When my husband told a kid that he’d also have a strong wife: another adven-nurture moment come to life!

My husband is a truth-speaker. He loves to proclaim his love for me as well as my great value. He also loves to inspire others toward the power of marriage. My heart exults over these things about him. 

A couple weeks ago, we were in San Francisco, walking with my parents. Along the sidewalk where our feet were finding their way, pleasantly parallel to the embarcadero, there was a wooden curb of sorts to our right. It was essentially a 3×3″ piece of timber, about 8 feet long, used to keep people and things from negatively effecting the construction project underway to our right. We noticed a boy, about eight years old, trying to figure out a way to walk on that beam. My husband encouraged him that it was possible and hopped up on it, using my right shoulder for balance.

“See!” he said, “It’s easy! You can do it too! For me, my wife gives me the strength and support I need to do this and many other things in life. One day in the future you can have a strong wife too, who helps you accomplish great things you couldn’t do on your own. Right now, your mom might be able to help you walk on the beam though. Okay, bye!” 

 

The moment was priceless. 

Travel is innately better with this man by my side. We give each other great strength, supernatural strength even. Whether navigating Qalqilya in the Palestinian Territories or enjoying the sunny wind of San Francisco, we get to bring our co-strength and inspire others, even whole cities, with it. Ah, travel! It nurtures our souls, yes; however, we also get to nurture souls wherever we go. 

There is adventure, which we love; and there is ADVEN-NURTURE, which we thrive in! 

Go find some adven-nurture today! Let us know what happens! 

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Fulfillment comes on the wings of our prayers

Fulfillment comes on the wings of our prayers

In 2008, while living in Bethlehem, I sat at my desk and suggested to God that He teach my future husband about me through the psalms about dawn (ie. psalm 57 & 108), without him knowing that was what was happening.

Well, God did precisely that. For years prior to meeting me, Neel Bulchandani was prompted to meditate on the psalms about dawn and to get up before sunrise, to AWAKEN THE DAWN. Now, Neel will spend all our days awakening me spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically etc. He was well-prepared for a life of awakening THIS DAWN.

On this Father’s Day, I am enamored with THE Father, GOD. He completely encapsulates and overflows what it is to be a good dad. He gave me my heart’s desire in Neel and He partnered with me in bringing our union into being. He’s THAT GOOD!

*Happy Father’s Day, God!*

If you have specific desires, articulate them to God. He LOVES partnering with us to see our dreams and HIS DREAMS come true! If you want some practice, put out a specific prayer every day or every week (ie. “I want to pet an animal this week,” “I pray that I get a handwritten note from a friend today,” “I pray that THIS MONTH Korea’s stock exchange has it’s best day thus far this year!”). Be brave when you pray. A moment of BELIEVING God for something can be more powerful than hours of begging, pleading, and DISBELIEVING God for something. Plus, it’s usually more fun and saves time for other wonderful things.

Dawn and Neel’s Slightly Sweet Dressing

My fantastic fiance Neel Bulchandani and I invented a salad dressing last night. A friend, not knowing we created it, asked for the recipe. It was that wonderful. Thus, I thought I’d share it with the general populace.

Dawn and Neel’s Slightly Sweet Dressing

3/4 cup olive oil
1/16 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp maple syrup & agave blend
2 tbsp clover honey
1/4 tsp salt (add more to taste)
1/4 tsp pepper (add more to taste)

I recommend keeping a glass bottle from a store bought dressing, cleaning it, removing the label, and re-using it for homemade dressing. Put all the ingredients straight into the bottle and shake it! I also recommend using all organic ingredients. Most of ours were.

Especially good on salads involving fruit! : )

We served it on a salad of chopped romaine, chopped walnuts, pomegranate seeds, crumbled Ricotta Salata cheese, and cubed gala apples.

Enjoy! I once dreamed of having a husband who enjoyed creating salads and dressings. God is faithful in very specific ways. : )

Love Letters, person to person

I have a fiance who writes me poems every week or so, lavishes me with words of affirmation (my primary love language), and communicates with courage and intentionality. I love love notes. For example, I found the following from a website and this simple note is wrought with power and passion.

 

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Sarah,
I think back to our wedding day; most of it is blurry and surreal, but I do remember one thing with utter clarity. I remember hearing you say “I do.” I can see your lips pronounce the words, I can hear your voice settling in my ear, and I can definitely remember the surge of emotion that flooded me (which I handled in an extremely manly fashion).
No two words have ever meant so much to me.
Yours,
– Josh
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More stirring romance and thoughtfulness HERE.