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 were simple …

  • Rule #1: Toilet seats are to remain in the raised position all weekend.

  • Rule #2: All hand towels and little fancy soaps are legal to use any time.
  • Rule #3: No glasses this weekend, we drink straight from the milk carton. “But,” I reminded them, “The blue milk carton is mine. Stay out of it because I don’t want any of your ‘kooties.’”

After about 3 hours without Lea, the manly-man weekend had already gone to hell in a hand-basket. In frustration over my lack of supper cooking skills, two of the boys had already asked, “Dad, when is mom coming home?” I still don’t know why the boys didn’t want a bowl of cereal for supper!

  • I missed Lea when it came time to clean up a kitchen that had been totally demolished.
  • I really missed Lea when it came time to get kids in bed by myself.
  • I REALLY missed Lea when it came time to climb into a big king-sized bed all by my lonesome.
  • AND I REALLY REALLY missed Lea at 2 a.m. this morning when Connor got up puking up his guts!!!

All I can say is … “HOW DOES SHE DO IT SO EFFORTLESSLY?” Every time she leaves, I’m slapped in the face by cold reality that, “The world can’t survive without MOMS!” Not only do they run the household, but they seem to do it with very little effort. Moms are superheroes and the world could not survive without them!!!

Thank you Moms for all that you do. AND Lea, if by chance you read this … I can’t wait until you get home! I miss you VERY much! :-)

(Comment of the Day: Tucker said…
“Trey, Don’t you know that women know “the Secrets”? First, there are reasons why they don’t let you use those little fancy soaps…they make you sick, ie. Connor. Couple that with drinking straight from the carton and you are lucky it wasn’t coming out both ends.As for the toilet seat, they should remain in the upright position, it has been proven to be more sanitary as gravity allows germs to fall to the bottom of the seat. I point that out to many women. FYI, I have learned a little trick…help the boys destroy the house, and she will be mighty reluctant to leave again. (Spill Coke on the floor and leave it, that puts them over the edge) She will find it safer to take all of you with her!Good luck, I am sure you will survive.”)

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 die?

Welcome to Santa Ana, Honduras. A place so poor that people live in shelters made of sticks and garbage bags at the city dump, so they can find scraps of food to eat. One person witnessing this for the first time said, “I gotta tell you that I wasn’t prepared for this experience. The smell was what you would expect only stronger.” Another said, “These people were filthy and smelly. Some of their hands had so much black filth on them that I cannot imagine them ever being clean again, no matter how much scrubbing was done. Small boys, about 8 – 11 years old, were there alone with no family.”


Can you imagine eating from a landfill?

Can you imagine?


Can you imagine having to fight off large birds everyday for a piece of garbage to eat?


Thankfully there are a group of young people from AIM (Adventures In Missions) who have decided to go live in Santa Ana, Honduras and minister to these people. These young people spent a week with us in Childress this past Spring. They are GREAT kids.

They make sandwiches, sometimes up to 3200 to take and feed the dump people. They offer them food for their physical bodies and Jesus for their spiritual needs.

They ride in the back of a pickup for miles to get there.

It is very rainy in Honduras. So not only are they looking for rotting garbage to eat, but it’s “wet” rotting garbage.

During the hard rain many people seek shelter under these make-shift houses. AIMers take food to them during the rain.


These AIM students don’t mind getting wet, because come rain or shine they are there to deliver a fresh meal.


Can you imagine being so hungry you’d live like this? Can you imagine feeding your little boy, girl or baby here? I can’t either. Last night at supper alone, I scraped off my plate a half of a pork chop, some mashed potatoes and other things I didn’t want. I ate 3 BIG meals yesterday. I would have NEVER eaten out of a trash can.

But some will. Some will today. Good thing there are people in this world willing to be the arms and legs of Jesus. Thank God there are people willing to share. How about you? Are you willing to share? Did you know as little as $20 a day will feed the people at the dump? Twenty dollars!!! Did you know that you can give up cokes for a week and with that money feed all the people in the Santa Ana, Honduras dump?

Today Lea and I will send $50 to feed the people at the dump. Who’s with me??? Here’s the address…

Torch
P.O. Box 9222
Columbus, MS 39705 (Attention: Dump Fund)

100% of the money will go to feed people!!! You want to buy some sandwiches???

(If you can’t send money, maybe you could help by linking this post to your blog today? Because maybe someone you know would help feed the dump people.)

Sandwiches …

As little as $20 will feed the entire dump for 1 day. $80 will feed them for an entire week.

Marc & Terri Tindall are missionaries there in Santa Ana who work with the AIMers. Mark said this about this ministry, “As I have said earlier, there are not words that can describe life in the dump. Pictures are only a little better insight of a hopeless way of life. Our work is to try and bring a little hope to this place. The only hope – Jesus.”

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink… I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” ~ Jesus

(Comment of the Day: makegodsmile said… “Trey, is it ok to be proud of the AIM groups? I was in school at SSOP/SIBI when the AIM program began, when the AIM dream became a reality. I am so proud of the work this group does all over the world! I couldn’t help but smile when one of your commenters wondered if they also shared the Gospel. That has been drilled into the heads of this group in their training from the very first day. By HIS Grace!”)

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 and all the AIM students are both nervous and excited.

  • This story makes me really sad. Cut something else besides the outreach. It’s why the church exists!
  • I’m simply a blogger not a writer. I’m someone who simply shares what I’m thinking, but there are a few bloggers out there that are actually writers. Writers can spin a great post about anything. I love reading from writers who blog. Three of the my favorite writers who blog are Greg England, Patrick Mead and Amanda Sanders. Speaking of Amanda Sanders, her post today called, “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie,” was great.
  • I absolutely LOVED this post called, “What is Church!” Make sure you READ IT!
  • A church choir singing Hip-Hop? Maybe the craziest video I’ve ever seen! SERIOUSLY.
  • Don’t know if you ever keep up with my podcasts, but this sermon on self-control that I did a week ago got me more feedback than any sermon I’ve done. If you get a chance and want to check it out, here’s the link: Self-Control. I’ll write more about this in a couple of days. Subscribe with iTunes and listen on your iPod by clicking: HERE

Thanks for reading…

(Comment of the Day: a cowgirl at heart said… “Wow! I just read the Outreach story and you’re right, it is extremely heartbreaking. But I will tell you the hardest part for me to read were the comments and seeing all the people who were disenchanted with church because of a few examples that stand out in the public eye. There is so much misinterpretation and misunderstanding in the Christian world. Then, I read the “What is Church!” post and it was awesome. My favorite one was about Christians going into a sleazy bar to sing Karaoke and how much fun the other patrons have with them! That made me smile!”)

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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MARRIAGE, SHOES and MOVIES

HIS NEEDS HER NEEDS (HNHN) – Amazing, 13 couples came over last night for the HNHN bible study. I think it’s great that 13 of us want to improve our marriages. It doesn’t matter if your marriage is great, good, poor or bad, if you want to improve it you can, but it does take […]

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BEING A RELEVANT CHURCH

I think our country is full of seekers. People seeking God. I get that idea from things like Joel Osteen and Rick Warren writing books that go to the top of NY Times best seller list. It means someone out there is searching for answers. There are people who are searching for meaning in life […]

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A "Happy Birthday" Favor

Today is Taylor’s 19th birthday. It’s also his first birthday away from home. His work in AIM continues to go well. Lea and I are proud of him. If you get a second today, would you drop by his blog and wish him a “Happy Birthday?” I know he’d enjoy getting some birthday wishes. (www.taylorrossmorgan.com) […]

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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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