Sometimes it helps to look at one's own beliefs through the lens of another culture. It can help us to view our strengths and shortcomings in new ways. Continuing my theme from Part 1 of this series, I'll be going over how some other philosophies approach the topic of forming a relationship with the gods, and how these can apply in a Heathen context.
The Vanir bestow blessings of fertility and prosperity to all areas of our lives. Njord, in particular, is a very generous god. He blesses fishermen with an abundant catch and manages the currents which bring merchants’ ships safely into port. He gives of Himself to keep the peace: He allows Himself to become a hostage after the Aesir-Vanir War, and when Skadi comes storming into Asgard to avenge Her father’s death, it is Njord who ends up becoming her husband and soothing her anger. Njord helps to calm the roiling waves, no matter what their source. He gives wisdom and good counsel, and he and Freyr act as priests for the Aesir tribe. When gifts of money, fertility, wisdom, serenity, and abundance of all kinds are needed, turn to Njord for help. He will always there to help you "bring your ship in".