Before their eyes

Why is it, that when people are down, that’s the time they are kicked the most? The situation itself is painful enough, so adding salt to the wounds is certainly not needed. A lot of times, mockery can be the reason you can’t get up. Every time you try to better yourself and make progress, it’s delayed, because your tormentors keep reminding you that things will always be the same for you. However, I assure you they won’t. Rest assured, the same people who are mocking you now as a result of your misfortunes, and wishing you ill intent, are the same ones who will watch God bless you, right before their eyes! So, let them talk, kick, make fun and laugh, because in the end, your laughter will be the loudest of them all.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Painful Profit

Last night, I cried a river longer than the Jordan and Nile combined. Being burdened is a lot to deal with, especially when it seems as though you’re carrying the load by yourself. Although God puts no more on us than we can bare, I can barely stand the little He does place on me. I say a little, because had it not being for His mercy, I would’ve experienced way more than I have and gotten plenty of what I deserved. I’ve been caught in a years’ long seasonal battle, and I’ve seriously questioned God whether or not there is indeed a way out, because being in is all I know.

I’ve done like many of you, cried, become upset, yell at or be angry with God. I’ll admit, there were times I didn’t pray or was reluctant to, because I already knew it wasn’t going to “do any good.” I’ve even stopped myself in the middle of crying, and resided to the idea that it’s not worth it. All of the sleepless nights and crying I’d experienced from hurting, was a complete waste, because when the tears stopped, my problems were still there. Either way, it made no difference to me, because I didn’t see the difference I needed in my life.

I read in Psalms 56:8 that, “God keeps a track of my sorrows. He has collected all my tears in His bottle, and recorded each one in His book (NLT).” For every tear that I’ve shed, God has taken notice. Not only was my sorrow not a waste, but as a result of what I’ve gone through, He’s going to give me a profit for my pain. All of my trials, tribulations, and problems, God’s got a record of. He sees and knows exactly what I’m facing, and not only is He facing it with me, He’s going to help me make it through. Lately, I’ve felt like Peter and the Disciples in the boat, battling a great storm. Thinking it’s the end, I call out to God, only for Him to command the wind not move.

This season has been extremely hard on me, but having hope in the midst, is even harder. I recently listened to an interview that Britney Spears did, and to paraphrase, she stated, “All I have left is my hope. Normally, it’s the last thing to leave, but as long as I have it, they can’t take it away from me, because once it’s gone, I won’t have anything left.”

I’m not sure of your situation or if you’re at your wick’s end, but if you are, there’s one thing I want you to know, this too will end. You’ll always have trouble, but sooner or later, they’ll expire. No matter how many difficulties occur, keep praying and keep crying if you have too. God hears you, He sees you, and He’s going to reward you for all of your pain.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Going the distance

Montego Bay, Jamaica 2021

I took some (more) time off and flew to Jamaica, to enjoy the fruits of my labor, reset my mind, and give rest to my body, not to mention to celebrate my sister’s 40th birthday. That experience, was my most peaceful and serene one yet. Honestly, I didn’t want to leave, and even contemplated purposely losing my passport, so I’d be forced to remain back. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and savored every moment, because I knew it’d probably be forever before I’d have another one. The food was amazing, the drinks were great, and the people, were even better. It felt amazing and refreshing to wake up, and literally be yards away from stepping foot on the beach. To call it paradise, would be an understatement. To call it living, would be appropriate. When you get the chance, venture out, even if it’s far away. Sometimes, the best moments in our lives, often lie in the distance. Are you willing to go?

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Until it’s over

It doesn’t matter if you’re a good person, or bad, no one is omitted from difficulty or trials. Some of us will experience tougher situations than others, but nonetheless, we all will go through hardships. The question is, how will you use what you go through, to better you, and help someone else? Will you have a negative attitude when you go through periods of pain, or will you ask God what you should do while you wait for the devastation to be over? Will you use your pain to help others to heal, or will you plead for God to give you another emotion to feel? It’s easy to have joy when you aren’t put through tests, but can you honestly say you trust God when your life is a mess?

Storms are easy to get caught in and hard to get out, but until it’s over, can you wait it out?

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Not talking for nothing

I was always the concerned one, whether it be about my physical attributes, weight, or someone’s opinion of me. It made no difference how minute it was, because I was sure to make a mountain out of a molehill. The constant attacks, belittlement, and unsolicited comments were unwarranted, and definitely something I could’ve done without. I didn’t understand the reason for any of it, until I realized what I had, while still not fully realizing what I have. I’ve been told there is something unique about me, extremely important, valued, and desired, something I’m sure most parents have told their kids (and should).

When I would cry to some of my church mothers, and question, “What have I done?” they’d reply, “Be who God created you to be.” It made no sense to me then, and it halfway doesn’t now, but one thing that I’ve learned over the years and in Therapy, people aren’t talking for nothing. Just think, if you didn’t have anything valuable, what could they possibly say? People are going to talk, and when they do, let them. Do you want to know what I do when I find out someone has conversations about me? I smile, because I know I’m a pretty great subject! My peace of mind is the most expensive thing I own, and I’m not giving it nobody, nor can I afford to undo the improvement Therapy has done on me.

It’s tough having critics, but it’s gotten easier for me not to respond. Silence is a response, and in most cases, it should be our first one.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Angry with God

Quite often, I receive text messages, phone calls, and “notes” of thanks, from people stating how my posts have made a difference in their lives, inspired, or motivated them. While I am appreciative of the love and don’t mind the admiration, I also don’t mind sharing that, I’m not responsible for anything written on this blog. What you read is not a result of my creativity, but God’s ability to work through me, to not only bring hope, but people closer to Him. Some people have become estranged from God, because He didn’t answer a prayer, allowed their parent or child to get sick, didn’t stop them from losing their job, didn’t prevent a catastrophe from happening, or won’t end the pandemic, and the list goes on.

