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

What if God got tired?

Jesus loves me this I know, regardless if I’ve been good or bad

But what if God was unforgiving and held me hostage to my past?

Unlike man, He gives us grace, favor and mercy, and is there when trouble calls

But what if God removed His hands from our backs and instead allowed us to fall?

He’s been our counselor, He’s been our doctor, protector, provider and friend

But what if God regretted the day He sacrificed His son’s life to pay for our sins?

He made a way when there wasn’t one, and brought us to and through life’s test

But what if God decided we wasn’t worthy of His blessings and gave us mediocre instead of the best?

He accepted us no matter if we were right or wrong, told the truth or were simply lying

But what if God refused to heal our bodies, even if we were sick or dying?

He’s performed miracles, raised the dead, and somehow made life worth living

But what if God adopted our selfish ways, and ultimately stopped giving?

Even in the eleventh hour, He’s right on time and never late

But what if God stood us up, and always made us wait?

Twenty-four seven He’s always on call, never sleeps or seem to rest

But what if God got tired of our problems, and left us to deal with our own mess?

Feels good to know my flaws are overlooked, but not me!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Discredited dreams

You’re excited! I mean, really, really excited and you want everyone to hear about it. You can barely contain yourself, because things are about to get “real”……..your dreams, that is. Until, you find out that what’s everything to you, is nothing more than a “fantasy” to someone else. In fact, they have a hard time believing “dreams do come true”, because they don’t have any. As a result of their unbelief, they will discredit your dreams, and consider them mere fairytales, because they know that rarely do they exist. Although you want them to share in your joy, they can’t find any. You see, those are your dreams and what you see for yourself, they don’t. So, don’t expect them to support your dreams when they can’t understand why you have them. In the words of my Therapist, “Giraffe’s can’t share their dreams with turtles, because they can’t see what you do”!

Remember, you have the ability to “see things far away”, and ever so often, you’ll find people trying to obstruct your view. Whatever you do, don’t let them “get in the way” of your dreams!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue


I remember when I used to pray and cry for the things that I now have. I didn’t know where they were coming from or when I’d get them, but I always knew who was going to give it to me. #blessed

I remember the numerous evictions and being homeless and staying in hotels. Now, I’m trying to decide if I want to stay in an apartment or just buy a house. #appreciative

I remember what it’s like to go to bed hungry, because of very little food or none at all. Now, my struggle is no longer not having anything to eat, but knowing when to stop! #grateful

I remember using an old shopping cart from the community grocery store to push our dirty clothes to the laundromat, down the street. Now, I just go to my room and push my hamper down the hall to the laundry room. #thankful

I remember not having any clothes to wear or re-washing the shirt I had worn just the previous day, so that I could have something to wear to school. Now, I stand in my closet for 30 minutes to an hour or so, thumbing through, trying to find something to wear (only to change again, and again and again). #options

I remember when I thought I’d never be able to talk about my struggles. Yet, here I am trying to help you get through yours. #hopeful

Although I’ve been through a lot, I will never take for granted what God has done for me and how far He has brought me. You’re struggling now, but very soon, you’ll be sharing your unforgettable story!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue