Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Friday, May 9, 2014
Wow, can't believe it's been 3 years since we took our trip to Mumbai, India! It feels like it's been forever. I remember missing an annual Indian dance festival here in Denver, which was totally worth it to be in the real place lol! I was thinking trying to find out when it is this year, realizing I missed it now, and then. I also had on my ritualistic housecleaning Indian music, this morning, and heard broadcaster mention the haaj, of which also reminded me of when we saw a bunch of pilgrims at the airport when we were leaving Mumbai. It really feels like it's been a lifetime since. I still constantly have those moments of deep longing to return. Some trigger, a sound, a smell, a taste, will suddenly and without warning overwhelm me and I'm mentally there again. My revelation... God's little reminders of what He placed in our hearts, and has called us to. His way of helping me not forget. Like I would lol!
Friday, August 9, 2013
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
- 1 and a 1/2 cups sooji/ rawa (semolina)
- 1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter - super easy to make at home, just google it!)
- 3/4 cup mixture of cashews (coarsely chopped ) and whole raisins/ sultanas
- 3 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup whole/ full cream milk (half & half works splendidly)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 5 pods of green cardamom split open
- Heat a deep pan on a medium heat and when hot add the ghee. When it melts, add the Sooji and mix well.
- Roast the Sooji (stirring frequently) till it begins to turn a very light golden color and give off a faint aroma. The roasted Sooji will have the grainy consistency of wet sand. Now add the cashews and raisins to the Sooji and mix well.
- While you are roasting the Sooji, in a separate pot and on medium heat, bring a mixture of the milk, water, sugar and cardamom to a boil, stirring often.
- When the Sooji is roasted, gently add the water and milk mixture, stirring all the while to prevent lumps from forming. If any do form, make sure to break them with the back of the stirring spoon so you get a smooth paste-like consistency. Cook the mixture till it is thick and begins to come away from the sides of the pan.
- Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool to a warm temperature. Serve now in individual bowls.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
The Door Christian Center, Thane (Mumbai) India
Pray for India song
India Travel Info
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It's not been an easy road. Especially with an impatient person like me. I learned long ago to not pray for patience, because the only way it'll come is with waiting, and learning to be patient! Ugh. I'm slightly embarrassed to admit, but it can bring out the worst in me. But ultimately, it all comes to surrendering my will for my Heavenly Father's Will. That, and trusting that He really does love me unconditionally, and wants the best for me, wants to bless me, wants to prepare me to be able to handle any situation that this life brings me. Including a crazy place like India!
As in previously mentioned posts, my husband and I are called to India. And since 2008, we've done almost everything we can to learn as much as we can about this nation that God has called us to. But the one thing we cannot just learn instantly from watching a video and reading books or blogs, is the precious gift of waiting. In a fast-paced, get it now, westernized society, we expect everything NOW! We have instant/fast foods, instant message, instant live streaming, instant video & music downloads, etc. So the one thing God's been preparing us for and testing us in, in these numerous times of wait, is how to....wait.
So, while scanning through my Twitter feed today, I found a tweet by someone in India, with a link, which eventually took me to this blog of an Australian expat who became an Indian housewife. Of course I was immediately (see fast again) interested and started from the beginning of her adventures. Then, I happened upon this one:
While reading this particular post, realization and revelation began to dawn on me! All my years of waiting, surrendering my will (my plans, expectations), trusting Him is in preparation for our call and eventually being missionaries in India.
This is the part that really got me:
"Again the dreaded western mentality was lurking — I was wanting everything and wanting it immediately. In a country such as India, it’s extremely difficult to control the outcome of anything, and everything takes time! The easiest way forward is acceptance and surrender, as well as appreciation of the concept of impermanence. Given this, these troubled feelings wouldn’t last forever, and neither would I remain in this exact situation.
So, I decided just to trust the universe (I replaced universe with "God") with my dream and the outcome of what’s in store for me. It was also apparent that the more I sat around thinking about what needed to be done, the longer the cloud would hang over my head and continue to overwhelm me. Not only would this affect me, but it would also worry the people around me as well."
Once I read this, I began to cry. The mental light bulb turned "on". And in my heart and mind, God spoke to me. "This is what I've been preparing you for. The years of waiting have been readying you for the country I've called you to. Keep trusting Me daughter." How (obviously) smart our God is! He knows that nothing happens quickly or on-time in India. And if I can learn that here, then I'll be able to handle living in India, at least a little better, lol! ;)