However, I can go on and on about how, “God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or think of”(Ephesians 3:20). It doesn’t matter what it is, He can do it. It doesn’t matter what your situation looks like, He can change it. It doesn’t matter what you need, He can provide. It doesn’t matter what you did, He forgives. It doesn’t matter who you were, He only cares about who you are. Whatever your gripe is, don’t be angry with God. Whatever you’ve lost will be given to you again…times a hundred-fold. Just think, if Job can lose everything he had but his mind, and still praise God, why can’t you?

If your situation looks bad to you, ask God what He thinks? I guarantee, He’ll think it’s nothing He can’t handle!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

In Flight

In 8 days, I’ll be vacationing in Jamaica. I can’t begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to my trip, not to mention the flight. Maybe it’s just me, but I love being up in the air. My favorite seat is next to the window, and if I’m not in it, l ask my neighbor if they mind changing, while hoping and praying they say yes. The fluffy clouds and sunny blue skies are so peaceful and serene, and I could get used to being up high, seeing that I’m already on my way up. I’ll admit, even though I love flying, it can be a bit of a drag at times, when I’m sitting for long periods of time, anxiously waiting to land.

While many of you have already landed at your destination in life, most of us are still in flight. We’ve questioned whether or not God has canceled our flight, or had a change of plans, because we’ve experienced quite a few delays and overlays. We’re ready to land, unpack, and settle, but God won’t let us, because it’s less than what He has. I don’t know about you, but I want more, and He is the God of that. It may take me another year to arrive, and even if it does, I’d still be right on time.

It doesn’t matter who “takeoff” ahead of you and land first, don’t become so worried about someone else’s flight, that you miss yours!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

The God of suddenly

Have you ever gone through a period in your life, where you feel like nothing was going right? If it wasn’t one thing, it was another? When it rained it poured? Nothing you did to get ahead worked, and no matter how many steps you took forward, you only appeared to be pushed back? You’re still in the same place you were last year, and regardless of the numerous prayer requests, late night cries, and screams for God to help, you somehow managed to go unnoticed? Perhaps, you’ve given all you have to propel you to the next level of success, but even that’s not enough. Oh, but it is!

The things you’ve long sought after, are going to come suddenly and unexpectedly. God has heard every cry and collected every tear in a bottle, so all that you’ve done, was not for nothing. It was used to build and prepare you for the position God has for you, but before you could take your rightful place up high, you had to first go to a place of complete trust and reliance upon God. Besides, if you didn’t have Him, you’d think you did it on your own, and wouldn’t have a need for Him. Truth of the matter, we all need Him. I don’t care who you are or what you do, nothing that you have is a direct result of anything you did.

Just as God turned water into wine, fed 5,000 with ONLY 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread, He can turn your situation around suddenly! Don’t think that just because it hasn’t happen, it won’t. You’ve got to give Him time to do it, and trust that He will!

Sooner than later, you’re going to have everything you’ve been praying for. It’s already making it’s way to you.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Growing Season

Farmers probably have one of the most difficult and laborious jobs there is. As day breaks and before dawn ends, they work tirelessly in the fields, planting, plowing and sowing seeds. No amount of sweat, heat, or pain, can weaken their stride, because they know it’s all a part of the process. After weeks of planting, they sit, watch, and patiently await, to yield results. There may be periods of no growth, due to droughts and harsh elements, but faith and persistence gives them hope. Sometimes, the payoff can be quick, but oftentimes, the return can take longer than expected. Either way, they don’t lose sight of the promise, even if they don’t see anything happening. While our perception can fool us, the truth remains, growth is inevitable, so it’s only a matter of time before the harvest comes.

Just as you’ve planted and sown seeds, you too shall reap. Things take time, and once time is up, you will enjoy the fruits of your labor. You’ve endured the growing pains, now’s the time for seasons of growth. Get ready, and prepare for the overflow!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Out of alignment

Many, many years ago, I, along with some family members, were in a bad car accident. We were injured and pretty sore, but thank God I survived to tell it. Some days following, if not a week, I had to go to a Chiropractor for therapy. My neck was stiff and sore, and I could barely move it, but my back required the most attention. I can remember very vividly, a constant burning sensation, followed by pain, that started from the top of my shoulders, moved down my spine, and ended at the lower part of my back. In other words, my back was bent out of shape and required realignment.

I was reluctant to go, because I could barely tolerate the pain, let alone being put through more. I’ll admit, I was not a happy camper, because those sensory treatments I received, felt like thousands of tiny ants eating away at my back. I had to frequently use cold compress packets, and although they gave me relief, they didn’t give me what I needed. This continued for weeks, and once complete, I was thankful to resume my normal activities, and the adjustment to my back, was just what I needed. Just think, had I not been realigned, I probably wouldn’t be able to stand up straight or sit down without discomfort.

I love storytelling, and although you might question the need for this one, let me tell you the moral of it. When we are out of alignment with what God has called us to do, we will experience pain and discomfort. It can last for weeks, months, and years even, but until we do what we’re required to do, the longer it’ll take for God to give us relief. If you’re tired of your life being bent out of shape, and you want to get over the hump, God is the perfect adjustor! Get into alignment, and watch Him move!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue