Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the heartbroken and He saves those who are crushed in spirit”

When the spirit of a child is crushed or wounded, everything about them is affected, especially his or her ability to communicate and interact with family and friends. During life’s journey if our spirits are wounded, we withdraw into a protective mode and do everything we can to avoid further hurt or pain. Its like having the wind knocked out of you. Anyone who has played sports knows how that feels. When that happens, it’s all about trying to get the next breath.

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds”

When we are ministering to someone with a crushed spirit, we are made to know in the spirit the walls that have been erected to keep people at a distance so they can’t see the hurt inside or cause further harm. The person begins to withdraw emotionally, and you can even see manifestations of the spirit wounds physically in their body language. The lines of communion with the Holy Spirit have shut down and most training and spiritual growth comes to a halt. Religious advice won’t help at that moment because it’s often “a little bit of nothing” or a “whole lot of too much” that speaks to the head and not the heart…. (This is an excerpt from “The Normal Christian Family” that I hope to release in 2020.