Psalm 17:6-7: God, show me the wonders of your great love

By Kristy Solis, NOLACatholicParenting.org

In your own life, do you recall a specific moment that God sheltered you with love? 

I am a believer, and I know wholeheartedly that God loves me.  His love for me is a constant in my life.  

Yet, there is one specific moment in my life that God had to shelter me with love for survival.

My husband is in the military; therefore, my family is a military family. 

With the military, deployments and absences of the military member is not uncommon, even considered part of the normal routine of this way of life.

Before we had a family, I adjusted to the new routine. 

Then, the last time my husband was deployed, it was different. Now we had a family, and it was a matter of life and death. 

We had this precious life of a 1-year-old, and my mother was diagnosed with a horrific cancer, from which she died three months later into his deployment.

The painful part was not letting go of my mother but that my husband still had to finish his deployment.  I was left with a baby and a grief-stricken father. 

At the time, I did not doubt God but I did feel I had more questions for God than answers.  

Then, one night I was down on my knees praying, and I prayed this specific Psalm: “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.”

When you said it out loud, the universe and God align. 

Now, when I think of this time period, I am grateful God sheltered me with his love and provided me with a village that I did not know I needed. 

From my father’s assurance that we will survive this together to my coworkers that gave me what I did not know I needed at the time to the new mom friends that suddenly appeared in my life. This village became my support system.  

The best part is that my daughter and I thrived; this is when I knew if we survived this we could survive anything in life.

God loves each of us so much, and he will show you in many ways if you let him.  

Let us pray to the Lord, God than you for loving me and showing me love in so many different ways.   

Kristy Solis grew up in Meraux. She graduated from Our Lady of Holy Cross with a bachelor of science in nursing and the Loyola University New Orleans with a master of science in nursing. She has practiced as a registered nurse and a family nurse practitioner with a concentration in adult health. After Hurricane Katrina, God led her down another path. She discovered a passion for  nursing education and serves full-time as a nursing faculty member at the University of Holy Cross. Kristy’s husband is a chief warrant officer in United States Army. They have two young daughters and one young-at-heart papa. As if life is not hectic enough, she is a full-time student as a candidate for a doctorate. Kristy’s three favorite things to do with her family are pray together, travel and experience new restaurants.

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