Oct 25, 2021
My guest this episode is MAJ Liliane Delva, USA. Liliane
was initially interviewed for an article on Christian Mentoring
that appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of COMMAND magazine. In
this episode, Liliane talks about the significance of the 9/11
attacks on her Army career, how her parents immigrated from Haiti
and made it a point to keep the family away from some of the voodoo
practices they saw while living there, and she also talks about how
trauma from a molestation as a child had a profound impact on her
life, creating much fear and anxiety, before she followed that
gentle nudging from God to get help and healing.
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As you listen to Liliane’s story, here are a few questions to
ponder in your personal time or with a small group or mentor.
- Liliane discusses joining the military at a time when a
military career was “marketed” as an opportunity for college
scholarships and developing skill sets, and how the events of 9/11
caused her to reconsider what her military service really meant.
How does her resolve to fulfill her commitment, to “not go back on
my word,” align with what Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:37 to “…let
your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’”?
- Liliane was born and raised in Haiti where the “blending of
different belief systems” including voodoo was common. With a
“reverence for God” intact from her Catholic upbringing, as a teen
Liliane determined to “find out and establish a relationship with
God for myself.” How does establishing a relationship with God
differ from merely practicing a religion?
- “The way we envision the word ‘father,’ and the image that we
see regarding ‘father’ or ‘dad’ is very important because it can
influence the way we see God.” Liliane says she sees in God the
Father the same attributes that she felt from her earthly father in
how he loved, cared, and protected her as an authority figure. What
is your view of God? How does that impact your life—or the way you
treat others, especially if you have kids?
- Reflect on these statements from Liliane: “God is really in
everything we do, and He is really present in every aspect of our
lives,” and “There is a greater strength in you than you realize
that allows you to overcome, and that’s the strength you find in
God.” In what ways do these thoughts amaze you, especially in
knowing these are from a woman who overcame sexual abuse?