September 1, 2014

I'm MOVING!!!!!!!

God has blessed me with a delightful place to move into on September 15th. It is across the street basically from where the church meets so I will be able to literally walk across the street for church and my church work. I will be posting pictures of my new place for everyone to see. I will have space for visitors so i'm hoping as time allows there will be someone to use the space. I have enjoyed renting a room from Karen Balko and we have discovered that we enjoy many of the same hobbies :). Please pray that the Lord will guide me to how my financial needs will be met as I rent this house. He provided the home so I know he will provide the resources.

Blessings to all,
Ephesians 1:16

July 7, 2014

Adventure in Connecticut!

After our rain all day on July 4th it was a blessing to have such beautiful weather on saturday. I decided to venture out and learn some of my new surroundings.

Roughly 20 minutes down the road is Stonington, CT and Mystic, CT. Mystic has the famous pizza place made famous by the movie with the same name that starred Julia Roberts. One day I will make it there to try the pizza.
These first shots are of Mystic and Old Mystic Village.

You really can't tell how big this dog is but he was HUGE and really sweet letting strangers pet him.

The ducks roam freely at Old Mystic Village.

This is an entrance to a beautiful cemetery in Mystic, just down from the Mystic Seaport. The entrance says "I am the resurrection and the life" and the exit view says "He giveth his beloved sleep".

These shots are of Stonington, CT, I have a fascination with old cemeteries.

I love the shape and carving of this one below.

No, that's not an orb floating, it was a beautifully sunny day.

I enjoyed my day so much and will share more in the future of my adventures. 

In HIS service,
Ephesians 1:16

July 5, 2014

My Plan or God's Plan.....

view from Spray Rock, Westerly, RI

I had my plan but as always God had other plans and as well all know HIS is better!

It has been a month since I moved to Westerly, RI to serve at The Church At Westerly and this community. It has been a blessing to get to know the members of the church and I am looking forward to more fellowship, worship and service within the church and community. I love Westerly, there is a strong sense of community and tradition and the town is beautiful. I look forward to learning more of the town and serving where God leads.

Life has been busy in the last month. A group of four came up from First Baptist Church Jackson to serve with The Church At Westerly for a summer party, Summer Pops for the Rotary and a patriotic party at one of the local apartment complexes. I was sad to see them go but thankful they came and I was so thankful to see my daughter, Emily, that came up with them. We have been busy with the day to day operations of the church and enjoying small group on Wednesday night. We've had good food and good fellowship while studying God's word.

As you may have heard by now the Rumfelts have been called to serve in a ministry in MS called Buried Treasures. They will be the directors and this is a new calling for them so I ask for prayers as they make this change in their ministry. They have served Westerly for eleven years now so it will be quite a change to go back to MS. Through all of this God has revealed to all three of us one of the ways he is using me within the church. I ask for your prayers also as the church seeks a new pastor and how I can be used to assist in the transition within the church. It is a powerful and thankful feeling to know that HE is in control.

If I can ever pray for you, you can reach me at or 13 Harrison Ave., Westerly, RI, 02891.

Thank you for your prayers and support.
In HIS service,

May 8, 2013

Blessing or Curse??

Blessing or Curse – you get to decide

Like most everyone today, I have been hearing a lot of examples of hardships this week. No jobs, no retirement funds, worthless stock, cancelled vacations, new violence and political unrest, and general uncertainty. Rather than trying to create something profound I’d like to share this old story.

Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all, because he owned a beautiful white horse. People offered fabulous prices for the horse, but the old man always refused. “This horse is a friend, not a possession,” he would respond.

One morning the horse was not in the stable. All the villagers said, “You old fool. We told you someone would steal that beautiful horse. You could at least have gotten the money. Now the horse is gone, and you’ve been cursed with misfortune.”

The old man responded, “Perhaps. All I know is that my horse is gone; the rest I do not know. Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I can’t say.”

After fifteen days the horse returned. He hadn’t been stolen; he had run away into the forest. Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses back with him. Once again the village people gathered around the old man and said, “You were right – what we thought was a curse was a blessing. Please forgive us.” The old man responded, “Perhaps. Once again you’ve gone too far. How do you know if this is a blessing or a curse? Unless you can see the whole story, how can you judge?” But the people could only see the obvious. The old man now had twelve additional horses that could be broken and sold for a great deal of money.

The old man had a son, an only son. He began to work with the wild horses. Unfortunately, after just a few days, he fell from a horse and broke both his legs. Once again the villagers gathered around the old man and said, “You were right. The wild horses were not a blessing; they were a curse. Your only son has broken his legs and now in your old age you have no one to help you. You are poorer than ever.” But the old man said,“ Perhaps. Don’t go so far. Say only that my son broke his legs. We have only a fragment of the whole story.”

It so happened that a few weeks later the country went to war with a neighboring country. All the young men of the village were required to join the army. Only the son of the old man was excluded, because he had two broken legs. Once again the people gathered around, crying because there was little chance their sons would return. “You were right, old man. Your son’s accident was a blessing. Our sons are gone forever.”

The old man spoke again. “You people are always quick to jump to conclusions. Only God knows the final story.”

And so it is with our lives. What we see as a blessing or a curse may simply be part of God preparing us for what lies ahead. Be careful in seeing “disaster” in any change. Just recognize it as change – which opens the door for good as well as bad – for gain as well as possible loss.

What experience have you had – where initially what seemed a curse turned out to be the beginning of a blessing?


Hope everyone has a great day!

February 15, 2013

Imagination at Work

These beautiful glass flowers are the creation on Mike Urban. It only goes to show what beauty can be created from simple objects when we set our mind to create something new.


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