BIRTHDAYS, FORTUNE COOKIES & ACCOUNTIBILITY

  • Let me kick things off with a “Happy Birthday” to the big Coop! Way to go Cooper – 6 years old today!!! He got to choose where he wanted to go eat for supper last night. He chose Chinese food at the Deuce. He’s a smart kid (“Train up a child in the way he should go…”). Wow, Lea is sure a good sport about all this Chinese food. Recently while eating at the Deuce, one of the boys mentioned that this was just like heaven is going to be, “We’re going to be eating Chinese food in heaven every day.” To which Lea replied, “If I’m eating Chinese food after I’m dead … I didn’t make it to heaven.”
  • For all the 100’s of fortune cookies we’ve opened last year, 99% of them have been really lame. Here recently we’ve been on a pretty good fortune cookie roll. We had a cool one the other day that said, “A rub and a tub will do a body good.” Amen to that one. Then just last week Lea opened one that said, “Go ahead and be as sexy as you can.” I personally think she’s already got that one down to an art.
  • For the first time in about 15 years, we have no kids at home during the day. With Cooper starting kindergarten this year, Lea and I are enjoying some new quality time after we get the kids off to school. It’s been really cool to have about an hour every morning to talk, drink coffee, pray, etc. We’re talking about doing a Bible study together in the mornings, which I think is a GREAT idea. We’re currently reading a book together and discussing it. It’s been pretty fun to do. Can’t wait to tell you more about it, but I’ve got to get Lea’s permission.
  • Here’s something cool … me and a couple of other men have all got a “Proverbs” accountability thing going. We started reading a chapter of Proverbs every day. I don’t think you can go wrong reading words from the wisest man in history. Here is how we’re doing it. Whatever the date of the month is, that’s the chapter we read (IE – today’s the 21st, so we read Proverbs 21). Since there’s 31 chapters in Proverbs, we’re reading the book completely through every month. Periodically, we ask each other how we liked this verse or that verse from the chapter we read that day. It’s been really cool to have some accountability on the reading (Rickey & Ryan – you better get it done today). Tuesday I text-messaged Rickey from my cell phone and asked him, “What did you think of verse 22 today (18:22 )?” He immediately texted me back, “We’re two lucky guys aren’t we?” I replied, “Oh, yea!”

3 Questions …

  1. Have you ever got a cool message in a fortune cookie?
  2. Have you ever had a Bible study with your husband/wife?
  3. Do you have any accountability groups?

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  1. DJG says:

    Happy Birthday Cooper!!

    1. Yes, but I don’t remember it
    2. No
    3. Not currently, but I seriosly need it.

  2. jel says:

    happy bday Cooper!

    one time we got no fortune in our cookie,

  3. lisa says:

    Aw, I liked your comments on 18:22.

    1. 3 days after our last son was born, my husband got us Chinese take-out. My fortune was “Change is happening in your life, so go with the flow!” I still have it. :)

    2. Right after we were first married, my husband & I read the Bible together every day. I would love for us to get back to that.

    3. A group of young women from my church regularly get together for Bible study & discuss things to keep each other accountable. I also have a couple email friends that I consider accountability partners. Nothing real official, though.

  4. AncientWanderer says:

    1. Yes- a blank one.
    2. Yes
    3. Yes- three fellow preachers who live in three separate states and don’t know one another. But have know me for years.

  5. ~NB~ says:

    At our local YMCA, there is a scripture bowl that contains folded slips of paper. On each slip, there is a bible verse. My son and I always choose a slip from the bowl before we leave the Y. He calls them “fortune cookies from God”.
    Anyway, once, the one I drew was also the verse that was the focus of the Sunday School class that week. It concerned an issue that I was really struggling with, so I knew it was my wake up call to pay closer attention this time around.

  6. ~NB~ says:

    I forgot to say “Happy Birthday Cooper!” :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Cooper.

    As for fortune cookies the last one I read said, “You and your wife will live happily ever after.”

    That kind of creeped me out so I quit reading them :)

    Paula

  8. The Preacher's Household: says:

    1. I have one here at my computer that says,”Your graceful qualities make difficult things seem easy.” That is something that I actually get complimented on quite a bit so it was neat to get it in a cookie. It also reminds me to continue to be graceful. (Don, no comments please.)

    2. yes

    3. no, but I may need to get one…

    Happy Big day Coop!

    Kathy

  9. David Kirk says:

    Happy birthday Cooper!

    Trey: Do accountability groups work? If I’m not able to be accountable to God, why would I be accountable to another person?

    That is my question.

  10. Amy's Gang says:

    Trey, great post, as always. Have you ever heard Craig Horton’s rule on fortune cookies? If so, I’m sorry. If not, you’re a lucky man!! Coop is such a handsome young man! Happy Birthday to him. Jason and I have started a bible study with the kids at night and it has been so much fun! After the kids study I have been wanting to start a study, just Jason and I. Any suggestions??

  11. Jeanne M. says:

    I am with Lea. No Chinese food in my corner of heaven. Let it be good Mexican or Italian food. But maybe Mexican food would be too hot for heavenly food. 😉

    Conner is so cute – he has to take after Lea. Just kidding! Happy belated birthday, big boy!

  12. TREY MORGAN says:

    David – I think accountability is VERY important. I am accountable to God, but I have some friends that help me be accountable in things and areas where I struggle. Just for an example, recently after three or four hard days I was tired my compassion level was really way down. I wasn’t feeling or acting very Christ-like. I asked Lea to pray for me about it and keep me accountable on this. Two or three times over the next day she asked, “How’s your compassion?” With her holding me accountable … I had to work on my attitude. I hope that makes sense.

    Amy – Thanks for stopping by. I always love your blog. You obviously love being a momma and are good at it. Lea and I have been doing a “husband & wife” devotional book together. There are a lot of these. We’ve also read though books together. We’ll pick books that we’ll both agree on and then take turns reading. She’ll keep it a couple of days and read two or three chapters and then I’ll keep it a couple of days and catch up. Then we’ll sit down and talk about it. We’re currently doing “Red Hot Monogamy.” We’ve laughed and had fun reading the book together. It will definitely spice things up. We’ve also done His Need Her Needs together – that one is EXCELLENT. I love when we take time to pray together… I’m not sure I ever feel more intimate with her than when I hear her praying and hear the things on her heart.

    Jeanne – You and Lea are just a like :)

  13. TREY MORGAN says:

    Lisa – I liked you answers.

    Jel & AW – I’d be worried about your future with no fortune in your cookie.

    NB – I like the Bible verse idea. Haven’t heard of that one.

    Paula – Where you been?

    DIL – How’s the packing coming?

  14. Rex says:

    1. The worst fortune cookie message – “Buy a new pair of shoes, and you will feel better.” I am serious; my bonus daughter quotes it everytime we eat Chinese. I couldn’t even give it to my wife, because she hates Chinese.

    2. I can’t say that we have a sit down and take notes kind of Bible study – more like a running discussion of “God things”. She is an innately curious person – questions – questions – questions. She also has very acute reasoning skills (which is great for Bible discussions but tough, when I am trying to explain why I didn’t get the “honey-do” done :). Seeing God at work in current events – situations in the lives of friends and family – reflections of past crises have given us hours of faith developing exercise.

    3. It may be just a matter of semantics – but while I am accountable to God – He does not keep an accounting of my flaws or failures. So … I look at the fellowship of those who “exhort”, “encourage”, and “build me up” – not so much as an “accountability” group. Of course, “accountability” is achieved, when my brothers are “building me up”; but rather than them “checking on me”, they are preparing me – training me – even “provoking me” to love and good works. No disagreement here – just an old man’s perspective … an old man with a limp.

    p.s. God bless Cooper – and all those He will use in his life to bring him into glory on that last great day.

  15. Anonymous says:

    The packing seems endless. I’m not doing this again until all of the kids have moved out and have taken their stuff with them.

    I just caught up reading your blog – sorry I haven’t been around to participate because you have had some great thoughts. Good job Pops!

    DIL

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