You’re Somebody

This morning I was reminiscing about a particular afternoon when God gave me a revelation of His love. I was sitting at work with the Dean Martin’s song You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You blaring over the speakers in the lobby. As I thought about some of my past relationships I felt rejection and pain. By the end of the first stanza, I was wallowing self-pitty. “What is wrooonnng with me? Will someone eeveeer love me?!” my heart cried.

I began to think about how my hunger to be loved and valued had led me into deception and caused me much heartache. Then, Suddenly,  without even realizing what I was saying, I blurted out, “No! That song is a lie!”

The Lord then sweetly spoke to my heart, “Somebody does love you. I love you!”

Although Dean continued to sing in the background, I was hearing new lyrics: You’re Somebody Because I have Always Loved You

Most of us have experienced times when we have felt unnoticed, unheard, or unloved. If you can relate, I pray that as you read the following verses, you will be reminded of how much God loves you.

You’re Somebody Because I have Always Loved You

You’re somebody because I have always loved you.

You’re somebody because I have always cared.

You may not think you are lovable or worthy,

But I’m crazy about you and have so much love to share.

 

The world is not the same and you can change it.

Let my love flow through you everywhere you go.

You’re somebody because I’ve always loved you.

So find someone with whom you can share my love.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NIV).

                        Be abundantly blessed!

Jeannie Boatright

 

 

The Ark and the Dove

It’s been over two years since God gave me the vision for this website. I was lying in bed one morning planning my day when the Lord told me to stand up and raise my hands in the air and declare victory. As soon as I did, I saw a picture in my mind of my eldest daughter and 4 of my friends who had experienced victories in their lives, doing the same. In the vision, they were standing on the bayfront with broken handcuffs on their wrists celebrating what God had done. When I asked the Lord why only five would be in the picture, He reminded me that 5 was the number of grace.

A few weeks later, our little band of believers was shivering by the water waiting for the sun to rise. After taking off their coats and posing for a few pictures, one of them commented, “You know we love you, Jeannie!”. I smiled. Yes, they definitely loved me.

Once my son-in-law, who had been the photographer, e-mailed me the pictures I figured I would have a website up and running within a few weeks. I figured wrong. It’s not that I didn’t have help. My son-in-law actually set up a site for me off of a private server. There were just a lot of complications in other areas of my life, and I didn’t have peace about moving forward. During the next couple of years, I worked on my books, taught a Bible study, took care of family members, and travelled around the country a bit. I tried to move forward with the vision God had given me, part of which was making short inspiration videos to post on the site, but the doors slammed shut. That is when, God, once again, reminded me of the ark and the dove.

In Genesis, Noah sent out a dove to see if the land was ready to be inhabited. “But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself” (8:9NKJV).

Many years ago, God had used this scripture to speak to me about trusting His timing. When God gives us a dream we need to put it out there and release it. If nothing comes from it, we are to draw it back and keep it close to our hearts and rest in Him until some time passes. Then we are to release it again.

“And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore”(Genesis 10-12 KJV).

Noah released the dove three times before it did not come back. Sometimes we need to release our dreams more than once. If they come back to us unfulfilled it is because the land is not ready. God will prepare the land of our hearts and the land of our circumstances, as well as the hearts of others, to not only receive our dreams but to bring them to pass.

Last week, everything started coming together for this site. My spirit was stirred to write again, and God has positioned people to help me. It looks like it’s time for the dove to fly away and go and make a home in the land.

If you have a dream that you have released, only have it come back to you, rest in God’s presence and wait. God is preparing the land for you. Rest in His love and be assured that, in His time, He will bring to pass what He has placed in your heart.

May you be abundantly blessed!

Jeannie Boatright

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About This Website

The purpose of this website is to glorify God and bring freedom to others through personal and shared testimonies.

On this website, I will be sharing personal testimonies, scriptural insights, and short videos in order to encourage others to draw closer to God and walk in freedom. At times, I will also post testimonies and encouragement from other contributors. If you have a personal testimony you would like to share please email it to me at truthrejoices@gmail.com or from the contact page.

 

Why I Started this Site

Some people seem to be born with an understanding of God’s love. Others are swept into His embrace by a single wave of revelation. Then there are people like me who have had to have a jillion experiences, from rain drops to sledgehammers, to finally get it: “Wow! God! You really do love me!”

For years, I tried to be a good, loving 1 Corinthians 13 kind of Christian. But no matter how much I strived to be patient, kind, gentle, forgiving, long suffering, and humble, I always fell short. I figured if I just tried harder I could succeed at this thing called love. Unfortunately, my efforts and misguided attempts to be more loving, and to be loved by God, set my children and myself up to be victims instead of victors.

God met me in a powerful way in a hospital room when I was in college, and He has continued to show up in my life in incredible ways. But no matter how many God encounters I experienced, I could not accept His love. Part of the reason was because in wracking my brain as to how to love the Corinthians 13 way I somehow missed verse 6: “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” (NIV).

Because of fear and shame I had assigned evil attributes to God. The way I was treated in my relationships just reaffirmed to me His disapproval of me. The truth was I didn’t know His character or His heart. Thankfully, He loved me enough to reveal both.

Surprisingly, the season during which God revealed His heart to me the most, was when the conditional love I believed in would have disqualified me—my divorce. For years I had tried to serve God, not only in ministry opportunities, but by staying in a destructive marriage. When there was nothing else I could do to keep everything together, I raged against Him for deceiving me. In reality, He was freeing me. The more I fought against Him; the more He fought for me, until I finally surrendered my works mentality and received what He had been offering me from the beginning—His incredible heart of unconditional love.

As I experienced new facets of God’s love, He began to displace the lies that I had believed for so long with His amazing truths. The One who saved me from my sins would now save me from deception, fears, and the enabling ways that were destroying my loved ones and me, eventually leading me into my purpose which is teaching others about God’s love and their true identities through, writing, speaking, and now this website.