Just so you'll know

Anything is possible………………………………………………………..even if it doesn’t look like it

Just because you see dark clouds…………………………..doesn’t mean you should expect rain

People will purposely turn you away…………………………..not knowing it’s in the right direction

Those you love will try to hold you back……………………….but you’ve got to be brave and just let go

I can’t tell you that tough times won’t come……………………………….but I can say they won’t always last

It doesn’t matter who finishes first………………………………………………………………as long as you cross the line

It may take years before you see progress………………………………………………but it only takes a minute to start

If your dreams have yet to come true……………………………………..it’s only because you’re still sleeping on them

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

You’ve gotta be quicker than that

Too many people are living comfortably on “cruise control”. Although they want to excel in life, they’re too afraid to accel. They’ve been going at the same speed for years, and refuse to press the gas. Even though they want to reach their desired destination, they’re unwilling to do what is necessary to get them there. Instead, they’ll detour and take any available alternate route that will lead them to their destiny, but causes them a major delay. As they begin to question the reason it’s taking too long, God reveals to them, you’ve taken “one too many brakes”. On many occasions, God has tried to elevate you, by accelerating you, but you chose not to move. I’m not sure if it’s the result of fear or running into a roadblock or dead end, but if God has something for you, then nothing can get in the way of it.

If you want what God has for you, be in such a hurry to receive it, that you won’t allow anything or anyone to slow you down. You’ve got to be willing to “go at lengths” and “drive the distance” to obtain what’s yours. When you’re on your way to a place where God has asked you to meet Him, sometimes, it’s going to take a little speeding to get you there!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

God’s Plan

Dana has just received some wonderful news! The very thing that has been desperately trying to hold her back, has decided to let go. After a year of being captive, Dana is finally about to be set free! Her captor has decided to get rid of her, because she feels she’s no longer of use. Although Dana has been a good and faithful servant, her services was just not “enough”. On several occasions she’s tried to have Dana removed, but she didn’t have the power too. Having seen no other way to let her go, she instead opted to “cut” her loose. The enemy was happy, because she thought by “releasing” Dana, it meant she had “nowhere else to go”. Needless to say, the only place Dana is going, is UP! She’s excited and overjoyed, because she knows the enemy’s plans has failed, but God’s has not!

It’s easy to accept the fate someone has chosen for your life, especially when you feel it’s all there is. However, you can worry about the things they’re going to do, or you can rest in knowing there’s nothing God can’t handle. Like Dana, you may be in a “position” that plans to “write you off”, but understand this, “God knows the plans He has for you…..they are plans to prosper and not harm you, but plans to give you hope and future”. What God has for you, is for you, and He “plans” to allow your enemies to see it!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Just the hem

“A little bit goes a long way”, is an expression I’ve heard of quite a lot. Regardless of the context it’s been used in, it still has the same meaning; “a little amount is just enough”. One of my favorite stories in the Bible, is about a woman who bled for years and prayed that she’d be healed. One day as Jesus was walking through a crowd, she reached out and touched “the hem of his robe”. Instantly, Jesus asked who touched Him, and when her identity was revealed, Jesus told her, because of her faith, she was healed.

How many of us can honestly say, we would’ve been so persistent and steadfast in our prayers, especially after suffering for that many years? In fact, many of us would probably have lost hope and most important, faith, within the first few months, after not having our prayers answered. Needless to say, I was one of those many. When I prayed and didn’t get immediate results, I immediately gave up. It wasn’t until I became consistent, persistent and faithful, that I began to experience the power of His “hem”.

I’m not sure what your situation is or what you’re going through, but I want to tell you this. You don’t have to be religious, go to church every Sunday or read your Bible everyday. All you need is a small amount of faith, and it will take you a mighty long way. Although the woman touched just a little part of Jesus’ hem, it was all she needed. Stop thinking you have to be a person of great stature, elite or distinction, in order for you to be blessed. Remember, your faith is all you need, even if you only have a “little”.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Traveling through impossible circumstances

“I’m tired, and I just can’t do this anymore”! Would you believe me if I told you, you can? Probably not, considering the fact that your circumstances has somehow convinced you that it’s the “end of the world”. However, I’m here to tell you that it’s not! I talk a lot about adversity, hardships and struggles, and it’s because I’ve been met with them more times than I’d care to acknowledge, and you’d like to read.

However, although my journey has been tough, one thing that I vowed never to do, was to stop traveling, regardless of how bad the circumstances are. Besides, if you give up, how will you ever know whether or not things will get better? Like me, you’ve been through plenty of hard situations, and are probably still entangled in some. Granted, they absorbed all of your energy and took a toll on you mentally, emotionally and physically, but you eventually got through them, right?

