Testimonies

“There are times in your life when all hope seems lost. You feel like you are at the bottom of a pit that you never expected to be in, and you don’t know how to crawl out. Where do you turn? How do you escape?

Abounding Grace Ministries is a guiding light. It’s not a critical or judgmental house of opinions. It’s not a place to find whether you measure up. It’s a comforting home of ideas and reassurance. It’s a reminder and a refocus of what matters. It’s an anchor of hope and a connection to God’s word.

After struggling in a marriage with bad communication, and eventually infidelity, Abounding Grace helped us to peal back the layers of hurt and regrets, and find peace in a situation that brought us to the brink. There are few people who can help others find hope in situations that feel hopeless. Mike and Julie provide that hope through an uncanny ability to guide and encourage, reassure and reaffirm. Whether you are a devout Christian or you struggle in your walk with Christ, they help you find a path that brings strength and confidence when you need it most.

While they are teachers and friends through it all, they remind you there is a greater good working in you. God’s love has found its resting place in your heart and they are simply a vessel that helps Him arrive.”

-Anonymous


“A little less than two years ago, we went through a very difficult time in our marriage. At the time, we lived in Ohio. When our marriage was in crisis, we reached out to Mike and Julie. They had walked alongside us before, and we knew they would provide sound biblical counseling. Even though we lived 900 miles away, we counseled over the phone several times and met with them when visiting Enid. Mike and Julie continue to provide support for us as we fight to rebuild trust and intimacy. We will forever be thankful for their wise, biblical counsel.”

-David and Paula Minx


“What a perfect time of the year to express my gratitude to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for leading me to Mike and Julie Davis and Abounding Grace Ministries!

It was about a year ago that I began to experience the ravaging effects of so many losses in my life – emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. I was new to the area and had no idea where to turn. Through a series of events and a recommendation, I was led to this loving and caring ministry.

I was anxious and fearful at first about bearing my soul to my counselor, Julie. However, over the weeks and months that we met, she very gently led me to a place of trust and surrender. Without blame or shame, she spoke words of life to me. I felt no condemnation from her, which gave me courage to share my heart.

That was the beginning of healing. I believer I am on a journey of complete restoration to the plan that God had ordained from the beginning.

Thank you, Mike and Julie, and the many who support this ministry. It gives those of us who desperately need it, the opportunity to experience God’s awesome love and abounding grace.

Thank you so much!”

-Nancy Shamburg-Ong


“During exceptionally trying circumstances in our marriage that resulted from a lack of communication, unspoken expectations, living in fear of one another (co-dependence) and selfishness, we were led to Abounding Grace Ministries.

God has used Abounding Grace Ministries to show us His life changing power. The guidance we have received from Mike and Julie has been encouraging, patient and grace-filled. It has empowered both of us, through the courage that comes in trusting Jesus, to face the reality of our dysfunctional pasts as the root of our relational struggles. We are learning to communicate with love, based on faith, not out of the fear and mistrust that our dysfunctional upbringings had cultivated. We are breaking the unhealthy cycles that have inhibited intimacy in relationships, not only with each other, but more importantly, with God. We have found freedom in rebuilding our marriage and family around the value we find in Him instead of each other.

Through the ministry of Abounding Grace, God has taken our story of heartache and brokenness and made it His story – a story of redemption. Thank you, Mike and Julie, for your guidance; a modeling of God’s grace and love. And thank you for your devotion to the redeeming power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

-Shay and Erin Crawford


 “I am 23-years-old and live in Poland. I met Mike and Julie Davis during their ministry trip to Poland in 2013.

I grew up in a loving Christian family, but have struggled with some emotional problems since childhood. Low self-esteem made it impossible for me to accept myself, my appearance, and to have healthy relationships with people.

After experiencing a difficult employment situation, struggles with bulimia, depression and unhealthy relationships, I was invited by my friends from the United States to visit them in Oklahoma. Just a few days before my flight, I received an email from Julie, who told me that she heard I would be visiting the U.S. and had been praying for me. She said she felt that I might want to meet with her and have some biblical counseling sessions.

The ministry of biblical counseling through Abounding Grace Ministries appeared to be the best thing for which I could ever pray. I used to be a broken young woman, suffering depression and co-dependency in relationships. I was unable to pray, sick and disconnected from God. After many dark moments, I became callous and exhausted.

Honestly, I did not believe that it could ever change. After a few conversations and prayers, my thinking started to change.

I had the opportunity to take a journey through my life, and find the healing and forgiveness. All materials that I have received and read opened my eyes to the problems I had. After realizing it, I was able to find solutions.

Through the conversations I had with Julie, I have met a God who I didn’t know before. A God full of grace, love, forgiveness and acceptance.

