Now is not the time

I want to be married, right now! I want a set of identical twin girls, right now! I want my house built from the ground up, right now! I want to be an Academic Dean, right now! I want to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of my business, CH1 Bookstore and Lounge, right now! There are so many things I want “right now”, but now is not the time! Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under the sun”, and when the time is right, it’ll happen. Not just a little bit, but all of it! When it comes to things I want or would like to do, my pursuit is undeniably fervent. Being eager is a good thing, but it’s also my problem. I can’t stay where I’m at long enough to enjoy what I have or get what I need, because I’m always on the move. “I gotta move, because God ain’t”. I gotta move, before someone else beats me to it”. I gotta move, because if I don’t act now, the opportunity won’t come again”. But, if it’s mine, it’ll return. Needless to say, I gotta keep moving. However, I can’t go anywhere until God tells me to! When I feel as though He’s not moving fast enough, I intervene and try to speed up the process, but He always brings me to a complete standstill, and I can’t stand that! Don’t you see, I can’t afford to stop? If I do, it’ll delay my mission, but if I don’t, God will abort it. So, I might as well wait. Besides, I can’t accelerate, until He releases the brake. When it’s time for me to go, I will. But, now is not the time!

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

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

Wait on the promise

I don’t know which is worse, waiting on something to happen or waiting on someone to make it happen. Either way, I can be pretty antsy at times and hate to be kept waiting, especially considering the length of my wait time. The uncertainty of whether or not I’ll get what I want hoovers over my head like an aircraft, but when I look up and see who’s flying, my doubts starts to wither away. In past situations, I’ve moved too quickly, when I all I needed to do was slow down and “be still”. Besides, my hastiness never got me anywhere. I learned all to well, that if what you are seeking to do is not of God’s will, then it won’t get done! It doesn’t matter how bad you want it or how much you petition God for it, if He didn’t promise it, you won’t receive it, regardless of whatever it is. And sometimes, it’s best that we don’t get “it“. Getting what we want versus having what we need, makes all the difference in the world. I don’t care how impatient you are or how discouraged you get, thinking “it’s” never going to happen. It will, but all in God’s timing. His promises are still good! All we have to do is wait on Him!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Sidelined

During recreation time in elementary school, I hated when our PE Teacher would select two people and allow them to pick who would make their team. Almost every time, I would either be picked last or left out. It wasn’t that I wasn’t capable of being a teamplayer, but the team didn’t have the confidence or faith that I could bring anything of value to what was already in existence. Therefore, they sidelined me. You see, it was never about me not being any good, because in all honesty, they knew I was the most valuable player. They saw something in me that they lacked and wanted for themselves, but since they knew there was no way they’d ever get it, they tried to take it out of me.

People don’t know your true value, but they do know you’re worth a lot. This not only intimidates them, but it creates fear, because the minute people notice you, suddenly, they become invisible. In an attempt to not allow you to shine, they’ll dim your light, by speaking negatively to you (in hopes of stopping you from succeeding) and of you. At this point, they don’t care that the attention is on you, because it’s no good anyway. Now, no one cares about what you have to offer, because your critics have offered them every reason as to why they shouldn’t like you, let alone pick you. You’re going to come across people like this, and although they will try to sideline you, don’t allow them to eject you from the game. If you do, no one will ever get to see how amazing you truly are!

Keep being great! Sooner or later, everyone’s going to want you on their team!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Unfinished business

It’s so easy to place our dreams, visions and goals on the backburner, because this pandemic is constantly at the forefront. Like me, I’m pretty sure you’ve been uninspired, not really motivated or tired (which is a total understatement), because you’ve had enough of COVID-19! We can’t go outside, because we’re at risk. We can’t be “that close” to our family members, because we’re at risk. We can’t be out past our 10PM curfew (depends upon your state), because we’re at risk….of getting pulled over and fined! There are so many things we are faced with, yet finishing what we started is not one of them. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty much non-existent. Where did our dreams go? We’ve lost sight of what we need to be doing, because we’re too obsessing over what we can’t do! I’m not downplaying the seriousness of this deadly virus, because it needs our attention, but so does our goals. We’ve got some unfinished business, and now is the time to handle it! You might not be able to go out, but that doesn’t mean your light has too! Keep shining, keep working, but most importantly, keep dreaming!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

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