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Were All the Tears Wasted?

The Watered Soul: Were All the Tears Wasted?

Aug 1, 2011

Were All the Tears Wasted?

Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:6

TearI must confess I am a crier. (I already feel better getting that off my chest…lol) The tears flow on many occasions like when I’m sad, frustrated, or angry. Just last night I was admitting to someone that I cry, yep even at my age. I can recall times that my life was filled with tears. My every morning cry was Lord help me to be better and not bitter. When your in a place of sorrow getting up and getting out is no easy task. To get moving when you would rather just pull the covers up over your head and call it a day is laborious. But to be purposeful in your sorrow and sow is even more admirable.

Have you ever had to serve others while inside you were weeping? God saw it even when no else could see past the façade of your smile. He knows the struggle it was to continue on when you would have rather stopped. But your coming back will not be the same as your going out. The weeping will not last.

Are you purposefully sowing even when you are experiencing personal sorrow?  Are you able to sow a word of encouragement, sow a smile, sow a good deed? Or do you find yourself too consume with your own problems to realize that you still have something of value to give to others?

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21 Comments:

At August 1, 2011 at 7:55 AM , Blogger My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Wanda - It is so hard to sow seed when inside you can barely breathe. We had a season of this recently and we decided that the purpose of the hurt was to stop us sowing - so we were determined to continue sowing. It hurt, it was hard - but I'm so glad we did.
God bless
Tracy

 
At August 1, 2011 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Pam said...

Tears can be a healing release. Thank you, Wanda, for reminding us that we can still be used by God, even in the midst of our sorrow. Sometimes it actually helps others to see us keeping on even when we are hurting.
Blessings, my friend!
Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

 
At August 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

Just LOVE these thought, Wanda. I have so been there. Blessings, my friend. Thanks for linking up.

 
At August 1, 2011 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Wanda, I have had to serve through my tears - smile on the outside and personal sorrow on the inside. I have found that when we continue to minister to others though our heart may be breaking, God blesses us in return. Many blessings!

 
At August 1, 2011 at 4:05 PM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Tears are priceless. They are seen by our Father and He responds. Our God is awesome. He even responds to those unshed tears, those unspoken words.

 
At August 1, 2011 at 4:25 PM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

I can cry with happiness also of sadness, with the latter I think it is a great help one get over something that has happened in their life.

Yvonne.

 
At August 1, 2011 at 7:35 PM , OpenID wisdomvirtueandrubies said...

This is a good challenge, Wanda. I've found that sowing into others during my times of sorrow often made me feel better. Very often if I was encouraging someone else with my words, I found that I was preaching to myself. The Holy Spirit is so kind that way!

 
At August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

What a wonderful testament to God's ability to strengthen us even during the hard times, Traci.

So true Pam. I have certainly been encouraged by the perseverance of others.

Always a pleasure, Joanne. You guys always seem to pick verse that gets my wheels a turning.

Amen Lisa & Bluebutterfly.

You are right Yvonne, tears serve many purposes.

It is a challenge indeed Monica.

 
At August 2, 2011 at 6:46 AM , Blogger lioneagle said...

Hi Wanda -

Jesus wept.

Also, crying can be medicinal. It can bring relief.

Praise GOD that He wipes away all tears of sorrow... When we love, trust and obey Him, He certainly can bring tears of joy!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 7:53 AM , Blogger Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I get sad but no tears for me, I wish I could cry more often. I can cry more with age, I think?

 
At August 2, 2011 at 8:55 PM , Blogger Ella said...

Thanks Wanda, I cried today! I wish I could give you a hug~
My families demands and I'm left holding the bag, while they all go have fun. I'm tired of it; I feel like their Personal Assistant, Taxi, Chef,...I'm tired~ I needed this post~
Thank you! xXx

 
At August 2, 2011 at 9:35 PM , Blogger Shannon Lawrence said...

I've served while drowning in sorrow inside, BUT I think one can never be reminded enough that they will always have something to give, no matter how much they may be struggling.

Tina @ Life is Good
and I are joining forces in a followup A to Z challenge. We're going to visit and comment at each of the original A to Z participants, and we hope you'll join us!

Shannon @ The Warrior Muse

 
At August 3, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Peaches Ledwidge said...

I'm a "crier" too. News, blogs, stories, I cry when I hear or read something sad. I even cry tears of joy.

 
At August 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Pat said...

Hi Wanda
Just marvelous! Weeping,weeping,weeping yes I'm a crier also and I'm so glad that God sees and knows our struggles and just how to get us through victoriously Amen. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Love ya

 
At August 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Prayer Notes by Cynthia said...

I know exactly how you feel. There were times when I just didn't want to move. But, I did. Afterwards, I was always glad that I made the effort to live my life, but the sorrow remained. I'm so glad the Lord brought me out of that particular pain. I'm just the opposite when it comes to helping others and not myself. I'd rather forget about me and dwell on a task, job, or helping others. But, that wasn't good for me. It allowed me to forget for a while, and not address the issue. Either way you lean, you just better make sure it's His shoulder you lean on. Thank you for making me more thankful for today, than yesterday. Blessings!

 
At August 6, 2011 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Rebecca Bany said...

Wonderful post!
www.rebeccabany.com

 
At August 7, 2011 at 3:27 PM , Blogger Judy said...

Hi Wanda,

I, too, am a crier. I've been called cry baby many times. But I'm not ashamed of it. Crying is good for the soul.

And yes, I have cried and have been in deep pain while sowing into others lives. It is NOT easy, but through much prayer God got me through and now I'm reaping the blessings. Halleluja!!

Judy

 
At August 8, 2011 at 1:21 PM , Blogger Mike said...

Just been reading Nehemiah and how he wept for Jerusalem... but it all ended in the most glorious celebration!

 
At August 9, 2011 at 2:07 AM , Blogger Alida said...

This past year of ministry for us has been one of grieving. We are caught in between our loss of leaving Russia and our new life here in Belize. We left behind people we dearly loved and served for five years. I can totally relate to serving through tears.

 
At August 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM , Blogger Shanda said...

Wanda, I LOVE this. I want to never be so consumed by myself and my sorrow so as not to serve another.

 
At August 10, 2011 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Sharon said...

Wanda, this was so beautiful. I have recently found myself in a season of weeping, and it's been difficult some days to function. And yet, I still hear the still, small voice speaking through my tears - "Peace, I am here."

I loved your thought - "your coming back will not be the same as your going out." That's my heartfelt prayer.

GOD BLESS!

 

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