So Why the 2-Year Hiatus from RYGblog?!?


Hey friends,

I’m so really excited that we’re finally in a place to be able to reconnect with you!

First of all, as I ended my email announcing the “re-start” of Redeem Your Ground, I want to thank you for sticking with us.  As many of you have lived through difficult times yourselves (in some respects, we all are right now!), the past few years have been really challenging for us.

Now don’t get me wrong, in the midst of these dark days, we have also had some amazing times, gone through a number of great family milestones, and have so much to be thankful for. We just would have scripted the context of our story to read a little differently. Our family story read more like a tragic, life-sucking Netflix family drama than the intentional, life-giving story we’ve always aimed to tell.

Life got tough.

Seriously … after sharing some of the nitty-gritty of what’s been going on with others, with mouths agape, they would often suggest that there’s a screenplay for movie in there somewhere — a movie that I wouldn’t want to see, much less live through. Think … drugs, lies, cheating, stealing, prison, drugging, car crashes, rehab, things being blown up, police, doctors, money people, lawyers, judges, more lawyers and more lies, anxiety, tears, and desperate prayers. All revolving around someone who you couldn’t be closer to — relationally or genetically (well, I guess unless you had an identical twin!). It was tough to say the least.

Fortunately, we 4 Atlanta Scotts weren’t directly involved. But it took an incredible amount of energy to support and deal with what was happening with my “grow-up family.” From me especially; and therefore, my 3 ladies … because I was a mess. All the stress took its toll on me physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally … name an “…ally” and it was pushed to its limit.

So our blog was back-burnered, as we all block & tackled through life.

Moving forward…

Thankfully, though, we’re walking through the proverbial light at the end of our long dark tunnel. Inhale. Exhale.

With all that said … we’re not going to dwell on the difficult past. But we’re also not going to move forward without appreciating what we learned and how we were shaped by it. And one of the many silver linings we’ve found in all of this is that we have a heightened appreciation for faith, family, friends, home, and being outside – essentially all the things that are at the heart of Redeem Your Ground.

Our hope is that our funk will reinforce our call to help you redeem your ground.

Again, thanks for sticking with us.

Take care my friends … upward & onward!

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  1. David Sides on June 25, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Doug – I’m so thankful you’re back! I’m looking forward to more inspiration from you.

    • Doug Scott on June 26, 2020 at 9:08 am

      Thanks David…it’s certainly nice to be on this side of things! I hope you and K. are well. Cheers, D.

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