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Rays From Heaven (Album)

by Mandy Lining

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When you think your prayers aren’t going through Please know that God still hears you When it seems as if your words do not rise Please know they go beyond the sky When you think God has closed His ears Your prayers are heard for He still hears Even when the words don’t come God will hear and always give you some Chorus God, receive my prayers into Your hands – every word And, God, take my prayers and let me know that I am heard God hears my prayers When it seems as if an answer is not given The answer is known in heaven When it hurts too much to speak God will strengthen the tongue that’s weak When praying seems too hard Just be still and know that He is God It’s enough to feel Him near It’s enough to wipe away your tears Chorus When the clouds form And you’re in the storm And you’re in the darkest night When your heart breaks And your world shakes And your God is not in sight Chorus God, receives your prayers into His hands – every word And God takes your prayers and lets you know that you are heard God hears your prayers
2.
I look up and see the clouds I look up and feel the rain As the storm comes pouring down To my window pane And when the days get dark and dreary And I can’t feel You near me I look up and see the Son Chorus You are my sunshine My ray of sunshine That drives the clouds away You are my sunshine My ray of sunshine That shines through a rainy day Just one ray is all I need Shining down on me A ray of sunshine To wash my tears away. I look up and see the sun I look up and feel its rays As the storm passes on Until another day And as the storm passes quickly Sunrays shine upon me And I look up and feel the Son Chorus Just one ray is all I need Shining down on me A ray of sunshine To wash my tears away.
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I will lift up mine eyes to the hills From whence cometh my help From the host of mine enemies That encamps ‘round about From the arrow by day And the terror by night I will lay me down in peace and sleep I will not live in fright Chorus For He is God; He is God Just be still and know that He is God He is all; He is all He is all I need To protect me For He is God What time I am afraid I will trust in Thee Satan will never have Victory over me Though he try as he might Satan never will win For my God is greater And stronger than him Chorus Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered Let God arise and cause them to flee Hear my cry when the enemy pursueth Hear my cry; they’re too strong for me Chorus
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I want this prayer to go through I want it to go straight to You I keep asking and asking And pleading and pleading It’s all that I can do When will You let me know If the answer’s yes or if it’s no I keep waiting and waiting And trusting and trusting But I’m ready to let go Chorus Ask and it shall be given you Seek and ye shall find But sometimes you have to knock a thousand times Ask and it shall be given you Seek and ye shall find And the door will be opened in His time If you ask and seek you’ll find. Do You hear me today Are my words vanishing away? I keep crying and crying And trying and trying It’s so hard to wait. I want Your will and not mine But sometimes Your will’s so hard to find But I’ll keep seeking and seeking And knocking and knocking Your will You do not hide. Chorus Knock upon His door That’s what it’s there for God will answer in His time You must seek until you find Chorus
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How can I question the storms that come my way? I cannot have flowers unless I have rain. How can I grumble about trials in my life? I won’t come forth as gold unless I be tried. How can I get angry at such a loving God Whose footsteps have already walked this path I’ve trod? How can I doubt that this will work for good? You could never harm me, oh no, You never would And You say to me… Chorus You cannot see it now but I do The purpose of this pain that you’re going through You cannot see My plan For you don’t yet understand But I know that you will see This had to be. How can I question the things You take away? The things You give cannot always stay. How can I grumble when the sun does not shine? I must walk through darkness sometimes. How can I get angry at what Your hand gives It’s only by Your mercy that I have a life to live How can I doubt the love You have for me? For upon Your cross You took my suffering. And You say to me… Chorus And when I stand before You in heaven one day And all these trials have passed away I’ll understand the reason that I suffered for a season And then I’ll say… Chorus I could not see it then but now I do. The purpose of this pain that I went through I could not see Your plan Nor could I understand But now I can see That all my suffering Yes, I can see This had to be.
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God did not promise it would always be easy Nor did He promise a life with no pain But He said He’d go through it with you Though He may allow the trial to stay. And when the pain blocks your view And you think God is harming you He still hears when you call He is your Heavenly Father after all. Chorus For God works all things, all things for your good Even though you can’t see how He ever could God works all things, all things according to His plan He won’t give you more than He knows you can stand Though there’s times it may bring you to your knees God leans down and whispers, “Trust in Me” And it may seem God has misunderstood But, He promises He’ll work it for your good Yes, He promises He’ll work it for your good. God did not promise you would cry no tears Nor did He promise your heart would not ache But He said He’d stay up with you On the nights you lie in bed awake And when the hurt is all you see You wonder “Why’s God doing this to me” Remember nothing passes through His hand That is not part of a greater plan. Chorus God sees the tears you cry He knows the pain you hide And He promises not to forsake His own It doesn’t catch Him by surprise He’s still in charge of your life And He promises to remain on His throne To remain on His throne Chorus
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I may always have pain I may never be healed But I’ll keep pressing on I will praise You still I may never have rest From this cross that I bear But I’ll cling to your grace through my tears Chorus I will praise You when I’m healed I will praise when I have pain Just as long as You get glory I will serve You just the same I will praise You when I’m suffering I will praise when my pain is gone Just as long as You get glory Just as long as your will be done You always give strength You will always give grace For the pain we endure For the trials that we face You will never leave us lonely To go through the pain alone You would never leave us suffering on our own Chorus I will praise you I will praise you I will praise you just the same I will praise you I will praise you I will praise you just through the pain Chorus
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Gettin’ kind of weary in this world Wishin’ that my Jesus would soon return I lift my eyes to the sky As I wait for Christ My Jesus, when will You come? Gettin’ kind of weary in this world Wishin’ that my Jesus would soon return No more pain, no more tears I’ll no longer be here My Jesus, when will You come? Chorus Jesus, come and take us home! Out of this world, out of this world Jesus, come and take us home! Out of this world, out of this world of pain. Gettin’ kind of homesick for my home Wishin’ I could be there on those streets of gold And finally, With You I will be My Jesus, when will You come? Gettin’ kind of homesick for my home Wishin’ I could be there on those streets of gold And I will sing and I will praise For the first thousand days My Jesus, when will You come? Chorus We will struggle no more This life will be o’er Satan will be conquered forevermore No more struggle with sin That battle will end Oh, my Jesus, but when?
9.
Another day of pain How can I go on? I rise up from my bed But the day seems so long. Another day of tears When will they end? I just want to hear From my God again. But I know that all things Work together for my good And I know God will help me As He promised that He would. Chorus It doesn’t matter how you weather the storm But how you dance in the rain It doesn’t matter how you hold back your tears But if you choose to sing Does God hear you sing? Another day of clouds But the sun is shining through Just a ray of sunshine Is all I need from You Another day of rain But the rain is slowing down I can finally hear The voice of my God now. And I know that all things Work together for my good And I know God will help me As He promised that He would. Chorus The rain keeps falling But just keep holding Onto the hands of God The tears keep falling But just keep knowing That He’s there when things get hard Chorus Does God hear you sing? In the pouring rain Through your darkest pain Does God hear you sing?
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I am covered by the blood My sins cannot be seen When I stand before my God It’s the blood that covers me I am no longer lost And bound for endless flames For there upon Your cross You took that pain away I’m saved from the bondage That had me bound in chains But through Your great salvation You tore those chains away Chorus And I’m covered by the blood For You are the only One Who was able to take my sins away And I’m covered by the blood Of God’s precious Son Who was worthy to suffer in my place Forgiven, reconciled Now I am God’s child I am forgiven Because I’m covered by the blood. I lived so many years Without a hope in Christ And I never really feared What came after this life I clung to what was evil And I mocked all that was good Following the devil Not living like I should But through the painful darkness You reached down to me To pull from my weakness And bring me to my knees Chorus I stand forgiven, redeemed, and reconciled When God looks down on me My sin He does not see And I stand spotless, so pure, and justified But I had to bow upon my knees And accept the One who died for me. Chorus
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When the hand of God cannot be seen... When the voice of God cannot be heard... When the steps of God disappear... You can find your way in His Word. When your prayers all go unanswered... When the pathway remains unknown... When God does not seem to be moving... And it feels like you’re walking alone… Chorus He will not fail you He cannot fail you My God will show you the way He will not fail you He cannot fail you My God will show you the way. When it seems as if you can’t continue... When it seems as if you can’t go on... When it seems as if all is over... God will come carry you along. For my God, He always comes through And my God will never let you down. He is right there to guide you Until the answer can be found Chorus He’s there right beside you Before and behind you He is that voice so still and so small He’s there right beside you Before and behind you He is there with you through it all! Chorus
12.
A baby up in Heaven Your face I could not see Could not hold you in my arms You were taken far from me. A little boy or girl What name would I give you? What color was your hair Would you have green eyes or blue? But God had other plans Though I don’t understand But one thing, yes, one thing I know Chorus Jesus will keep you in His care Until Mommy makes it there And then we’ll laugh and jump and play In God’s eternal day It’s better there anyway. You came to me so quickly But you left, oh, so soon For just a few short days I held you in my womb And though those days are over And with me you could not stay You can call me Mommy When we meet again one day. Chorus And why, oh why Does God give and take away And why, oh why I don’t know but it’s okay.
13.
The Red Sea 02:40
Go forward fearlessly Don’t be afraid. Step out courageously God will make a way. He will come help you He will part the sea And He’ll make sure that you Cross to safety. And what is the Red Sea That lies before you? Impossible it seems You will ever pass through. Chorus God can do the impossible, the impossible for you He parts the waters and He makes the mountains move There is no limit to the things that He can do So claim the victory over the Red Sea you come to. He will go with you So step out in faith. Though you are tempted To turn and run away He will protect you From all your enemies And He will stop them From coming close to thee So pass through the Red Sea And walk on dry land. And don’t fear the waters He holds back by His hands. Chorus There is no limit to the things that He can do So claim the victory over the Red Sea you come to!
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What is the cross you carry? What is the cross you bear? Is it a cross that’s too heavy Does it bring you to tears? What is the pain you suffer? What is the pain you feel? Is it a pain that is tougher? Will it ever be healed? Well Christ had a cross Just like you do And Christ understands what you’re going through. Chorus And He chose to go on Beneath the weight of the cross Suffering the pain no matter the cost He kept pressing on Through His tears and His pain He would not give up for there was so much to gain. Step after step He struggled to take For this is the path that He chose for our sake. He held up His cross though He was ready to drop He finished His course though He was tempted to stop. Christ went on beneath the weight of the cross. Christ went on beneath the weight of His cross. What is the grief that lingers? What is the grief so hard? Is it a past you remember? Does it grip at your heart? What dreams have been shattered? What trials have come your way? Is it a life that’s been battered By the storms and pouring rain? Well Christ had a cross Just like you do And Christ understands what you’re going through. Chorus The weight of the cross He carried it for you The weight of the cross He died on it, too The weight of the cross could not hold Him in the grave He rose victoriously so that we could be saved! Chorus Chorus And He chose to go on Beneath the weight of the cross Suffering the pain no matter the cost He kept pressing on Through His tears and His pain He would not give up for there was so much to gain. Step after step He struggled to take For this is the path that He took for our sake. He held up His cross though He was ready to drop He finished His course though He was tempted to stop. Christ went on beneath the weight of His cross. Christ went on beneath the weight of His cross.
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Do you believe that I am able Do you believe I will come through? Don’t you know that I am God? And I could never fail you. Don’t you know I own all riches? And all the cattle on the hills? And when it seems provision’s lacking, I will provide for you still. Chorus O ye of little faith I will provide O ye of little faith I will supply Do not doubt; do not fear Only believe O ye of little faith Trust in Me. Do you believe that I am able? I hold the world within My hands! Do you trust in My provision, Or in the help of man? Don’t you know I have no limit? So why am I always last To hear your supplication? For all you have to do is ask. Chorus Such small and precious faith O ye of little faith Trust in Me

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released March 12, 2015

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