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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
Ive had visions
Ive had dreams
Ive 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)
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    FranCraigMay 9, 2010 at 6:00 am
    There are going to be many storms in our lives but regardless, THE ANCHOR WILL HOLD IN SPITE OF IT !!! It is so true and I hold to that truth.
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    sharonbranamJun 28, 2009 at 7:41 pm
    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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    Pekun AdeyanjuJun 21, 2013 at 11:14 am
    This song has been one of my best of all times.the inspiration is impactful and I recommend it for all my brothers and sisters in trials.
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    UnregisteredJul 29, 2012 at 1:05 am
    To me it means while i am beaten down and feel like there is no way out, feeling like the battered ship on the raging sea in a storm. God is there and has been there the whole time watching over me. God will bring us through any problems that we have, we just need to pray and have faith. God is always with us, never leaving us alone.
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    UnregisteredJul 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    56 years ago tomorrow, in 1956, i was brought into this world like my siblings before me, very premature, but unlike them, i lived. My father changed my name to victor, leaving his name as my middle name, because i survived. I became the oldest of four carrillo children. Of my 56 years, i've been married to my wife, janet, for just over 33 of them. With her, we brought into the world two wonderful daughters, kathleen and melinda. Both have grown up into wonderful and beautiful women that we are very proud of.

    That leap year of 1956 was a very, very long time ago. I watched the advent of many things we think of today as commonplace. I have watched myself grow from wiry to wide, healthy to haggard, clear minded to clueless. Some benefits of tomorrow include senior coffee prices at mcdonalds, senior discounts at china buffet, and the ability to park, not in the handicapped spaces, but those designated for "our senior customers" at hyvee. All that aside, i know that i'm on the downhill side of my existance here on this earth. As such, i know i have to take better care of myself, and i will ... Tomorrow.

    One thing that i am most thankful for is my introduction to jesus by my wife 33 years ago. Since that time, i have seen his and his father's interventions through our lives. I thank them daily for their love and protection.

    What brought this diatribe to mind is that i woke up to the words of this song. It was this verse that was going through my head when i woke up ...

    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, trough the storms of my life
    Oh, that's where god proved his love to me

    I am a blessed man. Despite the troubles i've seen in the last 56 years, i am where i am today, not on my own power, but by handing myself over to the person that knows my purpose. As i yield more and more to him, and less and less to my own understanding, i find that his purposes for my life are much greater than those i thought of myself. So, as i round another bend, i want to do so less focused on myself, and more focused on god and my savior.

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