Transportation Troubles

On yesterday, one of my friends shared an inspirational story with me, that not only made me smile, but caused me to think extremely hard. The jiffs of it, tells why people don’t like to be uncomfortable during seasons of uncertainty, and the things they have to endure to get to their destination. It continued by stating that our trials and tribulations, is the method God uses to transport us from one area of our lives, to the next. After reading the message, I smiled, became a little tearful, angry, but then relieved. While it made me happy to know that what I’ve experienced for the past 6 months is only temporary, I was emotional and a quite upset with God, because I didn’t like the travel plans He gave me.

I have experienced some of the absolute worst “transportation troubles” for a long time! I know there is a better way, but I know He had me to go a certain way for a reason; I’m just not sure of it yet. Since I’m so used to driving and being in charge, I figured this was God’s way of telling me He had to “take the wheel,” because I had veered off course one too many times. Needless to say, I’m still sitting in the passenger seat, with my arms fold, starring out the window, all the while asking, “Are we there yet?” This has been a very long journey and uncomfortable ride, but I know sooner than later, I’m going to be awaken by God’s voice saying, “We’re here!”

The ride may be long, bumpy, and come to a stop at times, but it won’t be long before you get to where you’re supposed to be!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Keep at it

I went through a phase of knowing what I wanted to do, to barely wanting to do anything at all. I’d start a new adventure, only to stop after a month, because I wasn’t “seeing” what I had hoped and envisioned. I kept thinking to myself, “If you haven’t done it by now, it won’t get done.” Little did I know, it would, if only I kept at it. For the past three years, I’ve self-published my own books, and although I didn’t garner the recognition or success I wanted, I did manage to get what I truly needed; experience. Although I have a long way to go, I am proud of myself and happy to report, I’ve helped one of my student’s turn her forever dream into reality. I published her very first book! I can’t say that it was easy, but what I can say is, I kept going although it wasn’t!

No matter how long it takes or how many failed attempts you have, don’t stop until get it what you worked for!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Peace or Power?

I used to want power, until I realized what it’ll cost me. I thought having the world at my hands, meant having it all, but now I know all I really want is peace. While I was ready to conquer the world, I wasn’t prepared to be conquered by the problems it gave. Although money, power, and respect are great things to have, but if I have no peace of mind, then I don’t mind doing without the three. Some people think I’m crazy to forfeit being on top, but what’s the point in being high, when I’m constantly feeling low? Right now, my peace of mind is the most expensive thing I own, and I’ll use all my “power” just to keep it.

Which would you rather have, peace or power?

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

High note

Cocaine, marijuana, sex, and alcohol is a lot of people’s drug of choice

To help me cope, I don’t indulge in opioids, but I do prefer to “use” my voice

Some people light up a joint, but I “light the joint” up with my positivity and inspiring post

Me not getting stoned means nothing much to others, but being encouraging is what “I do the most”

I don’t puff and pass, but I do “pass” motivation and try to offer a gleam of hope

The next time you use a pipe to make all your problems go away, allow my blog to be your “high” note!

Everyone will experience problems; that’s just a part of life. However, how you deal with them is sometimes bigger than the problem itself!

Say no to drugs, and YES to help!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

It’s still coming

The favor is still coming

The blessing is still coming

The breakthrough is still coming

The marriage is still coming

The baby is still coming

The wealth is still coming

The healing is still coming

The promotion is still coming

The position is still coming

The promise is still coming

Whatever you are praying for, it’s still coming!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Cutting off the branches

My mom and I used to watch this tv show called Mountain Men, on the Discovery Channel. It follows the lives of three mountain men living off the grid, who hunt, fish, sell fur and firewood to survive. Although I can’t imagine why anyone would want to live in the wild, every week I looked forward to lying on the couch in the den, waiting for the show to air, because those three men were so intriguing to watch. If you’re familiar with the show, you might not find it the least bit interesting, or see why I would take to a show as that one, but I found it to be rather interesting watching how they lived their everyday lives, without electricity, running water, groceries, and the essentials needed to survive. I often chuckle when I think about it, because my upbringing didn’t differ much from their current lives (i.e. the absence of necessities). While I haven’t seen the show in awhile, I’m pretty sure my mom still watches it.

