Have you seen the trailer for The Promised One? If you have, then you’ve gotten a taste of an original composition of mine that I lovingly call Ferryl’s Song. It’s a piece I wrote for the trailer to tell the story arc of The Promised One from Ferryl’s perspective—the peace of a lifelong love that is cast into shadow by dark magic, a journey to awaken the truth, and an ending that doesn’t answer everything.

Yes, every stanza of this piece tells that story. Can you hear it?

Check it out!

And yes, in case you’re wondering… there is more to come where this is concerned. *grins maniacally*

I love to share the stories behind my songs. In fact, with most songs I love, I go hunting down the internet for the meaning behind them, and when I find some cool story or inspiration, I usually end up loving the song more. Which is why I started the Song Stories feature on my site.

You Gave It All is one of those songs that just came out of me in a matter of a few hours. I sat down, knowing what I wanted to say and I said it. (They don’t always happen that way, believe me.) But if you’ve listened to it at all, you know that it has some pretty vivid imagery and there’s a reason for that.

A former pastor of mine once said that when he really wants to focus, when he really wants to set himself aside and hone in on who God is, he envisions each one of the wounds of the cross. One by one, he focuses in on those wounds, what they mean, how they might have affected Jesus and how they affect him. Graphic, I know. But I think he has a great point: we so often sing of God’s great love (and don’t get me wrong, it’s great), we so often sing of the benefits of God, but we so rarely sing of the brutality of what he did for us on the cross. It’s not exactly comfortable to sing of hematoma or suffocation in church. It’s not exactly comfortable to sing of violence and murder, I get it. But on the other hand, I think we do ourselves a disservice when we don’t even bother to remember what a sacrifice the death of the Mashiach was. Crucifixion, it was gruesome. Bloody. Horrific. And God chose to go through that for you. For me. For everyone. He chose it. Knowing how horrific it would be. He still chose it.

I think that deserves a little more attention, don’t you?

Lyrics: You Gave It All

Morgan G Farris. Copyright 2017 All rights reserved.

I see your hands, pierced for me
Where you hung upon the tree
I see the feet that walked the miles
That led to Calvary

I see the scars upon your back
Where you took my shame and darkness
I see the crown upon your head
For your are crowned our king eternal

Jesus, precious Jesus
You gave it all for us
Hallelujah

Now we are healed by your wounds
Every pierce bled for our freedom
So as we look upon the cross
Let us sing eternal praises

Jesus, precious Jesus
You gave it all for us
Hallelujah

Your blood, your life
A perfect sacrifice
We’ve been set free so now we sing
Hallelujah, risen king

Jesus, precious Jesus
You gave it all for us
Hallelujah

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I am so excited to share the song A Little More with you. It represents an era of my life wrought by trials, pain, fear and doubt. Ever been there? Thought so. We all have, I would dare say. But in this particular time, I was facing one of the most challenging obstacles of my life so far. And while I knew God, while I knew He was there, I felt very lost and very confused.

I see the sunshine but I can’t get past the clouds
I hear the music but I can’t make out the sound

It’s like I was in a fog, knowing there were answers all around me, but whether because of fear or doubt, I just couldn’t seem to find them. But I knew somewhere deep down that I was close to breakthrough.

Yes I’m right on the edge of my breakthrough
Yes I’m right on the edge of knowing just how much I need You

It was, as per usual, in a cathartic moment of trying to write a song about what I was going through, that I realized my problem wasn’t the problem, my problem was that I was focused on the problem. As simple as that may be, for me it was my breaking point. For me it was the realization that despite all I was going through, I could make a choice to shift focus from the problem to the Problem Solver. I could continue to doubt, continue to fear, continue to worry, continue to misunderstand, OR I could simply trust. I could trust that God had it under control. I could trust that He is trustworthy.

So I did.

Cause I’ve had more than my share
Of the cares of this world and I’m
Not gonna face them alone
If you see me standing by
With a tear in my eye it’s because 
I’ve reached my breaking point
And it’s a little more than I can survive

I questioned whether the last line should be “a little more than I alone can survive,” because I wanted it to be clear: this song was about the realization that I needed Jesus’ grace, His redemption, His peace, His plan or I wasn’t going to survive the pain.

The second verse goes on to describe how the choices we make determine our destiny. Yes, there is pain. Yes, there is brokenness. It shouldn’t come as a shock. So instead of wishing my life was different, wishing I didn’t have to deal with such unwelcome problems, I could choose faith.

My heart’s been broken by the lies now and then
My spirit wounded by the words that cannot mend
But I’ve found in my life that I can survive
By the choices that I make
God only knows why

That’s just it. Faith is a choice. It’s not something that only seasoned Christians have. It’s not something for the lucky, or for those with a propensity to “stick their heads in the sand.” No, faith is a choice we can make. With every situation, big or small, painful or prosperous, joyous or horrific, whether brought on ourselves or dropped in our laps, we can choose how we’re going to face it.

Alone.

Or with the One who knows the plans He has for us.

Be blessed, my friends,
Morgan

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the lord.
~Jeremiah 29:11-14a

A Little More – Morgan G Farris
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Lyrics: A Little More by Morgan G Farris
©2014 Morgan G Farris. All rights reserved. Any unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
I see the sunshine but I can’t get past the clouds / I hear the music but I can’t make out the sound / Yes I’m right on the edge of my breakthrough / Yes I’m right on the edge of knowing just how much I need You / Cause I’ve had more than my share of the cares of this world / And I’m not gonna face them alone / If you see me standing by with a tear in my eye / It’s because I’ve reached my breaking point / And it’s a little more than I can survive / My heart’s been broken by the lies now and then / My spirit wounded by the words that cannot mend / But I’ve found in my life that I can survive / By the choices that I make / God only knows why / I’ve had more than my share of the cares of this world / And I’m not gonna face them alone / If you see me standing by with a tear in my eye / It’s because I’ve reached my breaking point / And it’s a little more than I can survive / Cause I’ve had more than my share of the cares of this world / And I’m not gonna face them alone / If you see me standing by with a tear in my eye / It’s because I’ve reached my breaking point / And it’s a little more than I can survive