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What an American Christian Learned Living in a Muslim Country Part 1: How to Slow Down

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

In 2008 my husband and I and our two-year-old son moved to Morocco. During the next six years, two more children were born there. We found our way through life in a very different culture, with many ups and downs. Morocco is an Islamic country and its economy is developing. I learned so many things - things that I am very grateful for and that I hope have forever changed me.

Things don’t happen quickly in Morocco. If I would start out my day with a long to-do list, so few things would end up being crossed of the list. I learned to make much shorter lists. Just crossing off one thing could feel like a victory! We Americans want what we want and we want it now. In Morocco, people know the art of patience. One day at a time. One task at a time. This was so challenging - and so good for me. I think patience is actually one of the fruits of the Spirit, right? Living in a slower paced, often “old-fashioned” country helped me with that. I had to get used to living in limbo, learning how to hear “no", "not available", or “not today” and choose to be less frustrated by it. (Going to three different ATMS to find one that would give me some cash may have caused me to lose my temper a few times.)

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