When I think of the MM (Mountain Men), I remember them cutting down trees in hopes of chopping and selling firewood to make a profit, and warming their tiny cabins. I can picture them examining the tree’s color to see if it was any good and inspecting its branches, to see whether or not they were dead, prior to cutting them off. Reason being, a living tree should not have dead branches, because they can spread poisonous insects, that causes harm to the tree. My thoughts immediately took me to John 15:1-8. The scripture informs us that “God is the gardener and Jesus is the true vine. Every branch in Him that bears no fruit, the Father cuts off.”

How many dead, fruitless branches are trying to hold onto, although God has cut them off? They serve no purpose, but because they’ve been a part of you for so long, you feel it’s meant for them to be there. However, they’re not. Letting go is never easy, but it’s the best thing you need to do. Besides, you can go the rest of your life holding on to dead attachments, praying and hoping one day they’ll fall off, or you can cut them off! Don’t let poisonous people be the reason you go from good to bad.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Repeat after me

I am not a failure

I am not a screw up

I am not a punching bag

I am not afraid

I am not a disappointment

I am not crazy

I am not giving up

I am not a loser

I am not ugly

I am not inferior to anyone

I am not stupid

I am not dumb

I am not who you say I am

Did you get all of that? Great! Now, repeat after me!

Some of you may have had these hurtful words hurled at you, and because you didn’t act fast enough, you were hit hard. The negativity knocked you down, and you couldn’t seem to get up. Every time you tried to stand, you were pushed off of your feet. This continued for years, so much so, you gave up, because you didn’t see yourself winning. Maybe it’s because you didn’t try to, or you just accepted the fact that you were all of the above. Whichever one you chose, is your decision. However, I just want you to know it doesn’t have to be.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Write this down

It took Noah almost 100 years to build the Ark

It took Jacob 7 years of work to have Rachel

It took Hannah more than 70 years to become pregnant with Samuel

It took 7 days for the walls of Jericho to fall down

It took God 6 days to create the earth

Moral of the story, it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to achieve your goals, as long as you achieve them. Although years would pass before either of these biblical characters could see God’s promise, they didn’t lose faith. Isaiah 40:31 tells us, “They that wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings, just like an eagle and soar. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and never faint.” All you have to do is wait! It may seem as though it’s taken forever to receive an answered prayer, and others such a short amount of time, but all you see is what they have. What you didn’t see, was how long it took them to get it. Just think, if God can create the earth in 6 days, can you imagine how fast He can answer your prayers?

Keep seeking. Keep knocking. Keep asking. Yet most of all, keep faithfully waiting!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

The only option

I want a divorce! I’ve been with you for way too long, and quite frankly, I’m sick of you! For years, you’ve controlled me and told me what I could and couldn’t do, and because I wasn’t strong enough, I believed it. In fact, I believed everything you told me, which was nothing but lies. When I think of all the bull crap you fed me, I don’t know who I’m angrier at, you or myself. I knew better, but when I tried to do better, you kept telling me I couldn’t, and I kept falling for it, but not any longer. I’ve come to realize, there’s no way I can have you in my life. Matter of fact, I don’t even want to be around you. You’re toxic, but most of all, you’re no good for me! Having said that, this is the end of us, and honestly, I can’t say I’ll miss you. If anything, I’ll be better off without you, and I’m perfectly okay with that. I used to fear you, but now that you’re gone, I have no need to!

Fear is one of the most debilitating things one can experience. It has the tendency to feed you lies and control your life, but you can always regain control. However, the only way you can do that, is by letting go of fear. It’s the only option!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

I do not consent

Yesterday, I was cursed out! Not once, but twice! I wasn’t offended in the least bit. If anything, I found it to be quite comical. Although there was no humor in the individual lacing me with profanity, it was humorous that they thought they had the power to readjust my thermostat, because theirs was turned up too high. In other words, no one can change my attitude, without me giving consent. While the old me would’ve lost my job, because I would’ve verbally fought back, the new me knew one thing to be certain. That situation I was pulled in, was not an “I thing,” but a “they thing,” because, I had nothing to do with what they were going through. I just so happen to be the one to “get it,” and boy did I. Yet again, I didn’t take it personal. Instead, I thought it to be so sad, that they allowed their circumstances to alter their behavior, and was upset when it had no effect on mine.

Reason being, I’m at a comfortable place in my life, where I’m not bothered with things (or people) that don’t bother me. I could’ve easily stooped to that person’s level, but why would I, when I’m on a higher one?

Never forget, discontented people need your consent to change you, because without it, they can’t do anything.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue