11 Things I Learned On My Anniversary Trip…

Lea and I snuck off to the Dallas/Fort Worth area this week for a few days. Lea actually planned the 3 days perfectly. We stayed in some really great places, ate some amazing food, watched some baseball and enjoyed celebrating 24 years together. Here are 11 things I learned this week from my trip…

1. I learned … you can never go wrong with a restaurant that includes a roll of paper towels on the table.

2. I learned … Registered Massage Therapists have magic in their fingers.

3. I learned … Lea knows how to plan amazing trips, right down to the last little details. Me? Not so much!

4. I learned … you  can still find a homeless person to feed … even on an anniversary trip.

5. I learned … people watching is a fun activity to do together … and it’s free.

6. I learned … I love a new pair of running shoes.

7. I learned … sometimes I’m the one buying the shoes and Lea’s the one trying to be patient (see #6).

8. I learned … we miss our boys … even when we’re gone for a few days.

9. I learned … my feet are VERY ticklish … (see #2).

10. I learned … finding time to pray for our children was one of the best parts of the trip.

11. I learned … I still consider myself the luckiest man in the world to have married the girl I did.

They still do this in Texas … right down the middle of the street.

We stayed in the old Stockyards Hotel.

I caught a nice 5-mile run around these two amazing sports facilities.

Happiness IS a new pair of running shoes.

College Students: How To Stay A Christian During College …

College should be one of the best times in your life because you are out on your own and making your own choices. BUT college should NEVER be the time you ditch God and your faith in order to experience the world. I read recently where 70% of college students quit Christianity during college … despite growing up in Christian homes. Ugh!  Don’t buy into the lie that Satan feeds you, “This is the time you should be experiencing the world, drinking, partying!”  Instead live for God … even when no one is watching.

They say every college kid struggles with the freshman 15 (15 lbs of weight gain the first year of college) … so let me give you 15 ways to keep from bailing on your faith during college…

  1. Keep your relationship with God your #1 priority … not school, not work, not the opposite sex or anything else.
  2. Read your bible everyday.
  3. Make it a priority to find a church to attend … and then get your rear-end out of bed and go.
  4. Hang with the right crowd. Run with the wrong crowd, in the wrong places … and you’ll do the wrong things.
  5. Get involved with other college students that have the same spiritual goals.
  6. Don’t believe the lie that “everyone is doing it….” whatever someone tells you “it” is.
  7. Pray every day for strength.
  8. Remember daily how good God has been to you. Why would you want to turn your back on that?
  9. Find an accountability partner who will help keep you spiritually accountable.
  10. Don’t hang out in the wrong places… places where you’ll be tempted.
  11. Serve others. Look for a place to volunteer.
  12. Find a campus ministry, college ministry or bible chair to get involved with.
  13. Communicate and give regular updates to your parents, youth minister or mentor on how you are doing spiritually.
  14. Find a weekly bible study to get involved in or host one in your home.
  15. Remember that Satan is going to do everything he can to get you. He’ll use people, places and things to tempt you … keep an eye out for his schemes.

College kids … stay strong in your faith!


Believe it or not, I married the most gorgeous girl … ever!  I believe that with all my heart because I have chosen to make Lea my standard of beauty.

I love hearing husbands praise their wife’s beauty, and I love when wives talk about being married to the most handsome man in the world. I whole-heartedly believe that your spouse should be your standard of beauty. In case you’re not catching on … let me explain better. Whoever you’re married to, is what you should be “into.”  Meaning I am totally “into” brown-eyed, brown haired girls. WHY? Because that’s what I married. If you married a blonde, you’re into blondes. If you married a mechanic … you’re into mechanics. If you married an Asian … you’re into Asians. If you married a Kindergarden teacher … you’re into Kindergarden teachers. If you married a short person … yip, you guessed it … you should be into short people.  You’re into what you married.

When my wife had her hair cut a certain way, I had a friend who continually told me that she looked like Victoria Beckham. After looking up who Victoria Beckham was, my only response was, “If my wife and Victoria Beckham look anything alike, then Victoria is a very lucky lady.”  I feel that way because Lea is my standard of beauty … and she is what I am “into.”

Personally, it really bothers me when married WOMEN post pictures of guys like Tatum Channing, Mark Sanchez or others on Facebook and Pinterest with comments like, “He’s so hot!” or “Yum!”  What bothers me even MORE is I know their husband is going to see it and that hurts them … no matter what they tell you.  And MEN, don’t ogle over someone of the opposite sex on television or at the movies.  Don’t compare your wife to some girl who’s been photoshopped on a magazine cover. Whether your husband/wife sees it or not … it’s called lust and Jesus called it “adultery of the heart.” Instead of focusing on someone other than your spouse … how about posting a picture of your husband/wife on Facebook and let the world know of your love for HIM/HER with a comment like, “This is the person of my dreams.”  Make sure your spouse knows that THEY are your standard of beauty, not someone else.

DON’T gloat over someone other than your spouse … make sure your spouse knows that they are your standard of beauty.  THAT will make for a much healthier marriage.

LISTEN CLOSE … instead of focusing on what you don’t have … pursue what you DO have.

The “Bratty” Little Girl at VBS

Last night at VBS there was a little girl that was the last one to be picked up. While we waited for her ride she playfully called me “butt-head” and other names that’s weren’t all that bad, but inappropriate for a little girl age 7. At one point she leaned over and said, “I’m gonna pour my Koolaid on your head,” and then she proceeded to do exactly what’s she said she would. My only thought was, “What a bratty kid.”

Then after a few minutes of asking questions to the little “bratty” kid I found out more about her. She told me she’d just moved here to live with her grandparents, whom she didn’t really know, because as she explained, “My daddy is in prison and my momma just went to jail too.”

My heart broke as I realized I judged the little “bratty” kid way to quickly. No telling the tough life she’d already been through.

I need to do better at not judging and jumping to conclusions before i know the whole story. I was reminded again last night that perspective is an very important thing.


Hobo Nick

Hobo Nick (BTW: Just so you won’t get us mixed up … that’s me on the right). :)

Meet my new friend Nick. Nick is a homeless man who is hanging out in Childress today. Nick is in day 104 of a trek where he is walking (no rides) from Florida to California. He told me he was doing all this so he can learn to put more of his faith in God to take care of his needs and not rely on material things so much. He started with no money and allows God to meet his daily needs. So far he said that God has taken better care of him than he ever imagined. I offered him a place to stay and a shower, but he said he was good. Nick said what he loves the most is when people just ask him how he’s doing or just stops to check on him. When I left him I gave him a little money and told him to use it for emergencies. He told me “no” and that he didn’t need it, and we finally agreed that he’d take it and share it with another homeless person down the road that could really use it. I enjoyed getting to know Nick, his faith and his vision. I definitely could use to learn some things from him.

If you want to follow Nick’s journey across America … you can do it on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/hobo_nick or on Facebook by clicking HERE. 

11 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Children

LIE FOR YOUR KIDS. When a parent writes their child a note to school saying their child was sick or had a doctor’s appointment, and really they just over slept …. YOU are teaching them it’s OKAY to lie. Don’t you get it? NEVER lie to help cover up mistakes for your kids. DON’T GIVE […]

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Honduras Trip 2012

It was an amazing trip once again to Honduras. God lined up the perfect group of people to come together and work to bless the people of Honduras. We built houses for the needy, fed the hungry, worked and fed in the dump, did two medical clinics where about 500 people were seen by doctors […]

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One Of The BIGGEST Mistakes Couples Make In Their Marriage

By far, one of the easiest ways for couples to kill their marriage is when they stop pursuing one another. Your goal everyday should be to work just as hard to keep your spouse as you did to win him/her in the first place. Let me explain. Before marriage you put a LOT of effort into […]

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Thanks For Your Help

Just want to say a BIG thank you to all those who sent boxes of supplies for our trip to Honduras. We were overwhelmed with boxes and will have so many things to share with the poor in Honduras. You have blessed out trip. Again, thank you SO much. ~Trey

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It Take More Than Sperm To Be A Dad

Want to know who holds the record for fathering the most children by one wife? It’s a Russian father who has 69 children. Unbelievable? Nope, it’s true. This Russian father has 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. Humble yourselves dads – you’re not as prolific as you thought […]

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103 Very Special Beanie Babies

I got a box in the mail this week that had exactly 103 beanie babies in it. It was a special box of beanie babies. They were the stuffed animals of a sweet 16 year old girl named Jackie. It was Jackie’s mom, Tammy who sent them to me. 13 years ago Tammy experienced the […]

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7 Things I Need For Honduras … Can You Help?

A group of 50 of us are heading to Honduras in a little over a month.  We’ll be feeding the hungry, building homes, doing medical clinics, visiting the sick, etc.  I just thought I’d ask this morning …. would you, your church, your work, social club, etc, be willing to help gather things up for […]

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Can Facebook Cause Marriage Problems?

Yesterday I looked through some of the referrals on my blog. Those are the little stats that tell me what people were looking for in Google that brought them to my blog.  Here were a few I saw within seconds… “How to tell my wife she spends too much time on Facebook” “Husband is hiding […]

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Soulmate or Roommate?

I’m starting a class this Sunday called “Soulmate or Roommate?.” Marriage was never intended to turn in to simply cohabitation with someone of the opposite sex, yet often it does.  Sometimes we become roommates with our soul mates because of laziness and selfishness that creep into our marriages without us doing something about them. So […]

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My Friend Darrell

I was 12 and Darrell was 10. We grew up 2 houses apart and were the best of friends. Our summers were spent outside playing make-believe games, dreaming of girls and just doing boy stuff. Every childhood memory I have includes Darrell, but no memory is more vivid than the summer that everyone carried a […]

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Be Your Spouse’s Biggest Fan

I’m a fan of several things. I’m a fan of the Texas Rangers, I’m a fan of running, and I’m even a fan of bacon. Everyone is a fan of something. You may be a NASCAR fan, a college football fan or a fan of golf. Maybe you’re a book fan and love to read, […]

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Sometimes Nice Guys Finish First

I was just trying to book a hotel room, and the cost was a bit more than I was expecting. So I asked the nice lady … ME:  “Is that your best rate?”  HER: “Sorry, it really is … unless you qualify for a discount.” ME: “Really … how do I qualify for a discount?”  […]

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Dump Day 2012 Update and Totals

Many have asked about totals for Dump Day. It’s become increasingly hard every year to get an exact total until about a month or so has passed and everything has come in. We try hard to keep up with it on this blog, but not everybody posts what they gave, which is fine. Here’s what […]

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8 Things I Learned from Cancer

Today I celebrate life as a father and a husband. It was 9 years ago today I was told I had cancer .  Recovering from two surgeries made the summer of 2003 an extremely tough summer I’ll never forget. I’m not looking for sympathy today or even high-fives, but I am simply reminding myself of […]

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BREAKING NEWS: The awesome people at Bread For a Hungry World have just announced that for every $6.50 donated on their site (link is below), they will add an additional $50 to your $6.50 donation. That will make your $6.50 donation to the Dump Fund actually a $56.50 donation. Awesome. Surely everyone can give $6.50. Bread for […]

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Answers to Your Questions on Dump Day Eve

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR DUMP DAY 2012, PLEASE CLICK HERE! I’ve been getting lots of Dump Day questions, and I’m going to try and answer some … QUESTION: What can I do to REALLY make a BIG difference on Dump Day tomorrow? (3 Things…) Pray and ask God to bless our day. Make a donation. […]

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How To Give On Dump Day and Dump Day Give-Aways

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR DUMP DAY 2012, PLEASE CLICK HERE! Our 4th annual Dump Day and 30-Hour-Fast is one week away. Many have started giving early, and that is totally okay. If you do give early, please make sure you stop back by this blog next Wednesday and let us know what you gave so […]

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A Very Cool Story From The Dump

The following is a post from my friend Marc Tindall who works in Honduras and does ministry in the dump. This is little Marco, he is now almost 2 years old.  We took him to the doctor today because his mom, my friend Johana, has tried for about a month to get him feeling better and […]

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10 Reasons to Give on Dump Day 2012

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR DUMP DAY 2012, PLEASE CLICK HERE! Every year on the first Wednesday in May, we meet here on this blog to raise money to bless the ministry that takes place at the Tegucigalpa dump in Honduras. That money provides for things like food, milk for newborns, medical emergencies, and on and […]

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My Day Working At The Tegucigalpa Dump

Yesterday Marc Tindall, myself and a few others went to the Tegucigalpa dump to spend part of the day working in the dump. We were hoping to get a small glimpse of what the life of the dump person would be like. We spent our part of the day helping a young 22-year-old single mom […]

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I’m Going To Go To Work in a Dump …

Next week I’m starting a new job. Okay, so it’s only for 1 day, but it is a new job. My friend Marc Tindall has invited me to Honduras  next week to spend a full day working in the Tegucigalpa dump. Oh I’ve worked handing out food there many times, but this is going to […]

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Let Me Introduce You To “Disciple Trips” … Short Term Missions for Young People

(This blog generates a lot of traffic for those interested in short-term missions in Honduras and I want to share with you today a new ministry called Disciple Trips. If you are a teenager, or know a teenager interested in a mission trip, I suggest you point them towards Disciple Trips. I’ve asked my friend, […]

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Ministry Advice From An “Old” Minister

I had a reality check this week when a “young” minister called me wanting some ministry advise from an “older minister.” What exactly did he mean by “older preacher?”  Come to think of it, maybe he was wanting Patrick Mead’s number … he’s much older and much wiser than I am. Funny thing was, I’m […]

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I Dare You To Do The 30 Hour Fast With Me.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR DUMP DAY 2012, PLEASE CLICK HERE! Are you up for a 30 hour fast? How long could you go without food? Could you last 30 hours without food? There are some of us who can’t go a few hours without hollering, “I’m hungry.” As most of you know, on May 2nd, […]

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Beat Up, Ran Over & Left For Dead (A Story from the Dump)

If you were to visit the Tegucigalpa dump in Honduras, one of the first people you might see is Fanni.  She was one of the first people that Marc & Terri Tindall met in the dump. Fanni is now 18 and has a little boy named Marcos. Fanni lives in a very dangerous neighborhood and […]

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We Gave Away A House Yesterday. Before and After Pictures.

The Augment group and the community of Childress gave away another house yesterday. It’s our second house. We’ll be starting on our third project this week. Here are a few before/after pictures and of the yesterday’s open house.    

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College Kids Spending Spring Break … Working in a Dump

My son Parker is in Honduras this week for Spring Break. His group went with Marc Tindall to the dump yesterday to feed the people there. He told me last night that he met a man named Juan at the dump who was carrying a big bag of plastic bottles that he’d been gathering all […]

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10 Signs You’re Not Reading Your Bible Enough

You really can’t remember if it was Moses or Noah that took the animals on the ark. You fall for the old preacher’s joke, “Turn in your bibles to the book of Hezekiah,” when there really is no book of Hezekiah. You think the old saying “cleanliness is next to godliness” is actually a verse […]

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Augment House #2 Open House

Everyone is invited to our Open House for our Augment Project #2. Here’s the news brief that was in the paper…  

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Army Graduation and Video

The Morgan family loaded up this past week and drove to Columbus, Georgia for Taylor’s graduation. It was a great week. We got to see some amazing sights and spend a little time with Taylor. Taylor got a weekend pass so we stayed until Sunday afternoon before heading back to Childress. Taylor started Airborne school […]

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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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