Sometimes you just have to cry

Every once in a while I get down in the dumps, not often, and sometimes I can’t even figure out why. The past few days have been like that. Unfortunately I know what is weighing me down right now, and it makes me want to curl up and cry. I think we all go through times like that, hopefully they pass quickly. Hopefully those times don’t roll around very often. I know this time will pass. I am praying for strength and patience and guidance.

When I sat down to write my devotion, I really didn’t know what I wanted to say, what was on my heart. Well I found a note that I received from one of my church family sisters. Please know that I do not think women have the market on being sad, being happy or any emotion in between, but selfishly this spoke to me. I hope it speaks to you as well, and know that whether you are a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister, a cousin, uncle or aunt- this is for you. God gave us all the strength to get through the tough times.

A little boy asked his mother, "Why are you crying?" "Because I'm a woman," she told him.

"I don't understand," he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will."

Later the little boy asked his father, "Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?"

"All women cry for no reason," was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry...

Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, "God, why do women cry so easily?"

God said,


"When I made the woman she had to be special.

I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.

I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.

I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.

I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.

I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.

I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.


And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed."

"You see my son," said God, "the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides."


Maureen Herzog

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Linda Berner wrote:
Thanks for your devotional! I loved the tribute to women!!

Sun, July 14, 2013 @ 5:53 PM

2. DaCareus Andrews wrote:
Thanks And May God Spirit Continue To Flow..

Mon, October 7, 2013 @ 7:26 PM

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