the Maker of all sound!


The voices ring, loud and clear.

Baritones, altos, sopranos, and more.

The soft voices of prayers climb to Your ear.

The pages of the Bibles turn in harmony.

The feet tap and the hands pat to the melody.

The soft steps of one’s shoe moves toward the alter to turn over all.

Lord!  You are the One and only! 

We sing praises to You for the time of worship!


She stirs and nourishes the roots of the pink blooming flower.

He tills the soil and drops the seed.

They use the color to paint Your images of glory.

They move the lenses to catch Your moments of heaven on Earth.

She kneads the dough in order to watch You turn elements into nourishment for others.

They give their hearts, their souls, and their minds showing others Your miracles.

Dear Lord!  We are Your tools to display Your glory!

We worship with our gifts!


He clamps the wires together and the circuit is complete.

She holds the hottest light to the metal as the design makes it shape.

He places the nails in the exact locations to build the structure that will protect.

He lays one pipe to another supplying the nutrient of life.

She instructs the younger ones in the value of the past and the hope for the future.

Oh!  Almighty One!

We worship you with our jobs!


We worship You by giving our all to You in everything!

Please accept our praise.

Our lives were created to worship you!

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your time with me this week.  I only pray and hope that your worship is so very special to you.  Share with others how special their experience can be!







Seasonal Reflections

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Seasons for the Soul


  • What do you consider to be spiritual worship?


  • Where is your very best spot to spiritually connect?


  • Explain how your “worship” involves other people or reaches other people. If your personal spiritual worship does not include others, how do you use your worship to affect others?


  • Why do you feel a need to spiritually worship?