Monday, October 11, 2010

Do You Cry Easily?

Dyan at Deviant Art
Do you cry easily?  Or are you more composed and hold yourself back?

Typically, I've been the latter.  That doesn't mean I don't feel emotions but I'm not the type to just suddenly start tearing up and crying.  

After all, I come from a heritage of Vikings!

And I worked as a nurse for many years.  We were taught to keep our emotions intact in my training.

At the beginning of 2010, I prayed that this would be the year I learned to ...trust and obey God.

God is answering my prayer. 

As I'm learning to trust the Lord, He is peeling back the layers of self-protection that I've placed over my heart.  And as a result, my heart is becoming more tender.

Those layers of protection were preventing me from truly giving and receiving love.

Yes, there's more risk of being hurt but I know it's worth it.  After all, I am trusting my heart to the Lord.

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How about you?  Do you cry easily or are you more reserved with your emotions? 

This is all new for me so I really want to know.


Blessings and love,

30 comments:

  1. I do cry easily (being a Melancholy personality type). I can tear up over a Hallmark commercial! lol!

    But because I cry easily I find I avoid people and events that I know will cause me to be emotional. It also makes it hard to watch certain movies with my family because it doesn't take much to set me off and they think it's funny. sigh....

    And I do get choked up whenever I hear the national anthem.

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  2. As I'm learning to trust the Lord, He is peeling back the layers of self-protection that I've placed over my heart. And as a result, my heart is becoming more tender.

    I totally agree with your comment... Its all in learning to TRUST THE LORD!

    Loved the way you revealed your heart!

    Hugs,

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  3. I cry at the drop of a hat. I am
    a very sensitive person who feels
    things so deeply. If a see someone
    cry, whether I know them or not, I
    tear up or cry. I have always been
    this way. My family says I am just
    too emotional. I say this is the
    way God made me. I would rather be
    too sensitive than cold and unable
    to feel for others. And as Cindy
    said, I also cry if a commercial
    hits me just so--especially if it
    has anything to do with a child or
    an animal.
    Hugs,
    Sandy
    Oh, yeah--love your viking costume!!

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  4. Hi sweet friend, Sorry it's been so long since I visited. I loved this post Debbie and I'm right there with you in regards to walling off our hearts to protect them. I often bury my emotions, the pain and grief but am trying not to build those walls anymore.
    Thank you for sharing this today.
    Hugs and lots of love,
    Noreen

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  5. Hello Sweet Debbie,

    I just wanted to pop in - to say hello. I haven't posted in a while... but that doesn't mean I haven't thought about you! And prayed for you!

    To answer your question: I'm kinda like you. I'm not one to let loose and cry my eyes out at any given moment - but I am learning to open myself up more. Also like you, I'm beginning to understand that while it can leave us vulnerable and exposed - it's worth it.

    Love that pic of you! LOL.

    Thanks for the encouragement. I'm thankful for you.

    Love and Hugs,
    Katie :)

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  6. Debbie:

    This is a good question, and I find that I am both... I don't cry that often, but when I do, it's a good solid cry! I do tear up when things move me though, which is a lot, and can be as random as a tv commercial or hearing a college football band play (U.T.), or seeing our flag and hearing the anthem, and mostly, when I hear a good testimony of how God changed someone's life. So, yeah, I guess I do cry. The most I cried was when my parents died... that seemed to go on and on for a LONG time!

    Smiling today though! :)

    Hugs!

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  7. I do cry easily but I can also be conserative with my emotions. I have a hard time showing people I care.

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  8. I'm a little reserved with emotions around people outside my family.

    Love those verses! :)

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  9. I have been told many times by many people form teachters to bosses to friends to family that I am sensitive. Implied that that is a "bad thing". I happened to think that it is good to be able to empathize whether that's over a TV show or a blog I'm reading. Oh I can cry. But I do wish I could let certain things roll off my back more...

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  10. I won't let myself cry easily. I've always been one to try to hold it in. But I've asked the Lord to change my heart also. Kind of a scary prayer to pray. But I believe He's working on it.

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  11. My tears fall like rain during my morning prayer time with God, then I'm usually able to face the day tear-free unless something dramatic would happen. So glad He is working in your life. blessings, bobbi

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  12. Oh, my goodness, I can cry with the best of them and I find it to be so theraputic. I'm not a pretty "crier" either, my husband says I am just pitiful looking after I've had a good cry. :o) I truly believe that folks that do not/can not cry are truly missing out on a blessing. I do not usually cry all that often but when I do, I make it worth my while.

    Abundant blessings to you!

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  13. I think I might be a little like Sonja. I tear up FREQUENTLY and EASILY. It can be something as simple as my neice coming up the asile a couple of weeks ago or an old episode of Little House on the Prairie, or even some music, and ALWAYS if someone else starts up, haha. But a real cry? Not as easily or as often. And usually in private. Or at least only in front of loved ones I truly trust. This was an interesting post and honestly not something I have given much thought to. I will check back later and see what else others have had to say. I am interested too. HUGS, Deb

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  14. I never used to cry at movies (or commercials). I'm a true choleric and didn't have time for that nonsense!! But then I had a child...and everything changed. Susanna, even while in the womb, changed my perspective on love, and protection, and she brought me to a closer understanding of God. God sent His Son to die! I wept at everything once I got that concept! I now even cry during the praise part of praise and worship at church! Haha.

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  15. The Lord is so good, isn't He, Debbie. I am glad He is peeling back the layers to open your heart ever so tenderly. A few years ago He began to teach me to trust and obey, and I continue to walk this path to the best of my ability, knowing it really comes from Him.

    I am normally a cryer, and although I don't cry at the drop of a hat, I don't hold it back. I know this may sound silly, but I take some meds for pain that I think actually keep me from crying when I could use a good cry. But when I do cry, the flood gates open, and it feels so good (eventually).

    YOu have truly named your blog appropriately, and I learn from you every time I visit.

    Love and hugs to you, friend,
    Laurie

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  16. Oh gosh, yes! Sometimes I get embarrassed when the tears start flowing and I can't help it. It's worse now than ever before because of this darn menopause. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I truly want to be less emotional.

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  17. I cry easily. Ask my kids, when I would read them books on inspirational lives, we would have to stop so that I could compose myself.

    They are also use to seeing me weep in service during praise and worship. It isn't rare for my time with Lord to end in tears....I have been told I am like the "weeping prophet".

    I think it has helped through our hardship because I have learned to get it out.

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  18. dear debbie,

    when you asked, "do you cry easily," i
    almost burst into tears. does that
    answer your question?

    i cry during church, when i hear lovely
    songs or see beautiful paintings, at
    kodak commercials, etc. sheesh, it's
    embarrassing.

    thankfully, my family is used to it.

    and, you are a beautiful viking!

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  19. You can say that I 'wear' my emotions on the sleeve :) ...I tear up very easy, especially when a song gets right to my heart...

    Thanks for sharing from your heart with us.

    Love & peace,
    <>< Iris

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  20. Trusting your heart to Jesus is the best place to be. He always guards it and you can always trust Him.

    Hugs to you sweet one,
    Sara

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  21. Oh yes, I cry easily. A good book, movie, a song. It doesn't take much. But I often cry tears of joy and there are times when I'm so caught up in worship that the tears flow. For instance, we often sing The Revelation Song at church. Everytime I hear the song I feel that I am lifted up to the throne and I can't help but cry.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  22. I'm going through something similar, Debbie. Even as a tiny child I would never cry in public. If I was injured I would not let on until I got home, or someplace private. I wanted no one near me when I felt vulnerable. I've found that holding my emotions in check all these years has made it difficult to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. Being always "in control" meant years of feeling lonely and distant from others. I've learned that back in high school the kids thought I had it all together, that I was poised and confident. The fact is I was suffering one of the darkest times of my life. My control left me comfortless, distant and nearly friendless. A hard shell formed to protect my heart from pain, but keeping pain out also ruled out love, compassion, empathy....etc. God has had to let my heart be broken so that it would be open, to Him and to others.

    God bless you on your quest, Debbie. (BTW I'm no Viking. My mother would have attributed it to "New England Reserve". She was from Maine and lived her life, by and large, in a shell of reserve.

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  23. Beautiful transparency - both in your post and comments! Saying a prayer for all here tonight! May God continue to be all of our strength, comfort, refuge and hope - trusting and obeying in Him with every step we take!

    Love you!
    Jill

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  24. in my own experience I have asked the Lord to help me to control my emotions because I know my daughter is observing me. When a situations arises I want her to see that mommy instead of crying got on her knees and presented it to the Lord and waited on HIM. Please don't get me wrong all in moderation is good as far as I am concerned.

    When I am before the presence of the Lord and I am aware of my frail humanity like you posted on Isaiah 6... that if it wasn't for the Lord's grace and mercy I wouldn't be here does bring me to tears.

    May you continue to allow the Lord to search your heart in this matter.

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  25. Yes, I am the biggest baby. I am glad you are trusting God in your life. That is the best person to trust.

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  26. I tend to cry easily. Then I go through times of extreme numbness and feel far from any emotional feeling. I think these processes are to bring balance in my life because I was always too emotional.

    My favorite tears are when they are from my spirit... because I love Him and He loves me.

    Bless you on this precious part of your journey. He will break down the walls, one brick at a time. Being vulnerable is a precious thing, when you have placed your heart in His hands.

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  27. Currently I'm in a "on the verge of tears" season. My heart has become more tender as I grow older (and closer to Him). But, right now, I think it's more. After going through the tumultuous emotions surrounding my daughters surgery, our move and then some challenges with my eldery parents, I feel like I'm at the end of my rope. But, I know that God will pull me through. What I am going through right now has some purpose...and like you suggested, it is most likely so I can help others who go through similar things in the future. God is good...all the time. I trust Him completely.

    Living for Him, Joan

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  28. Sweet sis, I cry very easily. I am such an emotional person.

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  29. Dear Debbie! Yes, I cry very, very easily! How thankful that we have the Lord to lean on! There are times that I wish that I could hold my emotions in check...but at least when I may feel a bit weak from an emotional event, day or whatever time frame...it is such a blessing to know I can turn to Him for strength and comfort.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Hope to get caught up on some blog reading. I also wanted to let you know that one of your comments was drawn for one of the 20% certificate giveaways towards the art that I do. Please come by or let me know if you are interested.

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  30. Trust and Obey - those lovely words again. I have spent many years caring for both my parents until their passing and now I care for my husband. I have always tried very hard to keep my emotions in check, but as I age, it's easier to let go. A blogger from MD whom I had never met, Marydon @ Blushing Rose, recently shocked me by ringing my doorbell (I'm in GA) just minutes after receiving disheartening news by phone from John's dr. You talk about letting down the walls and crying!!!!!! To think that God set her in motion days before so that she would be here to hold me while I cried is amazing. I pray that God will help me to listen to his prompting and be that same person for someone else in need.

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