A Ministry of Tears

If you cry at the drop of a tissue, you may be surprised to discover God has gifted you with a ministry of tears. Here’s good news for all of us who “weep with those who weep” (and other times too).

71 Responses to A Ministry of Tears

  1. amiee smith February 13, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    let just say this is one of my gifts
    i have been told i should apply for a job at the wailing wall
    or a soap opera
    i rate movies by hakies used…
    tell me more plz

    • Liz Curtis Higgs February 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      Not lots more to share on this, dear Aimee. Some of us are simply made to leak! ;>) Here are the verses I included in the pod cast:
      David confessed, “I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.” (Psalms 6:6).
      The apostle Paul “served the Lord with great humility and with tears” (Acts 20:19).
      The Bible tells us to ‘mourn with those who mourn’ (Romans 12:15), and to ‘comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.’ (2 Corinthians 1:4).
      ‘He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy.’ (Psalms 126:6).
      Hope my message encouraged you, sis!

      • Pamela Gary August 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

        Once again, sweet Liz, you make me feel better. I cry with happiness as well as sadness. I think God allows us to shed tears as a release. Just like a pop off valve in the oil field, it relieves pressure.
        When crying with a friend…ok, even a stranger, it just shows that we’re listening and caring. Empathy and sympathy. It’s the same when we laugh with them. Putting on their burdens or joys. I don’t try to hide those tears or keep them from flowing. God gave them to me and I allow them to wash over me and ease a broken heart or enjoy the joy.
        Thank you for your wisdom and your ministry. I am such a fan and am thankful to call you my sister in Christ.
        Love, Pam

        • Pat March 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

          Wow. I have never thought of my crying as a ministry. My tears really flow when I pray. Some worship music will also touch my emotions too. Thank you for explaining what is going on in my heart. I usually get embarrassed because my nose swells so badly. I call it a holy spirit allergy!

      • Robin April 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

        I’m so encouraged by this message. I was Baptized on March 17th at the age of 59 and I couldn’t stop crying….the tears just flowed. And I am joyous with the rebirth in my soul and my constant improving to be pleasing to God. These verses blessed me greatly as I feel like I’m right where I should be in my humility. Thank You for your uplifting of all women and men….Bless You

    • Gloria Doerman March 11, 2015 at 7:56 am #

      Dear Liz:

      Thank you for your message ” Ministry of Tears” . The greatest example of this is my husband Phil. Before he knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior, he was a tough guy. But when the Lord got hold of him, he became a weeper. He cried very easily when he talked about the Lord-especially when he prayed. When you came to Faircreek Church in Fairborn Ohio last October, my husband Phil was listening from the back of the church. Your stories brought tears to his eyes. That was one of the last times he was able to come to church. He went home to be with the Lord Nov. 25, 2014. Thank you for sharing the fact that tears can be a blessing that God gives to special people. Phil was one of those people.

      Gloria Doerman
      Faircreek Church
      Fairborn, Ohio

    • Lynda Hardesty March 13, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      I always have tissues in my purse! In our Bible study we often need to pass the around. A friends once told me they would not set with me and another friend because they didn’t want to be caught in the flood.

    • Linda March 13, 2015 at 10:34 am #

      Love this! I too am a weeper.

  2. Melody February 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Wow. I thought somehow that I was the only one who leaked lavishly. In fact, I have begun to tell people that I’m afraid of the consequences of all these tears. If God stores all of them in a bottle, the volume I have shed in the last year will potentially keep someone out of heaven – no room at the inn with Melody’s tear vats full up! Thank you for the reminder that we can give everything to our God, even our tears, and that He can use salty waterworks for His purposes, too…

    • Liz Curtis Higgs February 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      Isn’t it wonderful to know our tears count to God? No worries: heaven has room for all those bottles…and for us too! Sure appreciate your words of encouragement, Melody.

      • Della Gorrell March 28, 2015 at 11:25 am #

        I lost your email to me about tears, and this morning I wanted to study more about that, but alas I could not find Ministry of Tears, but I found the video and so I got the verses… I have been weeping since I can remember, first because I was unwanted as a child then. That also started a tear of angry, and even today if I am upset and begin to cry look out.. but it is great to know I am not alone and my tears do flow on my pillow at night when I think of the sins I have committed and have watched my family walk down that same destructive path, but I rely on the passage in Acts:16-31 If I believe in the LORD JESUS CHRIST I will be saved me and my HOUSEHOLD… and I thank HIM for adopting me into HIS family… Thanks Liz. GOD BLESS YOU…

    • Linda February 17, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      I, too, leak lavishly. I’m thinking I’m going to have a house on the lake of tears in heaven. Sounds like we might be neighbors! Haha!

      • Liz Curtis Higgs February 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

        Oh, me too. With a dock, please! God bless you, Linda, for listening and commenting.

  3. Patti February 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    No kidding? I have always been very emotional. Lots of tears, for me, for you, for your loved one as the Lord moves with compassion. I am glad you mentioned this because I get condemnation for being overly emotional. I have finally accepted that that is just the way I am and others who don’t understand it are not my judges and that doesn’t mean I am defective. Thanks for letting us know. Is there something in the Bible that talks about this specifically, please?

    • Liz Curtis Higgs February 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      You won’t find the phrase “ministry of tears” in Scripture, Patti. That’s just a Lizzie thing. ;>) But Romans 12:15 (NASB) does tell us, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” That’s why I believe with all my heart that one way we minister to one another is to cry with someone who is crying. It says without a word, “I am with you. I understand. I care. You are not alone.” Compassion is SUCH an important aspect of ministry. Clearly he has blessed you with that gift!

  4. Nicole Doran May 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Yes ! My tears came after I watch the 700 club and they had a certian topic about Autism. I think I cry the whole show and pray for the tears to stop. I then was told by a friend that it is the spirt moving through me. Can the spirt move thought tears just by hearing stories of these kids? What could I do for them when my Kids have Autism also?

  5. Evangeline May 26, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I have cried, for years. But depression turns you inward, and God can not comfort you if you are such. But I know his is always there and when I could not reach his spirit. He held me with his hands.

  6. sandra shaw June 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Going thru depression is so hard !Tears come os often. Reading your answers helps me also.And I thank you.

  7. Rose Marie Coy June 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Liz, I was at the Gull Lake Womens Conf. yesterday [Friday] and was so moved by your talks. I went out today to find at least one of your books and found many. What would you suggest I start with? Thank you for your inspiration.

  8. Michelle Funke August 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Wow! You and I must be twins or something! Everyone knows me as the crier! My husband jokes that I just have a lot of water inside my head… Thank you for putting words to this!

  9. Laura August 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Wow, great to hear I’m not the only crier(sp?). I’d rather laugh though!

  10. Susan September 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    I always kid that I cry at the Hallmark commercials, but it more than that and it is nice to know that I am not alone. I cry for those that are sad and cry because of the sorrow they have and that they need to know they are not alone. I cry at happy occasion’s such as wedding as I share in the joy of love and new own babies or maybe good new. I cry whether I am there or is is on the TV. I cry in church when the message moves metro tears because of God’s grace. It is feels good to cry tears of joy or sorrow and to share those tears with others.

  11. Barb September 26, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    What a blessing to know I’m not the only ‘greeter’ as we say in scotland.I was so embarrassed when this first started, but now just take a box of tissues with me when I move to a new church etc.A friend of mine recently was told by her pastor,when she was moved to tears by the message….is that you greetin again……..she was very hurt and has since left that church, we are now prayer partners and regularly weep for the ones we pray for ,draining but cleansing!!!!!! twice now I have had times of holy laughter pour over me so maybe they go together and keep me balanced???thanks for continuing to be an encourager to your sisters worldwidexxxx

  12. Tammy Vanella January 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you for putting such a positive spin on what it’s like to be a sensitive person. I’ve always been sensitive – not emotional – but sensitive. I was taught to believe it is an undesirable a sign of weakness and was often called “over sensitive” by family. So, I learned to toughen that part of me up. But when I am tenderized by the pain and suffering of others (man and beast alike) I become a wall of tears on their behalf. Over the years, I have seen how God has used that part of me to minister through acts of compassion for others. I still have to fight against the old recorded voices telling me what a ridiculous thing it is to weep so readily at the pain and suffering of others. But I am grateful for how God has grown me up in this. It’s why I went on to become a Chaplain and a mentor for women and it is who God has created me to be – tough as nails with a heart of flesh. Thank you for your tenderness! <3

  13. Angie Webb February 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I am loving the podcasts. Learning so much from the words you speak. God Bless you, Liz. Thanks for the words of encouragement you give others.

  14. Pam October 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi Liz,

    A friend of mine texted me during our service this last Sunday. I had been asked to share a story, that was ultimately a blessing to a ministry. Before I could speak a word, I started tearing, which is normal. Afterward, I saw his message, telling me he had just been to a conference were a ministry of tears was discussed. He has similar “issues”. His text touched me. I have actually gone to counseling to see if I could fix my mainline response to just about any emotion. I have always thought of my crying, not as a weakness, because I recognize the tenderness behind it, but more perhaps as something stemming from my disfunctional family of origin. I’ve always wanted to get a handle on it. This is a different perspective, that I relish looking at. I’d still like to get a handle on it, because 1. It gets in the way of communication at times, and 2. It’s often painful and I think unnecessarily so.

    Anyway, your blog came up from my googling, and I wanted to share my thoughts, so fresh from this weekend. My friend is a twin brother from different mothers. I love that he felt my tears, and responded so quickly.

  15. Phyllis November 22, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    I don’t think anyone should feel foolish for crying. Rejoice over the fact you can cry.
    I once determined I would not cry in front of anyone. This was a very bad move. Even after God reveled his truth to me and I could not cry. I began to pray for tears. I am grateful for tears today. A hard heart shut off from Gods love is not a good place to be.
    Praise God for your tears, I do. God cares about our tears. He keeps them in a bottle. Ps. 56:8,9. God bless.

  16. Debbie March 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Richard Foster’s book, “Prayer,” has a chapter, entitled “The Prayer of Tears,” that was so helpful to me when, after repentance, grace flooded my soul, and now I seemingly cannot stop tears that come on like a flood. I have learned (for the most part) to let them flow. My face is wet and I let it go. If someone asks me why am I teary, I can use it as an opportunity to say, “My Lord has touched my soul. He’s given me grace, and forgiveness. I love him.” Thanks, Liz, for sharing that you also are “afflicted” with tears. What a wonderful affliction. The times that I have been embarrassed by them, my sweet daughter-in-love will say, “Don’t be ashamed. I wish I had what you have.” Now you know how I am praying for her!!! “Lord, may she be so “afflicted”!!!”

  17. Linda March 11, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    Thank you Liz. I also have a hard time with the tears. I actually had stopped watching TV for years because everything made me cry. Happy, sad, fear.. People say “You are just too sensitive”. I have tried to toughen up. The silliest things bring the tears. For example: I was standing behind a man in line in the grocery store. He was a big man not very easy to look at, young ,not neat in appearance. I watched him and for no reason I started with the tears. I imagined him to be in my mind and heart he was lonely. If I was not married I would have spoke to him.. just a kind a word but I was scared. I cry now just thinking about it. Silly.. but its comforting to know I am not the only one with the uncontrollable water works.. happy, sad or even from imaginary illusions..lol
    Love you Liz!

  18. Felicia March 11, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I am an almost 50 year old Pastoral Counseling student, seeking ordination, and a LEAKER! I was told by a therapist of the secular kind that this is a stumbling block that I must learn to control. Now I see it in a while new way. I am very grateful for you!
    PS: It would be wonderful if you could share your scripture findings on leaking 🙂

  19. Paula Timpson March 11, 2015 at 7:50 am #

    Tears are very healing gift of God!!!

  20. Jeanne Romig March 11, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    I too cry easily which never bothered me. But I cry so easily when I pray. We think of it as weakness instead of a blessing.
    I thank God for a tender heart, and pray I use it for Him.

  21. Brenda Thurman March 11, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    I don’t go to some movies or watch some movies because I cry easily. Or when I sat in church and when some songs are sung I try to think of something else so I won’t cry. I am so embarrassed when I cry. So embarrassed. So I try to hold my tears in .

  22. Sherry March 11, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    I have been a person who can cry very easily for as long as I can remember. I was walking down the aisle at my wedding on my Dad’s arm and weeping uncontrollably. My Dad was so embarrassed and so was I. I feel now that God had filed me with the Holy Spirit blessing the marriage that was 39 years ago. I was told indirectly at a former church by a Sunday teacher that Emotions are NOT of God. Boy I wish I had all the verses back then that I know now. I still cry when the Lord moves over me, but ..A year ago we found out that I have a seizure disorder. Found out that some of me emotions were from this disorder caused from stress. The medication has stopped a lot of the emotions. But I know cry and remember why I am crying because the Lord Jesus shows me it is his perfect will as you said Liz ” to comfort the hurting women and ladies who need prayed over” I scan the church for hurting woman and talk to them and Pray for them. Oh thank you so much Lord for these other wonderful Ladies and Speaking through Liz for all of Us.

  23. Nina Gerace March 11, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Thank you
    I always tease that no one cries alone when I am around.
    Seriously, I leak all over the place.
    I teach large group in the children’s Sunday school, and consider it a success if I get through it without tears. I tell the kiddos, here come Miss Nina’s tears again…It is usually during the Bible story, I get so overcome with the enormity of it all I think, and how important it is for the kiddos to get it, I think…or maybe it is just my style.
    I cry when I pray, I cry at silly sappy moments in movies and tv shows, I mean when no one else would think of crying, I seriously don’t know why I bother to put on mascara some days.
    Any how, it is cool that I am not the only one who does this
    How cool that it was gifted to me by God! Awesome

  24. Linda March 11, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Just wanted to share something beautiful that God showed me not too long after I was saved (at the age of 54). I could not get enough of the Bible but all I did was cry each time I read it. I wanted the joy that I had seen in others at the church where I was saved, but that joy eluded me. But one day, as I was reading in Jeremiah about Jeremiah going down to the potter’s house and the clay was marred in the hands of the potter so he was making it into a new vessel, the Lord showed me that in order for the clay to be shaped, it must be moist…..hardened clay cannot be shaped. My tears were keeping me moist so that the Potter could remake me! Oh, don’t you know I really cried then! Tears of joy! I will NEVER be ashamed when my tears flow because each time I remember He is shaping me! Blessings to you, Liz!

    • Dotty March 11, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

      Thanks for sharing about the potter, that the clay needs to be moistened to shape it. I cry in church, while singing, praying, reading, when happy, sad, even excited. You name it! I love your point!

  25. jane a. fennell March 11, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    Good morning… so enjoyed your comments regarding tears and all the other replies…. I, too, can tear up immediately when I hear things of sadness, joy, and whatever stirs something up inside of me… I just think it is of the Lord also….

    I had two first cousins that have gone to be with the Lord now that were just like me….one a male and one female. My most precious one told me that she thought the Lord put our bladders behind our eyes because we tear up so quickly…. Doesn’t embarrass me at all… am thankful that I can “feel” for others.

    Blessings to you and your wonderful ministry.. Jane, Memphis, TN

  26. Peggy March 11, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    Oh what a beautiful thought! I wish I could cry or shed tears but I can’t any more. When my first husband walked out and divorced me after 30 years of marriage I cried buckets and prayed till my knees bled. But God had other plans for me. I remarried a few years later and have been in this marriage almost 19 years. God has blessed me with a good man and we are getting old together very happily. As happy as we can be with the aging bodies we have.
    But tears no longer come for me. Sometimes I wish they would like when I hear a beautiful song in church, when someone gets baptized and other times. I feel so blessed at these times but no tears.
    I could write a book here, sorry. Your messages bless me Ms Higgs so please keep on doing what God has blessed you with because you are reaching others with Gods blessings.

    • Amber Paulsen March 11, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

      Peggy, I read your comment and want to let you know I’m praying for you, that you are able to shed tears. Tears of joy, and tears of love. God bless you, friend! You are super loved by God and others.

    • Ann March 12, 2015 at 7:36 am #

      I too wish I could even cry. I have truely mourned the fact that I couldn’t cry. I love my Lord with every ounce of my being. Unfortunately, I was raised by a mom that could beat us nearly to death and then threaten to beat me again if I cried. I have so stuff my feelings so long that I have even prayed that God would heal and soften my heart. I have just experienced one of the hardest things of my life with the loss of a “friend” finding out she had been pursuing and propositioning my husband of 39 years. I couldn’t even cry over that as bad as I wanted to cry and thought it would make me feel better.
      No, I just “pick myself up by my bootstraps” and keep moving! Praying a lot and thanking God that He is constantly preserving my marriage! But, not crying.
      It’s awful not to be able to cry. So ladies, relish in your tears that God has allowed you to be so tender. I’m jealous!

  27. Penny March 11, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Thank-you for sharing this Liz.

    Your words are always a great comfort to me. I will remember that this is a gift that we have been given and for that I am grateful.

  28. Judi Courter March 11, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    What joy in hearing this!!! I have always said I could be a professional wailer!!! Throughout the years, I have realized how blessed I am. I have learned that the depth of my feeling of pain for others is equaled by the depth of my love for them. I am grateful that I am able to love that deeply. Blessings and love . . . Judi

  29. Kelly March 11, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Liz, I have been seeking to find what the Holy Spirit has given me as a gift and now I know. I apparently feel things very deeply and when I am in church and the message speaks to me (which is most of the time), I find myself weeping like a baby. I feel so happy in his presence and am so proud everyday to say that I am a child of God and that his is my Abba. If tears are my gift and I can feel compassion for others in that way then let them flow.

  30. jaime March 11, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    So beautifully stated! I am a total crier. My little guy went in his room one night and made me a present. He came back downstairs and said “mommy I made you a weep pad!” At first I thought he meant a Leap Pad because he is very imaginative. He looked at me and said “no mommy its to soak up all those tears.” My response? You guessed it. More tears.

  31. Laura March 11, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Thank you so much! I too have struggled with leaking. But several years ago while reading through John, I came across “Jesus wept”. Having been in church my entire life, I knew this verse and the story of Jesus and Lazarus. But this time, I asked why did Jesus cry? He knew He would be raising Lazarus from the dead and all would be well. So then, why the tears? Then He showed me that He wasn’t crying from sadness, He was crying because of His great compassion for Lazarus’ family and friends who were mourning him. At that point, I decided that if Jesus could cry with compassion, even when He knew Lazarus would live again, so can I! I still cry at the drop of a hat, and I still get embarrased about it, but at least I know I’m in good company! Thanks again, Liz.

  32. Mary Jane Mapes March 11, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    Dear Liz,

    This is the first time I’ve heard of Ministry of Tears (but have been aware that men in the Bible did weep). I’ve cried when overwhelmed with the love of Christ and what He has done and will continue to do in my life. Whether tears of joy or sadness or empathy or….I’m glad that God has given me the gift of feelings …. and I have become aware that whenever the tears fliow, He is always on my mind. So, now I am delighted to know that they are truly a ministry of the heart.

    Thank you for what you are doing to bring the Word to the World – and encourage so many!

  33. Diana March 11, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    With my tissue in hand – yes you made me cry! and thank you!!!

    I weep in church, and in singing, with friends, and now over pod-casts! Recently a friend of mine who is a new Christian was asking me about her weeping episodes; she thought she was going mad. I through my tears as we talked, laughed, and said well if so – I am there first! I said I know somehow this is from the Holy Spirit, and that He uses it to change our hearts to be more like Christ, but I never thought of it as a ministry. So now this older Christian gets to tell a baby new Christian – we gots ourselves a ministry!!! Thank you Jesus for using this too!

    My mom was a weeper too. As I watched her, I was not inspired, in fact she embarrassed me – through my teens. She too was very uncomfortable with herself – no one had told her the good news it was for Jesus, as a ministry. She is now in Glory, and yup probably weeping too! Of course tears of JOY!

    Thank you Mrs. Curtis for your teaching!

    • Diana March 11, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      So sorry, I got your name wrong. Mrs. Higgs.

  34. Lina March 11, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    I have never thought of all those tears as a calling before but I have been told by those that can’t cry that they are a gift…
    I know my calling is Encouragement but I have never thought to incorporate my ability to weep as part of that. In fact, I try hard to keep the weeping to myself. I guess I better rethink that. =)

    thanks Liz!

  35. Kathi March 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    So blessed by this message.
    Another verse which has encouraged me recently is Psalm 56:8:
    You number my wanderings;
    Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?

    I realized that if my tears are so important to the Lord that he would save them in a bottle, then maybe I should not be ashamed of this “ministry of tears.”
    Cheers to tears! 😉

  36. Amber Paulsen March 11, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Beautiful… so beautiful! I really loved this, as always along with all of your other writings I’ve read, Liz. The words in your podcast message were so powerful and helpful to us all. I love the scriptures you shared. It helped me so much. I do cry on a regular basis, usually just the kind that has streaming tears, and having the blow my nose with many Kleenex. It’s easy for me to cry alone, maybe even if my husband is around (and these are normally tears of joy and awe of God’s love and grace). Recently the Lord stirred my heart with deep sadness for the lies in the world people believe (and bondage) and I began sobbing, weeping and saying “Lord use me. Use us as a vessel to show them the truth”. It felt really good to be crying in this way, felt like the Lord was weeping with me. A couple months ago at a group prayer, I began praying over a woman who was there for the first time and she said she had been living at a shelter. As I was praying, I felt like weeping (the sobbing kind), but I held back these sobs and just cried a little bit. I was afraid if I let myself sob people wouldn’t understand me or I would embarrass myself. Maybe I need to be more healed and free of pride in this area. Praying many people hear this amazing, healing message. Praise God!

  37. diane pope March 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    thank you ..I often wondered where I fit in a ministry at last I know

  38. Jannie Ensing March 11, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    Dear Liz:
    I listened with pleasure to your message, if only I could have tears sometimes, I long for them and have no idea why I do not cry easily.
    My question is: can it be a part of my emotions that has been pushed aside so that I am “strong”, because an emotion is a feeling and I have lived for so long wanting to “feel” His presence, and now I just believe it, because He saith so.
    Please I hope you know what I mean, it is hard to explain on paper.
    I so long for Him and His presence. Also am suffering with chronic pain and my husband is not well at all. Love all my sisters in Christ so trymuch. Love your ministry. From Canada Jannie

  39. Debbie B. March 11, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    I don’t understand the “humor” some here have for tears.
    Jesus wept and I believe He wept a lot that’s not recorded
    like the volumes of miracles He did that’s not recorded.
    We live in a society where there are at times plastic people
    who can’t cry or would die if they did shed a tear from pride.
    For those that have tears that comes from their heart
    why are they apologetic?
    Tears are “appropriate” at times and for those who
    are too proud to weep or, possibly are just stone
    hearted then I would never want you as my friend.
    It is an insult to God to take compassion and joke
    about it and even call it a “leek”.
    If God weeps, then I’m with Him, period.

  40. Jo Ann March 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    I am so glad to hear that others out there cry so easy as I do! But I have found that when I do and I share what God has laid on my heart thru my tears and am honest and vulnerable, it has truly blessed others!
    So I will just keep on sharing and crying!
    Jo Ann gard

  41. Janet H March 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

    Most of my life I tried to “keep it together” so I wouldn’t tear up and embarrass myself. Five years or so ago, someone in our house church nick-named us “Church of the Weeping Women.” [You see, I wasn’t the only one!] Sometime last year one of the guys announced that “Church of the Weeping Men” was pretty descriptive, too! We share our hearts, and tears and laughter often follow. We look forward to one day seeing our tears God has so lovingly kept in His bottle. (Psalm 56:8)

  42. Deanna March 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    Wow!! I have been in what seems to be a constant state of tears since January of this year, and no I am not sad or depressed. I basically came to the conclusion that is a combination of entering the season of menopause(or the start of it) and having an 8th grader and going through all the “lasts” last volleyball game on home court, last play at school, etc. We are a small school and have grown to be a close family over the past 9 years so there are a lot of emotions as a new season of life approaches. This past year I over extended myself in ministries and volunteer positions now as they conclude/or as I step down from them I have had a friend praying for me to find the “right” ministry that will count for eternity. Then today up pops the Ministry of Tears and I thought “oh my, surely this was written just for me.” and could not help but wonder could my friends faithful prayers for me becoming to fruition? Only time and God will reveal that answer, for now it seems to be the answer is yes!

  43. Lynden March 12, 2015 at 12:02 am #

    Ever since I was a little child I’ve been empathetic and wept over hurting people and animals. When I was baptised at 14, I remember weeping afterwards and I have done so ever since. When I was in my early 20s I was told I had a gift of tears but needed to learn how to control it. I’ve since learned I have a gift of intercession. It has been a difficult gift as whenever I’m among people, praying, I cry – sometimes I can barely get the words out. I just tell people now that I WILL cry and not to try to comfort me because it is just what I do…(haha).
    But I was reassured by someone close to me that it is a sign of a tender heart/spirit, something God loves. I love the way you phrase it, Liz, a ministry of tears.

  44. CarolAnne March 12, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    While I love hearing your voice, I hope the podcast isn’t going to replace your written word! I, too, am very empathetic. Can walk into a room and if everyone is laughing or crying, I can join right in : ) Christmas commercials are the worst (or best?) Thanks for your teachings, Liz, and am so excited waiting on the Queen of Sheba! xo

  45. Deanna March 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    My pastor says I have a very soft heart for others as I cry very easily. I appreciated that, rather than being told I am too emotional. His statement put a positive aspect to the way I have always been and will probably always be. Thank you for this positive outlook on those of us with leaky eyes.

  46. Janet March 12, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Totally needed to hear this, Liz. Right now I’m sitting outside my dad’s hospital room. He had surgery yesterday that went well and he’ll be going home in a day or so. But today’s been a leaky/weepy day for me. I love thinking that my tears are a ministry& thank you for reminding me that Jesus wept.

  47. Denise March 12, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    I was told years ago at a woman’s retreat that we are all parts of the Body of Christ and I just happened to be one of Christ’s tear ducts! So, now I embrace my tears as a spiritual gift from the Father.

  48. Raquel March 12, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    Dear Liz,

    I thank God and you for A Ministry of Tears.
    I also cry easily and thank God for making me this way!
    I cry at my children’s achievements, accomplishments
    or whey they or someone is happy or sad.
    I cry at sad movies, weddings, when I have my quiet
    time with my Lord and when someone is hurting. I cry during church service, when we sing hymns. Oh , there is so much more to say… Now, I’m getting teary – – again. Thank you sister for your ministry.
    I am continually encouraged and strengthened.
    Thank you for your Christ – like examples.
    May God continue to bless your ministry!
    Hugs and prayers,
    Raquel

  49. Denise Patterson March 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    I just loved this! I never thought of it this way but it makes perfect sense; thank you for the bible verses as well. I am going to share this with my ladies in our life group at church. =)

    Sincerely,
    Denise

  50. Susan G. March 13, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    So awesome Liz! Not only did I love listening to you, but this is ‘my’ subject too. I couldn’t believe how many of these ladies above are ‘weepers too. Maybe we are not in the minority after all.
    I don’t remember ever hearing a message on ‘weepers’ before, and this is great.
    I started weeping when I got pregnant with my first baby. That ‘baby’ is now 42. 🙂 So I guess it’s a life long thing now. 🙂
    I am going to replay this again and again….and share it with my crying ‘sister’ at church. 🙂
    Much love!
    Susan

  51. Martha T. March 14, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    I enjoyed listening to this podcast. I gained new appreciation for those who easily weep.
    I also want to say that I am glad that you keep it short. I unsubcribed to another Bible teacher’s podcasts because they were always long!

  52. a March 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    I do this……..cry easily with strangers. You know it’s ok . Thank you Liz for bringing this up – we all need one another in many ways. God bless all you ladies who weep and mourn with others !

  53. Jeanne March 25, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    I enjoyed the podcast, and reading all the comments. To most I could say, “Me too!” I always was crying as a child. But that was mostly a pride thing. Cry because someone hurt my feelings. Cry because I was being put at the center of attention and being uncomfortable with that. So many other reasons. So much crying my uncle nicknamed me Puddles, which whould set off fresh showers when he would use that name. When I became an adult, I hardened myself so I did not cry so much. Then I was saved. There have been many timesmin different churches where I feel like an oddball because something has touched my heart, but apparently I am the only one who would be touched the whole service. I am glad now to be part of a church where it isn’t a defect!

  54. Bobbi Wineberg March 29, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    Guilty. I cried this morning at church, overwhelmed about how God has grown our mission church from 4 to 26 today. It has taken almost 5 years of praying and tears and listening to lost people pour out their painful stories and past to see them coming to Jesus.For the first time we had live music with a guitar and drums. We had a free garage sale and ministered to 50 families with some pouring out stories of hurt. I can on be humbled that God has taken my heart and is changing it so others can see and believe that they are loved by God and cared for by us. I cry more for others than me and I know now that’s a blessing.

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