I've been part of our Worship Team since 2007 and have been in our choir since 1998. I sing many specials in our church and music has always been the way that I express my love to Jesus. When I was saved in 1998 I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket as my Daddy would say but my sweet son wanted me to sing at his baptism, How Great Thou Art, the only song I knew. So at his request with no music I sang it acappela and was shocked at how I sounded. I never had a voice before that day and I promised Jesus I would only ever sing to glorify Him since the gift came from Him. And that is what I did, I sang for His glory.

But something was missing. I didn't know it until last year when I began to feel something was missing in my worship of Him and I began to thirst for more. I was asked last Fall to lead worship at a prayer retreat in February. I prayed and felt very led that God was in it so I agreed. As the date approached, the Lord spoke to me that the retreat would alter the way I worship forever. I was excited!

At the retreat, a friend spoke to me and told me to open my mouth and worship...not sing...worship. When she spoke those words the Holy Spirit gave me a vision of a door within me that was shut tight. I didn't understand but He opened the door and shined His Holy Light into the dark place where I was trapped and when I opened my mouth to worship I was at Jesus' feet in my spirit. He completely changed the way I worship, because now I worship not just with my mouth, my hands or my feet, I worship in Spirit and Truth!

I know that even the knowledge that something was missing came from Him. I am so thankful for Him and what He has done in my life so that I can experience His presence in a deeper and more meaningful way.

This is part of my testimony of what Jesus has done for me...

Blessings,

Ann

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Comment by Elman Authement on March 17, 2010 at 9:36pm
cool!
Comment by jeremiah adams on March 19, 2010 at 6:21pm
"At the retreat, a friend spoke to me and told me to open my mouth and worship...not sing...worship."

Nice. What a great friend.
Comment by Ann Barczewski on March 19, 2010 at 7:39pm
Yes, I think that she is a good friend. Proverbs 27:6 "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."
Comment by Andy Bartlomain on March 19, 2010 at 7:56pm
Thanks for sharing this part of your testimony. It's awesome. "when I opened my mouth to worship I was at Jesus' feet in my spirit." This is so key as worshippers. The truth is we are all GREAT worshippers, but often times the object of our worship isn't so great. When we find something of highest value to us we lock onto it, we sacrifice for it, we pursue it, we worship it. The "focus" of our worship will determine the real quality of our worship, much more so than the "what" or "how" of our worship. :-) Great stuff Ann!
Comment by Lorraine Doswell on March 20, 2010 at 3:33pm
Oh, wow, that is amazing - everything you have written makes so much sense to me personally. I pray for God to continually bless you and your worship. Lorraine
Comment by Ann Barczewski on March 22, 2010 at 5:05pm
Thank you Lorraine. God is so good! I thank Him each day for the Grace He showers on us.
Comment by Sarah Harris on March 29, 2010 at 10:39pm
Great stuff!

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