For those with a loved in prison, waiting for their release can be exhausting. You get tired of being the only parent, the only income earner, and just plain tired of being alone. But as exhausting as these issues can be, perhaps the hardest part is just waiting for your loved to come home. For those in this desperate place, here are 3 things you can do to renew your strength.
"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength . . .” Isaiah 40:31
1. Keep your hope in God.
The word wait in Hebrew means to have hope. Waiting on the Lord does not mean sitting around doing nothing. It is an exercise of hope. It entails living a life of full expectation that God is good and that He is working behind the scenes for our good. Many find that waking up everyday and saying aloud, “God is good,” helps shift their focus from their problems to the Problem Solver.
2. Keep God as Source.
In our pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstrap world it is easy to believe that you are responsible for building up your own strength. Truthfully, however, it is the Lord who renews your strength. Waiting on the Lord draws us deeper into intimacy with Him. As this happens we see Him as the strong One. We begin to know Him as Mighty One. As we do so we begin to unplug from ourselves as the source of our strength and plug into Him as Source.
3. Keep prayer a priority.
Prayer is a two-way dialogue between you and God. Giving God your list of hurts is not wrong, but it shouldn’t be your entire prayer life. Set aside specific moments in your prayer-conversation with God to allow Holy Spirit to speak to you. Hearing God say, “I will never leave you or forsake you” in the moment of your deepest need will create a sense of expectancy in your spirit. It will make room in your heart for Him to move in powerful ways.
What are some things you have done to keep hope alive while waiting on a loved one’s release from prison? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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