Object lessons.  Object lessons are used to teach Bible truths to children and adults.  We all learn a bit differently.  It helps to have a visual.

I have used them often over the years.  Even recently I used an object lesson to teach about how the Holy Spirit gives gifts but we often do not “unwrap” these gifts, either out of fear, or apathy, or just not understanding it really is to be used not just look pretty sitting on the shelf or in the bottom of the closet.

One of my favorite verses of scripture is from the Psalms.  Psalm 56:8 says, “ Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?”

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I am a weeping willow.  The waterworks turn on and off at will:  They have a mind of their own.  I told a friend of mine who is not a believer about all my tears being stored in a bottle in heaven and the response was, “You don’t have a bottle, you have a vat!”  True that!

I rejoice in the fact the Lord loves me so!

Are you hurting today?  Are the tears flowing like a river down your sweet face?  The Father sees each and every tear and He catches them, stores them in His bottle with your name on it and He will redeem every single one!    Tears to diamonds?  He turned water into wine.  He took five loaves and two fish and fed 5000!

I read once, “Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy.  Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.”

In fact, an article posted by beliefnet (http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/beyondblue/2011/02/7-ways-tears-and-crying-heal.html)

states the “seven healing properties of tears.”  Look at this impressive list:

  • Tears remove toxins
  • Tears lower stress levels
  • Tears build community
  • Tears release feelings
  • Tears kill bacteria
  • Tears elevate mood
  • TEARS HELP US SEE! (emphasis mine-because when you clear the toxins, lower the stress, release the feelings, gather a community of understanding, and improve the mood, suddenly the world looks less scary and we can hear God speak in His still small voice and see what He is up too.)

Scripture authenticated this thousands of years ago!  Just do a google search of scriptures on tears and be astounded.
The past week was emotionally difficult.  My bestie from high school became a grandmother, a soul sister was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, the home I shared with the officer and gentleman was shown by a realtor, and I experienced a flare-up of my autoimmune disorder causing pain in my joints making writing, typing, handwork, and opening cans difficult and me especially “sensitive.”  Yep, been some tears of joy, sorrow, frustration, and pain.  So, I am beyond thankful to know my heavenly Father caught EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

Jesus cried tears and sweat drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane.  After He cried out,  an angel came to STRENGTHEN Him!  God caught the tears of Jesus.  AND………………..

He will catch yours too!  Let them flow sisters (and brothers)………….there is healing in these God-given drops of grace.

Treading in tears,

Yvonne Jones

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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: "big" sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven's gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait.Scriptures number one admonition is "fear not." Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to "tread water til Jesus comes." Something my students often thought I was going to make them do!So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

5 thoughts on “Tears

  1. Judy Faile Day

    Thank you this post today – it is comforting to know that no matter why the tears – they are caught, counted and stored. And we have all shed many many tears in our lifetime.

  2. Yvonne

    Just last evening our soul sister and writer of Takes of a Country Girl released her son into the arms of the Savior. Please join us in holding her arms up as she is weary from the battle and now heartbroken as only a mother can be. Pray for this family and thank our Father for gathering their tears!

  3. Brenda

    I have shed many tears for my great, great nephew who was born with the genetic condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy1. He will be six months old next week. He has a life expectancy of 2-3 years. It pains my heart to think that roughly 1/4 of his life has already been lived. He finally was able to go home a few days ago after nearly a four month hospital stay. Yet, my faith remains strong and I pray for his healing daily. Typing through the tears.

    1. Beth Brown

      Prayers for for our dear sister as she mourns her loss. She is an amazing woman of faith. Prayers also for the precious baby and his family. Prayers and blessings for you as well, Von.


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