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That's What Brought Me Here

by Maria Carmi

This one is a slow inspirational track with some kick.
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THE LORD (YHWH) REIGNETH - Psalm 99:1 (KJV). JESUS (YESHUA) IS THE LORD! - 1 Corinthians 12:3 (KJV). Don't ever think we're anything--or that we have ANY power in ourselves whatsoever. We are POWERLESS. But if we keep His Commandments and call upon Him, He Will Answer us (Psalm 99:6-7, KJV). IT IS ALL JESUS. IT IS ALL GOD. "For THINE is the KINGDOM, and the POWER, and the GLORY, FOR EVER. AMEN." - Matthew 6:13 (KJV). DON'T EVER FORGET THAT. "For The KINGDOM is The LORD'S: and HE IS THE GOVERNOR AMONG THE NATIONS." - Psalm 22:28 (KJV). "HE RULETH by HIS POWER for ever" Psalm 66:7 (KJV). "The Most High Ruleth in the kingdom of men" - Daniel 4:17 (KJV). "God hath spoken once, twice have I heard this; that POWER BELONGETH UNTO GOD." - Psalm 62:11 (KJV). Jesus told us, "without ME, you can do NOTHING." - John 15:5 (KJV). "thou canst not make one hair white or black." - Matthew 5:36 (KJV). "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" - Matthew 6:27 (KJV). We're POWERLESS. It's ALL HIM. And BTW, don't seek power. Seek HIM. Seek His Face. That's where it's really at. Thank You, Lord. YOU REIGN. YOU ALONE. How You bother with us is beyond me. Thank You, LORD JESUS. YOU ALONE are AWESOME!!!

A HUGE SHOUTOUT AND THANK YOU to our law officers and firefighters throughout our nation. God put them there (Romans 13:1, KJV). There will always be a few bad eggs, but most really do want to help our communities. These officers and firefighters put their own lives in jeopardy, so they can protect us. A special shoutout to all our local police. You rock!!!

THANK YOU to every single person who has supported me--my bodaciously awesome pastor, those in the Church (including the prophetic ministries, those connected to the Jewish community, and many others--Wow!!), my sneaky, wonderful Walmart buds, the entertainment community and media (You rock!!), and MOST OF ALL the listeners (You're why I'm here in the first place!!) I noticed. I felt it. Blew me away--THANK YOU!!! Let's roll!!!

Chris, Underground Treehouse musicians, man, you guys are a trip --Get in the bus, and ride!!

Thanks to CD Baby once again--a special company with some very lovely, artistic people who go the extra mile.


Approximately 3'58". Please feel free to use any pictures/ads I've put out there, as long as they're not altered (except to resize it bigger or smaller).All rights reserved.

[PLEASE NOTE: Some Scriptural references were obtained through Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible, 22nd American Edition Revised, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 55.5338.]

Simchah took me for a great walk this morning. I've got to tell you, I really enjoyed my time off-leash while he ran around the dog park. Maybe it's the change in weather or something, but he was a WILD MAN this morning. Man alive, I felt like a rag doll at the end of a very short leash!! Whoa, Sim, I think I'd better check out some new dog food or something, bud. But oh, yeah--You are the man, Sim Sim. You are the Man.

Cruises are so appealing to a lot of people. Remember The Love Boat? And I LOVE the ocean. I just wish I didn't get sea sick. On jets, too, I'd spend most of the time in the bathroom when I was younger. Just ask my brother. Anyway, my Mom and I took a day trip to Catalina Island in Southern Cal with my Aunt many years ago. We had to get there by boat. Well, I made it. And we sure had a great time once we got there! Rented a cart. Put my Mom in the front and my Aunt facing backward in the back. I had a ball driving that thing around like a maniac all over the place--even if my Aunt was holding on for dear life! Catalina is a lovely little place and a great getaway. Plenty to do and see. Great eats, too! One terrific memory. I just made sure to stay on the top deck on our boat ride back to the mainland. That fresh air really helped. BTW, I now do better on jets, and I don't drive like a Jehu ("for he driveth furiously" - 2 Kings 9:20, KJV), like a maniac anymore. Also, I know I can take a little ginger ahead of time for queasiness. Who knows? I might even try a sunset cruise one of these days.

I made my transition into healthy eating GRADUALLY. Maybe other people can do it cold turkey, but I made baby steps--just one thing at a time. Like maybe I added some raw fruit or veggie daily to my diet. Veggies and fruits that I LIKED, such as avocado, mango, etc. Then after a while, I started reading labels on packaged items. Then maybe I cut out some bad carbs. Etc., etc., etc. I'm now at a point where I hardly ever CRAVE bad stuff. I mean, during the summer, you know I'm going to have some ice cream once in a while. Or maybe I feek like some pizza here or there. (Kind of sounds good right now actually...) But other than that, by God's Grace eating right has become a HABIT. I don't think about it anymore. For me, the key to change was SUBSTITUTION. See, I ENJOY eating healthily--because I ENJOY what I eat. I never feel DEPRIVED. THAT'S THE KEY. Today there are plenty of good choices you can make. Make them.

I'm a BIG believer in drinking distilled water. I've had a water distiller probably for decades. Gone through quite a few actually. I always find crud at the bottom. Better there than in the arteries.

FUN WITH ENGLISH Personally, I love words that make me feel great. Like those "l" words that whisper sweetness. Words like gala or mellifluous. Mel-LI-fluous. Oooh. Feels good just saying it. Lillies. Millionaire. Lalapalooza. Philadelphia. Liberty Bell. Belle of the ball. Philly steak sandwich. (mm, mm, mm!!) M and N aren't bad, either. Prince Charming. Marvelous. Enamored. Then you have those tough "t" and "g" words full of grit. Like mettle. Or metal. Gargantuan. Daily grind. Garbage. Granite. Target. Grab. TKO. Totalled. Toast. Ouchy, Ouchy. But if you really want to get down and dirty, throw some expressions out there. Let's say you tell Nancy NewToEnglish, Did you know that Jane and John are going together? Really? Where? Oh, come off it! Okay--Off what? Bite your tongue. Man, are you nuts? Not really--but you're totally bananas. You don't have to bite my head off. How'd ya manage that one, Einstein? Don't try and weasel out of this one, you bad egg, you. One bad apple won't spoil the whole bunch. Smarty pants. They got a chip? You dirty dog. Don't try and fudge on this one, you cockroach. Aren't you the cat's meow. Oh, go take a hike. Heck no, I'm pooped. Well, then, go get your magnesium--Just don't spill the beans. Hunh? Sayonara, baby. Oh, go fly a kite.

We all know that having a strong heart is vital to good health. What does The Bible say about having a stronger heart? "Wait on The LORD: BE OF GOOD COURAGE, AND HE SHALL STRENGTHEN THINE HEART: Wait, I say, on The LORD." - Psalm 27:14 (KJV). How about this one? "...BREAD which strengtheneth man's heart." - Psalm 104:15 (KJV) What we eat matters.

Simchah had to get his teeth cleaned again recently. Man, I hate having to put him through that. Getting the shot of anesthesia and then another shot to bring him out of it more quickly after the cleaning. It hurts like heck when he cries. And it's not without risk, either. Then, to top it all off, they make you pay for it. So why do it? Because it's important IN THE LONG RUN. Fun up ahead, bud!!! P.S.--Sim's vet also gave him antibiotics which should last about two weeks. After that, I want to give him some canine probiotics to replace the beneficial intestinal flora. As always, check with your vet about your pooch's supplement regimen.

Don't just read The Bible. LIVE IT.

I'm a fairly adventurous sort. Perhaps I get that from my Mom. She was always so game to go some place new or to try new things. And perhaps some of it is just from how life has unfolded for me. Both NYC and Southern Cal are in my heart and soul to stay. They're just part of who I am. But I've also grown very fond of Tennessee now. It's hard for me to believe, but I've been here for close to ten years already. It is one GREAT state--rich in history, rich in music. Either one of those can be overpowering at times. So, too, the natural beauty. And its wildness is inescapable. I feel at home here. I feel a part of it. You know. Just like biscuits and gravy.

FASHION TALK I'm crazy about short-cut boots. I'd have them in every color I like if I could find them! They're so versatile. You can dress them up or down. And they don't fall off your feet. Best of all--if you get the right ones--they are COMFORTABLE, even with a higher heel. I keep adding to my collection!

I like love songs and romantic movies with HAPPY endings. Always have, ever since I was a kid. It can start out rough. I just like to LEAVE feeling great. That's why I love the movie "Sabrina" with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Even better than "Roman Holiday"--even if I shouldn't say that and even though I love Gregory Peck. Anyway, "Sabrina" captures Bogey's sensitivity. And it's got a little bit of everything. Loaded with humor and wit, with some very serious undertones and social commentary as well. There's fashion, France, NYC, food, music, and of course, romance! A great little classic flick.

BEAUTY TALK Happy people are beautiful people. So get happy. Stress is a definite "no-no". It's true that the world isn't going to go away. It's how we REACT that counts. The Bible says, "Be careful for NOTHING; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your HEARTS AND MINDS through Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) Laugh, sing, dance, play with your pet, play a game, pray, exercise, take a walk, smell some honeysuckle or lavendar--A LOT!!! And if you live right, man, is that a huge factor. "Rejoice in The LORD alway: and again I say, REJOICE." - Philippians 4:4 (KJV)

FAVORITE ACTIVITIES I'm a pc solitaire NUT. I keep trying to beat myself. Even if I don't succeed too often. Still, I keep trying. I sit there and just click away. Pitiful. But fun!!

MORE FAVORITE ENTERTAINERS How about Morgan Freeman? What a great actor. Brooks & Dunn--really LOVE that sound!!! Katy Perry is a captivating singer and writer, and SO fun, and Taylor Swift is a genuine multifaceted talent with plenty to say to this generation. Catch Kelly Clarkson's new show--what a voice, what a singer, and seems like a really nice gal, too! Love Danny De Vito!! Sure glad he--and a lot of other people--had the courage to break in to the business. BTW, when they call it "breaking in" to show business--brother, they ain't kidding!

Vice President Mike Pence. Absolutely Stupendous.

I refuse to dabble in the occult. I don't want to provoke God (1 Corinthians 10:22; Acts 19:19; Leviticus 19:31; Leviticus 20:6; Deuteronomy 18:9-14, KJV). Ever since I got saved, I've avoided anything such as reading horoscopes, using ouija boards, having my fortune or palm read, etc.--even tattoos (Leviticus 19:28, KJV) and watching horror movies. Anything that has to do with the occult. Why? I don't want anything to do with demons. I won't give the enemy permission to come into my home and life. I'm careful about EVERYTHING that comes into my eyes and ears. They are gateways into my mind and even body. God can redeem everything, though. A friend that had tattoos--that he tried to have removed, partially successfully--from his military days became so close to God that it made me envious. (I had to repent, of course...)

Having said that, I understand our craving for the supernatural. It's from God. But there are two sources of supernatural experience. There is a way to make sure it's coming from God and not an evil source. The Bible points it out in various places, such as in Leviticus 19:31 (KJV). Heck, all that chapter is good. See, God has gifts, too. God even says it's GOOD to seek those spiritual gifts He has for us (1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1, KJV). He's PUT gifts into each of us, and we have a God-given need to use them. So just ask The LORD for HIS gifts. I've been on both sides. I used to be into the occult. I've got to tell you, God's stuff is WAY better.

"HE shall choose our inheritance for us" - Psalm 47:4, KJV. GOD puts desires and gifts into us--but leave the details to HIM. ASK GOD to lead you into HIS calling on your life. Then just go about your business. You don't have to sit there and worry if you're going the right way. Commit your way to Him, and let HIM lead you into everything He has for you. You have to be willing to trust Him when it seems like nothing is happening, like you're on the road to nowhere. No matter how long it takes. Don't worry about getting there. You don't have to know how to get there. HE DOES--AND HE has the POWER to get you there. "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith The LORD of hosts." - Zechariah 4:6, KJV You just take care of you--keeping yourself right with God and doing whatever He leads you into. Then just keep going until you get there. Just don't think it will be a cakewalk. It won't. How much do you want it?

Oh, that normalcy bias. If you want normal, do normal. Otherwise, blast normal to blazes in the Name of Jesus!!

My Mom and I had a rocky relationship when I was younger. Even after I came to Christ, it took DECADES for our relationship to mature. HOWEVER, BY CHRIST'S GRACE, it DID. Years before my Mom went to Glory, she and I became best buds. We did everything together. We actually got to LIKE each other. We enjoyed each other's company. It was less of a parent/child relationship and more of a friendship. We had learned to see each other as a PERSON. And besides. I gave her heck when I was a teenager before I got saved. And I wasn't so perfect even after I got saved, either. I didn't treat her right all the time even then. We've got to give each other grace. I forgave her, and she forgave me. Man, that can do wonders. Our relationship turned out GREAT. I sure miss her. Love her a whole lot. She was a SUPER lady. I'm sure glad I got to know my Mom without having blinders on from childhood wounds.

Not too long before my Mom went to Glory, she and I were talking one day. I can't even remember what it was about, but at one point, she told me, "You talk too much." It wasn't that I was yakking my head off. I just must have said something that didn't need to be said. See, some things are better left unsaid. We're not meant to talk about everything, even though it may be true. Just because something may be true doesn't give us the right to hurt somebody with it. We still need to "Do unto others..." and treat others the way WE would want them to treat us. So it's always a great idea to THINK before speaking.

Realists see WHAT IS. Dreamers see WHAT IS TO COME. How far do you see?

When we ask God for wisdom (James 1:5, Proverbs 2:6, KJV), where does He put it? He deposits wisdom into our HEARTS (Exodus 36:2; Proverbs 10:2, KJV). Godly Wisdom is more than brain IQ. "I wisdom dwell with prudence" - Proverbs 8:12, KJV. "Now therefore HEARKEN unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that KEEP my ways. HEAR instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, WATCHING DAILY at my gates, WAITING at the posts of my doors. For whoso FINDETH me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of The LORD." - Proverbs 8:32-35 KJV. And in order to FIND wisdom, we need to SEEK it: "If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; THEN shalt thou understand the fear of The LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For THE LORD gives Wisdom: out of HIS Mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." - Proverbs 2:4-6, KJV

Don't just read The Bible. LIVE IT.

Faith is a spiritual principle. It dishonors God when we don't believe Him. Without it, we actually limit what He does. In the wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt, Israel "turned back and tempted God, and LIMITED The Holy One of Israel." (Psalm 78:41, KJV) Pretty sobering. In His home town, Jesus "COULD THERE DO NO MIGHTY WORK, save that He laid His Hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And He marvelled because of their UNBELIEF." (Mark 6:4-6, KJV) Ask God to work faith in you. I never thought I could have any faith. I was so unbelieving. But God is Able to change our unbelief. Just ask Him.

LIVE it.

In Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) Jesus Instructed His disciples to specifically pray the "Our Father". Wonder what would happen if we all in the Church started doing this whenever we meet?

Being right with God is central to achieving all our Godly purpose--even if it's in a secular field. And then we've got to go through testing. It can get pretty fiery. But do You want to know one of the least mentioned but most powerful keys to reaching your destiny? WAITING. Waiting for God. Easy, right? Only on paper. But you will never reach your destiny if you're not willing to wait for God's Timing. And check it out. It is ALL OVER Scripture. That's no accident. The LORD Is trying to tell us something. Still most people miss it. Nobody wants to wait in our drive-thru culture. So if it doesn't happen when they expect, they abandon it and never take it seriously again. But although they let it go, it never lets them go. Why? "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." - Romans 11:29 (KJV). That's not where you want to be. Waiting is one of THE hardest lessons you will ever have to learn. And one of THE most powerful.

Strange, but the street I grew up on and lived on for many years was El Morado Street. Never knew what it meant. It was only fairly shortly before I moved away that an Hispanic young man told me it meant "the purple" street. Even weirder--I hated purple when I was younger.

"All the paths of The LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies." - Psalm 25:10. KJV. What does that mean? Does it mean everything will always be rosy posy? No. It means that when you serve God, whatever He's doing in your life is out of His mercy and truth. Maybe someone you love dies. It HURTS God that you're going to hurt. But there's a darn good reason He's taking that person home. A DARN good reason. You just have to TRUST Him. "I know, O LORD, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou IN FAITHFULNESS hast afflicted me." - Psalm 119:75, KJV.

Read Psalm 89. When you get to verse 15, meditate on this one: "Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the Light of Thy Countenance."

MORE BIBLE NAMES Alexander, Jared, Rufus, Ruth, Naomi, Rhoda, Joanna, Abigail, Chloe, Nathan, Stephen, Jonathan, Tabitha, Zachary, Karen. Keren-Happuch was Job's youngest daughter. Jemima and Kezia were his other two daughters. "And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren." - Job 42:14-15 There are also words in Scripture that we make names out of such as Rock(y), Melissa, Honey, Cinnamon, Lily, and Rose.

GETTING THERE Don't despise or scoff at the little places you'll find yourself in. There were YEARS that it seemed I was barely moving, that I wasn't going anywhere. But it was part of the process. Preparation takes a while. Or maybe I was on my day job and would be thinking, "What am I DOING here?" So maybe things aren't going as quickly as you want. Or as you thought they would. Join the club. That's when most people quit. You have to decide what you REALLY want out of life. And you've GOT to have faith that God will come through--no matter how long it takes. Only you can't quit if you ever want to get there. That's YOUR part. You do what you can do. Sorry, but God's not going to do what you're able to do on your own--not most of the time anyway. God does what you can't do. Most of all, when it comes to God's calling on your life, if The LORD Is clearly Saying, "Go!", believe Him. What you REALLY believe AND ACT UPON will determine your destiny.

MEETING MR. RIGHT There are some very nice guys out there. And then there are some characters. Never let anyone push you into doing something wrong. Run like blazes. Better yet, don't date just anybody. Be careful. I will say this, though. There are some crazy dudes who've actually changed for good when they fell for that special girl. It can happen. As long as they treat you like a lady. And have something going for yourself while you're looking. Work on yourself. Grow toward being a fulfilled person. You'll gain confidence. Best of all, you'll enjoy life more.

LIVE it.

"..he that putteth his trust in The LORD shall be made fat." - Proverbs 28:25 (KJV). LORD, would You please go easy on that one?!

Have you ever invited the Lord Jesus into your heart and life? He Loves you so very much--even though He knows all about you. Jesus said, “I AM the way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6, KJV). Please pray out loud, “Lord Jesus, I believe You are Lord, the only Begotten Son of God, that You died on the Cross for my sins, and that God The Father raised You from the dead on the third day. Please forgive me and save me now. Make Heaven my home. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’s Holy Name. Amen.” Welcome to the family of God! Now start reading your Bible and talking and listening to The Lord each day. If you have a heart to be obedient to Him, ask Him to baptize you in The Holy Spirit--"Whom God hath given to them that obey Him" (Acts 5:32, KJV). And find a Bible-based church that's open to the moving of The Holy Spirit. A place where Jesus ENJOYS Being!.

My Dad was a singer and a major musical part of my life. As a child, I was also influenced greatly by Julie Andrews for her captivating technical ability. When I was a teen, it was Barbra Streisand who stunned me with her artistry. I later found my wonderful voice teacher at a church to which my beloved spiritual Mother had invited me. I will be eternally grateful to both of them. I afterward learned about performance from a wise old vocal coach with whom I got along swimmingly. Everything came to a head one day while I was at a Shoji Tabuchi show in Branson, Missouri over twenty years ago. The only way I can describe it is that I was gripped by an all-consuming, overwhelming conviction that I absolutely HAD to do this. It was a confirmation of something I’d felt for a very long time.

I actually was thinking of becoming a background singer at that point. However, since I didn’t want to infringe on anyone’s copyright, I made myself write my own song. It wasn’t great, but I didn’t think it sounded like ear plug time, either. I decided to take a shot at the real thing and cut a demo. BTW, if it weren’t for my late Mom, I would never have found the producer that I did. She practically forced me to go into a Christian bookstore one time where I found a circular with his advertisement. In any case, he helped me with both songs and created a fantastic arrangement. He recognized one song as being country. That made a difference in the direction I ended up taking.

From there I started submitting the demo to labels. There were plenty of rejections but a few positive responses. I gradually settled on Comstock Records. My association with Comstock was nothing short of wonderful. Frank Fara and Patty Parker are two of the nicest and most talented people you could ever meet. I learned a lot from working with them and the veteran session musicians. Those session musicians don't say much, but man, can they play. What they taught me helped me with writing and learning the ropes in general. I am now flying solo with an amazing producer Chris Folsom with my Lord Jesus at the Helm. Amen.



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