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Here in Ohio, we have three and a half seasons. Autumn, Winter, Winter, Summer. It’s safe to say that summer doesn’t last long and Winter overstays its welcome. Nonetheless, Summer has gone and Autumn is here and this month I get the opportunity to celebrate both my anniversary to my wonderful husband of now 10 years and my birthday. Whose idea was it to have a 2-in-1? I think we both agreed on it (in my defense his birthday month and fathers day fall in the same month).

As mentioned in last week’s email, to celebrate, this month I have gifts I would like to share with you. Ones that I hope will help lead you toward a deeper connection with God as you navigate some very practical and personal ways to walk in the assignment God has given you.

Today I will be sharing two gifts in the form of an article and a quick social media post. I pray that they bring healing and wholeness as you take a moment and read through them.

One day as I pulled up to a friend’s home, I checked my phone messages. A text appeared from another church friend. She and I had formed a sisterhood centered around our passion for writing, growing together in Christ, studying the Word, sharpening and praying for one another.

But that day, her words took the wind out of my sails.

“God told me we should not be friends anymore. You haven’t done anything wrong at all. You are amazing. I just need to step back. I won’t be responding to any more of your calls, texts, or messages from this moment. I love you and you haven’t done anything wrong. I promise. I’m sorry.”

I closed the message and headed in, trying to process what I had just read. When I walked into my friend’s home, I collapsed on her couch and burst into tears.

The hardest part for me to process were the words “God told me.” It left no room for debate and connected my pain to a God who would allow it for some reason. A friendship that I had invested years into was suddenly over. Why would God tell her that and not warn me?

Knowing God’s nature is what kept me grounded through the hurt I felt. As I processed that wound from a sister in Christ, he pointed me back toward His love for me, and how he himself loves a church filled with people who hurt and disappoint him.

THE UNEXPECTED PATH TO HEALING

On the healing journey from my own church hurt, one thing God revealed to me was that my heart wound was from people, not a place…

The last couple weeks had been really stressful. What is God doing and how? The other day it got really bad and I sat down to do my quiet time (which to be honest I’d missed a few days of because I’m still a work in progress over here) and I asked God to please speak to me from his word. I got my pen and paper all ready for a deep revelation then opened my Bible and God lead me to Psalms 23. Read it…He says. “SERIOUSLY, Psalms 23?” I think to myself. I have this whole thing memorized but it is a living word so let’s see where this is headed…

Did you enjoy these gifts? If so, feel free to share how they blessed you in the comments and be sure to share them with others that might need this encouragement.

The next couple of weeks I have some friends that will be sharing special gifts with you, so stay tuned.

Until next time, keep walking in your purpose and assignment with FOCUS.

Rachel G. Scott

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Rachel is a wife and a mother, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. She has been featured nationally and internationally on television, podcast, radio, devotionals, and blogs. As the Founder of the I Can’t Come Down movement, an organization dedicated to helping women walk in their purpose and assignment with focus, she is a former Huffington post contributor and current Youversion and Moody Radio Cleveland Partner. She is also part of The Well Communicators a faith-based speaking team.

Rachel is deeply devoted to serving God, loving and honoring her husband and raising her children in a Godly home where they experience authenticity and learn to embrace their imperfections.

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