ONE OF THE SADDEST VERSES IN THE BIBLE: I spent some time reading about Samson this past week (Judges 14-16). He was SO strong, yet at times, he was SO weak. He struggled with women, peer pressure, sexuality, anger and pushing his limits with what God allowed. In the end, he gave up the secret of his strength to a pretty girl. The saddest verse about his life comes in Judges 16:20, just after Delilah had his head shaved while he slept. It says, “Delilah called, ‘Samson, the Philistines are upon you!’ He awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the LORD had left him.” I couldn’t help but shake my head when I read that verse and think, “I don’t ever want to get to a point in my life where the Lord leaves me.”

ADVICE: When I run across a good piece of advice I write it down. Here are a few things I’ve heard from people that I have written down …

  • The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but the water bill is higher too.
  • Jesus was approachable and touchable, I should be too.
  • When depressed, listen to country music. The people in the songs will always be more messed up that you are.
  • Don’t lose sleep over what critics thinks.
  • It’s God’s grace, and He can give it to anyone He wants.
  • Pray ridiculous prayers.
  • Don’t bother naming a cat. He’s not going to come when you call him anyway.

The best wisdom and advice in the world comes from the book of Proverbs. It was written by the wisest person who ever lived. I try to read one chapter of Proverbs everyday. Proverbs has 31 chapters, the same as most month’s have days. To help me keep up with where to read, I simply read what ever chapter corresponds to today’s date. So, since today is the February 25th, I read chapter 25 this morning. My goal today is to try to do verse 11 and to tell Lea thanks for not making verse 24 a reality. Want to reading Proverbs with me?

FIRSTS: This has been a week of some “firsts” for me …

  • Monday I went to my friend Jacob’s house for coffee. I was met at the door by his 4 year old daughter, Ada. She said, “Come in, we’ve been expecting for you.” She was dressed up in her princess dress. She led me to the table where she had planned a tea party. Tiny cups and saucers with little place mats. I had my first ever tea party, played a quick hand of “Disney Uno” and met each of Ada’s Barbies. That hour was actually the highlight of my entire day.
  • Yesterday, I zipped in to Krispy Kreme donuts and purchased coffee for Lea, Taylor and myself, without getting a donut. Nope, not one. That was a first. Now had they handed me a free hot one, I probably would have caved in, because my “cheapness” would have trumped my “healthiness!” :)

CONVERSATIONS WITH A 7 YEAR OLD: I love talking with my kids and trying to see the world through their eyes. Here’s this week’s conversation with Cooper.

ME: “Cooper, I saw you playing at recess yesterday.”

COOPER: “Was I chasing some girls?”

ME: “I didn’t notice. Do you always chase girls at recess?”

COOPER: “Yea, at the second recess. Chasing girls is fun!”

ME: “Do you ever catching any girls when you chase them?”

COOPER (with a big grin on his face): “Oh yea!”

ME: “What do you do with them when you catch them?”

COOPER (looking a little confused): “I don’t know, but it’s sure fun to chase them.”

A little time passes …

COOPER: “Dad, did you ever chase girls?”

ME (with a grin on my face): “Sure! I used to chase your mom all the time.”

COOPER (Rolling his eyes): “Dad!”

After a little more silence …

COOPER: “Seriously?” (One of his new favorite words)

ME: “Yea, and I still do.”

COOPER: “Mom probably didn’t run very fast, did she?”

ME: “Actually mom’s really nice to me, and has always just let me catch her.”

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  1. MamaBotos says:

    awesome moments…love ya Trey

  2. blogprophet says:

    well,having boys you missed out on the princess tea party thing, it’s awesome. glad you got to enjoy.

  3. Laura says:

    Glad you got to experience a princess tea party.
    BTW–our cat comes when we call him by name.
    Thanks for sharing today.

  4. says:

    Thanks for the laugh :)

  5. Amanda KP says:


  6. Timbra says:

    the one i like is SIMILAR to your grass is greener. . and i use it often. . . the grass is greener on the other side, but that lawn has to be mowed too!!!

    love conversations with 7 year old. . . . are you sad that krispy kreme may be going belly up?

    going to miss you at the workshop, but mike will be there with bells on! and he told me he’s excited to be a free bird to go and do whatever he wants with all his friends without having us GIRLS around to tie him down (okay, he wasn’t mean about it. . . i think i know what he means. . . it’ll be a great time of catching up and rejuvination for him, something he doesn’t get a love of and really should get more of).

  7. Rick Morgan says:

    Too funny! You should have asked him if he kissed those girls after he caught them!

    That’s 4 good stories in one day, you could have been done for the week if you had paced yourself.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I get to enjoy tea parties now with Audrey. She’s usually in the bath tub though when we play. I have finally convinced her…”Don’t drink the water!”

  9. a cowgirl at heart says:

    I love that Cooper thought Lea had to run pretty slowly so that you could catch up! When it comes to a momma, little boys think there is no one better! Lol

  10. wisemanb says:

    See what you’ve missed having all boys??

    And I thought you were passing up the doughnut because of your “cheapness”! LOL Good for you!

  11. Kevin says:

    Thanks for sharing Trey!

    One snippet for you from a conversation with my four year old daughter Mallory:

    Mallory: Daddy do you have a baby in your tummy? (good hint that I needed to lose some weight:)

    Me: (Sarcastically) Yes honey Daddy has a baby in his tummy.

    Mallory: Is it a boy or a girl?

    Me: (more sarcastically) It is a girl dear.

    Mallory: What’s her name?

    Me: (more sarcastically) I don’t know sweetheart. What do you think the baby’s name should be?

    Mallory: Baby Jesus!

    Me: *speechless*

    Kids are great, aren’t they?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Loved your blog. I’m a great-grandmother but I still like tea parties (girls or boys, I’ve done both,)and playing cars or spies. I love playing. My husband keeps our 31/2 year old grandson. When they run errands, I always say “don’t look at the girls.” We joked about until now he say’s “we are going to look at girls.” But he shocked me this week, I said don’t look at girls, and he answered “we’re not we are going to look at women.” No more errands for them unless I can go. lol gmj

  13. cwinwc says:

    My Dad told me this one –

    “If you hustle in a game you’re going to get hurt.”

    Great conversation with your son.

  14. Gabrielle Eden says:

    What a great post! I’m laughing and miling through all of it!

  15. katy says:

    Not only sad to have the Lord leave, but to have Samson not even know it.

    I think that’s how it is with us sometimes. We think we can do His work without Him. We continue living and not even miss him…

  16. Dawn Jenkins says:

    Good stuff…thanks for sharing. Don’t you just love little boys!!!

  17. Stoogelover says:

    I’d hate to think where most of us guys would be had that certain lady not let us “catch” her!

  18. Enigma says:

    Awesome post. I loved the advice portion.

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