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 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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