Today's reading

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. –Psalm 34:18 NLT

April 12, 2023

Crushed in Spirit

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. –Psalm 34:18 NLT

Are you aware that numerous men and women of the Bible struggled with sadness? Yes, God-believing people experienced depressed feelings, emotional grief, and times of despair. The following are just a few examples: Moses asked God to take his life (Numbers 11:10-15). Job cursed the day of his birth (Job 3:1-26). Hannah grieved because she was childless for many years (1 Samuel 1:1-16). Hagar sobbed in the desert as her son was about to die (Genesis 21:15-16). For a variety of reasons, these people felt desperate; but God loved and helped each one. If you’re feeling crushed in spirit, know that God cares. He knows what you’re facing and longs to help you through it. Let Him into your area of hurt. Allow His Spirit and Word to comfort you. Reach out and let others encourage you along the way. Brighter days will transpire as you place your hope in the Lord and take the step(s) He asks you to take.

prayer focuses

Father God, my soul is troubled. I pray that You will restore me to wholeness so I can live the joyful life You offer.

Fill me with Your Spirit, Lord, so I can arise from this state of gloominess and receive Your joy and peace.


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Barbara Alpert

Barbara is a wife, mother, and grandma who seeks to love the LORD with all her heart, soul & strength. She has authored several books for adults and children. She enjoys mentoring other writers and seeing them turn their manuscripts into published masterpieces for God's glory. She believes that every person has a God-story within them to be told and shared.