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. 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.