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  • Adjective

    Definition 

    1: not permitted or allowed : forbidden or prohibited by or as if by authority

    Did You Know?

    Despite its spelling, the adjective verboten has nothing to do with verb, or any of the other words in our language related to Latin verbum. Rather, verboten comes from German, which got it from Old High German farboten, the past participle of the verb farbioten, meaning “to forbid.” (Forbid itself derives from Old English forbeodan, a relative of farbioten.) Verboten, which first appeared in English in 1916, is used to describe things that are forbidden according to a law or a highly regarded authority. There also exists a noun verboten, meaning “something forbidden by authority” (as in “well-established verbotens”), but this use is quite rare and is typically entered only in large, unabridged dictionaries.

    Example

    a college campus on which any form of hate speech was strictly verboten

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  • Ephesians 3:19

    to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

    We would all like to experience more health, abundance and success in our lives. God, being God, has all of these things, won’t you agree? So to be full of God is to be full of health, abundance and success. But how does one become full of God?

    In the past, I was told that to be “filled with all the fullness of God,” I had to fast a certain number of days, pray a certain number of hours and speak in tongues incessantly! I am not belittling fasting, praying or speaking in tongues, but to be filled with all the fullness of God is not about what you do. It is not even about your love for Christ. It is actually about knowing the love of Christ! No one ever told me that if I knew how much God loves me and focused on His love for me, I would be full of Him.

    When God made you, He designed you to run at optimal level when you are filled with His love, like a car that runs at its best when it is filled with the right kind of petrol or gasoline. When you realize how much God loves you and you feed on His love for you, you will be supernaturally filled with the fullness of God.

    And to be full of God is to be full of everything God is to you and has for you. To be full of God is to come to a place of life, health, peace, abundance—total wellness.

    Also, when you are conscious of how much God loves you and you become filled with the fullness of God, what follows is the next verse—God doing exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or think, according to the power that works in you (see Ephesians 3:20). You will experience the tremendous blessings of God exploding in your life! You will become a blessing magnet!

    So as God’s beloved, continue to be nourished by His love for you, and experience more health, abundance and success in your life!

    Blessed Monday

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  • Verb

    Definition 

    Transitive verb

    1: to free from error, misconception, or fallacy

    Did You Know?

    We know the verb “abuse” as a word meaning “to misuse,” “to mistreat,” or “to revile.” But when “disabuse” first appeared in the early 17th century, there was a sense of “abuse,” now obsolete, that meant “to deceive.” Sir Francis Bacon used that sense, for example, when he wrote in 1605, “You are much abused if you think your virtue can withstand the King’s power.” The prefix dis- has the sense of undoing the effect of a verb, so it’s not surprising that disabuse means “to undeceive.” English speakers didn’t come up with the idea of joining “dis-” to “abuse” all on their own, however. It was the French who first appended their prefix “dés-” to their verb “abuser.” English “disabuse” is modeled after French “désabuser.”

    Example

    let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life

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  • Verb

    Definition 

    Transitive verb

    1: to present an obstacle to: stand in the way of

    Did You Know?

    Golf was being played in Scotland as early as the 15th century, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that the sport really caught on in England and North America. It was also in the 19th century that the word stymie entered English as a noun referring to a golfing situation in which one player’s ball lies between another ball and the hole on the putting green, thereby blocking the line of play. Later, stymie came to be used as a verb meaning “to bring into the position of, or impede by, a stymie.” By the early 20th century, the verb was being applied in similarly vexing non-golf contexts.

    Example

    The raging blizzard stymied the rescuers’ attempts to find the stranded mountain climbers

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  • Verb

    Definition of aggrandize

    Transitive verb

    1: to make great or greater: INCREASE, ENLARGE

    2: to make appear great or greater : praise highly

    3: to enhance the power, wealth, position

    Did You Know?

    Aggrandize has enhanced the English vocabulary since the early 17th century. English speakers adapted “agrandiss-,” the stem of the French verb agrandir, to form “aggrandize,” and later used the French form agrandissement as the basis of the noun “aggrandizement.” (The root of “agrandiss-” is Latin; it comes from grandis, meaning “great.”) Nowadays, both noun and verb are regularly paired (somewhat disparagingly) with the prefix self- to refer to individuals bent on glorifying themselves, as in the following sentence by Barbara Buchholz which appeared in the Chicago Tribune in 1995: “Celebrity authors eager to reveal all, self-aggrandize and wear their royalties in expensive attire… .”

    Example

    a generous grant, enabling the library to significantly aggrandize its collection of books on tape

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  • Noun

    Definition

    1: a radiant or resplendent quality or state: BRILLIANCE

    Did You Know?

    The full bow of the crescent moon peeps above the plain and shoots its gleaming arrows far and wide, filling the earth with a faint refulgence, as the glow of a good man’s deeds shines for a while upon his little world after his sun has set, lighting the fainthearted travellers who follow on towards a fuller dawn. So British author Sir Henry Rider Haggard described the light of the moon in King Solomon’s Mines. Haggard’s example reflects both the modern meaning and the history of refulgence. That word derives from Latin refulgēre, which means “to shine brightly” and which is itself a descendant of the verb fulgēre, meaning “to shine.” By the way, fulgēre also underlies effulgence, a shining synonym of refulgence.

    Example

    The refulgence of a full moon on a clear autumn night

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  • Noun

    Definition

    1: floating wreckage of a ship or its cargobroadly : floating debrisflotsam washed up by the tide

    2a: a floating population (as of emigrants or castaways)human flotsam

    2b: miscellaneous or unimportant materiala notebook filled with flotsam and jetsam

    2c: DEBRIS REMAINS 

    First Known Use of flotsam

    circa 1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

    Example

    The dispirited family picked through the flotsam of their possessions after the hurricane, looking for anything that could be salvaged.

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  • nursery , n :
    (countable) A place where nursing (“breastfeeding”) or the raising of children is carried on. (by extension) Especially in European countries: a room or area in a household set apart for the care of children. A place where the pre-school children of working parents are supervised during the day; a crèche, a daycare centre. A nursery school (“a school where pre-school children learn and play at the same time”). (Philippines) The first year of pre-school. (countable, also figuratively) A place where anything is fostered and growth promoted. (agriculture, zoology) A place where animals breed, or where young animals are naturally or artificially reared (for example, on a farm). (horticulture) A place where young shrubs, trees, vines, etc., are cultivated for transplanting, or (more generally) made available for public sale, a garden centre; also (obsolete) a plantation of young trees. (sports) A club or team for developing the skills of young players. (countable) Something which educates and nurtures. (countable, billiards) Short for nursery cannon (“a carom shot involving balls that are very close together”). (countable, obsolete, rare) Someone or something that is nursed; a nursling. (uncountable, obsolete) The act of nursing or rearing. Today is the Global Day of Parents, which is recognized by the United Nations to honour the commitment of parents towards their children.

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  • Still

    ਆਪੇ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਚਲਾਇਦਾ ਜਗੁ ਧੰਧੈ ਲਾਇਆ ॥
    aape hukam chalaidhaa jag dha(n)dhai laiaa ||
    He Himself issues His Commands, and links the people of the world to their tasks.

    ਇਕਿ ਆਪੇ ਹੀ ਆਪਿ ਲਾਇਅਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥
    eik aape hee aap laian gur te sukh paiaa ||
    He Himself joins some to Himself, and through the Guru, they find peace.

    ਦਹ ਦਿਸ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਧਾਵਦਾ ਗੁਰਿ ਠਾਕਿ ਰਹਾਇਆ ॥
    dheh dhis ih man dhaavadhaa gur Thaak rahaiaa ||
    The mind runs around in the ten directions; the Guru holds it still.

    ਨਾਵੈ ਨੋ ਸਭ ਲੋਚਦੀ ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਪਾਇਆ ॥
    naavai no sabh lochadhee gurmatee paiaa ||
    Everyone longs for the Name, but it is only found through the Guru’s Teachings.

    ਧੁਰਿ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਮੇਟਿ ਨ ਸਕੀਐ ਜੋ ਹਰਿ ਲਿਖਿ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੧੨॥
    dhur likhiaa meT na sakeeaai jo har likh paiaa ||12||
    Your pre-ordained destiny, written by the Lord in the very beginning, cannot be erased. ||12||

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