I cut off the relationships that were co-dependent and became free – free in Christ. From Mike and Julie Davis, I found a real love and acceptance. They gave me the perfect equipment to deal with the problems I had, all the time reminding me that God has constant control over my life. That was a huge breakthrough in my life.

I can not imagine how my life would look right now if I hadn’t met Mike and Julie. God used their gifts, knowledge and passion to help me pick up from the darkest valley of my life.

People around me tell me they can see a real change in my life. I will never stop being grateful for the help I received!”

-Zuzanna Budeisz


“We have all suffered various difficult circumstances in our lives. Most of mine, I’ll have to admit, were brought upon myself through my own choices.

Therefore, I haven’t always felt deserving of the many wonderful blessings God had in store for me. Applying biblical teachings and precepts to my life has enabled me to begin to understand the vast grace, mercy and love the Lord has for his children.

Believing in Christ’s love and forgiveness has been essential to overcoming situations in my life that have affected me.

Practicing biblical principles has not only helped me overcome my shortcomings, but has empowered me to accomplish things I once only deeply desired.

Through the love of God, I have started to received some of the blessings he has in store for each and every one of us.

Having experienced the blessings of a changed life through Christ, I recommend taking a step in faith. Abounding Grace Biblical Counseling Ministries Inc. not only welcomes the opportunity to introduce lost, hurting people to Jesus, but teaches people how to live surrendered lives of trusting faith. Transformed lives is their passion, as they help people grow in biblical truths and precepts that apply to the issues of the heart, and confront the powerful struggles within. The struggles that often interfere with overcoming hurts, habits and hang-ups, and with experiencing the abundant life in Christ.

My hope is that you will contact AGM, and begin a life changing journey of growing in the abounding grace of God.”

Gratitude in Him,

-Rodney Fowler


“Raised in a dysfunctional and abusive family, my childhood was wrought with fear and pain. As an adult, the very instincts that kept me alive as a child, now worked against me. I perceived everyone as untrustworthy.

When my mother passed away suddenly, my world was rocked, for a realized that one of my many roles in the family was to protect her, and I failed. Devastated, I entered into counseling with Julie. Through solid biblical counseling, I re-learned healthier roles and found purpose as a child of God. Many times I had to face self-destructive behaviors and choices that caused difficult consequences. However, I slowly began to trust God, trust her, and trust others. I was able to create a healthier environment for my own children.

The road was painful, and still is at times, but God has given me beauty for ashes. Today I am enjoying life.

Although dysfunctional families are today’s norm, and traditional marriage is threatened by a sinful and out of control culture, we must continue fighting to keep Christ in our families. By supporting Abounding Grace Ministries, we can help provide an opportunity where money isn’t a deciding factor on whether someone can obtain help and spiritual growth. Supporting AGM is a priceless investment in healing our country, one individual and family at a time.”

-Nancy Hromas


“As a local pastor and wife, we, like many in the community, have personal struggles. We have discovered the difficulty in today’s church culture through finding an environment that would allow us to be honest, open and transparent, without judgment or isolation. We needed a place where we could share our feelings and struggles, while feelings safe enough to pursue the hard work of recovery.

We are both grateful that in the midst of our hurts, conflicts, addiction and struggles, our heavenly Father had raised Mike and Julie and Abounding Grace Ministries as a spiritually sound place – the setting we need for healing and recovery. Although our work is not complete, we now have hope that our individual lives and marriage are being restored through God’s faithfulness and grace.

May God continue to bless the work of Abounding Grace Ministries and Mike and Julie Davis.”

With gratitude,

-A ministry couple for 20 plus years.


“My husband and I just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary, but ours was a marriage built on shifting dysfunctional sands of selfishness, pride and lust. We both desperately sought approval, becoming users of people, things and relationships, all the while having no idea of what we truly lacked, as we pointed the accusatory finger at one another for our failing marriage. We were destined to fail, until our pastor referred us to Abounding Grace Ministries.

Wary of the numerous futile counseling sessions we’d attended before, I decided to call Julie. I liked that I would have a woman to share my struggles, and secretly thought that maybe someone new would side with me. However, I would learn there are no sides – only grace – and grace was a foreign object to me. As long as I expected my husband to fulfill my needs, making him responsible for the void in my heart, then it was easier to justify anger and temptation.

Abounding Grace Ministry is so appropriately named, for it was abounding grace I received. Applying God’s truth through His word, I found peace with my past, as well as approval and acceptance as a daughter in Christ. Julie showed me that the Lord has been a victorious warrior in my life and in our marriage; fighting for our marriage in ways I could not see.

I needed to rest from my attempts to fix my husband, learning to love him as Christ loves him, extending the same grace and forgiveness God had given me. Today, we are truly in love with one another more than the day we married. I am thankful for Abounding Grace Ministries, through whom God brings healing and restoration to the broken, lifting individuals and marriages to higher ground.

We are proof of God’s amazing grace!”

-Shari England


“In the uncertainty of parenting, Abounding Grace has been a blessing for our family. We have been encouraged and validated in our value system. We have also been reminded that, indeed, there are a battle occurring in the spiritual realm that we have no control over – short of asking God’s grace to fight those battles on our behalf. Abounding Grace continues to minister to and bless our family.”

-Bruce and Mary Schultz


“I was blessed to meet Mike and Julie 15 years ago. I was in the middle of my first divorce when I started counsel with Julie. Her gentle, spirit-filled words brought me to the first turning point in my adult life – acceptance, forgiveness, and permission to begin healing for myself. It was a step in the growth process toward the healing that God wanted to do in my life, but I still held on to anger and bitterness toward others, and this was a downward spiral.

I joined a singles group, even though my heart knew I was not ready for another relationship, but I was lonely. I became involved with a man of my choice, but no God’s. He was desperate, broken and lonely – an easy target to fill my needs. I was broken, had occasional thoughts of suicide, but God used my children to keep me going. I had made many bad choices, leaving God out of my life, but He never left me. I was a shattered woman, filled with guilt, anger, resentment, even hate.

I began seeing Julie again. God used AGM and the ministry of biblical counseling to help me understand that He was calling me more relentlessly than ever to surrender my life. Julie’s counsel was a gift God used to heal all the shattered pieces, and make me the whole woman He created me to be. I have devoted the last seven years of my life to God for healing and restoration. Julie has been God’s vessel to help me grow and understand many of the changes God wanted to make in my heart. She led me to the most important turning point in my life, to trust that God has great plans for me.

Today I know I am deeply loved by God, and His hand is in every grace moment of my life. God used everything I have gone through to draw me nearer to Him for His glory. I would not change anything; no hurt, loss or sorrow, because God never wasted them. My life is His, and He is using my testimony of healing for His kingdom.

I am thankful for the ministry of biblical counseling through Abounding Grace Ministries.”

-Janie Frazee


“Mike and Julie Davis, through the ministry of Abounding Grace, guided us through the process of pre-marital counseling, while healing and moving on from the pain of our previous marriages. They gently directed us through the minefield of emotions and relational difficulties. More over, they explored with us how God was using these circumstances to grow us as His children, and develop a deeper level of trust in Him.

They were incredibly encouraging as we came to realize the positive changes God was making in us. When we began the process of courting, Mike and Julie were right there to help us dig deeper into the core of our relationship. They provided Godly insight and challenged us to dive into deeper levels of intimacy. They provided a safe environment for us to vocalize and discuss concerns, fears, joy and hopes.

We called them the locksmiths of the heart, as they revealed to us areas to discuss and inventory. We know we are better as individuals and a couple because of the influence of their counsel. We are grateful to God for all their work in us, and to see His goodness giving us a second chance at the blessing of marriage.”

-Dave and Bel Marshall


 “AGM has been a help and guide for me as I have walked through some very difficult years of a broken marriage, family struggles, and most recently, personal illness.

Mike and Julie Davis and the ministry of biblical counseling have provided a safe place to seek Godly counsel and to receive loving support, encouragement and guidance. It has been the helping hand during hard times, with no one to talk to, strengthening my walk with the Lord.

AGM’s ministry of biblical counseling has helped guide my life through past issues of abuse. I am breaking free from acting out harmful relational patterns. I am learning about healthy relationships, and how to be an emotionally, spiritually healthy person. This is because my identity is not in the things happened to me or the choices I’ve made, but in Christ, who lives in me.

I thank God for Abounding Grace Ministries and those who faithfully and generously give to this non-profit ministry. Because of their giving, I can receive the help I have so desperately needed.”

-Rhonda Natall


“I am grateful for Abounding Grace Ministries and all that Mike and Julie Davis do to make this ministry possible and successful. It is encouraging to have someone that will invest their time into the lives of others. The biblical teachings they provide have helped guide me to the truth of who I am in Christ and how to walk in that truth on a daily basis, applying it to my life and my relationships. Sometimes the enemy has a way of attacking us in the areas of our life where we are the most vulnerable, and it is difficult to see it happening. I praise God that AGM offers an opportunity to recognize, deal with, and reconcile these situations.

Thank you, Mike and Julie, for reminding me and encouraging me that, “The word of God is living and active – sharper than any double-edged sword. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).

May God continue to bless you both, your family, and your wonderful ministry.”

-Tracy Peck


 

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