6 years in the UAE

I cannot count the many nights I slept praying that I’d wake up to a different sunshine.

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10 days from now, I’ll be completing my 6th year in the UAE. I know it’s nothing compared to others but for me it feels like 40 years wandering in the desert. It wasn’t aimless drifting but more of a journey in circles taking me one level up each time.

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Working in the Middle East can either break you or make you. If tears evaporated in the sky, all my hurts and pains have formed these clouds around me.
violet-lucasi-elrays (4) But if each rock is a testament of the victories and wisdom learned through the years, I am a mountain of strength. Only by God’s grace I stand.

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So while I wait for God’s green light to move out of the desert, I will walk through the valley of the shadow of death without fear but with joy in my heart.

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Psalm 101:6

My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless
 will minister to me.

Photos by Ace Espiritu Photography

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