Wednesday, August 16, 2006

WFMW - Helping Others & Helping Myself



One of the things I love about this blogdom is the fact that we all are getting comfortable enough to ask for help, suggestions, directions and most importantly, on occassions - prayers. I think this kind of fellowship is doing wonders for the entire community - the blogging communities, our community of friends and the community of God. Where else can someone feel so unencumbered about asking for things or seeking guidance?

"Help! I need parenting advice..."

"Has anyone ever come across this situation before?"

"How do you make ____ happen on my blog?"

"What would you say to someone who..."

"Will you please pray for me about..."

This is the language that I think has God smiling ear to ear. Our confessing that we don't have everything together, that we need help, that we are willing to lean on the shoulders of friends in times of need, excitement, uncertainty. God knows that we need this vulnerability if we are ever going to truly learn to depend on Him.

I am certain that He has given precise wisdom to some of you to help with our needs. He has endowed others with the gift of gentility and comfort so that we will have a safe haven everyday. He has blessed some of you with technical merits to aid those of us who are struggling in this blogging world. He has granted some of you the gift of caring and praying for those who need and/or request it. He has enabled some of you to have great pasts and terrific memories to recall times in your lives to share with us. He has awarded some of you the gift of humor to make us smile.

The list really can go on. We all have uses. Every single one of us. We all have the ability to reach out to help a fellow traveler on this road called life, be it in big ways or in small. There are no little/unimportant people here. We all matter to each other... and we should.

My WFMW suggestion (and really everyday suggestion too) is to not be afraid to reach out and to call on these newly made friends. And please do not be afraid to accept the challenge.

I think we all have reached a break through that has been missing for a while. We are understanding the meaning of "Community". And when we understand that, we will be able to better understand what it means to commune with God.

I started thinking all of this mainly because Lauren, from Created For HIS Glory, requested some salmon recipes since her freezer is stuffed to the gills (a-huck a-huck) with the freshly caught fish.

So here's me coming to her aid. You all might like to try it too. It is a fabulous recipe that my entire family (and many a friends) have loved.

Salmon Steaks
1/2 c olive oil
1/4 c soy sauce
1/2 tsp dill
2 Tsp lemon juice
dash of ground cloves
2 10 oz salmon steaks

Whisk together the first five the ingredients. Pour over salmon. Grill in the warm weather or Broil for 4 minutes, each side in the cool weather. Serve with lemon halves to squeeze on the fish.

We serve it with sauted green beans (fresh green beans sauted in olive oil, soy sauce and 2 cloves of sliced garlic added in the last few minutes of cooking), honey glazed carrots, a loaf of sour dough warmed in the oven and a nice Chardonnay. If you are not a wine drinker, it goes really well with sun tea, too.

Always glad to help Lauren! (And that goes for any of you out there who need a hand too.)

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