Every step counts

There’s nothing more aggravating than trying to assemble something, that’s come with a thousand and one pieces. We all dread reading the ever confusing thick “white booklet”, also known as the instructions. Before we even allow ourselves the chance to fully read it, let alone follow it, we quickly try to do it on our own. “I got this”, we say. Well, a migraine and a few hours later, we’re elated and proud of ourselves for completing the assembly. As we try to put it to use, we realize it’s not working. We’re dumbfounded, because we know for a fact we did everything right, so we’re not sure where we went wrong. Although we’d like to think we dotted every “i” and crossed all t’s, we forgot one very important thing…. to follow all the steps. Because of our impatience and urgency for wanting things now (and I’m talking right now), we’ll skip steps 2-5 to get to 6, when 2-5 are most critical to us. It’s during these steps that we learn what we need to complete the process.

Do you often find yourself hurrying to the next phase, by jumping over steps, because you simply can’t wait? Don’t worry, we’re in this thing together! Take a marriage for example. Typically, before you marry, you go through the dating phase. Here, you learn each other, and share your likes, dislikes, etc. Next, (if all goes well) you meet what could possibly be your best friend or your worst enemy, “the family”. At this point, you’re about to determine if you’re going to run to the altar or for your life. LOL! All jokes aside, this step is important, because if you’re planning a future with someone, you want to know what you’re getting yourself into. Once you pass this step, it’s smooth sailing…until you encounter a riptide: living together. This is important for a lot of people, because they want to know if they are able to co-live with their partner, if they’re clean, leave the seat up, and so forth. In other words, do I really want to get married to you!

Lastly, you’ve made it to the homestretch, the final step, marriage. Do understand that although a lot of people will make it here, they won’t stay. When they skipped steps 2-5, they failed to get what’s required to not only help them reach step 6, but to stay there. In most cases, this doesn’t apply to everybody, because I’m sure there are plenty of couples who went straight from the first date to the courthouse. Although this is particularly not about marriage, and is probably not a good analogy, I can only hope you see what I’m trying to convey: have patience! It’s so easy to become antsy and want to rush to see what’s next. So much so, you end up skipping the line, when you needed to wait your turn. Remember, every step counts, so please take your time and wait!  

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

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

Not yours to keep

Why struggle, when you don’t have to? Why live in agony and pain, when you have someone capable of taking it all away? Why carry such heavy burdens, when God can lighten your load? Why worry about tomorrow, when you don’t know the outcome of today? You’ve grown weary from pleading for help, and because you’re tired of praying, you give up. But, have you given it over to God? In life, you’re going to be met with adversities and oppositions, but you’ve got to introduce them to Him, so they can see who’s bigger! When your problems can’t intimidate God, they come after you! I know you’re thinking, “I got this”, but how can you have something that you can’t even handle? You’re out of your lane and most definitely out of your mind, if you think you can do anything better than God. Let go, and stop holding on to things that are trying to destroy you. That can be very hard and challenging, because when He’s “slow to act”, we’re quick to take it back, and the pain comes back once again. Cast all your burdens upon God, because they’re not yours to keep! Those are His problems, let Him deal with it!

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

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