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It’s hot, but there’s a PURPOSE for the flames!

On last Sunday, I had the wonderful pleasure of being the Guest Speaker for my church, and delivering the “Word” for the day. I shared with my congregation the brave story of a woman named DeOndra, and with you all, I’d like to do the same. I don’t know where you are in your life, where you want to be, nor how things maybe going for you, but I know without a doubt, regardless of your circumstances, we can all benefit and relate to DeOndra’s story.

DeOndra is a 34-year-old woman who has had every curve-ball that life can pitch thrown at her, yet she’s somehow managed to dodge them all.  She’s been extremely poor, depressed, contemplated suicide, and the list grows higher than Mount Everest. Disappointed in her circumstances, but certainly not God, she knew things would eventually get better.  However, as time passed and things remained the same, she began to lose faith, but fought to keep it, because her hope was already gone.  There were days, weeks, months and years even, that she cried out to God to be saved, but there wasn’t a rescue crew in sight.  One day, in the midst of her pain, she yelled out to God, “If what I am experiencing is any indication of how my life is going to be, then I want out”!

Ultimately, her situation became too “hot” for her to handle, so she was ready to be consumed by the flames.  Needless to say, DeOndra was desperate, and leapt at the first thing she thought would bring her relief.  Unbeknownst to her, although she may have felt the “heat”, God was already working to extinguish the “flames”.  You see, He created her on purpose, with a purpose, and what she was experiencing was all a part of HIS purpose! Besides, God was not going to allow something to die, when His intent was for it to live! Not wanting to keep you in the dark any longer, I AM “DeOndra”, and without an ounce of shame, I AM so glad God protected me from the flames!

When I was going through all that I was, I didn’t realize then, what I do now, what God was doing. He allowed me to go through trials, tribulations, adversity and so much more, because He was preparing me and giving me prior experience to handle the chaos and blessings to come. I needed to fall down 20 times and get back up 21, because I was going to encounter some people who are still down after their fall. He entrusted me to help them rise again, because I’ve been in their position and therefore, know EXACTLY what to do! You too maybe in a situation that is too hot and unbearable, but understand, God has a purpose for you also!

Whatever you do, hang on and know that your HELP is on the way! Remember, it’s hot, but there is a PURPOSE for the flames!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

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The Greatest Deposit

Everyone has been given “The Greatest Deposit” they’ll ever receive, yet so many people don’t know what it is. On the other hand, some of them do, but they do whatever they can to avoid it, or use the excuse that they don’t know what “it” is. Everyone has a PURPOSE, and whatever your purpose is, is the “Greatest Deposit” you’ll ever receive. It’s God’s will for you, and if you are “unsure” what His will is, just pray and ask Him.

For a very long time, I questioned what my purpose was and why everyone else knew it, but me. I love writing, public speaking and encouraging others, but I didn’t think it was what I was supposed to be doing for the rest of my life. Needless to say, it’s EXACTLY what I want to do for the rest of my life! I love what I do, and give God all the glory and praise, for blessing me with the “Greatest Deposit” He could’ve given me.

When I started writing, it was not to touch people, impact them or make an impression on them. I did it to release me of my depression, anxiety and because I got complete joy out of it. I felt (and still do) relaxed and free whenever I wrote. Simply put, it just makes me feel soooooo good! When I was going through my darkest days, I didn’t realize then, all that God was setting up for me. I needed to go through some of the things I did, so I could be able to help others.

To be honest, help is exactly what I’ve been doing, even though I didn’t realize that’s what it is. All I know how to do is be myself, but little did I know, that being myself is what people needed. The very thing that I kept asking God to give me clarity on, was something I had all along, but didn’t quite know what “it” was. Once I figured it out, I was on a mission to make a “deposit” into every person’s life that I came in contact with.

Everybody has a purpose and whatever it is, is the deposit that God has chosen to input into you. You can allow the “deposit” to sit in you and go unused, or you can make a “withdrawal” and bless someone else with your wealth! If you are unsure of what deposit you’ve been given, pray to God to give you clarity and understanding. After all, He’s the one who gave it to you!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue