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  1. Laughter, Tears and Memories
    29 Apr, 2016
    Laughter, Tears and Memories
    I have been putting this post off literally all week.  On Sunday, I found out my great Uncle had died after a long battle with Parkinson's.  He died at home, surrounded by family.  He was 91.  And he was a surrogate grandpa for my family after we lost my grandpa when I was three.   The family on my mom's side has always been near and dear to my heart -- they simply reach out and collect everyone unconditionally into the "family".  You don't have to ask, you are simply accepted. I knew today
  2. Running My Race
    28 Apr, 2016
    Running My Race
    Right now, I feel like I'm standing in the middle of a storm -- hidden in the calm center, actually.  There is so much going on.  Life has been absolutely insane.  I feel like the kaleidoscope of emotions and problems and triumphs is overwhelming. I was trying to wrap my brain around a coherent blog post, and I'll be honest:  I can't tonight. My brain is jumping from a poem I wrote years ago about "all my tomorrows" and the message I wrote about several days ago... to a song by Kerrie Roberts
  3. I Could Have Slept All Night...
    27 Apr, 2016
    I Could Have Slept All Night...
    I currently have 28 different blog post ideas neatly jotted down in a writing file.  And... none of them sound like something I want to write about today. As much as I truly appreciate being challenged to complete 750 words a day, it gets old.  Today, I am tired.  There are a lot of varying degrees of tired. There is "sick and tired."  Literally, overcome by wicked head colds or stomach flu or anything else and utterly exhausted because your body is rebelling against the illness kind of
  4. GERMS
    26 Apr, 2016
    GERMS
    There are a lot of things that change when you become a member of the emergency medical services, at any level of training.  You view on food (quick, portable, easy and filling, to be scarfed as swiftly as possible), sleep (more than 3 hours at a time? awesome!) and clothing attire (black and blue are your new fave colors...). One of the more unique is your attitude toward germs.  Yes, GERMS.   Actually, toward most "clean" things, really...  And it takes two extreme forms.  Either you become
  5. All My Tomorrows
    25 Apr, 2016
    All My Tomorrows
    Why most of my inspiration or introspective musings tends to happen while I'm driving (and can't write anything down!!) I'm not sure... but it struck again tonight. I am currently waiting on the results for my interview to go from part time firefighter to full time firefighter -- actually, my place on a list to hire full timers.  There aren't currently openings.  I can honestly state I haven't given it much thought over the last week and a half, and it hasn't required a lot of self-admonishing
  6. Procrastination By Cooking
    24 Apr, 2016
    Procrastination By Cooking
    I know that I've probably bombarded you with enough food posts lately...  But I'm about to do yet another one.  This would be your cue to bow out if you are uninterested about my cooking adventures in an attempt to procrastinate and put my thoughts together before writing.  Whew. I haven't been home much lately.  Well, I haven't been home much lately with ENERGY or the DESIRE to do anything.  Which translates to me not experimenting with new recipes or making old favorites.  And my taste buds
  7. GT and the Halo Express
    23 Apr, 2016
    GT and the Halo Express
    Sometimes old classics are what you need the most.   This morning I found a copy of a childhood favorite: G.T. and the Halo Express.  Specifically, the 5th CD (we grew up listening to the tapes over and over and over, but I have a copy on CD) that is titled Made to be a V.I.P.   There are seven episodes in total.  This one, though... this one has been my favorite for years.  Made to be a V.I.P. talks about understanding your worth in God's eyes -- that it doesn't matter what the world thinks
  8. World's Worst Bike Mom
    22 Apr, 2016
    World's Worst Bike Mom
    I feel like the world's worst "bike mom."   Let me explain.  I own a bike.  Not a motorcycle, mind you... a bicycle.  Specifically, a Giant Liv Alight hybrid model.  Nothing fancy, nothing over the top... just a solid, mid-range bike that would work for what I needed to do: a triathlon. I went looking for a bike after deciding to participate in my first triathlon, planning to keep riding regardless of the triathlon.  I took a huge leap of faith and invested in something I was hoping I would
  9. Vegan Foodie Places (or Food... Glorious Food... Part 2)
    21 Apr, 2016
    Vegan Foodie Places (or Food... Glorious Food... Part 2)
    Today is going to be a busy, whirlwind kind of day.  I did get to sleep in, but that is where the easy day ended.  I have already been to see the dentist.  I have happy news to report: the mangled, hole chewed in the middle of it, all sharp edges temporary cap is GONE!!  In its place, a permanent crown.  (It only took 6-8 years... From the start of the issue, I mean.) I have EMT students later, and I had to plan out my meals.  Supper I already have planned.  It will be hospital cafeteria food
  10. Write Now
    20 Apr, 2016
    Write Now
    I just realized today that using the 750 Words site I have completed this daily challenge 50 days in a row and have written a grand total of 51,000+ words since I started.  Wow!  In fact, I've completed over 16,000 words since April 1. I stopped, re-read that, and then read it again.  That is mind-boggling.  I can't explain how excited I am over this!!   I have avoided the "write a novel in 30 days" challenge (it is about 50,000 words in 30 days, or approximately 1700 words/day) since I failed
  11. Off the Beaten Path Period Dramas
    19 Apr, 2016
    Off the Beaten Path Period Dramas
    One of my favorite things to do is curl up on the couch in comfy clothes, sip on a cup of coffee and enjoy a period drama.  This doesn't happen often for a variety of reasons (work, not home, no time, work, needing to get other projects done... did I mention work?) and it can be hard to come up with something to watch. The 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle is a family favorite, and I can't count how many times my sister and I have turned it on.  It is a
  12. It's Your Life
    18 Apr, 2016
    It's Your Life
    I was in the middle of squats when it came to mind.  The song was simply a fragment, barely able to be held in my mind.  I started singing the lyrics I could remember out loud, trying frantically to hold them in my mind until I could figure out to what song they belonged. "It's your life   What you gonna do? The world is watching you Every day the choices you make Say what you are and who Your heart beats for It's an open door It's your life..." Of course, it was muddled and garbled... but I
  13. Sunshine, Sweat and Fire Extinguishers
    17 Apr, 2016
    Sunshine, Sweat and Fire Extinguishers
    Sunshine, sweat and fire extinguishers were on the agenda for today.  I had the opportunity to take a unique training on race track fire and safety through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the Mansfield area. I've been on my volunteer department for a decade.  I'm actually in the middle of my 11th year in the fire service.  I started with the basics: my 36 hour volunteer department course, my EMT course... then went through my Paramedic course and paid my own way through the Level II firefighter
  14. Epic Bouts of Spontaneous Randomness
    16 Apr, 2016
    Epic Bouts of Spontaneous Randomness
    Bouts of Epic Randomness... Well, this was a term coined by a partner of mine when we worked private EMS.  We both no longer work there, but the friendship (and the sentiment) stuck.  When you have forged a friendship in the wee hours of the morning driving long distances, you tend to have these... episodes... In fact, that actually brings to mind a lot of good memories.  Not the least of which was the EPIC night where we drove over an hour to a hospital in the middle of the night, dropped
  15. These Are A Few of My Favorite Smells
    15 Apr, 2016
    These Are A Few of My Favorite Smells
    Some smells you just can't get out of your nose.  They are unmistakable and lingering, and not in a good way.  As I helped my partner clean up the entire back of the medic this evening after a particularly nasty call involving projectile vomiting, I thought back to earlier this afternoon. We were sitting in the medic, enjoying the breeze and the sunshine and the fresh air.  There was a wonderful aroma of fresh cut grass wafting in my window.  I started thinking about all the smells I love
  16. EMS Life Lessons
    14 Apr, 2016
    EMS Life Lessons
    Warning: I may be waxing philosophical.  Run for your lives. I was precepting EMT students again today.  They are a good group of "kids" who asked good questions, improved every time they did a task (like writing narratives on patient assessments) and who had a good time being at the clinical site. I know I've written posts like this before... but it reminded me again of how LITTLE time these students get in the "field" or "hospital" setting for their "real life" experience.  They are all
  17. Memories
    13 Apr, 2016
    Memories
    Why is it that I don't hang out in libraries any more?  I was pondering this very important question this morning on my drive home.  Remember, I have an hour in the car.  It can get INCREDIBLY random and banal in my mind, even with music playing. I had to take a different route home from work to run an errand.  I have been doing quality assurance with my volunteer Fire Department's run reports for over 2 years now, and I had to swing by the hospital to drop them off with our Medical Director.
  18. STEPS (also known as Travel Tuesday)
    12 Apr, 2016
    STEPS (also known as Travel Tuesday)
    "Travel Tuesday" AKA STEPS was a post I published at the end of March 2015. Today, as I contemplate my still painful and sore left foot, courtesy of the 3.5 and 8.8 miles I put on them Saturday... this seems a worthy and relevant post to share with you. (Lucky YOU.)  It actually brings back some really awesome memories.  Enjoy. So my best friend and I got the chance to go to Europe in 2013.  Both of us were fortunate enough to have baby brothers tag along (who are best friends also!) and we
  19. Blog Challenge: How to Write an ISFJ
    11 Apr, 2016
    Blog Challenge: How to Write an ISFJ
    I had an interview today for a job I would very much like to get.  Preparing for interviews is a gut-wrenchingly horrific undertaking for me.  I have a very literal mind, a dislike of double-meanings in conversation or questions and on top of all of that, I'm an introvert.  So I like people in small doses. In short, I am an ISFJ.  No, that doesn't mean I allow that to define me 100%.  But as I prepared for my interview this time and potential questions, I decided a large part of my strategy
  20. Shenanigans and Sass (and Perhaps a Side of Sarcasm)
    10 Apr, 2016
    Shenanigans and Sass (and Perhaps a Side of Sarcasm)
    It took me a long time to decide what I wanted to write today.  Warning: I still might not actually know what I want to write today.  Ha!  So I started looking through my Pinterest boards as a procrastinating tactic.  There were about 3 different themes I could choose from:  humor I find in movies, film fashions, or random quotes/things that make me smile.  Guess we will all find out which direction I went when I am finished, right? I love movies that have humor in them.  Not the crude, vulgar
Made 4 Him


