THE POWER OF A DAD

FRIDAY NEWS AND LINKS

  • Taylor came home last night for Thanksgiving break. It was sure good to see my kid. We’re excited that he’s going to be around the next 9 days. Besides bringing 52 loads of dirty laundry for his mother, he also brought another AIMer with him that wasn’t going to be able to go home because he lives in California. So “Q,” as they call him, is going to be hanging out with the Morgan’s for the next week. I’m looking forward to showing this kid the finer things in West Texas living like Jalapeno Poppers, The Deuce (our Chinese food restaurant), Wiffle Ball and how to eat cereal anytime of the day.

  • Did you read “this” over on my running blog?
  • One of my favorite female bloggers, Amanda Sanders, has a new blog called “Red Hot Momma.” Although it’s set up for the girls, I’ve enjoyed stopping by. Be warned though, this is a PG-13 site.
  • “This” is horrible news. Looks like Christmas isn’t coming this year. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer… all of the reindeer …. GONE!
  • Wow, “this” video really shook my world. How many times do I and others pull this stupid stuff.
  • From the idiot file comes: The Ashley Madison Agency who’s trying to make money off helping people have an affair. “Life is Short, Have an Affair” is their slogan. For $249 you can enroll in the “affair guarantee program,” which pledges you to find “someone” within three months or your money back. Wow, won’t that business have a tough time explaining this to God on judgement day.
  • I hope to share another crazy hospital visitation story next week.

Have a great weekend …

(COMMENT OF THE DAY: freetolive said…
Trey- thanks for the mention! I love that you gave it a PG 13 rating. That just made my day. I know, I need to get out more. :) )

THE EXCITING LIFE OF A MINISTER

You may be thinking that my life as a minister is pretty dull, but I have to tell you, you’re way off on that thought. It can be a roller-coaster thrill ride at times. It’s the little things that take place every day that make it exciting. Here’s an example…

A while back, I went to the hospital to visit an elderly woman from church who had fallen down a flight of stairs. I’d been told she’d broken some ribs and her arm, busted her lips and blacked her eyes. I expected her to look pretty bad when I walked in her room, but I never expected the nightmarish images that would be ingrained in my head forever.

I rounded the corner by the nurses station and could see some of her family standing in the hall. As I approached the room I asked them, “How is she?” They said, “Glad you’re here. She’s been asking for you. She’s going to be fine, but she’s just really beat up.”

There was a handful of family in the room when I came in. They backed into the corner to give me some room with their grandma. She looked as bad as I imagined… eyes nearly swollen shut and her lips busted and bloody.

I gave her some sympathy and said, “You poor baby. I’m so sorry.”

“Look at what I’ve done to myself, Trey,” she said.

“I know, but you’ll get well and you’ll heal,” I told her.

She said, “Trey, it’s not just my face, let me show you what else I’ve done.”

It was at that point my life changed forever. I’ve replayed what happened in my mind over and over to figure out what I did wrong and how I could have changed what happened next. For it was those words, “Let me show you what else I’ve done,” that still haunt me. Everything moved in slow motion because it was a second after those words rolled off her tongue that she grabbed the sheet that had been covering her 86 year old naked body and RIPPED IT OFF.

Because the mind has a tendency to protect us from highly stressful events, everything from here on out is a little fuzzy. I remember hearing the family behind me “Gasp!” as I stood over the bed of their totally naked eighty-six year old grandma. I specifically remember her yelling, “Look at it, Trey, look at it! Does it look bad? You can tell me, I can take it!” I was trying to look anywhere but where she was wanting me to.

I was doing everything I could to grab the sheet from her and cover her back up, but she had a death grip on that sheet. I expected at any moment the family to come rushing in like the cavalry and rescue me from a lifetime of emotional scarring and Grandma from certain embarrassment, but help never came. I think they were just as shocked as I was. It’s not every day a family sees their naked grandma for the first time.

As she lay there in her birthday suit, for what seemed like an eternity, hollering, “Look at me.” “How does it look?” and “Tell me the truth, I can take it!” The ONLY thing that kept going through my mind was, “Sheesh, this woman needs ironing!!!”

Today, this precious woman and I are still very close friends. I’d like to think it has nothing to do with what I refer to as “THE hospital visit,” but it probably does some. I honestly don’t think she ever realized what she pulled that day. I certainly don’t ever intend to bring it back up.

And so goes the life of a minister, you never know what crazy event will happen next. You just hope it’s not a life-scarring event. :-)

(Comment of the Day: Jason said…
Trey this was hilarious. I am going to go to my heavenly Father right now in prayer and thank Him that this hasn’t happened to me before.)

SHOUTING, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"

I try to make the local nursing home a stop for me on Monday’s. The people in the home are beautiful people, but my heart always hurts for them. They’ve reached a point in their life that they can no longer live by themselves and must have someone else take care of them.

Yesterday I made a special effort to go by Bennie’s room. Bennie was celebrating her 96th birthday. Her body is worn out and she can’t hear a thing unless you yell at her, but mentally she’s still pretty sharp.

When I stuck my head in her room she was sleeping. I noticed on the end of her bed was an opened birthday card. I debated for a moment whether or not to wake her but finally decided that I would break my “visitation rule #1″ and call her name to see if she’d wake up. She opened her eyes. I asked her how she was and if she knew what today was? She said, “Huh?” I smiled and asked again yelling much louder the second time.

“DID YOU KNOW YOU’RE HAVING A BIRTHDAY?” I yelled.

“Yes, on the 17th I’m going to be 96,” she said.

“Today’s the 17th,” I told her almost shouting. “Happy birthday, Bennie!” Her eyes seemed to brighten and she had a proud look on her face. She knew she had accomplished something with her 96 years on this earth.

I teased her a little and told her I couldn’t give her a birthday whipping, because I couldn’t count to 96. That brought a smile to her very wrinkled face.

As I got ready to leave, I worried about singing “Happy Birthday” without any help, but it worked out fine. I didn’t sing it at all … I shouted it! :-)

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

(Comment of the
Day: Laura said…
“We should all shout “Happy Birthday!” My grandmother is in a nursing home and I know she appreciates visits from us and from people that aren’t her family.I think if people would make the effort to stop by and visit nursing homes they’d be surprised at the blessing they’d receive.”)

11 SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE A BLOG-ADDICT

Today I celebrate this blog’s second birthday. I don’t exactly know what that means other than I’ve been at it for two years. To celebrate today, I’ll share “11 Signs you might be a Blog-Addict”…

  • Your spouse carries a picture of the back of your head in their wallet because this is what they normally see.
  • Your blog’s stat-tracker goes down and you have a panic attack.
  • Your wife asks, “How was your day?” and you respond by saying, “Did you not read my blog today?”
  • Your spouse’s lawyer serves you with divorce papers by leaving a comment on your blog.
  • One of your children walk up to you while you’re at your computer and you ask, “Now, which one are you?”
  • Your mom finds out you’re having another child by reading your blog.
  • You find yourself thinking, “That’s a great blog idea,” so you get out of bed in the middle of the night to write the idea down.
  • You’re putting off going to bed with your beautiful wife because you’re right in the middle of writing a new post.
  • You decide to take a sabbatical from your blog for a full day.
  • You have more friends in the blogging world than in your real world.
  • You wish you had a cool setup like the picture in the post.

As always, thank you SO much for reading!

MOMS RULE, DADS DROOL

I had big plans for this weekend. Lea is gone with a group of ladies to a Women of Faith conference, and I envisioned a male bonding, bachelor-type weekend with me and the boys. I couldn’t wait to show the boys how much fun dads can be. The rules I laid down for the weekend […]

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FEEDING THE "DUMP" PEOPLE

Can you imagine being SO hungry that you would go to the city dump to find food for yourself and for your family? Can you imagine food being so scarce that you move your family to the dump to live where everyone can search for food everyday, because without it you and your family will […]

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THINGS I’M THINKING ABOUT

Taylor turned in his list of places he’d like to go to do mission work for the next year and a half. I think the places on his list were Africa, Scotland, Grass Valley, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. He’ll find out about Christmas time where he’s going and who he’s going with. He […]

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I STRUGGLE

Many think because of my position as a minister that I never struggle with the common things they struggle with. Somehow many believe ministers are spiritual super-beings who can defeat Satan with their mighty sermons and bible knowledge. Let me set those people straight. I am no spiritual superhero. I am not exempt from the […]

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BUFFALO SPRINGS HALF MARATHON

WHAT I LEARNED… This course provided two of the biggest hills I’ve ever seen in my entire life. These were Mount Sinai sized hills. I’m thrilled they put off the start time until 9 a.m. to give it time to warm up. It was just above freezing when the race started. I was excited to […]

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WHAT IF STARBUCKS MARKETED LIKE THE CHURCH?

Two words: Painfully realistic! (Comment of the Day: Anonymous said… “There was a lot of truth to that spot. Especially the part about drawing attention to new comers and making then fill out all the paperwork. My wife and I will never fill out those visiter cards because if we don’t like the message the […]

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TRUSTING GOD ENOUGH TO JUMP

I still remember the day Cooper learned to climb up on the top bunk of the bunk-beds all by himself. I had rounded the corner and there he sat, grinning from ear to ear. “How did you get up there?” I asked him. I believe his answer was, “I climbeded.” I reminded him he wasn’t […]

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SUMMING UP THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Here are some of my favorite quotes from other bloggers who have tried to sum up last night’s presidential election… My son kind of stunned me with this thought: “Just think, Daddy, it was only 50 years ago that black people weren’t even allowed to vote in some places.” Whatever you think of Barack Obama’s […]

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"AAUGH!"

Why is it that when I pull into the drive up at the bank I get behind the person who is slower than molasses going uphill in January? Just recently I pulled in behind a person who was obviously trying to refinance his home through the drive up window. That little drawer went in and […]

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FREAKY FRIDAY

I’ve got to have an anatomy discussion with my 7 year old son. He told me a couple of nights ago when his stomach was hurting, “Dad, it’ll be okay, it’s just my ovaries.” I didn’t know he even knew the word “ovaries.” It’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen Taylor, our oldest. He’d […]

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I AM A MAN

I am a man and I love it. I don’t wear pink. I don’t own a sweater vest. I don’t listen to Clay Aiken, and I don’t like to chit-chat on the phone. I am a man. I love the smell of diesel, the smell of a new set of tires and the smell of […]

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WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT HALLOWEEN

Halloween was a big event around my house when I was a kid. It meant two things: dressing up to get candy and Christmas was right around the corner. We didn’t get a lot of candy growing up, so we couldn’t wait to start knocking on doors in the neighborhood. When it came to costumes […]

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PREACHING ABOUT MY WIFE

Holy Smokes, did this ever hit home!!!

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A GOOD PREACHER JOKE

Nothing is funnier to me that being able to laugh at yourself or what you do. I have an arsenal of preacher jokes, but here is one of the ones that is at the top of my favorites list… Three ministers and their wives were on a cruise. A tidal wave came up and swamped […]

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WAZZUP!

I laughed and laughed when I saw this… In case you forgot, “this” was the original.

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PORNOGRAPHY AND MARRIAGE

Last week I did a post on “Sex and Men,” (read it here) and the difficulties of staying pure in your marriage. While the post dealt more about men staying pure, a nerve was touched when I mentioned pornography in marriage. I received countless emails from people shouting the dangers of pornography in marriage from […]

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2008 PALO DURO CANYON TRAIL RUN

I had a great weekend. About 200 runners showed up for a 12.2 mile run in some of God’s most beautiful creation. I wasn’t sure if I could do a run this difficult, but shoot, you’ll never know what you can do if don’t try. The thing I’m still learning is that when you put […]

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THIS WEEKEND’S ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY is the PALO DURO CANYON TRAIL RUN: I’m going this Saturday to Palo Duro Canyon for a 20k (12.5 mile) run. It’ll be a monster of a run because 99% of it will be on dirt trails and up and down hills. Last time I ran this race it was only 9 miles, but […]

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PURE TERROR

God has put me in some sticky situations that have left me a little concerned about my life … I’ve ridden public transportation in a foreign country. I’ve had military police with machine guns, in a foreign country, board my bus to find out who I was. I’ve run at night through parts of Mexico […]

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MEN AND SEX

I’ve heard the quote that on average men think about sex every 7 seconds, I personally think that those numbers might be a little on the conservative side God is the creator of sex, and He made it to be GOOD (can I get an “Amen” here guys?!) in the confines of marriage. Yet, due […]

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THE DAY OFF

It’s healthy to take time off to rest and play. Yesterday the Morgan’s went to the Henderson’s farm to hide out. Here are a few things we enjoyed on our day out… Playing Rummy & Jenga. Watching the movie Transformers. Riding 4-wheelers (for a short time, due to the rain). Having the mother of all […]

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COLUMBUS DAY

My kids are out of school for Columbus Day today, so I’ve taken the day off. To celebrate the day, I thought I’d share a very special blog post today called… “10 things I never do when my kids are out of school and I’ve taken the day off on Columbus Day …” 1. Blog […]

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PREACHING POLITICS FROM THE PULPIT

Big news story, “Pastors to Preach Politics from the Pulpit.” Me? I’ll be preaching Christ this Sunday!

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

Here are a few things I found really interesting this week. Click on the “this” to check them out. This was a great article on Men and Sex! Ever wonder which Presidential candidates are the best and worst charitable givers? Me too, you might find “this” interesting. I know I did. Pornography brings in more […]

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THE WORLDS WORST DAD AWARD GOES TO…

This dad who was wearing his “World’s Greatest Dad” shirt when he was arrested for trying to pick up a 14 year old girl. Sheesh! Who knows maybe his, “World’s Greatest Pedophile” shirt was in the wash. Come on guys … be a real DAD!

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THE ECONOMY IS BAD, BUT THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

If you’ve watched the news lately you know that… The stock market is down. Gas prices are high. The economy is bad. Unemployment is up. The future is bleek. And yet, I haven’t lost one single second of sleep. In fact, I haven’t worried or even really given it a whole lot of thought. My […]

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ANOTHER REASON NOT TO HANG OUT WITH EVIL PEOPLE

Psalm 1:1  “Blessed are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do.”  And obviously, blessed are those who don’t play golf with Vader.

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CHEERLEADING IN MARRIAGE

I know a lady that never has anything nice to say about anybody. She is by far the most negative person I’ve ever met, and occasionally she has the audacity to say, “I don’t know why my husband doesn’t want to hang around the house with me more often.” Wow, do I ever have to […]

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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE MOVIES

I’m honestly not a big movie watcher, and most of the movies I do watch are after they come out on television (helps that they are edited). Someone recently asked me to name my 10 favorite movies of all time. I thought that sounded fun, and I thought it’d be cool to know yours too. […]

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THANK YOU

No post from me today. Instead I just want to say “Thank You.” You have blessed me through this blog with your comments, your friendship and with you just simply stopping by. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this new little ministry God has dropped into my life. From the bottom of my heart, “Thank you!” for allowing […]

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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