Most people dodge the desert resort areas during the summer. Thay are hot, indeed. But, we’ve found places like Scottsdale and Palm Springs to be wonderful summer getaways. Everything is cheaper there–room, food, golf, etc. and the resorts are much less crowded. So, we’ve done the desert for the last 5 or so summers as a family. Mornings are when you do dry, outdoor activities like golf, or hit the pool for morning dip. You come back to the room for lunch and naps, and then hit the pool for an hour or two before dinner. After dinner time, the weather is beautiful again. This morning, we head to Long Beach for some quality time with my folks. Last week I preached for the first time since leaving Highland Oaks. It wasn’t nearly as dramatic as I thought it might be. It felt wonderfully familiar actually, and it felt good to preaching again. We are getting closer to deciding where and our next ministry will be. You can expect to hear something sometime between now and August 17th. After that, it’s moving time. I have a couple more preaching opportunities before we leave Big D–a wonderful city that will always be special to us for many reasons–not the least of which is that our two children were born there… but we will also leave behind a great church and great friends. At the same time, we know that God has provided us with another great ministry, and we will continue to meet new, wonderful people, even as we cherish our current friends. It’s Sunday…time to head to worship.. One of the last times in the forseeable future I won’t have a sermon to prepare. I’ve enjoyed attending…and have learned lots that I’ll share with you all later. Have a blessed Lord’s Day.img00041