Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Bible Verse ~ Sunday, Oct 30th

New Bible verse posted as of October 30th...Have a great week!

Luke 6:38 (NIV) 

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" 

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

True Love and Affection!

Such a powerful message...I thought I'd share this video!

VIDEO: "True Love and Affection - Narayanan Krishnan"

After watching the video, a few Bible verses came to mind...

Isaiah 58:10 (NIV)
And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Matthrew 25:35 (NIV)
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV)
Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

1 Corinthians 13:3 (NIV)
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)
But since you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you - see that you also exel in this grace of giving.

I hope this message was as inspirational to you as it was for me.  :-)

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

No Worries ~ "Hakuna Matata"!!

Have you heard of the phrase "Hakuna Matata"? Well if you are anything like me ~ knee deep in kid stuff ~ you would have at one point in your existence heard of the catchy little song from the Lion King movie.

About two weekends ago, my 2 year old and I engaged in watching the Lion King movie over and over AND over again!! At her insistence of course ~ WINK WINK! I can't count how many times we watched the movie. I watched it so many times, I found myself singing the songs in the movie even after I had long stopped watching it. One song in particular, "Hakuna Matata", was one of our favorites... OK, my favorite.  If you have never seen the movie or heard the song before, here it is...

Watch the scene from this movie clip of The Lion King

Just like the song spells out, Hakuna Matata literally means "No Worries" or loosely "Don't Worry" in the Swahili language. In the movie, the phrase is used as a "problem free philosophy" and is meant to ease all worries.

As my 2 year old and I continued to sing the song over and over again, I thought to myself, "what a GREAT idea"!?! To have a problem free philosophy whenever life's little mishaps get the better of me.Well I don't normally go around saying "Hakuna Matata" when something goes awry in my life or I'm not having the best day. However, I do like the idea of having a certain phrase to say that will help ease worries, stresses and/or anxiety that occasionally pop up from time to time.

So of course, what is the first thing that came to mind when I thought about a problem free 'phrase' I can rely on when needed? Well not so much a phrase, but a NAME!


The ONE and ONLY NAME!!!

How about the mighty NAME(s) of GOD!!!! What else but the mighty name(s) of God can ease our worries, stresses, hurts, anxiety, and so forth.  (See 'Names of God' below) And there are so many names to choose from, simply because He is MY everything...our EVERYTHING! One of my personal favorites is the name "Jehovah Shalom" meaning The Lord of Peace.

So there you have it! I've found my very own phrase, so-to-speak! WINK

JEHOVAH SHALOM!! (Although it's pretty difficult to narrow it down to just one--I think I will interchangeably use a few depending on the circumstance - WINK WINK).

How about you? Do you need a "problem free philosophy ~ Hakuna Matata" phrase in your life?? Why not try one of God's names to ease your worries!!

You can search the list below to find yours ;-)

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

There are three primary names of GOD in the Old Testament; GOD (Elohim), LORD (Jehovah, or Yahweh), and LORD/Master (Adonai). Beyond these, God is called by over 80 other compound names or descriptive titles.
  • Elohim-GOD (Genesis 1:1)
    -The strong creator

  • Jehovah-LORD (Genesis 2:4)
    -The self-existing One

  • Adonai-LORD/Master (Genesis 15:2)
    -The Headship Name

The Compound Names
"Jehovah El and Jehovah Elohim"

  • Jehovah El Elohim (Joshua 22:22)
    - The LORD GOD of GODS
  • Jehovah Elohim (Genesis 2:4, 3:9-13, 21)
    - The LORD GOD
  • Jehovah Elohe Abothekem (Joshua 18:3)
    - The LORD GOD of Your Fathers
  • Jehovah El Elyon (Genesis 14:22)
    - The LORD, the Most High GOD
  • Jehovah El Emeth (Psalms 31:5)
    - LORD GOD of Truth
  • Jehovah Elohim Tsebaoth (Psalms 59:5, Isaiah 28:22)
    - LORD GOD of Hosts
  • Jehovah Elohe Yeshuathi (Psalms 88:1)
    - LORD GOD of My Salvation
  • Jehovah Elohe Yisrael (Psalms 41:13)
    - The LORD GOD of Israel

The Compound Names
"El, Elohim, and Elohe"

  • Elohim (Genesis 1:1)
    - GOD
  • Elohim Bashamayim (Joshua 2:11)
    - GOD in Heaven
  • El Bethel (Genesis 35:7)
    - GOD of the House of GOD
  • Elohe Chaseddi (Psalms 59:10)
    - The GOD of My Mercy
  • Elohe Yisrael (Genesis 33:20)
    - GOD, the GOD of Israel
  • El Elyon (Genesis 14:18, Daniel 3:26, Psalms 78:56)
    - The Most High GOD
  • El Emunah (Deuteronomy 7:9)
    - The Faithful GOD
  • El Gibbor (Isaiah 9:6)
    - Mighty GOD
  • El Hakabodh (Psalms 29:3)
    - The GOD of Glory
  • El Hay (Joshua 3:10, Jeremiah 23:36, Daniel 3:26)
    - The Living GOD
  • El Hayyay (Psalms 42:8)
    - GOD of My Life
  • Elohim Kedoshim (Joshua 24:19)
    - Holy GOD
  • El Kanna (Exodus 20:5)
    - Jealous GOD
  • El Kanno (Joshua 24:19)
    - Jealous GOD
  • Elohe Mauzi (Psalms 43:2)
    - GOD of My Strength
  • Elohim Machase Lanu (Psalms 62:8)
    - GOD Our Refuge
  • Eli Maelekhi (Psalms 68:24)
    - GOD My King
  • El Marom (Micah 6:6)
    - GOD Most High
  • El Nekamoth (Psalms 18:47)
    - GOD that Avengeth
  • El Nose (Psalms 99:8)
    - GOD that Forgave
  • Elohenu Olam (Psalms 48:14)
    - Our Everlasting GOD
  • Elohim Ozer Li (Psalms 54:4)
    - GOD My Helper
  • El Rai
    - GOD Seest Me
  • Elsali (Psalms 42:9)
    GOD, My Rock
  • El Shaddai (Genesis 17:1,2, Ezekiel 10:5)
    - Almighty GOD
  • Elohim Shophtim Ba-arets (Psalms 58:11)
    - GOD that Judgeth in the Earth
  • El Simchath Gili (Psalms 43:4)
    - GOD My Exceeding Joy
  • Elohim Tsebaoth (Psalms 80:7, Jeremiah 35:17&38:17)
    - GOD of Hosts
  • Elohe Tishuathi (Psalms 18:46&51:14)
    - GOD of My Salvation
  • Elohe Tsadeki (Psalms 4:1)
    - GOD of My Righteousness
  • Elohe Yakob (Psalms 20:1)
    - GOD of Israel
  • Elohe Yisrael (Psalms 59:5)
    - GOD of Isreal

The Compound Names

  • Jehovah (Exodus 6:2,3)
    - The LORD
  • Adonai Jehovah (Genesis 15:2)
    - Lord GOD
  • Jehovah Adon Kol Ha-arets (Joshua 3:11)
    - The LORD, the Lord of All the Earth
  • Jehovah Bore (Isaiah 40:28)
    - The LORD Creator
  • Jehovah Chereb (Deuteronomy 33:29)
    - The LORD... the Sword
  • Jehovah Eli (Psalms 18:2)
    - The LORD My GOD
  • Jehovah Elyon (Genesis 14:18-20)
    - The LORD Most High
  • Jehovah Gibbor Milchamah (Psalms 24:8)
    - The LORD Mighty In Battle
  • Jehovah Maginnenu (Psalms 89:18)
    - The LORD Our Defense
  • Jehovah Goelekh (Isaiah 49:26&60:16)
    - The LORD Thy Redeemer
  • Jehovah Hashopet (Judges 11:27)
    - The LORD the Judge
  • Jehovah Izuz Wegibbor (Psalms 24:8)
    - The LORD Strong and Mighty
  • Jehovah-jireth (Genesis 22:14)
    - The LORD Shall Provide
  • Jehovah Kabodhi (Psalms 3:3)
    - The LORD My GOD
  • Jehovah Kanna Shemo (Exodus 34:14)
    - The LORD Whose Name Is Jealous
  • Jehovah Keren-Yishi (Psalms 18:2)
    - The LORD the Horn of My Salvation
  • Jehovah Machsi (Psalms 91:9)
    The LORD My Refuge
  • Jehovah Magen (Deuteronomy 33:29)
    - The LORD the Shield
  • Jehovah Makkeh (Ezekiel 7:9)
    - The LORD that Smiteth
  • Jehovah Mauzzam (Psalms 37:39)
    - The LORD Their Strength
  • Jehovah Mauzzi (Jeremiah 16:19)
    - The LORD My Fortress
  • Ha-Melech Jehovah (Psalms 98:6)
    - The LORD the King
  • Jehovah Melech Olam (Psalms 10:16)
    - The LORD King Forever
  • Jehovah Mephalti (Psalms 18:2)
    - The LORD My Deliverer
  • Jehovah Mekaddishkem (Exodus 31:13)
    - The LORD that Sanctifies You
  • Jehovah Metsudhathi (Psalms 18:2)
    - The LORD My High Tower
  • Jehovah Moshiekh (Isaiah 49:26&60:16)
    - The LORD Your Savior
  • Jehovah Nissi (Exodus 17:15)
    - The LORD My Banner
  • Jehovah Ori (Psalms 27:1)
    - The LORD My Light
  • Jehovah Uzzi (Psalms 28:7)
    - The LORD My Strength
  • Jehovah Rophe (Exodus 15:26)
    - The LORD (our) Healer
  • Jehovah Roi (Psalms 23:1)
    - The LORD My Shepherd
  • Jehovah Sabaoth (Tsebaoth) (I Samuel 1:3)
    - The LORD of Hosts
  • Jehovah Sali (Psalms 18:2)
    - The LORD My Rock
  • Jehovah Shalom (Judges 6:24)
    - The LORD (our) Peace
  • Jehovah Shammah (Ezekiel 48:35)
    The LORD Is There
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu (Jeremiah 23:6)
    - The LORD Our Righteousness
  • Jehovah Tsuri (Psalms 19:14)
    - O LORD My Strength

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New Bible Verse ~ Sunday, Oct 23rd

New Bible verse posted as of October 23rd...Have a great week!

Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV)

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Is Amazon Becoming a Publishing House?? Yes!

Is Amazon now becoming a publishing house and competing with traditional publishers with their latest addition?

This appears to be the case. Apparently Amazon has set up a flagship line run by publishing veteren, Laurence Kirshbaum, to bring out brand-name fiction and non-fiction, according to a New York Times article. Amazon has already signed its first deal AND also paid actress/director Penny Marshall $800,000 to publish her memoir. Another self-pub author's, Laurel Saville, book is scheduled to be published by Amazon next month.

You can read the full article here:

The news definitely changes the playing field quite a bit. For some, this is great news...for others, not so much.

Where do you weigh in?

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Bible Verse ~ Sunday, Oct 16th

New Bible verse posted as of October 16th...Have a great week!

Psalm 32:8 (NIV84)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.  

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Who Is Ready To Write A NOVEL?

National Novel Writing Month, also known as 'NaNoWriMo' is an annual writing project which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel in ONE MONTH. The annual event begins November 1st and is open to EVERYONE -- whether it's your first time writing, or you're an experienced writing professional.

The project started in July 1999 with just 21 participants, but by 2010 over 200,000 people took part.

Individuals wishing to participate can register on the NaNoWriMo website at, where you can post information about your novel. Word count is validated on the site (writers submit a copy of their novel for automatic counting). The official 'Forums' provide a place for advice, information, and support and are available from the beginning of October, when signups for the year begin.

According to the rules, a participant's novel can be on any theme and in any genre, and in any language. Starting at midnight November 1, novels must reach a minimum of 50,000 words before 11:59:59 PM on November 30, local time. Planning and extensive notes are permitted, but no earlier written material can go into the body of the novel, nor is one allowed to start early and then finish 30 days from that start point.

No official prizes are awarded for length, quality, or speed. Anyone who reaches the 50,000 word mark is declared a WINNER!!! However, in October 2008, the self-publishing company CreateSpace teamed up with NaNoWriMo to begin offering winners a single free, paperback proof copy of their manuscripts, with the option to use the proof to then sell the novel on I am not sure if CreateSpace is still offering this deal, but it would be worth looking into.

I am also not certain I am up for the challenge, but I am motivated and have registered on the NaNoWriMo website...What about you?

Are you participating this year? Who is up for the challenge??

God Bless! T Denise Clary

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

GUEST BLOGGER ~ Editor Jennifer Moody

The Importance of Editing – From an Editor’s Viewpoint
**For a limited time, Jennifer with MoodyEdits is offering a special discount on editing services. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for additional information**

Editor and Writer Jennifer Moody
I have been proofing other people’s work since 1999. When you edit for a living, you don’t get to turn it off at 5pm and go on with everyday life. The editor-eye is always searching. I have seen more errors on things that I don’t give a darn about… billboards on highways, banners on buildings, signs on doors… mistakes are everywhere. When I see one of these, I think, “Good LORD, didn’t you have somebody READ that before you made it 50 feet tall???” …Guess not.

When I’m editing to-be-published material (that would be the stuff I DO care about), it’s a whole different story. As a writer myself, I can relate to the writer’s position. I know from experience that no matter how many times you read through your own work, you’re going to miss something. (Right now I’m re-reading all this, thinking… if I have a mistake in this blog about editing that will look pretty sad! I probably will though, since it won’t be professionally edited. Whatchagonnado.)

While I offer a variety of editorial services, my bread-n-butter work is monthly national magazines. My normal editing process for a magazine feature goes something like this:

·         Read-1: I read through it first, just getting a feel for its flow. (I make corrections as I see them, but it’s not the point of the first-read.)

·         Read-2: Second read is done as a word-for-word, not really taking in the story on this round. (I catch a few more this way.)

·         Read-3: Then I officially turn on the eagle-eye and read again – fixing any errors I catch along the way. (This is also the round where sentence restructuring is done, should the client want heavy copy-editing, which my magazine clients do.)

·         Read-4: This round is done as a safety-net, because even editors miss things once in a while. (Hard to believe, I know; but alas, it is true.)

·         Read-5: Final round – I sit back and read it as a READER. (Usually there is some sentence restructuring here too.)

Five rounds of proofing for each feature—with perfection as the ultimate goal—is how you get a beautiful “book” (as they call it in the magazine world) in the end.

When editing a book to be submitted for publisher consideration, the process is a bit different, but the goal is the same… perfection. Because the last thing a publisher wants to see when considering a book, is a book filled with errors. If you didn’t care, why should they? There are too many people out there begging for their book to be considered, for the publisher to invest their time reading a book that the author didn’t invest in. You have to do your job first, or they’re going to put it down and pick up the next one. And what you end up with is a rejection letter…and a reputation.

Professional book editing runs about 1.5-2 cents per word (more if rewriting or ghost writing is involved). If you’re serious about getting your book published, it is the best investment you’ll ever make. When the publisher reads through your work, they won’t be putting it down and grabbing the next one. They’ll keep reading. That’s the goal—to keep ‘em reading—all the way to the end!

If you are self-publishing an e-book, the importance of proper editing is not lessened. Sure, it will be published either way; but now, instead of a publisher stumbling over errors, it’s the reader. And if your first readers are tripping and falling, they won’t finish it, they won’t recommend it to their friends, and they won’t write a good review (or even worse, they’ll write a bad one). If that happens, ALL your blood, sweat, and tears you put into your work was for nothing. Because it will sit on Amazon or Smashwords for months, with a handful of sales (at a few bucks each) and a couple of bad reviews. At that point it’s dead in the water. And not just that book… any book that e-publishes after that with the same author’s name, already has a strike against it. Readers won’t hit that “buy” button if they’ve already been bitten.

When you have invested so much into your work, do not skip the last step. Have an editor go through it with a fine-tooth comb, giving it that final polish so it shines. THEN publish it. If money is an issue, shop around. There are good editors out there offering slightly lower than average rates to build up their business. And know your options… such as paying for a chapter at a time rather than the entire book at once. When you get to pay for it in pieces it becomes way more affordable. You won’t get the editor’s input on the entire book’s flow, but you’ll get each chapter edited, which is a big step in itself.

Another option, if money is really tight, is joining a book writing group. I belong to one that meets twice a month. Writers bring single chapters of books they’re working on, and read them out loud (while the rest of the group follows along with their own printout). After the reading, we go around the table giving our input… page 3’s second paragraph is confusing, consider changing such-and-such so it flows better, etc. As an editor in a writers group, I sit there marking up my copy as I listen to the author read… editorial freebies.

Whichever editing route you take, it’s better than not taking it at all. The important thing is to make the investment in your work so it pays off. With any kind of product, if the quality isn’t high it won’t sell, or at least, not for long. A book is no different.

Jennifer Moody
**SPECIAL OFFER** For a limited time, now until December 31, 2011, Jennifer with MoodyEdits will offer a special rate on her services to all T Denise Clary Book Blog Readers. She is offering to bill at a penny per word for single-chapter edits. Please contact her through her contact information above.

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Sunday, October 9, 2011

New Bible Verse ~ Sunday, Oct 9th

New Bible verse posted as of October 9th...Have a great week!

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Song On My Mind?? YES, Thank You Lord!!!

Recently, I was struck with a slight case of discouragement over the plight of my books. Am I selling books? Yes. However, I have been so exhausted lately, mentally and physically, from all the self-promotion I have been doing. When you self-publish, everything is on YOU. There is no one else to help promote your books--just you ~ You ~ YOU!! And believe me when I say that it's exhausting!! Especially when I have other things in my life besides promoting books.

And with my recent exhaustion, naturally came discouragement. My spouse tried to be supportive and shed light on the situation. He asked me "But aren't your books selling?"  "Yes, but that's not the point!" I replied. I was not looking at present status, but the long journey ahead of me. I was thinking of the long, windy, uncertain road ahead. If this was only the beginning of the journey, and I am THIS exhausted, I still have a long ways to go. Not to mention the expense involved. It can take thousands of dollors to bring a single illustrated children's book to print (everyone along the publishing trail has to be paid).

I felt like I was at a crossroads! Or maybe I had made a wrong turn somewhere??? Did I make the right decision to self-publish (the unknown) instead of trying to go traditional publishing (mainstream)? Although many questions filled my head, no definitive answers came to me. I remembered the promises that God had spoken to me back in 2009. So why was I feeling so discouraged, exhausted, and indecisive of what to do next?? I prayed to the Lord to give me direction...

Well I awoke the next morning with a song in my spirit...HOWEVER, I didn't realize it!!!

Let me explain...

When I awoke the next morning, I was humming a song and partially singing it, but didn't realize what I had been doing until later. I got up, took a shower, and it wasn't until I got out of the shower that I even realized that I was humming/singing a song.  YES, the Lord had placed a song in my heart and it wasn't until about thirty minutes after waking up, and humming/singing this song, that I even realized it. The song was in my head and spirit from the moment I woke up!!I didn't know all the lyrics and didn't know the title, but I knew the artist and part of the chorus. So later in the day I researched the lyrics to see what the Lord had actually placed in my spirit...through song!

Here is the song God put in my spirit the morning of Sept. 25th

"They That Wait On The Lord" by Fred Hammond

Listen, to those of you who are going through
For those of us who are waiting on His promise
Understand God has not forgotten you
When times get tough, you got to look up to Heaven
And encourage yourself and sing..

They that wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up on wings
Just like an eagle that soars

They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and never faint
They that wait on the lord
And I say wait on the lord

Hold on a little while longer
Here's what you got to do
Trust and believe my friend
He'll work it out for you

One thing you must remember
My God is able and
He cares for you
He cares for you

Wait on the Lord and he will come through
Wait on the Lord he will answer you
Wait on the Lord and he won't be long
Wait on the Lord he's going to work for they that wait

song repeats...

The Lord is truly amazing!! He knows what troubles us even when we try to put up a brave face and act like nothing is bothering us. He is our comforter!! He comforts us in ways that we would never imagine or think (i.e. placing a song in my heart and not even realizing it). He gives us peace during our difficult times!! He calms the storms and fights our battles, even when some of those battles happen to come from within our own head...

Yes, I serve an amazing God! I am renewed, restored and at peace knowing that He is fully in control and IS directing my steps!! 

Have you been feeling discouraged, exhausted, and/or indecisive lately? Seek out the Lord!!! Allow Him to put a new song in your spirit! :-)

God Bless!
T Densie Clary

"but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Bible Verse ~ Sunday, Oct 2nd

New Bible verse posted as of October 2nd...Have a great week!

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Saturday, October 1, 2011

BRAIN TEASER of Biblical Proportions!!


Out of 66 books of the Bible (well I think 56 without the double and triple books), the names of 16 books are hidden in the paragraph below. How many can you find?

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu; kept people looking so hard for facts…and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized. But the truth finally struck home to numbers of our readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so that she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are sixteen names of books of the Bible in this paragraph.

God Bless!
T Denise Clary