MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE MORGAN’S 2011

‘Twas the night before Christmas and up before the sun, was Trey Morgan to get his morning run.

The rest of us Morgan’s were all snug in our beds, while visions of the World Series still danced in our heads.

The year 2011 brought lots of change and fun, and the Morgan Family found themselves always on the run.

In June was a trip to Tampa to watch the Rangers play the Rays, it was a good getaway for Trey & Lea to escape a little of the craze.

A trip to the mountains and trips to Honduras … a house built in memory of Lea’s mom was very special to us.

As for Cooper he keeps growing by leaps and by bounds, if there is a video game on, he’s nowhere to be found.

Connor, our sophomore, is getting handsome and tall,  he loves his friends, his family and playing basketball.

College continues for Parker. One day a graduate he’ll make, but he’d gladly trade his books for a fishing pole and a lake!

Taylor is now Private Morgan, a decision not made on a whim. We’re all very proud and know God will take care of him.

This year our stockings are hung by the chimney with care. We’re so very thankful that Private Morgan soon will be there!

Lea stays busy being a mother and a wife. Trey thinks she hung the moon and is the love of his life.

Cocoa, nearly 15, is still here and his breath will make you cry. We’re beginning to think our poor old dog just will never die. :)

We’ll close this letter with 2012 in sight, wishing a “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

5 Great Christmas Gifts For Your Kids

Still trying to decide what to get your kids this year for Christmas? How about getting them something that will last a lifetime? Some of the best gifts my parents gave me weren’t gifts that came from a store, but gifts that came from their lives. Here are a few gifts my parents gave me growing up that I’m trying my best to pass on to my children.

1. THE GIFT OF A HEALTHY MARRIAGE: My parents were always affectionate, loving and respectful to one another. Watching how my dad treated my mother (and vice-versa) has taught me how to treat Lea. I wish as parents we’d realize that a vital marriage is the best gift you could ever give your kids. Parents who maintain a strong and vibrant marriage set a positive example for their children. A healthy marriage is better than a cell-phone or an X-Box, and it’s the gift that would really last their lifetime. When children see the way their parents love and respect one another, it teaches them to do the same.

2. THE GIFT OF INTEGRITY: I was taught from a young age that we didn’t lie, cheat or steal. When I did things like that there were consequences to pay. Wouldn’t it be nice today if as parents we’d practice what we preach. I wish we wouldn’t tell our children one thing and then do just the opposite. That has to be so confusing to our children. Don’t ever lie for your kids. When a parent writes 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? Don’t lie to help cover up mistakes for your kids. This is simple … practice what you preach!

3. THE GIFT OF DISCIPLINE: This is going to be hard for some of you to believe (smile), but I remember on more than one occasion the principle calling my mom to ask for permission to “paddle” me for something I’d done at school. Always the same response from my parents, “Get him!,” they’d say and then add, “And tell him he’ll get another one when he gets home!” Ugh! No child likes discipline, but it’s necessary for their development as adults. As a parent THE WORST thing you can do for your children is pull strings to get your children out of trouble. Instead, if your child has done something that deserves punishment, let them be responsible for their own actions. Don’t threaten to call a lawyer, talk to the principal or talk to a superior to get your child out of trouble for something they’ve done. Have you ever heard of “you reap what you sow” or you have to be responsible for your own actions?

4. THE GIFT OF LOVE. There are different ways to spell love. T-I-M-E spells love. L-I-S-T-E-N spells love. Love can be spelled T-O-U-C-H. It’s important to touch your children. Nothing is better than one of my children’s arms around my neck, whether they are 19 or 7 years old. Love is spelled R-U-L-E-S. Believe it or not, it really is. Love is spelled P-L-A-Y. Do some fun things as a family.

5. THE GIFT OF SPIRITUAL TRAINING: Growing up, we never left for school without my mom reading us a bible story. Spiritual training was a deliberate part of my parent’s plan to raise children. Personally, I wish as parents we’d see that spiritual training is not optional but essential. Families today don’t need a small dose of God, they need a large dose of God. Children need spiritual training. Talk about God in your home, read bible stories together, attend church together and let them see that God is important to you and a part of your life. Come to think of it, the gift of God is not just a gift that lasts a life time, but it’s a gift that lasts an eternity!

What are some gifts you received from your parents that have lasted a lifetime?

My Best Christmas Gift This Year

Our Soldier is home for Christmas.

A hug from Mom. :)

I Don’t Speak Spanish, But I DO Speak Love…

I love my trips to Honduras, and I SO wish I could speak Spanish … but I can’t. While my Spanish is very limited, I do speak fluent Love. More and more I realize that Love is an international language that crosses all cultural, social and language barriers. I’m continually amazed how easy it is to speak Love to people and how willing they are to respond the same way.

I was looking through my pictures yesterday and realized how much I have fallen in love with Honduran kids … kids whose language I don’t speak. Sometimes we show up on a house building site, and I spend more time loving on kids than I do swinging a hammer … and I don’t feel guilty about this. I may not can speak Spanish, but I do LOVE speaking the language of Love in Honduras.

These are some of my FAVORITE pictures from Honduras.

Two of my newest friends that I fell in love with this trip.

A Few Pictures and Stories from Honduras I’d Like You To See

Here are a few stories behind some of my pictures from my trip to Honduras last week. I had a hard time choosing which pictures to share, but here are a few. (BTW: You can see the others on Facebook with some more stories.)

Anytime you take a picture of someone, they want to see what it looks like.  One of the coolest things we did this year at the Jesus Banquet was to bring some little printers and paper and actually print off the pictures we took of kids. This was Marc Tindall’s brilliant idea. The camera and printer will stay in Honduras so from now on all our future trips the kids can have a portrait of themselves.

A picture of the Jesus Banquet from a hill close by. Over 1200 were fed and more importantly shown God’s love.

You’ve met Sonya before on my blog. Sonya is a regular at the dump, as you can tell from her clothes. She always welcomes me with a smile.

Pretty little Honduran girls. These girls were standing around watching their new house being built. They may look a little emotionless here, but you should have seen them when they walked into their new home and picked out their new bunk-bed.

This is a little boy named Oscar. We visited Oscar in the hospital after he had just had surgery. Oscar had his leg run over by a truck while he was at the dump digging through trash. Because he had no money for surgery, they were going to simply remove his leg. Thankfully, Marc Tindall and some kind hearted people wouldn’t let that happen and instead paid the $400 or so needed for his surgery to fix his leg. Now Oscar is going to be fine. I love this story.

Probably my favorite day of the trip. We spent $1000 on vegetables, fruit, beans and rice and took it all to a poor little village and handed out sacks of food to the community. In the picture are just the onions we purchased.

At the end of the day after the Jesus Banquet, there were still a bunch of little kids hanging out. A man selling ice cream rolled up, and I waved all the kids over and started buying ice cream for kid after kid after kid. I had told my friend Charlie that I’d bring her back something from Honduras. She suggested that I save that money and do something special for some kids with it. So … Charlie, thanks for buying ice cream … the kids LOVED it. This was just 3 of the MANY kids who enjoyed ice cream that day.

My boys fell in love with little Stephanie this summer. We spent two days this summer in her little community, and she stole our hearts. It didn’t take long after arriving in her community last Friday to spot her. Within seconds … she wrapped me around her finger again. Just in case you forgot, it was my 9 year-old who had written this about Stephanie this summer.

 One of the new houses that were built this past week. It’s a larger and much better house. They now include bunk-beds and little rooms. Nothing is more gratifying than finishing a house after a long hard day at work. This is a picture that Marc Tindall took.

Feeding Hungry People 2

We purchased about $1000 worth of beans, rice and food at the market and fed an entire village for a couple of weeks. What a great way to spend $1000.

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Feeding Hungry People

Beautiful children that were fed today in Bueno Samaritano today. Can’t wait to share more.

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Train Your Children … You Don’t Have Them Very Long

We’ve received three letters from Taylor to this point, and he’s doing very well in basic training and loving Army life. One of the things Taylor knew when he chose to enlist in the Army was that there probably wouldn’t be a lot of positive Christian influence there. Lea and I have prayed numerous times that […]

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13 Stupid Things That A Husband Should NEVER Do

Sometimes talking with our wives can be like navigating through a field loaded with dangerous landmines. Just one miscalculation or wrong answer and you can land in the doghouse. So on a Monday when you could use a little humor, here are 13 things you should never say or do to your wife or girlfriend. […]

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10 Things That Are Guaranteed to Happen Today on Thanksgiving

Much like a David Letterman’s Top 10 List … here are 10 things I can guarantee that will happen with our family Thanksgiving Day… 10. We’ll have WAY too much food. 9. Uncle Allen will tell at least 5 of the corniest one-liner jokes you’ve ever heard in your life. 8. Everyone will gather around […]

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Will You Really Spend “THAT” Much This Christmas?

Lea and I spent the day talking about the Black Friday deals we wish we could get. There were several things that caught our eye, but none were worth getting up at 3 a.m. on Friday to go get them. Seems like every year Lea and I talk about not spending “as much” on gifts […]

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Help With The Jesus Banquet and Get a HONDURAS HOPE Bracelet

(Help me spread the word on this by Tweeting this post or posting it on your Facebook.) In just three weeks I’ll be back in Honduras with a group of friends for what we call “The Jesus Banquet at the Dump.” On December 7th at the dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras something very special is going […]

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9 Things Being A Dad Has Taught Me About God

I love being a dad. One of the greatest accomplishments in my life is that I am the father of four amazing boys. One of my new struggle as a parent has been letting a son go into the Army, not because I didn’t want him to go, but because I won’t see or hear […]

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CHURCH JARGON FOR NEWBIES

It’s Monday … and I need a little humor.  Those who grew up going to church know all the special “church lingo” that goes along with going to church. But can you imagine what it’d be like for a seeker or new Christian to attend a worship service and hear a lot of terms and […]

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5 Things I’d Love To Tell Kim Kardashian About Marriage

I’m not a Kim Kardashian expert. I didn’t watch her wedding, I don’t follow her life on television, and I didn’t know much about her until this week. BUT… I did become interested in her when I read that after 72 days she was bailing out on her marriage and filing for divorce. The whole sad […]

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Real Men (and Women) Dote

“Dote” is not a word we use much anymore. In fact … I like the word pursue. But just so you’ll know … to “Dote” means: “to be lavish or excessive in one’s attention, fondness, or affection for.” Doting is pretty much what you did to win your spouse before you were married. I’m not […]

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Here is Why I Love Wednesdays

There’s not a Wednesday that goes by that I don’t think of my friends at the dump. This is their day… their day of the week to be fed. Every Wednesday my amazing friend Marc Tindall and a group of Christians make a trip to the Tegucigalpa dump in Honduras to feed hungry people who are […]

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Taylor … Army Strong

I’ve been doing my best to avoid writing this post. It’s not that I’m scared of it or that I’m ignoring it, it’s just that I didn’t want it to come … at least this quickly. For those of you that don’t know, our oldest son Taylor, leaves next week for Basic Training at Fort […]

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6 Things That Have Made Me A Better Minister

I’ve been doing ministry for about 25 years now. (Insert “old guy” joke here). In those 25 years, ministry techniques have come and gone. I’ve learned both good and bad ways to minister to people. There are plenty of things in the last 25 years that have and have not worked. Over the last few […]

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Overcoming Sexual Temptation

Here are a few things I found written down in an old journal this week that I’d like to share with you. Let’s start with a quiz. These aren’t trick questions, and they’re not hard. But play along if you will. Who was physically the strongest man in the Bible? (Samson) Who was the wisest […]

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Stupid Things Parents Say

Remember those cliches that came out of your parents’ mouths that made your skin crawl? If you are like most of us, you probably swore to yourself that you would never say “those things” to your kids. I can vividly remember thinking to myself, “I’m NEVER going to use that phrase with my kids,” but […]

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20 Years Ago Today …

I can’t believe that 20 years ago today, in a hospital in Childress, Texas … we had an amazing son named Parker.  Lea and I are blessed to have such an amazing kid. We have loved watching him grow up in physical and spiritual stature. Happy 20th Parker … we’re very proud of you.

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Men, When it Comes to Your Marriage … Don’t Be Bob!

(I have no clue where this came from … but it sure made me laugh …) Bob’s Last Letter: It is important for men to remember that as women grow older it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as they did when they were younger. When men notice this, they […]

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10 Things Women Will NEVER Understand About Men

Men love being men, but sometimes the very things that make us unique are the things that women understand the least.  Come to think of it, there are probably LOTS of things that men do that don’t make sense to women. Things like these things …. Men just can’t stop and ask for directions. Men […]

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11 Things You’ll Find at the Morgan House…

You’ll find two outside cats that are meow-challenged. Yes, neither cat knows how to meow.  The male cat only makes squeaking sounds like a chipmunk or squirrel when he wants something to eat. The only noise I’ve ever heard our female cat make was screeching sounds when I stepped on her once. You’ll find a […]

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22 Years Ago Today…

22 years ago today, God blessed Lea and I with our first born son. That day we named that good-looking kid … Taylor Ross Morgan. Happy 22nd Birthday, Taylor! We are very proud of you.

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How Well Do You Know Your Spouse’s Needs?

There are 2 things that Lea and I repeat over and over in the Strong Marriage workshops that we do … Be proactive in growing your marriage. (Don’t put your marriage on cruise control.) Strive to meet your spouse’s needs. I think every couple will agree that we need to meet our spouses needs, but […]

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10 Years Ago Today …

10 years ago today, God blessed Lea and I with a sweet, kind, tender-hearted little boy. That day I got the honor of giving him his name … Cooper James Morgan. Happy 10th Birthday, Cooper!

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11 Things I Said I Would NEVER Do In Ministry

Many years ago when I started in ministry, there were certain things I said that I would NEVER do. On some I’ve held true, and on others I’ve failed miserably. Here are some of those things I said I’d NEVER do in ministry … I said I would NEVER want to be called anything but […]

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How to Drop the Divorce Rate to 7% in Your Marriage!

I want to be a 5 to 1 husband! Statistics on marriage scare me, but the Studer Group has released a new study on “Compliment to Criticism” ratio. They’ve told us from their studies, that people in general need 3 compliments given for every 1 criticism that is said to them. While that didn’t surprise […]

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Ten Things I’m Learning about Prayer

If you REALLY want to get God’s attention in prayer, it’s not by being eloquent or using big words, but by being honest and shooting straight with Him. The power of praying aloud is ELECTRIC! Prayer is not about poetry or posture, but about engaging the heart. When it comes to the “power of prayer,” […]

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5 Things on my iPod

Music has always been such a big part of my life. I thought I’d share with you a few things on my iPod, and I’m hoping to find some new ideas when you share a few things that you are listening to. So here are my lists … 5 things you will ALWAYS Find on […]

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7 Things Your Children Desperately Need To Hear You Say

This morning as I dropped Cooper off for school, I told him, “Coop, don’t forget that you are by far my most favorite elementary school kid.” From the grin on his face, I could tell I’d said something right. God has blessed me with four incredible boys. As their father I want to be proactive […]

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10 Reasons I Don’t Like People Who Complain

Maybe it’s my personality, maybe it was the way I was raised, BUT I do NOT like constant complainers.  I’m okay with someone occasionally needing to get something off their chest, BUT nothing gets under my skin more than a person who constantly gripes and complains about everything. I’m not talking glass half empty people, who […]

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Influencing a New Gang Member

Taz is a young man who blew into our community about a year ago. His past is a rough one and he openly confesses … “I’ve probably done more harm to people than good.” Thankfully, some kind folks I do church with, saw value in Taz and reached out to him not long after he […]

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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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