Hello, I’m Deetra La’Rue

Founder of Notes by La’Rue, your source for all things inspiration, motivation, and encouragement. My blog is founded on the premise that God’s word gives people hope and I aspire to use His word to change lives one NOTE at a time.

  • Answer the call

    Many of you know that God has a calling on your life, yet you never answer. God has assigned certain people to your life so you can help them, but many of you are reluctant. Whether you are scared, afraid, don’t feel adequate, or lack the resources, whatever God has called you to do He’s already equipped you to do it. Oftentimes you fail to respond because you somehow make it about you, but it’s not. In fact, it’s about the people who are connected to you that benefits most. You don’t have to live in fear that you don’t know what to do or have reservations about doing it right, because God is with you so you can’t go wrong. When there’s a call on your life, you have an assignment to fulfill. You can run like Jonah or make excuses like Moses it doesn’t matter. He won’t stop calling until you decide to answer.

    I used to be concerned with not having enough followers, being too broken, being emotionally and mentally unhealthy, but most of all, not being perfect. However, God wasn’t looking for perfection because He was working to perfect in me what He would use to help others. Sometimes I still don’t understand or see what He does, but it’s evident He knows something that I don’t. Although I’ve never looked at or considered myself the poster child for anything, I know there are major things God has in store for others, and He’s using me to do it. Won’t you allow Him to use you too? You don’t have to come prepared because everything you’re going through is preparing you for where you’re going and what to do.


  • Afraid to take the stand

    If you were asked if “God has been good to you?” Would you? Would you be able to confidently point Him out of a line up and implicate Him as the one responsible for your blessings? Do you downplay your success so no one will ask you “How’d you do it?” And you won’t feel obligated to say it was all Him and none of you? Moreover, are you afraid to take the stand and serve as a witness for God? I’m unapologetically a believer and not only do I believe in God’s goodness and mercy, but I wholeheartedly believe in telling it. I don’t mind speaking up for Him because He was nailed up for me. Moreover, I don’t mind sharing His word when it was His word that kept me in my right mind. I love God; and some people have a problem with that not realizing that is their problem! If anyone asks me what He means to me and what He’s done for me, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell them how He did it, and how He will do it for them too.

    You shouldn’t be ashamed of your belief in God. However, you should be ashamed if you don’t share Him with others.


  • Prepare for incoming

    Can I be honest? I’m horrible when it comes to managing my finances. My biggest prayer as of late, is not only receive a financial increase, but to steward it well. I’m not sure if I could attribute my frivolous spending to once being impoverished and me try to make up for what I didn’t have, or if there is hole in my pocketbook that causes money to fall out every time I’m ready to unnecessarily spend. Either way, I’m working to prepare for incoming, because I know what’s to come is greater than what I have or had. However, whatever God entrusts us with we must not only give an account for it but be responsible with it as well.

    I’ll speak transparently, but I know a lot of times I haven’t gotten the financial increase that I petition God for because of poor mismanagement of the little things He’s given me. We all know “to whom much is given, much is required,” and if God is requiring us to do right by the little we have and we have not, then He’s not going to give us more. I used to provide a financial literacy class to my former students. I would often explain, provide examples, and offer statistics on the importance of not only budgeting their personal finances well, but managing their student loans and FAFSA. Yet, I could never take my own advice.

    During my wilderness season, God made sure to tell me that the drought I was experiencing would not last long, and neither would the fruits He gives me if I didn’t make some changes. Rather than focusing on what I’m going to buy when the rewards come, I instead focus on buying into stocks and getting a financial advisor, so I won’t be overwhelmed by God’s multiplication or lose it.

    Maybe you don’t have more because you can’t manage less. Better yet, maybe you don’t have more because you’re not asking for more. Whichever the case, it’s always best to plan ahead because God just might show up ahead of schedule.


  • Not the whole story

    Have you ever witnessed an argument between two people, and after each explained their side, you realized someone did not tell you the whole story? That’s what the enemy does. He’ll whisper lies and fill your head up with what hasn’t happened, to convince you that God won’t make things happen. Because he’s the father of lies, he’ll argue and try to lay claim to truth (something he’s incapable of doing) and never tell you the whole story about who God is, because he’s insistent on trying to convince you who God’s not.

    The sad part is that both sides of his coin is the same, and people (myself included) don’t see it, because we are convinced there has to be a “heads and tail, while completing disregarding the tales he constantly tells us. Whew! That was a bit of a tongue twister. Nonetheless, if you’re still waiting on a promise from God, keep waiting because it’s coming. In the interim, instead of spending all your time worrying about whether it’ll happen, use your time wisely to “prepare for incoming.”


  • Pick up the pace

    You’re in a season of your life where you have to move faster than you’ve ever moved before. All the years you’ve spent dragging your feet and procrastinating by doing what you wanted to do instead of what you needed to do, has only set you back, and you wonder why others keep springing forward. It’s because they realized pursuing their dreams couldn’t wait, yet you keep waiting to start. No matter what step you’re on with preparing your business plan, or if you’ve failed to write one, you need to pick up the pace. No one’s going to write it for you or do the work, so unless you start, it won’t get done. Remember, the first step itself is starting, even if you don’t know all the details or how things are going to come together.