Made 4 Him is the blog I started this January, and I would like to welcome you to the adventure.

I have one goal: to carry the presence of Christ with me wherever I go, to reflect Christ in all I do, and worship Him with my life. I was made for a purpose, with a grand and glorious adventure ahead of me. I believe God gave us LIFE, and He intends us to have life to the FULL.

My purpose and goal in writing and hosting a blog is simply to glorify Him. Why do I write? Because that's what He created me to do. I can't NOT write.

Writing is the way I can share the things God is showing me, teaching me and encouraging me as I walk. Hebrews 10:23-25 comes to mind: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." (ESV)

I want my writing to encourage others and build them up in Christ. As a writer, I am a signpost pointing back to Christ, always being ready to answer those who want to know more about the hope that I cling to.

I want every bit of my writing, from humor about EMS scenarios or sharing about my writing process to have that overarching theme -- my faith may not be defined and stated in each line, but it is part of the fabric of who I am, so much so that there can be no doubt about who I serve or where I stand.

My blog doesn't have a simple topic I am writing about, because life isn't simple. I'm not a machine that only can function and complete one task. He created me to be a writer, but He also has placed me in a position to serve Him as a paramedic and a firefighter. He is challenging me physically with running, swimming and biking. He has blessed me with opportunities to travel.

In the Old Testament it talks about the the words of God's commandments being on your heart, taught to your children... talked of as you sit at home, as you walk along the roads, when you rise up and when you lie down, written on your doorposts and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6) This is how my faith should be, and everything flows out as an extension of my faith.

My blog is about the journey and the adventure He is taking me on, the situations and people and lessons I am learning as I go.
I believe writing should make a difference, be meaningful, to have a purpose. Sometimes, that purpose is simply to fulfill the calling placed on my life. It is a way to process and understand what He is sharing with me. It is a way for me to document the mile stones along my path in following Him, so I can look back and see where I have walked.

And at the end of the day... my hope and my passion is that everything in my life would glorify Christ.


                                                                                  Soli Deo Gloria -- Glory to God Alone