Give it to God

I can remember looking through some photos on Instagram, when I cam across an image of God and a little girl, holding onto an old, torn, stuffed teddy bear. She loved the bear and wanted to hold onto it, because she had it for so long, and couldn’t dare part with it. Meanwhile, God was bending down, holding a huge teddy bear behind His back, trying to convince her that, if only she’d let go, He would replace the old thing, with a new, bigger, and better thing! Sometimes, you can block your blessings, because you’re not willing to give up what God doesn’t want you to have. Release can be difficult at times, and not everyone can do it. However, if you embed in your mind that what’s coming is greater than what you have, you’ll feel better by giving it to God!

What are some things or people you are holding onto, that God is trying to get you to let go of?

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Departing for success

Before you embark upon the new year, leave all of the old stuff God is ridding you of, right here! All of the things that have weighed you down and kept you bound, throw them overboard, because they can’t come aboard the new journey God has for you. So many people and things we want to hold onto and take along with us, can’t go where we’re going. We feel because we’ve been with them forever, and have had those things for an eternity, we can’t depart from them, not realizing, success often comes at the time of departure. Sometimes in life, God will close doors, that just so happen to house the people we were once connected to. There are many reasons for their closing, but no matter the reason, don’t you be the reason they open again.

When God pulls you from one direction, it’s because He’s about to redirect you to a better one! Go where God’s calling you, not where someone is leading you, because they could be leading you the wrong way!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Loved by you

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas, and I’m sure there are a lot of people in this world, who probably didn’t. Not so much that they were missing a loved one, but because they didn’t have anything to give them. Although it’s easy to get lost and caught up in the holiday season, and think it’s all about giving, we obviously know that it’s not. I won’t pretend that I haven’t participated in gift giving or exchanging, because I have. However, I’ve realized that aside from the nice gifts, I have all that I’ll ever need, which is my family, as cliché as that sounds. As I continue to obtain wisdom, and a deeper appreciation for my family, I know that there’s nothing more important in my life, than them. I come from a huge family, and am completely family oriented, so I enjoy when we’re able to get together and fellowship with one another, because our gatherings are filled with so much fun, joy, and love, which I absolutely love!

While I wish the same for so many other people, I realize because of their family dynamics, history, and other underlying issues, things aren’t, although I pray that they one day will be. Nonetheless, I feel that family truly is important, and no matter what you go through with them, at the end of the day, they’ll always be there with you, and for you!

Any grievances, grudges, unforgiveness, or resentment you are carrying, let it go! Your family deserves love, and most importantly, to be loved by you!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Bring the memories back

While most of us are looking forward to tomorrow, I’m sure there are those of us who aren’t. Holidays can be very hard, especially when you’re without the ones you love and miss. It’s been six months since I’ve lost my dad, and there’s not a day that doesn’t pass by, without him on my mind. Some of you might be feeling or experiencing the same, and while there maybe nothing I can say or do to ease the pain, let alone take it away, do know that it won’t last forever, but your love for them will. If on tomorrow, you find yourself sad, lost, or unable to enjoy your family, bring the memories back. I’m sure they’ll do more than enough to help pull you through. If they don’t, Jesus most certainly will!

Remember, Christmas isn’t meant to be sad, when Jesus has brought you so much joy!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Take the pen back

A lot of times, your lack of qualifications doesn’t disqualify you, you do. Sometimes, you’ll allow rejection to re-program you mind into thinking and believing you’re not good enough, when you’re more than good. You’ve probably been ridiculed or told you’ll never be or amount to anything, and sadly, you believe it. However, the only thing worth believing is, that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. It’s easy to be self-critical and hard on ourselves, because we’re used to others being that way. However, you have a choice to either change their narrative, or allow it to change you. When you realize no one knows and can tell your story better than you can, you’ll stop allowing them to.

If you want a happy ending, take the pen back!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Made to watch

Right now, you might not have a lot going on in your life, or feel as though no one notices you. You might see yourself as a tiny speck in God’s ariel view of things, but I guarantee you, He sees you. Not only does He see you, but He’s going to make sure everyone else does as well. All of your obedience, faithfulness, and hard work, will soon pay off. In fact, you’ll be such a hot commodity, people will have to pay-per-view, just to see what God is about to do in your life. Who cares if you’ve been overlooked by people, as long as you haven’t been overlooked by God. The tears, trials, and pain, was used to produce in you, something so great, that anyone would deem it made for tv. However, the only thing any of it has made you, is strong!

Whatever you’re going through now, let people continue to laugh and make fun of your low points, because when God raises you up, they’ll be made to watch!

Deetra La’Rue

Pardon Me

That imaginary jail cell you have confined the people who’ve hurt you to, unlock the doors and release them at once. Whether it’s five or ten years of hurt you’ve been holding onto, while punishing them for it, now is the time to pardon them. You don’t have to forget what they said or did, nor do you have to be friends with them again, but you do need to forgive and move on. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you’ve allowed them get away with what they’ve done or you’ve overlooked their actions, but it does mean you don’t allow it to stop you from living. Honestly, I don’t know what does more damage, the offense or your unwillingness to forgive. Either way, learn to pardon others, just as God has you!

A lot of people are still harboring resentment and allowing past hurt to keep old wounds open, however, no more solitary confinement within your mind. It’s time to forgive, move on, and heal!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Broken Faith

On the days I work from home, I normally sit at my dining room table to work, because it can become a bit mundane to sit in my home office all day. One day while on break, I was watching tv, but my attention was quickly diverted to my achievement stand. As I glanced towards it, I noticed my huge faith fixture was broken. Immediately, God spoke to my heart, “Like that sign, so many of My people are broken, and have lost faith in me. Rather than believe the things they ask Me for, they lose hope, when I don’t move as quickly as they had anticipated. Their unbelief has caused them to become angry and bitter towards Me, because they think that I’m sitting back doing nothing, watching as their situation take a turn for the worse, not realizing, I’m working to make things better. Tell them, I’m coming, but until then, be patient and don’t lose faith!”

No matter how rough things get, don’t allow it to break you, or your faith!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

Start planning

As we prepare to close out yet another year, and gear up for the new one, what are some things you’re waiting January 01 first to do? Are you waiting to go back to school? Get out of debt? Start traveling? Lose weight? Start a new business? If your answer is yes, why? Why are you waiting 15 days, to start something you can do now? We’ve all heard the expression, “don’t put off tomorrow, what you can do today,” and we also know “tomorrow isn’t promised,” so if you’re not promised another day, why not make good use of today? You don’t have to have things all figured out, all you’ve got to do is start planning. Stop making excuses about not having the resources or not enough time, when you make time for the things you want, right? Besides, you don’t always need money to start, just a plan!

If you plan on obtaining all your goals for next year, then you need to start making plans now!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue