Comfort

Today, I needed a pair of arms. Not just any arms, but His arms. It’s just something about them. They bring me joy, peace, protection, but most of all, comfort. No matter what I go through or am up against, God has a way of wrapping me in His loving arms, and reassuring me that everything is going to be alright, and you know what? They are!

Find peace in knowing you can go to Him for anything, and He’ll bring you the comfort and relief you are seeking!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Walk in peace

The COVID-19 pandemic is running rapidly, but so is God. You might not think He’s working, but He is, even when everyone’s done for the day. In fact, He hasn’t taken a break since this outbreak. He’s moving, even when it seems the world is standing still. He’s already worked things out, as we sit and try to figure out, what next? I know you think He doesn’t care, but 1 Peter 5:7 tells us that He does. “Well, He’s says He loves us, but I can’t tell. Look at what’s going on”! Whether you believe or not, He knows exactly what’s going on and He’s going to take care of it! Let Him do what He knows how to do, and you need to trust that it’ll get done!

Be well, exercise precaution, but most importantly, activate your FAITH!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Swimming against the currents

There’s a state of emergency, and the reality of you not making it, is scarier than the trouble you’re in. Panic and fear have arrived, but your help is nowhere to be found. Although it’s scary, it’s a place that’s all too familiar. You’ve been here before, but you’re not sure how you managed to sink again. In fact, you’re not only sinking, you’re drowning. “Help me”, is all you can say, because you can’t do anything else. It’s so tiring trying to stay afloat, when your body wants to give way, because you don’t see a way. You don’t see yourself making it, because you promised the last time, would be the last time. Yet, you’re here again. But, guess what? It’s okay, because He’s with you, and has been all along. When you found yourself going under, it wasn’t because you were drowning. You were being refined, “dipped” and made stronger. You felt weakened, during your times of despair. But, to Him, they were mere moments of endurance. Despite the heavy currents, you continued to swim against them! And because of that, you survived once again!

When the billows roll, no matter how high they get, remember, there’s someone higher than them!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Struggling to succeed

You’re looking at a lifeless situation, but not to the One who can help

You’ve tried to do things on your own, but you can’t do it all by yourself

The hill of burdens sits so high, and you’re afraid to make the climb

You’ve attempted before, but you didn’t succeed, so you don’t see the point in trying

Winds of doubt surround your faith, and threaten to blow it away

So run for cover, into the arms who loves you, and promises to keep you safe

Defeat shines brighter than the sun’s beam, and it’s more than you can withstand

But all it takes if for God to speak, and it disappears upon His command

It may seem as though you’ve lost, but look again, for you’ve been deceived

No matter what you’re up against, you’ll win, if only you just believe

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Worthy

Legacy Awards 2020 Recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award

On Sunday, February 09, 2020, I was awarded the Coretta Scott King Legacy Award, for my Community Service, Human Rights, and Social Justice efforts. As I should have been overjoyed with excitement, I really couldn’t be, because I was too busy questioning God, “Why me”? When my sisters recognized me at our family reunion last year, I was honored, but internally, I questioned “There’s four of us, so why me”? When I was asked to serve as Keynote Speaker at church, I screamed, “Oh no! Dear God, why me”? I couldn’t fathom or understand how someone so undeserving as me, deserved to be recognized, because in my eyes, what they saw, I couldn’t see.

Not a day goes by that I don’t receive an email, text or phone call, from someone thanking me for what I’ve done for them, yet I can’t seem to recall what I did. There isn’t anything distinctive that comes to mind, except there’s nothing extraordinary about a woman who’s so ordinary. So, again I ask, “Why me”? After many self-reflections, I no longer question, “Why me”? Instead, I just thank God for using me! I’m not sure why I was chosen, when He had so many other options, yet He left me with none. I didn’t get a chance to say, “No”, or “This is not what I want to do”, because God had already made His plans, and I had no choice, but to follow them.

I’m grateful, because of whatever “it” is that I’ve been called to do. I’m thankful for all the accolades and praise, because to them, I’m everything I told myself I could never be….WORTHY!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Feeling myself

B is for brilliant and that I am, so excuse my confidence please

there’s no other person dead or alive, that can write as great as me

With the stroke of a pen I can take one word, and turn it into the greatest story ever told

some call me arrogant, others a threat, but me, I just say I’m BOLD

I make no apologies for who I am, nor do I limit what I can do

I’ve learned there are many doubters in this world, but I continue to push right through

All the jealousy, heartache and pain, to show everyone what God has created

but the greatest reward will be the day I’m able to say, “Look ma, I finally made it”!

So I dismiss the discouragement, ignore the hate, as people speak negativity in my ear

but as long as God is in control, I’m not worried nor do I fear

Whatever obstacles that lie ahead, hoping to slow me down

but because of His grace and mercy, I will NOT be damaged, destroyed or bound

If you don’t believe in yourself, do you expect someone else to? You KNOW who you are, long before anyone else does! #beconfident #andhumbletoo 🙂

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Not as bad as it seems

Are things really hard for you, or do you just give up to easily? At some point in our lives, we’ve all encountered some obstacles that we thought would surely “take us out”. While many chose to take those situations head on, a lot of people simply gave up. Trying was not an option and apparently neither was winning, so they did what any other timid person would do, quit! The most difficult thing to process, is that they somehow already determined the outcome, although they failed to start. This is the very reason why so many people haven’t been successful in life. Before they attempt to do anything, they quickly talk themselves out of it. “I can’t do this”. “That is too difficult to do”. “Man, that looks hard, so I’m not even going to try”. All of these overused excuses have to stop! We all have a lens in which we see through, so clean yours and you will see that things aren’t as bad as they seem, and if they are, it’s only because you made them out to be!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue