Multiple Marital Troubles
My wife and I are so thankful for the Grace Center, Dr. Baker, and Pastor Clifton and the work that they do. We came for marital counseling, not knowing what to expect. However, we were quickly encouraged to find out that our counseling would not be based on determining the guilty party in our struggles. Instead, we would be focused on identifying our deepest sins that led to our marital conflicts. It was a humbling and sanctifying experience, and my wife and I are closer than ever.
Our marriage was in significant trouble after years of unresolved marital conflicts and extreme mood swings. This resulted in trust being broken in every area of our marriage and chaos in the functioning of our home and with children. We have now been reconciled. We have learned to manage emotions biblically and are now practicing conflict resolution skills with a desire to glorify the Lord.
Our marriage struggled for many years because of sexual sin that was centered around gender confusion and pornography. For the past three years, God has used His Word and the counselors at The Grace Center to point us to Him and now we are reconciled, walking with the Lord, have a strengthened relationship with our children, are experiencing a stronger life of intimacy and are experiencing His grace and unity in our marriage and our home in new ways.
Repairing a marriage marked by infidelity and lies
Last year we experienced a huge breakdown in our marriage due to infidelity, lies and becoming apathetic in our marriage. We knew we wanted to try to save our marriage, but we didn’t know how. While the unfaithfulness was clearly a hurdle to overcome, we recognized that we had other problems in our marriage that we had both contributed to for years and had never dealt with. We sought help from The Grace Center for Biblical Counseling at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. We didn’t know what biblical counseling was all about. What we did know was that everything FBC Jax does is excellent and that chances were very good their counseling services would be as well.
Six months later, through dedication and hard work, our marriage has been repaired and is stronger than ever. But more importantly, our individual relationships with God have grown and we are both stronger Christians because of our experience with biblical counseling.
We went into our counseling wondering how we would ever be able to forgive and trust each other again. With the help of our counselor, we came to understand what a Christian marriage is really about and what it takes to sustain one based on what God expects of us – not what the world expects of us. We also learned that we each had to get our own individual relationships with God right before we could make our marriage right. Because our hope for salvation is more important than anything.
We learned that good marriages don’t just happen – they take work and commitment every day. We are so grateful to our counselor for his patient and loving guidance and teaching. And to FBC Jax for making this incredible resource available!
The Weight of Trials
I felt I was spiritually dying and had no hope or joy. Going to The Grace Center was my last hope! Meeting and talking with Josie helped me to see God was molding me and making me into a better Christian. I needed to be broken to get back to where I needed to be with God. Josie has been so gentle and sweet, showing me how to deal with anger, hopelessness, and physical and mental tiredness. I am so thankful for her and her knowledge of God’s Word. I no longer feel the anger, loss of hope
or loss of joy in my life. I feel a peace about the things that brought me so low. I see God’s hand at work in my life.
Dealing with Doubts
I am truly grateful for The Grace Center Counseling Center. At a very doubtful point in my life where I needed to hear God’s voice and follow His truths, the counselor was able to help me understand that whatever I’m facing to stand on the Word of God and use His Word to be a light to guide me back into His will. Trusting God’s Word has healed and restored areas in my life where I needed it most.
I cannot express how thankful our family is for Sean and The Grace Center. Our granddaughter was struggling with issues beyond her control. Through counseling, Sean equipped her to overcome insecurities and move forward. He gave us tools to use during counseling and at home. We are so grateful for the methods used for counseling.
Grief and Suffering
After the death of my husband, I sought counseling through the Grace Counseling Center at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida. Josie Padilla was my counselor and from her guidance, I was taught how to dig deeper into God's Word. I learned to see God's character, plan, and purposes for my life even thru suffering. My heart is still broken but I am drawn closer to God thru the Gospel and sharing it with others. Life is not about me. Thank you, Josie.
Overcoming anxiety and depression
Biblical counseling taught me so much about God and how to deal with difficult situations in life, especially when you feel like it’s the end of your life. I suffer from anxiety and depression. For months I was fighting for my life and lost my faith and believed God was not there for me when I needed Him the most. Then with counseling and help, God brought me from death to life. Christ has changed my life, and I believe that He truly does not give us more than we can handle. He is the king of my world, and I am blessed to be His child!
Help with worry
Receiving counseling was such a blessing in my life. My counselor was very helpful and wise. He pointed me to the truths of God’s word and helped me create action steps to help me overcome my issues with worry. These counseling sessions have helped me grow in my relationship with the Lord as well as experience the joy that comes with trusting God. I am very thankful for the biblical counselors at First Baptist church Jacksonville.