Texpatriated to Dubai

Offshore of the Atlantis Hotel - Dubai

Hello Friends,

Welcome to my blog!  I’m so excited to finally be communicating from our new home in Dubai.  I encourage you to read the About Texpatfaith tab on the right hand column of your screen. It will give you some brief insight into the Ralston family journey from Houston to Dubai last year. I am so looking forward to hearing from you and I hope there is something to be learned from my experiences as well.  My life in Dubai has revealed one very important principle; relationships are valuable and God intends for us to have them.  The sudden inability to communicate with ease and convenience was a sharp reminder of how much I take for granted. The ten-hour time difference, in a location half a world away has made me realize the importance of relationships and how critical they are for spiritual health.  I think of course, of the apostle Paul. His heart warming, enthusiastic salutations in his letters are a great illustration of genuine expressions of friendship. I can relate well to his desire for fellowship with like-minded brethren.

In Philippians 1:3 Paul speaks of his thankfulness to God and his joyful prayers upon remembering the fellowship he enjoyed with them. The word for “participation”, also translated “fellowship” is the Greek term koinonia. 27 It carries a deeper meaning than just social interaction. It is a shared, common vision coupled with a desire to see the vision become a reality.[1] In verse 7 he remembers their partnership together when he says “I have you in my heart.” In his letter to the Romans (Romans 1:11,12), Paul says;

For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, that we may be mutually comforted by one another’s faith, both yours and mine.”

Dear ones, this is how I feel about you!

I’d love to know how you are doing and how God is working in your life.

About texpatfaith

I'm a returned Christian expat living in Texas after several years residing in the Middle East and the South Pacific. I have the great privilege of writing about my experiences through the eyes of my faith, and to know and love my brothers and sisters serving in Christ's name all over the world. I have a special heart for the missionary community whom I now serve through the Missionary Care Team at my church. I am a writer, researcher, teacher, and archaeology enthusiast who also loves peering into the heavens any chance I get - but most importantly I am a wife, mother and grandmother who loves the Lord. "The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman." Elisabeth Elliott Shirley Ralston (MA Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary)
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6 Responses to Texpatriated to Dubai

  1. Terry Weinberger says:

    Yeah for Shirley! I will look forward to reading of your adventures and insights into what’s going on over there.

  2. Francine says:

    What a great site, Shirley. Looking forward to reading more.

  3. Leah says:

    I’m so proud of you! I can’t wait to read of your adventures.

  4. Gail says:

    This is the first blog I’ve ever been on. I feel so high tech. It will be great to hear about your adventures.

  5. katiefoster46 says:

    Welcome to the world of blogging!!! It is fun, exciting and exhausting … but oh so fulfilling. My blog http://www.arabiantalesandotheramazingadventures.blogspot.com
    helps me to make sense of this wild Middle East experience. What I love the most about your blog is your view through the eyes of faith. Our Faith is the one thing that sustains us all. I look forward to reading more! God Bless you in your work.

  6. Jeannette says:

    So happy to read your blog! The relationships you write about are so evident in my life – the fun you had with Thea and Karl is the result of a deep, enduring relationship with the Hubers,
    They have become almost like family. Life is one grand adventure given to us by God to experience to His glory – So “Go for it, Ralstons!”
    Love, Jeannette

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