Do you know how old your spirit is? What about your child? Grandchildren?
What is your baby’s spirit doing when he/she awakens, inconsolable at 4 a.m.?
Drumroll. . .please.
Age of Spirit
The amazing detail about this is that our children are not age-limited in their ability to grow in relationship with the Father or in wisdom.
So, that’s the quest we’ve been on–learning how to develop the spirit because we are all children of the Father, even if we are parents or grandparents. From there, learning and implementing how to best nurture and develop the spirits of our children.
There’s a whole section of Perfect Peace devoted to unique details of recognizing and parenting spirit reactions in our children.
When we first had our sons, I began searching for material on how to recognize and handle spirit reactions. I couldn’t find the book I was looking for. In our journey, we met Arthur Burk who trailblazed understanding of the human spirit and nurturing the spirits of babies in the womb. From this point, I understood the Father had been teaching me about the very subject I was searching for!
Pure Joy was co-authored with Arthur Burk and is an entry level book into nurturing the spirits of babies in the womb, although the subjects that are addressed are not age-specific. So, adults use this book as well. It makes a great shower gift for new mothers as it is an easily digestible book on the concept of nurturing the spirit.
Awake at 4 a.m.?
“Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” (Psalm 8:2, KJV) The NIV states “ordained praise.”
Almost two year old Victoria* awoke inconsolable at 4 a.m. For parents with demanding work and school schedules, an interrupted sleep schedule makes a long day almost unbearable.
Thankfully, they had nurtured Victoria’s spirit, and so they figured something was going on besides her strong will to be up and at the day, or a tantrum to see her parents ahead of her brothers.
They soldiered through. Come to find out, Victoria’s grandmother, and several perceptive believers were all awakened at 4 a.m. that same day which turned out to be a day attacks occurred in Jerusalem in 2015.
Even little Victoria, young though she is, could perceive in the realm of the spirit, and awoke crying for Jerusalem. The Father “ordained strength” through her spirit’s cries.
As adults, we often cope with sleeplessness or early awakenings. So many of those are calls to prayer. Sometimes we know what we’re called to pray for, and sometimes not (we can always pray YOUR KINGDOM come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven), but the Father is calling the children and infants to prayer as well.
Parents who embrace the learning curve to nurture their children’s spirits will address these situations in a different—and more effective way.
copyright, Crystal Wade, 2016
We have a blessed-spirited daughter who is three. We have spent three years trying to help her sleep through the night. The only pattern we’ve been able to find is that on days she is away from me, she almost always cries during the night and needs to reconnect with me. But she does the same thing other random nights, too, and it is almost always at 4am. Our six-month-old blessed-spirited baby has done better with nights than her big sister. In fact, some nights, the baby sleeps through the night while her big sister wakes us up!
Do you have any good strategies or ideas? Before she was born it was prophesied that she has an Anna anointing for intercession, and the older she gets the more that seems to be true. So I don’t mind if she prays all night, but I need to sleep!
Blessings to your family! I well relate to this pain of sleeplessness with blessed spirited children–and YES you do need to sleep too. Many factors can be in the mix. 1. secure borders–confessing the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and taking authority over the home and property in evening prayers. 2. emotional comfort needs–playing quiet, worshipful music in the rooms to calm them (our audio album Perfect Peace is set to music peaceful enough to be played while sleeping. disclaimer: some do wake up at first because the spirit gets excited and alert when it’s spoken “I speak to your spirit,” but it could be tested at nap time.) 3. Rose essential oil on the feet to help relax. 4. speaking to their spirits (until it sticks)–Daughter, I speak to your spirit that nighttime, all hours of it, are made for sleeping and rest. So, be in communication with your Heavenly Father in the nighttime, but take leadership over your soul and body, and help them stay in a rest state. You will not miss anything, your parents need to sleep too, and your Heavenly Father is listening to you. You are safe, you are loved, you are cared for, all through the night, even when Mom is in her own bed. 5. Speak the Name of Adonai Kaddesh (Lev. 22:32) over her–the Lord who sanctifies–and pray that her trust be made solid in Him–this gives Him room to set her apart from any darkness that may be troubling her that her spirit can discern which she has no language for yet.
Thank you for all the good suggestions. We’re trying several, and will try more. There just aren’t a lot of resources available for parents who have blessed the spirits of their children. Maybe we need someone to start a research station to begin noting patterns and solutions, etc. Or perhaps that’s kind of what you’re already doing. Blessings!
Welcome! I’ve been praying for light for specific release of sleep for you both. It’s deep in the hearts of mothers to know that their children are connected to their emotions. . .which does provide tension when we mothers need to process too (or sleep or take a rest break). It would be helpful to take a try on explaining to her spirit that the Holy Spirit is always available to comfort her even when she is separated from you, and then to invite her to re-connect her emotions to Him, while asking the Father to gently help her do so. As far as resources for the parents who’ve blessed their children’s spirits, there is no other specific resource available on the market than Pure Joy and Perfect Peace, the books. Perfect Peace has, in addition to the blessing chapters, sections specifically for parents of these big-spirited children, as well as appendices with prayer portions (in the store at http://www.hopestreams.net). We’ll also be adding sections to the newsletter for parents as well.