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 Benning, Georgia. He has for a long time wanted to serve his country and is planning to do so through the Army.

Back when Taylor was trying to decide IF he was going to enlist or not, Lea and I found wisdom and comfort from friends like Patrick Mead who also has had a son serving in the military. It’s been great to find love, support and answers from people who understood what we were going through as parents.

When Taylor was trying to decide if he was going to enlist, Lea and I prayed that God would give him wisdom to make the right decision. Now that he has enlisted our prayers have changed to, “Lord bless him that this adventure might be a great blessing in his life and that he might always serve You!”  The crazy thing is … I haven’t even prayed yet, “Lord, keep him safe.”  While Taylor’s safety  is important to us, there are still MUCH more important things.  We want this to be a blessing in Taylor’s life and we want him to continue to serve God … THAT is what we find important.

Taylor is a great young man and he has always made us proud. When we take him to the airport next week to catch a flight for basic training, it’ll be hard … because we know he’s not going to be around as often.  Lea and I will continue to pray for him … and we have no doubt that he will continue to to serve his God AND to make us proud.

We are very proud of you, Taylor.

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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. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Trey,

    You brought tears to my eyes. Of course you’re concerned for Taylor’s safety, but I think you’re prayer for his service to God in the “service” is even more important.

    Don’t you think that God designed parenthood so that we can understand Him better? The pain of separation, the heartfelt plans, the longing we feel, the tears, the laughter — He experiences all those things for us; we just don’t give Him credit.

    God bless your family as you begin a new chapter in your lives.

  2. Jeff Smith says:

    We’re going to miss him, too! Taylor is a very gifted young man and we’ve been blessed to have him & Parker involved with Cross Campus. Our students will keep Taylor in our prayers and we look forward to how God will use him to serve our country while promoting the Kingdom!

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Thanks Jeff … Taylor’s time with the Cross Campus group has been a great thing for him. I’m SO glad he got involved. Thank you for keeping him in your prayers.

  3. Greg England says:

    Proud of Taylor. We braced ourselves for this decision on the part of our son just after 9/11. As it turned out he did have to serve but we were ready to let him go if that were his decision. Parenting is wonderful … but it can be just a bit heart-wrenching as well.

  4. Glenna says:

    I am so very proud of Taylor too. He is indeed a very fine example of a young Christian gentleman. I will pray for his safety and ask the Lord to continue to lead him.

  5. Lura says:

    Our prayers will go with him as he serves GOD and country!

  6. suzi hodges says:

    Morgan family, first of all I remember when I made that decision and Taylor I am honored to not only be your sister in Christ but in the brotherhood of our armed forces to join us and stand up for what our for fathers had fought for years ago our freedom. Trey ans Lea, I know that you are feeling scared but have faith and be proud of the very strong decision he has made and pray for his commander and chief. As always you will all be in our prayers we love you so much. P.S. I am glad you can run because you will doing a lot of it :)
    In Christ always Suzi and the boys

  7. Our son, Tim, is a senior in high school and has wanted to serve his country as well. A few years ago, I begged him to consider the Coast Guard over the Army, because of the turmoil going on in the Middle East. I completely get what you’re going through. Thank you for sharing your son with the rest of us.

  8. Erika says:

    ahhhhh awesome another American Hero, my 21 year old 5″ft 4 97 pound daughter just got sworn in to the Army Rotc and leaves to basic training in Missouri in January. I am like what happened to going on your missionary trip you wanted to take first. sigh.. well this gives me money for it. Yes people think she looks 12 there are 3 ways you can go ROTC so her training is then, then IT school in Georgia and then she finds a yellow ribbon school to sign up for ROTC because she wants to major in digital media. Praying for your son please pray for my daughter “Andrea” (moms not freaked out yet God give me grace)I just don’t think it fits her personaliy. Praying she also gets into one of the Christian colleges she wants.

  9. Jo Baird says:

    I am Taylor’s Grandmama and I am thinking and praying about him daily. I wasn’t real sad when you and Bruce went far from us i.e. Portugal, Alaska, Honduras, etc. I guess it’s because I am older now and I see Grandchildren differently. Taylor isn’t old enough to be in the Army. He’s still one of my little boys, my playmate it seems like. He is too good and sweet to be in the Army. I accept it though and support him wherever he goes, and I am so proud of him but I don’t have to like it. Do I? I will pray for him and God’s will be done. I will also pray for his Dad, Mom and brothers. I love you, Taylor. Hope to see you on Monday.

  10. Praying for Taylor and for all of the Morgan family. My cousin and her family are in Japan right now. My cousin-in-law is in the Army and stationed there.
    I was so glad and blessed to get to know Taylor in 2008 when he was in AIM in Lubbock. That was my first year at SIBI.
    God bless him as he serves Him and his country.

  11. Brent says:

    Taylor looks so full of promise . . . adventure . . . potential . . . what a blessing to have such a son. And what a blessing to our people. You think you are proud now? You just wait Dad. Your heart is gonna grow much bigger.

  12. Ed says:

    I am a 23 yr military vet. I am honored that you and your wife raised a son willing and able to defend our nation. My prayers are for his safety, strength, courage, and for you to have peace that passes all understanding.

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