BASKETBALL: According to the schedule … the Morgan family is officially playing basketball. Ten out of the last 14 nights we’ve had a ball game somewhere within a 200 mile radius. We’re enjoying watching both Connor (7th grade) and Parker’s (Varsity) teams play. Parker is in a tournament in Iowa Park, Texas this weekend. They kicked it off last night with back to back wins. We’re headed back tonight for another game. Go Bobcats.
MISSION FIELD:Taylor, who is a few months into the AIM program, is hoping to announce this weekend on his blog where he’ll be spending the next two years doing mission work. I’m sure that he and the other AIMers are ready to officially know where they’ll be serving. If you have time today, I’m sure he would appreciate a little prayer on his behalf.
RUNNING: I’m running the Wee-Chi-Tah trail half marathon next month in Wichita Falls, Texas. With basketball and a busy December, things have really cut into my running schedule. I’ve had some ask, so next week I hope to share with you on my running blog, a little about my past story of going from 260 pounds to the 200 pound guy I am today and a little of the diet I follow (yes, cereal is included in that diet… ha).
DATE: The reservations are made and the evening is planned. Tomorrow is the “big date” with Lea that I’ve been looking forward to. Occasionally, I like to talk Lea into really dressing up and going out to some place special for a “nice” date. I’d like to give you a few more details on where we’re going and what we’re doing, but we’ve talked another couple into going with us this year, and we’re keeping the details a secret from them. I’ll give you more details about our evening next week, but I can tell you that my wife will look incredible in her little black dress .
BABY NOAH: I’m amazed how God uses His people to minister to others who hurt. We’ve recently had Jacob and Amanda Henderson move to Childress from Mexico City. The Henderson’s have served as long time missionaries there in Mexico City. It was discovered a few months ago that their son, Noah, has Tay-Sachs disease.Tay-Sachs is a fatal genetic disorder in infants that causes the destruction of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure for this disease, and at best most doctors have said Noah may only have a few years to live. The Henderson’s decided to move to Childress to be closer to family, friends and doctors during this difficult time. While I HATE the circumstances surrounding the Henderson’s move, I am honored that God has placed this beautiful family in my life. I know the Childress church and community will love, support and minister to this family during this very difficult time.
I’ve enjoyed holding this precious baby boy at church and listen to him laugh when he’s tickled. Lea and I were honored to be able to help paint Noah’s new room, but more than that we’re blessed and honored to pray for Noah and this beautiful family. I humbly ask that you say a prayer for them too.
I’m a little sad today. I’ve got 4 boys and always thought it would be great to have a 5th. That was until I read this morning that “Every 5th child born in this world is Chinese!” I guess that means we’re done with kids … I can’t even SPEAK Chinese!
(Comment of the Day: cwinwc said… Reminds me of one of my favorite moments from the show, “King of the Hill.” Hank and his buds meet their new neighbor, Quan, for the first time and the exchange goes something like this: Hank: So, are you Chinese or Japanese? Quan: Hank Hill, you dumb redneck. I’m from Laos, a small land-locked country in Southeast Asia! Hank: (blinks a couple of times and says) So, are you Chinese or Japanese?)
One of my most favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from Daniel 3. You remember the story … the three boys refused to give in to the King and worship the idol he made. So the King got mad and heated up the fiery furnace to kill them.
Just before he threw them in, he gave them one last chance to bow down to the idol and save themselves. It’s their response that has always amazed me. They tell the old King, “God can save us, but even if He doesn’t, we’re still going to follow him!” The key word in that thought is “can.” God CAN save us!
Wouldn’t it be great, that no matter how bleak things look in your life, if you could still have a “God Can Save” attitude like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s.
When your marriage crumbles, you say, “God can save my marriage!”
When the doctor says it’s cancer, you boldly proclaim, “God can heal my body!”
When temptations comes your way, you exclaim, “God can help me overcome!”
When the child you’ve raised in the Lord walks away, you know, “God can lead them back!”
When a trial that you’re going through rocks your faith, you shout, “God can save me from this!”
Wouldn’t it be great to believe with all your heart that no matter how bad things look, God can save you?
BUT DON’T miss the last part of that though … “I believe God can save … BUT even if He doesn’t … I will still serve him!” Even if He chooses not too save me … I WILL STILL SERVE HIM! That kind of faith ROCKS! That IS a “God Can Save” attitude and I want one of those!
How about you?
(Comment of the Day: Cornelius Crew said… I want one of those attitudes as well! And if I can have one of those, it will filter to those around me,my husband, kids…. Here’s praying for it!)
According to the American Consumer Credit Council, the average American will spend a whopping $791 on Christmas this year.
Most of what will be purchased for this year’s Christmas will go on a credit card.
The average American will carry credit card debt of $8562 by the end of the year.
STOP feeling like you need to compete with friends and family to get the biggest, best or most thoughtful present! QUIT blowing more than you can afford because you feel guilty if you don’t! And NEVER hide your spending from your spouse.
Tony Campolo, one of my favorite speakers, said this recently… “The typical size of an American house has increased 40 percent in the last 25 years. It’s not because we’re having more children; we’re having fewer children! We need bigger and bigger houses simply to hold all the stuff we don’t need. What’s even worse is that we’re renting out space in storage bins because we can’t contain all the stuff we have in the huge houses we have at our disposal. It has become an insane society as far as surplus is concerned.”
Better yet, my most favorite speaker of all time said this, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20).
Just a quick reminder, in case you forgot … LIFE (and Christmas too) isn’t about stuff, and it isn’t about what you buy or what you get. Life IS about God, family, relationships, love, helping others, compassion and faith.
Don’t forget this month what the really important things are!
(Comment of the Day: Larry Bob Lane said… This is the time of year that we celebrate our Lord’s birthday. I have some great gift ideas that won’t require a credit card. Go say Merry Christmas to all the shut-ins, homeless, orphans,and all you single parents out there. Not to forget those that are stuck in a nursing home. Merry Christmas to all and may God bless you. I care about you.See, that did not cost me a dime.)
This is Parker, our six-foot six-inch 17 year old son. He is a junior at Childress High School and we are very proud of him. He loves playing basketball, hunting, fishing, camping and doing anything else that requires him being outdoors. What Lea and I are the most proud about Parker are not the things […]
Last night was Childress’ Jingle Bell 5k run. Thirty-eight people showed up to run. About a month ago, I told my friend Kirby that I thought it would be fun to run the race in a Santa suit. He told me if I’d do the Santa suit, he’d dress up like an elf. The coolest […]
I have fond memories of Thanksgivings long ago. Here are 3 things I remember when I was a kid… Smelling the food cooking all day and thinking, “Are we EVER going to get to eat?” I DO NOT like giblet gravy or pumpkin pie, but I LOVE cranberry sauce. As a kid, Thanksgiving was the […]
“Marriage should be honored by everyone, and husband and wife should keep their marriage pure…” Hebrews 13:4 Most of the time I write a post, I get some comments and a few days later the post is forgotten. But, there are times when you touch a nerve on a topic and the post seems to […]
I was tagged to share some “eights” about myself. So, here you go: 8 Favorite TV Shows: SportCenter Survivor CSI – Las Vegas Dallas Cowboys Football & Texas Rangers Baseball Amazing Race America’s Funniest Videos Spongebob Squarepants Seinfeld reruns 8 Favorite Restaurants: Taco Villa Der Wienerschnitzel Saltgrass Tacos Garcia Anything Chinese Vinson Cafe Carinos Anyplace […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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