A Step of Faith

Someone files for divorce in the United States every 20 seconds. 60% of all divorces are filed by people age 25-39. Of the people that stay married, most don’t have the marriage they dreamed they would have when they said, “I do.”

What if we could change that?

That is the question that God continues to ask Trisha and me.  Are we willing to trust God that much? 

When we moved to Nashville in 2009, we had no idea what God had in store for us, our family, or our ministry.  We knew we were called to two things: to be the Bellevue campus pastor at Cross Point Church and to share our story of hope and restoration at RefineUs.

Over the last three years, God has grown our passion to help people move beyond ordinary in their marriage and in their relationship with God. As our blog has grown, so have the opportunities we’ve had to serve churches, pastors and people all over the country.

We’ve been so blessed to be on staff at a church that has encouraged us to speak, write and share our ministry with as many people as possible.

About six months ago, Trisha and I began to feel like God was calling us to devote more of our time and energy to RefineUs…to step out in faith and grow our marriage ministry. I began to meet with Pete and the leaders of Cross Point to determine what that meant for me and my role at Cross Point.

After much discussion and prayer we are so excited to share with you that I will be transitioning out of my role as Bellevue Campus pastor and moving into a part-time pastoral position at Cross Point. This transition allows me to still be a part of an amazing church and community and be faithful to the step of faith we feel God is leading us to take as a family.

January 1, 2013 I will be moving from my full time role at Cross Point to part-time and from my part-time role with RefineUs to full time. Any time you leave something familiar and safe and step into a new adventure, it is intimidating. Can RefineUs support our family financially? What if it doesn’t work? What if our book doesn’t sell? What if…?

The past few days God has brought a quote from one of my favorite authors to mind:

Do not be surprised that what God asked of you yesterday is insufficient for your journey of faith today. With Moses, God parted the waters, and then the people crossed over. With Joshua, the leaders were required to begin crossing first, and then the waters parted. In my life journey, I have found time and time again that God changes the parameters of my faith. He increases His expectation of me. You should expect and desire that God would move from parting the waters while you stand on the shore to calling you to step out into the waters and experience the miracle happening around you. In the first, you watch the miracle. But in the second, you become a part of it. ~Erwin McManus 

As we take this step of faith we do so believing that we aren’t just watching the miracle…we are becoming a part of it. We are excited, hopeful and expectant.

We are more committed than ever to helping people have the marriage that God created them to have. We are pushing everything to the center of the table and saying, “We are all in.”

We love you. We appreciate you. We are ready to partner with you and with the power of Christ to lower the divorce rate in our world.

Let’s do this!

31 Responses to A Step of Faith

  1. Kris

    Currently I am reading a review copy of your book (I am a blog book reviewer). AND I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THE HONESTY in this book. I am already blessed by the book and I am nearly half way through it. God bless you for writing this book. {I was trying to wait until the first week of January when my review would go live but I needed to express my gratitude to you all for writing this book.}

    • Kris…wow. We are so humbled and honored by your comment. Thank you for sharing that and thank you for your help in reviewing the book. God bless you!

  2. mlukaszewski

    Jennie and I are grateful to you and VERY excited for you. We’re in your corner.

  3. I’ll be following along on the adventure. You’ve got your work cut out for you. God bless!

  4. Joseph DuLaney

    Congrats to you! This is such an awesome adventure.

  5. Congrats! That’s very exciting. Can’t wait to see all that God has in store for you both.

    Love the quote by McManus- very profound!

  6. Laura Timmons

    Congratulations! I love keeping up with your blog, and look forward to what God has in store for you and Trisha.

  7. Crystal Renaud

    Many blessings are you leap, friends. You’ve been so encouraging with my own. I know the Lord will bless your obedience.

  8. Lisa T

    You and Trisha and this ministry have helped me in rebuilding my marriage. I am so grateful to you guys. I am so excited for you and to see what God does through you. You are in my prayers!

  9. Greg Nelson

    Congrats Justin! The narrow road always is more fulfilling. It also produces a lot of dependence, buckle up and enjoy the ride. I am sure this step will give you plenty more to write about in the future

  10. BFGOmelissa

    That is amazing! Congrats Justin & Trisha. God has already identified the marriages that will be blessed by your ministry. I bet it’s a long line. He is going to put many broken pieces back together through you both. God bless!

  11. Wow…what an amazing act of faith for you both! You guys have a tremendous ministry and I’m so excited to see how God continues to grow it and help couples find healing, while remaining at a church who loves your whole family dearly!! Praying for you guys as you transition. 🙂 Love you Davis family!!

  12. My Bible reading plan had me in Hebrews 11 this morning. By Faith…may God continue to open the right doors and close the wrong ones as you both move forward in faith!

    • That is funny Pat…that is exactly how we feel. 🙂 Thank you for your friendship and support. If you ever want to do a marriage seminar and need some speakers, text us. 🙂

  13. I’m in too friends. God is not going with you on this journey…He’s ahead of you clearing the path!

  14. Erwin in one of my fav authors for sure. My wife and I feel very similar to you this day…we are stepping into an associate pastor role soon. It’s an amazing journey God has for us all! Bless ya!