Today I’m going to share a yummy cracker spread with ya that will bring something new and delicious to any party. But before I get started with the recipe, I gotta talk with ya a bit
I dearly love hearing from y’all. In fact, that is the reason why I keep doing this, because of the wonderful relationships I get to have with everyone. I love getting to chat with you in the comments and I cannot even begin to tell you all of the times that people have added to a conversation or given me wisdom that just left me in awe.
Earlier this week, that happened again when I read a comment on my S’mores Brownie post by Julianne. I had talked about dusting off your sparkle and deciding to shine where you are, no matter where you are. If you want to read that post, please click here.
Anyway, Julianne left the most amazing comment and I just had to share it.
“I have been reading a book about marriage by Clayton and Charie King, and in a chapter about respect, Charie writes how the “en” prefix of ENCOURAGE means “to put into”, so when we encourage a person we are essentially putting courage into them. The “dis” prefix of discourage means “to separate from”, so when we discourage someone, we are separating them from their courage.”
Wow. That was just really impactful for me. To Discourage someone means to separate them from their courage. And really, more often than not when someone comes into your life (whether it is on facebook, an email, or in real life) and tries to discourage you, that is exactly what they are doing. They are trying to take away your courage.
Being on the internet as much as I am, I’ve encountered my share of discouragers power tripping off their keyboards. We see this a lot on facebook – just think back to twenty years ago, some of the things folks dare to say to others would have never been said back then. Decorum was different, manners were different, most person to person interactions took place in real life and had people on their best behavior. Nowadays, being anonymous is often an excuse for some to be on their worst behavior.
We have a culture now where sarcasm, snark, and discouragement are the popular attitudes to have, they are even considered cool by some. But I was taught the value of edification. (Eph 4:29) Building others up. That is what we are commanded to do. To use our words to encourage others, to give them courage, to help them realize the good in their lives, not to steal their joy and rob them of their own boldness to live out their purpose. To help them be the people they were meant to be, to add brightness to their light rather than snuff it out in the name of looking cool.
I know you probably have people like that in your life, I sure have over the course of my life.
But I decided a few years ago that those folks don’t get to have space in my brain. I have people in my life that I rely on to provide wise counsel. Friends who will tell me when I am wrong or correct me if I go off my intended path – that’s just being smart. But if you find yourself with someone sitting the back seat of your lfe’s car stealing your courage – I encourage you to pull over to the nearest curb and have them disembark the vehicle.
Clean out your car today and I promise you’ll have a much nicer journey.
You’ll need: Cream Cheese, Corned Beef*, Green Onions, Worcestershire*, and Seasoned Salt
*Lunch Meat – Get the cheap stuff that is about .99 a pack. It’s thin and works perfectly in this. If you have a moral or fundamental issue with the cheap stuff, get whatever lets you sleep at night.
*Worcestershire – I love this stuff. I just felt the need to tell y’all that. It’s like bacon, it makes everything better.
Put all of your corned beef on a big old plate.
Dice it up really good.
Chop up your onions, too.
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
You saw that coming, didn’t ya ?
Line a bowl with cling wrap and press your dip into it. Cover with more cling wrap and press it down a bit with your hands so that it molds to the shape of the bowl. Refrigerate overnight.
This is important because this is where it develops all of the wonderful flavors. Until then, it won’t taste near as good!
To serve, remove from bowl and discard cling wrap. Top with more chopped green onions and serve alongside your favorite crackers.
“I am not retreating, I am advancing in a different direction.”
~General Douglas MacArthur
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