FAVOR

If I walk a little bit different, it’s an indication that some things have changed

If I speak in a way that I normally wouldn’t, don’t panic, because I’m not the same

To you I may be “acting funny”, but to me, I’ve only improved

Because once you reach the level I have, there’s nothing you can afford to lose

The negativity, foolishness and senseless things, I used to be apart of

No longer exists within me, because I’ve chosen to rise above

My starting point was at the end of the line, while everyone else was so far ahead

They told me I lost and considered me finished, but “It’s not over”, I victoriously said

I continued to run, against all odds, as they tried to sabotage the race

They couldn’t stand to see me coming, because they knew I was headed to 1st place

No matter how much they delayed my progress, they never once broke my stride

And through all the adversities and tribulations, I left everyone amazed and surprised

They gave up on me and counted me out, because I started out at the very end

But God gave me what they didn’t have, FAVOR, which positioned me to WIN!

“All you have to do is ask, BELIEVE and you shall receive”!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Keep on going

Have you ever wanted to give up and quit, because you couldn’t see the end of the road?

But instead you continued to keep on going, while bearing the weight of your heavy load

You want it to be over, but you’ve barely gotten started

So just be patient and watch how things unfold

Rome wasn’t built in a day and success doesn’t happen overnight

Although you want to throw in the towel, keep on going and continue to fight

Quit comparing your journey to someone else’s, because what’s theirs wasn’t intended for you

They may have taken the elevator to get to the top, but the stairs were reserved just for you

Keep on going no matter the circumstances and climb higher than a mountain’s peak

Don’t give up or stop for nothing, until you acquire all that you set out to seek

Remember, it doesn’t matter how you get there or who gets to the finish line first, as long as you cross it!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Clinging for strength

*In the wake of the 9 individuals who lost their lives in a plane crash on January 26, 2020, this post is dedicated to those who are still living in the dark, are lost or have lost a loved one, and are struggling to come to terms with their death*

I know what it’s like to be helpless and despondent, sitting in despair, hoping and praying to be saved. I’ve lived in some dangerously low valleys, and there were times I thought I’d drown, because I didn’t have anything or anyone to grab hold to. It was a struggle to stay above water, when I was surrounded by a sea of hurt and pain. I, too, know how you feel. I was literally fighting for survival, while weakened from life’s many torrents. Things became so dark and dreary, that I lost sight of hope, and the light at the end of the tunnel. Although that is in the past, the hurt still lingers on. I’m in a much better place now, but it took me days, weeks, months, and years even, to get where I am.

There are many people going through a pretty rough storm, wondering if they’ll ever see the sun again. Their heart is broken, and the thing that they lost, is the only thing that can mend it again. They’re in agony and pain and too weak to pick themselves up. They need help getting through whatever it is they’re enduring, so don’t walk away, because they’re clinging to you for strength.

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

Unforgettable

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

The struggle is real, but so is God

For every problem you have, all it takes is one mustard seed

There is no requirement to obtain His blessings, except you have to believe

Worrying is heavy and can weigh you down, but God will pick you up

What you’re about to receive is a result of His power and has nothing to do with luck

The pain you feel is unbearable, but He’s going to take it all away

To you it might take forever, but to Him it’s only a day

Your patience leaves a lot to be desired, but His timing is perfect and never late

The struggle is real, but so is God, all you have to do is activate your faith

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue