A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters (1): anger, bravery, consider and excellence (Revised August 8, 2020)

I wrote this first of a series based on notes from study of God's words on 03/16/2013. I took words from the Bible in the sequence of words starting with A, B, C and so on. “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” background explained (3/17/2013): Why does the spiritual mindman start this new journey to … Continue reading A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters (1): anger, bravery, consider and excellence (Revised August 8, 2020)

A DICTIONARY FOR NAVIGATORS ON SPIRITUAL ROUGH WATERS 39: MORE WORDS FOR HARD TIMES

Hard times are the number one concern to every individual, not to mention those with a family to feed. Hard times means a lack. Lack of sufficient resources. Lack of the usual stuff that we consider constituting physical, mental and emotional security and well being. Increasingly we hear of news of certain economic phenomena that … Continue reading A DICTIONARY FOR NAVIGATORS ON SPIRITUAL ROUGH WATERS 39: MORE WORDS FOR HARD TIMES

coming home to sound of birds: a haiku (and a prose)

Morning sounds are sweet chirping twittering chatting birds and human meet ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 [Full Chapter] It is good to praise the Lord     and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 proclaiming your … Continue reading coming home to sound of birds: a haiku (and a prose)

A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters 38: more words for hard times

This traveler continues this journey on spiritual rough waters with a positive word. Not smooth but it's worth it. F= FIRST 'First' is a word commonly associated with performance superiority. Where an individual considers a thing of positive value to him, he wants to be first, to gain an advantageous position, and it means acting … Continue reading A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters 38: more words for hard times

(revised 2-25-16) a door opens: a haiku

  a door opens wide while he is just walking by pink and gold and light ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yet he gave a command to the skies above     and opened the doors of the heavens; 24 he rained down manna for the people to eat,     he gave them the grain of heaven. 25 Human beings ate the bread of … Continue reading (revised 2-25-16) a door opens: a haiku

A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters 37: words for hard times

I decided to resume writing this unusual word dictionary for spiritual navigators. Today we look at some positive words to be used in hard times. Unlike many may think, these are not cliches. They are for the believers. Let's ride this rough waters together! (Note: in summary, the following words are all neutral words which … Continue reading A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters 37: words for hard times

rain in March

a hundred days passed the blessing poured on parched ground the children laughing ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rain of blessing 11 “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. 12 The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury … Continue reading rain in March

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” 35: the paradox of “picture’

The word 'picture' for a photograph is another word of paradox. When we first see it we would imagine a copy representing a real thing. Yet when we compare the physical with the image, we realize that the copy is not a copy. How can that be? A 'photographic picture' may give the connotation of … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” 35: the paradox of “picture’

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 35: ‘Abide’

There are words which appear simple and yet are physically impossible to practice. The word 'abide' is such a word. I would take the following meanings for the purpose of this post: remain, continue, stay, dwell. When the word is used for a physical abode it is simple. But when we are required to carry out the phrase "abide … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 35: ‘Abide’

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 33: ‘conform or transform’

Conform takes human effort. The paradox of 'conform': Over recent history, the word 'conform' has been associated with ‘prohibitive’ words like, ‘bondage’, ‘oppressive’, ‘totalitarian’, ‘subservient’, and has become a unwelcomed negative behavioral word among the proclaimed 'individualistic' young people. Yet unknowingly, while rebelling against their parents' or grandparents’ moral values, they practice conformation among their … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 33: ‘conform or transform’

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 32: the pattern of ‘pattern’

When a word comes in the spirit, it comes with impact. Like this word, 'pattern'. For a layman it may seem an ordinary word. For a professional it is not. If someone says, I don't have a pattern, I just do free flow, the really creative artist will laugh. An artist is known by his … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 32: the pattern of ‘pattern’

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 29: the meaning of “meaning”

Today we come to one word, "mean", and learn to appreciate its depth and width. when we say "I mean" we are telling others to understand what we mean. The word 'mean' has no value of its own. The person who uses it can intend one of the following: he really means what he says; or … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 29: the meaning of “meaning”

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 28: ‘thought’ is an action word

The word 'thought' is often mistaken as a passive noun. It merely disguises itself like an innocent docile pet and waits for opportunity to be unleashed. Many have been snared by so called innocent thoughts. However, thought cannot operate on its own. Another word must join to it before it becomes functional. Here is a … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 28: ‘thought’ is an action word

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 27 – power of “praise”

Recently this traveler discovered the power of another word, "PRAISE". This is a word not generally taken seriously. It is often misused and even abused when the user does not mean what he says or say what he means. In spiritual reality it is one of the most powerful words. It is not just for … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 27 – power of “praise”

– power of “confess”

Today we come to the powerful positive word: "confess". Take note that this is a verb and not a noun. The word has often been associated with fear. No one wants to make public his or her deepest secret. The word "confess" intrudes. However, today we look at the positive side of this word which … Continue reading – power of “confess”

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 25 – the power of words

Here we are, at the cross road of life. We each know the place from which we have come. We do not know where we are going. We each must choose now. Indeed, the more we read the words of God, the more we realize how little we know God. How can we ever know … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 25 – the power of words

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 24 – meaning of “return”

The word is "return". It does not mean what you think it will mean. Why? When we use this word, we tend to mean we are going back to where we had been. In a physical journey it means going back to where we have first embarked or the port from which we first set … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 24 – meaning of “return”

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 23 – don’t worry

Today's word is "worry". This word is tied to a lot of negative words and consequences both physical and mental (and emotional). Whether it is spiritual or physical the word worry is not what anyone would like to be with. Why do people still worry? Let us look at the other words that accompany this word and … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 23 – don’t worry

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 21 –spirit and mind

In God's dictionary, the words spirit and mind are not friends. They can be enemies instead. For example: God looks at the mind and the thoughts of the mind to evaluate a man's worth. In Genesis, there is a record of what God thinks. God is Spirit. He views things from a spiritual viewpoint. 6:3 Then … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 21 –spirit and mind

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 20 – sound and mind

Sound and mind are two separate words, each having its own unique meaning. But sound does influence our thoughts. However, interestingly in English the two together "sound mind" means your mind is functional in the natural human society. The word sound takes on another meaning: rational; able to make reasonably acceptable decision; functional. All are relative … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 20 – sound and mind

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 18 – the twins: lost and found

Reading Bible words is like looking for treasure. Treasure is interesting because one has to find it. The key word is "find". One tends to take for granted things that are easily accessible and are visible to all. But when the equally rare and precious thing is not easily visible and often is hidden in … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 18 – the twins: lost and found

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 17 – what God magnified above His name?

Psalm 138:2 New King James Version (NKJV)  2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright ©  1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2 I will worship … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 17 – what God magnified above His name?

A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 13: uneXpectedly; daY; amaZed.

A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 13: uneXpectedly; daY; amaZed. The word that stands for “X” today is “UNEXPECTEDLY”. “UNEXPECTEDLY”: this is a word which many Christians would want to avoid or at least delay as long as possible. But the word of Jesus is clear: “But take heed to yourselves; lest … Continue reading A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 13: uneXpectedly; daY; amaZed.

A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters: chapter ten -how to define love?

Today we read the most difficult word in the whole Bible, 'Love'. Love: This is not a shallow, superficial common word as the mindman had thought in his reckless days. There is richness, depth, breadth, width, height here. But, how to define love? This is the toughest question and many have failed through out human … Continue reading A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters: chapter ten -how to define love?

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 6 atonement

The search for God's words and meanings continues. And the gems that come forth are real treasure. Atonement: this word means making amends. In the Old Testament, it meant covering of sin (uncleanness), sins transferred to a scapegoat.) But in spiritual reality, it cannot be done by humans or animals for good. No matter how … Continue reading “A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 6 atonement