Main Truth: Don’t give up. Pray for God to bring you a corrective experience and keep pressing forward! “He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3)
If you have been deeply hurt or experienced a betrayal, you need to have what is called a ‘corrective experience’ to help you heal. I had a therapist tell me this and she was right. I was wounded by the words of some teachers at a young age due to my dyslexia. Now I’m earning my Master’s degree with some very supportive professors and it is healing that ‘inner child’ wound. This does not in any way diminish the power of God. In fact, He brings us into corrective experiences to restore us since He wired us for relationship.
Often times, we struggle believing it is possible so we tell ourselves things like: “I’ll never date again” or, “I’ll never go back to church again.” Please do not limit God’s ability to bring you a corrective experience.
Let’s say you have been wounded by church leadership (most Christians have.) It may be a good idea to take a break for a season and seek counseling before going back. If you don’t, you risk replaying those hurtful scenarios with everyone or every situation you encounter at the new church.
Once you have experienced some healing, pray for God to bring you a corrective experience. He will, I promise. Often times the corrective experience (boss, job, pastor, spouse) will be far better than before, and you will know how to guard your heart thanks to the wisdom you have gleaned from the experience.
Post written by Jodie Stevens
Jodie Stevens has been a radio host, producer, and commercial copywriter for 23 years. She currently hosts a fun morning drive program on 103.9 The Fish in Sacramento. Her Genuine Life radio feature can be heard weekdays at 7:50 and features overcoming emotional and spiritual difficulties like: addiction, codependency, self-pity, anger, fear, anxiety, low self-esteem and more. It also offers hope through stories about: Forgiveness, Hope, Love, Patience and Thankfulness. These stories are also published on her blog: GenuineLifeBlog.com. Jodie is the Commercial Production Manager for all four stations in the Salem Sacramento cluster. In addition, she hosts mid-days on Sacramento’s 710AM THE WORD. Jodie grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and now lives in Roseville with her husband Aaron.