The Power of Praising God

Through her parents' divorce, her struggle with bulimia, and her miscarriage, Australian worship leader Darlene Zschech found a secret weapon for survival: worship.

But my mum didn't return to church for a long time because of those hurtful comments.

And your dad?

He actually rededicated his life to Christ a couple years after the divorce. He took my brother and me to a kids' program at the church, and that's where I learned how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

What impact did becoming a Christian have on your life?

I'd already been through quite a bit, so learning about God's unconditional love immediately took my breath away. It was the first time I fully realized I didn't need to perform or please others to earn acceptance!

I remember being in church one Sunday not long after I'd asked Christ into my life, singing with the congregation "When I Hear the Sound of the Army of the Lord." I looked around at this bunch of people singing together who had nothing in common except Jesus, and I began to catch a glimpse of the power of corporate worship.

Soon after, I wrote my first worship song. And I started singing with a Christian band. That's where I met Mark; he was the drummer.

But I still struggled with a lot of issues in my life. I wrestled with anger at my parents over having to choose between them during the custody hearings. And by the time I stopped doing the television show, I'd pretty much been starving myself for five years. I started gobbling up formerly forbidden foods, but soon learned I couldn't eat that amount of food and still stay slim. So I began taking laxatives and popping pills to get rid of the extra weight. I'd really make myself sick. It was so dangerous.

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