Temporary Showers

Last night it rained

The showers were sudden and unexpected, because I hadn’t seen a dark cloud in sight

I immediately went for “cover”, even though I could still feel the water hit my face

My cries thundered and there was nothing I could do to calm them

I tossed and turned and fought with sleep to come sooner, but even it failed to bring me rest

The downpour was heavy and lasted for what seemed like forever

But, before I could silence it, He had already quieted the storm

You’ll have your moments to cry and your share of storms to weather. It’ll feel as if your gloomy days outweigh your clear skies, but regardless of how bad they get, the rage is only for a little while. Don’t make a temporary situation last forever, just because you can’t see through the dark clouds. Eventually, they’ll disappear and so will the storm!

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

Feast your eyes on this

Sit down. I’ve been expecting you. I hope you came with an appetite, because what I have prepared for you, will satisfy all of your cravings. Not only will it be fulfilling, but it’ll be like nothing you’ve had before. Neither Burger King or McDonald’s can give you what I can. Although you may “Have it your way” and proclaim “I’m lovin it”, once you get a taste of what I have to offer, you’ll never want anything else again. So please, take your seat and allow me to serve you. As you sit down, I want you to take special notice of those around you. I know you may be wondering why they are standing, but I didn’t have any room for them at the table. Granted you are seated alone, but it’s only because, this spread was prepared just for you. Partake of this food and eat until your heart’s content, for I have “prepared a feast for you in the presence of your enemies”. Take and indulge in the many blessings I have given you, and worry not as they look on. I extended an invitation to them as well as I did you. However, I gave you the provisions, and them a front row seat!

No matter what you are going through or up against, God will bless you abundantly, and do it in front of your enemies!

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

He’s bigger

Yet what you suffer now is nothing compared to the Glory He will reveal to us later. ~Romans 8:18

A lot of times when people are in a storm, they tend to get rained on, because they don’t know how to seek shelter. In this particular case, God is our refuge. I hadn’t posted in awhile, partly because I wasn’t inspired and then my family and I somehow managed to get caught in the eye of a big “storm”. Although I’ve encountered many before, I have never experienced one as large as this one.

We are currently going through a storm with one of our family members, and she is not doing well. Based upon certain people’s reactions and words of expression, I feel like a lot of them have given up on her and hope, if they even had any to begin with. The odds are stacked against her and although she is probably in the biggest fight of her life, I know someone who is bigger than her battle.

Although it’s personally her fight, I’ve been conditioned to believe that “when one fights, we all fight”….and fight is exactly what I’ve been doing since I first learned of her (our) bad news. Anytime I’m met with opposition or affronted with any problems (especially ones I can’t handle alone), I automatically go into defense mode. I put on my heaviest and strongest armor and I prepare for war.

For me, that armor has been God and prayer! I know that there isn’t anything I can do medically to help her, but I know someone who can. That’s why, no matter the severity of the problem or if there appears to be no chances of getting out, I know “He” can do anything exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ever ask for (or think of). All we’ve got to do is have faith, hope and believe!

Yes, people give up easily and run at the site of adversity, but God is happy to stand in the gap for us, because He knows nothing is to big for Him to handle. In all honesty, it’s not to big for you to handle either, when all you have to do is turn it over to Him. After all, that’s what He wants you to do anyway. God doesn’t like to see His children hurt; that’s why He chose to suffer for us in the first place.

I know you maybe going through a storm of your own and feel like there isn’t shelter or the sun in site, but there is. You don’t have to go through this battle alone, but you do have to have hope and faith….even if it’s just the “size of a mustard seed”. Keep praying, keep trusting, and keep believing that He is bigger than anything you are going through……and He will get you through!

Until next time my Note takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue