Forever and always

I never thought I’d see the day my dreams would become a reality, but I made it happen, all because I didn’t give up. I knew what I wanted and I knew it’d take me some time to get there, but I didn’t let the length of the journey to deter me from reaching my destiny. Sometimes, we can be so overwhelmed by the “what ifs”, that we often toss around the idea of “what if” I never achieve my goals. But,“what if” you do? Don’t stop now, you’re too close to finishing! It’s been said that nothing lasts forever, and things don’t always happen, but understand this. It may take you forever to reach your goals, but it doesn’t matter, as long as you always try!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Focus on the promise, not the problem

People lie, God doesn’t. People change their mind, but God stands firm on His. People make promises they don’t intend to keep, but God fulfills them all.

He didn’t say it’d be easy, but He did promise to “Strengthen and help us”. (Isaiah 41:10)

He didn’t say the path would be smooth, but He did promise to “Direct ours, if only we’d put our trust in Him”. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

He didn’t say the weapons wouldn’t form, but He did promise “They wouldn’t prosper”. (Isaiah 54:17)

He didn’t say we wouldn’t cry out for help, but He did promise to “Hear our cries and deliver us from our troubles”. (Psalms 34:17)

He didn’t say we wouldn’t face oppression, but He did promise to “Be a stronghold in our times of trouble”. (Psalms 9:9)

There are a lot of things that God “didn’t say”, but one thing’s for certain, He did say He’d make GOOD on His promises! That should be our focus, NOT our problems!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Yes, you can

You don’t have the resources to start a business, so you don’t move forward. You want to go back to school, but you’re not sure where to start, so you just quit. You want to buy a house, but your credit is low and you don’t have the down payment. There are so many things you want to do, yet for whatever reason, you’re holding back. You’ve come up with a thousand excuses as to why you can’t, yet I can give you one good reason why you can. “You can do all things in Christ who strengthens you”. If He wants you to have a business, He’ll provide the resources. If He wants you to go to school, He’ll give you the start and see you to the end. You want to be a homeowner? He wants you to be one too, so He’s going to make a way for you. Remember, we are heirs to His Kingdom, His rich Kingdom, so of course He’s going to give you the absolute best! God is with you in everything that you do, so the next time you choose to do something, remember, because of Him, YOU CAN!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Covered

I’m still in a state of shock, and can’t believe this has somehow managed to become our “new normal”. I thought it so bizarre and strange when Michael Jackson used to wear a face mask and gloves out in public, but who knew we’d have to one day do the same. The things we used to complain and grumble about getting rid of, are now the things we complain and grumble about wanting. Let’s face it, we want that old “thang” back! We miss the life we used to have, because it was better than the one we have now. It feels like we are living out the scenes of one of Stephen King’s horror movie, and we’re afraid, because we all know they never ended well. However, the good thing about our situation, is that God is both our Writer and Director. He writes our story and directs our paths, so I know the path to healing and getting rid of COVID-19 is not too far away. He has us covered, and because of that, we should be able to find peace and comfort in the midst of this storm!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

The Return

The number one thing that most people dread, particularly women, is going to the store to return an item they bought. Rather than go through the hassle of standing in line for a refund, they instead choose to keep what they have, even though it doesn’t fit. I’m sure all of us can relate to this in some way or another. How many times have we held on to people and things that simply didn’t “fit” us? They don’t benefit us in any kind of way, yet we don’t want to get rid of them. Like those jeans we can’t get into, we’ll keep them as our motivation to lose the excess weight, but the only weight we need to lose, is that of those who aren’t good for us. I’m sure you invest a lot in your clothes (I know I do), but it’s nothing compared to the investment you make into the lives of people who aren’t “worth” it. No matter how much time you “spend” on someone, be careful, because it’s the one thing that can never be “returned”.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Glad

No matter what’s going on in the world, I’m glad that we’re still a part of it. Despite me working remotely, I’m just glad to be working, because a lot of people are unemployed. Chaos surrounds us and things looks as though they are quickly going from bad to worse, but I’m glad that our best is yet to come. A lot of people were practicing social distancing years before COVID-19, by holding grudges and not speaking or visiting their family. However, I’m glad the pandemic has drawn so many people closer to their families and God. Although the death tolls keep rising as high as Mount Everest, and essential resources are becoming extinct like dinosaurs, I’m just glad God hasn’t forgotten about us. He never has and He never will. If you’ve lost hope, you don’t believe it. But, if you have faith, you can already see it. And, I can see Him bringing an end to this virus…..soon!

Stay safe and be strong. Help is on the way!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

On a lighter note…

A colleague and friend of mine, sent me an email that contained a powerful message about four lit candles. One candle represented peace, and the others, faith, love and hope. Each one of them had a specific purpose, but they were unable to serve it, because no one had peace, they lacked faith and didn’t understand the importance of love, so they all lost their flame. However, the last candle that remained, was hope. Because of its unwavering power, it kept burning and was able to relight the others. We all have those four candles planted deep inside of us, but some people have allowed their hardships, life experiences and winds of doubt, to blow their flames completely out. They’ve lost their spark, and couldn’t set themselves ablaze, even if they wanted too. So many bad things has happened to them, therefore, they’ve become weak, hopeless and can’t find positivity in anything. They don’t see a way out, and their life has become very dim. Because they lack the ability to shine, you have to be the light in the midst of their darkness. You are their candle of hope! Whatever you do, never stop burning, because your fire can reignite their flame!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Defender behind me (I won’t fear)

The weapons will form, but they won’t prosper. You’ll be attacked, but you won’t be harmed. God serves as your shield and takes all the hits, so you won’t ever feel them. When people scheme to “take you out”, God derails their plans leaving them in dismay and questioning why you’re “still here”. People will fight you, but they won’t win. I don’t care who you are, your social status or how much money you have. Unfortunate things will happen to you, but fortunately, God will put you in a position to overcome them. No matter who or what you’re up against, you have a Defender behind you. He’ll always have your back, so there’s no need to fear!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

The coast is clear

Timidity does not come from God, yet so many of us are debilitated by it. We can’t move forward, because we’re paralyzed with fear and the uncertainty of whether or not we’ll get what we’re after. Rather than step out on faith, we step back into the shadows of doubt, because we know what to expect while there. We strategize and proclaim that “this is the day”, yet we don’t do anything but allow it to pass us by. Let’s face it, we aren’t moving until we know what lies ahead. Luckily, God goes before us to make sure the coast is clear, before we proceed with His plan and will for our lives. He’s not going to allow us to walk into anything that wasn’t meant for us, or would bring forth harm. Don’t be afraid to fulfill your calling or dreams, because you’re afraid. Remember, God cleared and paved the way for us, so there’s no need to proceed with caution. He already took care of it, and He’ll take care of us too!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Happy Resurrection (Easter) Sunday

Good Morning wonderful people! I’m so thankful we arose today, because He arose over 2,000 years ago! I’m grateful for His sacrifice, love, grace, mercy and just knowing He’s always there, even when I feel alone. If you’re feeling lonely, don’t be. You’re in the presence of the best company you could ever have! Enjoy your day (this day), and remember these two words: Who and What. In order for us to be who we are, He had to do what was necessary!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue