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Ray Boltz – The Anchor Holds lyrics

The Anchor Holds
Words and music by Lawrence Chewning and Ray Boltz
I have journeyed
Through the long, dark night
Out on the open sea
By faith alone
Sight unknown
And yet His eyes were watching me
The anchor holds
Though the ship is battered
The anchor holds
Though the sails are torn
I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds
In spite of the storm
I've had visions
I've had dreams
I've even held them in my hand
But I never knew
They would slip right through
Like they were only grains of sand
I have been young
But I am older now
And there has been beauty
That these eyes have seen
But it was in the night
Through the storms of my life
Oh, that's where God proved
His love to me
Chorus (repeat)
1994 Word Musicascap (a div. Of Word, Inc.) and Shepherd Boy Musicascap (adm. By Word, Inc.).

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    I feel like that the anchor does hold me all the time because there is times that if it wasn't for god I don't know where I would be. He is the stronghold in my life and without him I would be nothing and I could do nothing that he wants me to do. I love him so much and I want to do his will and stay in his will all the time. My hope is that one day everyone will see that they need god and come to him.
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    I first heard this song at a small chuch on the coast of north carolina when my wife and I was visiting her father and his wife. I was just getting over my second back surgery which was a very painfull and problem surgery. When I heard this song it brought tears to my eyes as I thought how god had held my hand while I was recovering. And yes the anchor holds. We had this song sung at my wifes fathers memorial service after he lost a six year battle with cancer. He was a navy pilot, and this song fit his faithe and his life.
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    As I sit here in this hospital room watching my precious mama battle alzehimers, we listen to "the anchor holds" and it comforts her. Even though she is so confused at times its as if she's looking right through you, when I play this song for her she looks right at me and we sing the words together. She told me a long time ago she wants this song sang at her funeral (as do i) and she wants us to know when she leaves this world she'll be in heaven waiting for us to join her there on day as long as we remember "the anchor holds." thank you jesus for all your many blessings on us and for my precious mama who brought us up to believe and love you with all our heart.
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  • u
    When my husband passed away. I was heart broken and didn't know what I would do with out him. I was watching Jimmy Swaggart preaching. And he sang this song. It made me cry. But God showed me I'll be ok thanks to this song. Thank you so much. You helped give me my life back. I'll always play your song. God bless you.
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    My heart breaks to know the power this song held in my life in 1996 to communicate the love of jesus into my darkened, blinded and storm filled life as I struggled to leave behind the tugs of the homosexual life. It hurts me to know the man who wrote and sang the song that was an anthem of promise for me has lifted anchor and set sail into the raging seas of sexual confusion and desire. I too rejoined the crew of homosexually driven men and women from 1998-2009, even captaining a mighty vessel of recruitment (a nightclub in g** palm springs). Today, as I listen to the song again, I hear my savior calling to me again to "fall down on my knees as i face the raging seas" and believe again that the anchor holds. Our lord has plans for you and I ray, but we must be sure to remember we are crew members on his ship of salvation and continue to follow him with confidence, that in spite of torn sails, poor decisions, falling overboard, jumping ship, mounting mutinies and questing worldly treasure he still has us in his grip and will bring us home. I love you ray and keep you in my prayers. God bless you. A sinner saved by grace and child of the king.
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