One of the things I appreciate most about “traveling through impossible circumstances”, is no matter how many obstacles I encounter, I know that if I see them as an opportunity for challenge and growth, instead of a roadblock, it increases my chances of actually overcoming them. Remember the age old expression, “Nothing is impossible, because the word alone say’s, “I’m possible”! So, stop throwing in the towel, because it’s the easiest thing you can do.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Do you believe?

“Oh ye of little faith”? Does your disbelief in whether or not you can obtain success or be anything you want to, holds you back from executing your ideas? Do you personally feel as though you’re not capable or has someone planted the seed and told you so? A lot of times, people are reluctant to step out on faith and “go get their blessings”, all because they don’t believe in themselves.

I used to struggle with self-defeating behaviors as a teen and in my early twenties, because I constantly told myself I wasn’t capable of doing half (if not all) of the things I wanted to do. I didn’t believe in myself, largely due to my lack of assertiveness. I sat on a lot of my dreams, aspirations and goals, because “I” didn’t believe in me. To make matters even worse, I didn’t have anyone to dispel my crazy unbelief.

However, I couldn’t depend on anyone to tell me something, and expect me to believe them, when I was in disbelief. This path of destruction continued for years, until I got even closer to God. My thought patterns changed from negative to positive, my attitude improved and I went from self-doubt to knowing I could, even if I was told I couldn’t.

Just imagine, had I stayed down and never come up, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m certain my misery and lack of confidence would’ve kept me low, when it was meant for me to go high. I must admit, there are still times I second guess myself or hesitate at ideas, but even I have to “check myself”. I know my worth and value, and that is what keeps me moving forward.

When was the last time you believed in yourself? Or, are you one of those people who base and measure their self-worth off of someone else’s opinion? Is there anything you’d like to pursue, but you don’t believe you can do whatever it is you are seeking? Let me guess, you gave up long before you even started. I’ve been there, but like me, you’ve got to get rid of your self-defeating behaviors.

Besides, you can’t expect anyone to believe what you are selling or take you seriously, if you don’t even believe in yourself!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Keep Dreaming

One of my favorite stories in the Bible, is found in Genesis 37. It’s the story of Joseph, the son of Jacob and Rachel. Before you run, I’m not going to preach a sermon, but I want you to understand the importance of “sharing your dreams”. Joseph was the youngest of 12 boys, and also the favorite of their father, Jacob. As you can imagine, the family dynamics was anything but great, and because of Jacob’s favoritism to Joseph, the brothers resented and despised their youngest brother.

Joseph would often share with his brothers his “dreams”, and how they (brothers) would come to bow down to him. Filled with rage and envy, the brothers conspired to kill him. However, the oldest brother Rueben, although filled with hate and envy, didn’t want to see Joseph killed. Instead, he opted to sell him to Ishmaelite traders and concocted a story (to which the father believed), about how Joseph was slaughtered by a wild animal, and there was nothing they could do to save him.

Obviously distraught, their father Jacob, was inconsolable and mourned the “death” of his son for a very long time. A’las, the brothers could breath a sigh of relief, because “The Dreamer”, as they commonly referred him to, was gone. Lo and behold, one day as the brothers were out working, they saw a figure in the distance, one that was all too familiar. It was their “deceased” brother Joseph, walking in royalty to meet them.

Of course, this astounded them, because they thought they’d never see him again. See, when they sold him to the Ishmaelite traders, he ended up working for Potiphar, a palace official to Pharaoh. Even though his circumstances were harsh and unwarranted, he managed to come out on top. Why? Because, although his brothers were jealous and envious of him, he never stopped believing in his dreams.

Hopefully, you’re like me, and have many dreams and aspirations. Often times, we’re so excited about our visions and dreams, that we want to share them….with everyone. However, sometimes, that’s not the best choice to make. A lot of people are not assertive or don’t have any faith in themselves, let alone think they are capable of accomplishing anything. Therefore, they’ll try to “kill your dreams”, because they resent the fact that you see things that they don’t.

To them, your dreams maybe too big or simply overshadow theirs, but nonetheless, keep dreaming until they become a reality….YOUR reality! My dreams are not going to look like yours, and neither yours mine, but I’m not going to get in the way of them. Don’t stop dreaming, because someone else is afraid of your “possibilities”. If anything, protect your dreams and visions, but most of all, protect yourself from those who don’t BELIEVE in your dreams!

Until next time Note takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue