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  1. This Isn't God's First Rodeo
    08 Apr, 2016
    This Isn't God's First Rodeo
    "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV) As I was driving between jobs this morning, I found myself reflecting on my shift.  It hadn't been particularly busy -- only 5 runs.  One of them, though, stood out in my mind.   Without going into details about patient condition, which are protected under the HIPAA laws, let me state that I had a patient who was in pain.  True, obvious pain.
  2. Eat Up!
    07 Apr, 2016
    Eat Up!
    Okay.  So my last post was about the back story to why I eat the things I do, and why I don’t eat the things I don’t.  To recap in a nutshell, I eat a vegan diet. Also to re-iterate… I hate being labeled or stereotyped, as a Christian, as a home educated child, as a girl, as a firefighter, or for my dietary choices. One of the best blog posts I read recently was by Hannah Heath, about the 4 problems with Diversity in YA Books.
  3. Plants Have Protein Too
    07 Apr, 2016
    Plants Have Protein Too
    It's hard to know where to begin with this post.  I want to talk about my food choices.  Since this is very personal for me, and I usually avoid talking about it at all, this was a weird feeling for me.   That picture says it all.  I don't feel that my food choices define who I am.  I don't think that my choices need to be or should be YOUR food choices.  I don't want to be "that" person who shoves their beliefs down someone's throat.  So here is my disclaimer -- this post is going to be about
  4. Strength of Iron
    06 Apr, 2016
    Strength of Iron
    "Forget stardust -- you are iron. Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid.  When you bleed, you reek of rust.  It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins.  And what is iron, really, unless it's forged?  You are iron.  And you are strong." This was going to be a piece about Pinterest, and how it sucks me into reading fanfic about Marvel characters, lures me along to exotic locations, makes me laugh and dream over quotes and helps me visually map out who my characters are in my
  5. Coffee
    05 Apr, 2016
    Coffee
    A blog post devoted to the critical importance attached to a morning (night/afternoon/DAY) with coffee.  Here is a poem. I think today is going to be the day I write an entire blog post about coffee, and my consumption of coffee. Several years ago, I was expounding upon this glorious topic... I still have it somewhere.  Coffee, you must understand, is VERY important to my life. Let's also clear up a common misconception about me: I CAN survive without coffee.  I can.  You might not want to
  6. Country Memories
    04 Apr, 2016
    Country Memories
    Yesterday I was driving and turned on my radio.  In my neck of the woods, the main stations are country music stations.  The day was sunny and bright, and the music brought back good memories.  Music has a way of taking me back to specific memories, or reminding me of little details tucked into my brain. Country music does that for me and my volunteer fire department.  I don't listen to a lot of country (or the radio, for that matter -- I hate listening to commercials) anymore... but nostalgia
  7. People Matter
    03 Apr, 2016
    People Matter
    What is your Creative Process...  and which is more important, Plot vs Characters?  Two different questions that came up this afternoon.   The first question was from #CreativeLifeMonth asking what my creative process was.  I had to laugh as I contemplated my answer to this one.  My Twitter answer was the abbreviated one: OCD vs spontaneous chaos = barely controlled, organized chaos.  Non-linear story writing. My perfectionist tendencies try their best to paralyze me and tie me into endless
  8. Baby Steps
    02 Apr, 2016
    Baby Steps
    Baby steps. Forward progress is progress no matter how small. Finding a balance between work, writing, exercise, enjoying family and sleep is kind of like trying to gauge how much caffeine (read cups of coffee) it takes to keep you awake, alert and semi-enthusiastic about your day and where you cross the line into heart palpitations, shaking hands and jitters. Fortunately for me, caffeine doesn't often give me the jitters.  I can drink a cup or two of coffee (STRONG coffee, mind you) and go
  9. View From the Dash
    01 Apr, 2016
    View From the Dash
    One of the hardest things about adjusting to the world of fire and EMS is driving.  You laugh, but hear me out.  What other profession do we take 18 year old kids who may have 2 years (at best) of driving experience, usually with a small car or battered pickup truck, and expect them to get behind the wheel of an ambulance or fire truck WITH all kinds of lights and sirens? It is a huge transition.  Fire trucks do NOT stop on a dime; in fact, they stop on like five dollars, if you are lucky.
  10. So There I Was...
    31 Mar, 2016
    So There I Was...
    Throwback Thursday Blog Post:  Previously Published February 23, 2015 It has been said all good stories start with "Hold my beer and watch this..."  A variation on that would be the phrase "So there I was..."  Or I could lead with the traditional "It was a dark and starry night..." I think I will simply lead with "Mom, this post is for you." I am a bit of a night owl.  I was waiting up for my sister to get home from work one Tuesday night this winter.  She was supposed to be home at 1230 am
  11. March Challenge: Work In Progress JOY
    31 Mar, 2016
    March Challenge: Work In Progress JOY
    This month I was delighted to participate in a Twitter challenge, #WIPJoy.  I was introduced to the challenge by Bethany A. Jennings (Twitter: @simmeringmind / Blog: simmeringmind.com)  and had a blast tweeting random facts about my current WIP (Work in Progress). Because I had so much fun........ I want to share them with you.  My current WIP is titled Stand in the Rain, and my elevator pitch goes something like this: My current WIP is a Sci-fi Universe with events similar to pre-WWII Europe
  12. Welcome to EMS
    28 Mar, 2016
    Welcome to EMS
    Some days I feel as if God has whispered mysteries directly into my ear as I write.   Some days, I'm just excited that my pants fit.   Today, I was just thrilled that my new pants fit.  I precept for an EMT program, and a specific color pant is required (khakis).  The brand and such are up to the individual as long as the proper uniform shirt designating your status as a "Clinical Educator" is worn. I had found a pair of Kuhl pants at REI last year that were lightweight, super comfy and
  13. Attitude and Mountains
    27 Mar, 2016
    Attitude and Mountains
    Resurrection Day is here.   I've spent a lot of time today thinking about a blog post talking about the wonder of that day, the glorious implications or perhaps highlighting something unique.   I could talk about the empty tomb, the proof behind the resurrection being true, or what His death accomplished.  But all I can think is that all of the above would be old news.  The way I live my life is proof of that truth, or it should be.   I serve a risen Lord.  Death has no hold on me.   But
  14. Easter Saturday
    26 Mar, 2016
    Easter Saturday
    Sometimes, the only way through the problem is head on.  Straight through.  Keep pushing.  Sometimes it is by approaching it from a new angle, a new perspective.  Sometimes, you have no idea which it is. I hate those times.  I prefer to do something that I know is going to work.  Preferably the first time.  Wasting time is just... irritating. But mostly, it is never that simple.  Even as babies, we learned by trial and error, falling many times before standing and eventually walking.  We
  15. Spring Break and Adulting
    25 Mar, 2016
    Spring Break and Adulting
    Spring break is apparently a "thing"... a time off of school for all the kiddos in school or college.  My first experience with spring break was when I was in college.  I was home educated (taught at home) from kindergarten through 12th grade.   I was innocently wondering why we were didn't have college classes on a particular date in March... and was told "That's Spring Break, of course we're off school."  It took me a minute for my brain, fatigued and full from working, studying and working
  16. Just Breathe
    24 Mar, 2016
    Just Breathe
    I have been sitting here pondering what to write about today.  I am already a blog post "behind" this week, and I wanted to get back on track with something good.  And... this week has been crazy.  Let me recap some of the things that have gone badly. I have been working a crazy schedule due to a schedule change at the beginning of March at my EMS job... which then threw off my schedule at the fire department.  On average, I've been working 72 hours a week.   After a hectic weekend, I was
  17. Niche Blogging... Or Not
    22 Mar, 2016
    Niche Blogging... Or Not
    Today I was contemplating finding a niche for my blog.  I feel that I write about so many different things, and I don't want to be limited by a set topic group.  I am more than one thing as a person, and that carries over into my writing.  As a matter of fact... I am the girl who freaks out about outlines for stories, feeling the suffocation of creativity and the freedom to explore shriveling when I have to "nail down" something in writing. So I sat down and tried to think of all the
  18. Make 'Em Laugh... (So You're a Paramedic...)
    22 Mar, 2016
    Make 'Em Laugh... (So You're a Paramedic...)
    Medic Madness Monday -- Previously Published in February 2015 (and a day late due to a long day at work) Many years ago, when I was a newbie in the Fire and EMS world, I read a humorous quote about this profession.  It read something to the effect of "FMS/Fire -- the only people introduced at social gatherings by profession, not name."  It actually has more than a passing resemblance to the truth. So, let me give you an (almost) fictional scenario.  I am an introvert who can be social and
  19. Swimming in the Deep End
    19 Mar, 2016
    Swimming in the Deep End
    Wednesday evening I met a group of people for a swimming session.  I am not a good swimmer.  I can "not drown" and I love the water.  (Which my dad said was his goal -- don't drown, enjoy water)  My swimming was a hodge-podge of paddling in a neighbor's pond, a few swimming lessons at a local pool when I was 6 and working with a fellow firefighter / water rescue tech while going through a swift water rescue class. I can actually tread water for a very, very long time.  In 2009, I was reveling
  20. Suckers, Cheese and the Bible
    18 Mar, 2016
    Suckers, Cheese and the Bible
    Yeah, I know.  It doesn't seem like any of those particular items go together.  Also, FYI, "suckers" is synonymous with lollipops, just in case anyone was wondering. Today I wanted to talk about what Christianity has called "getting in the Word" (among other things).  Reading your Bible, for those confused by euphemisms or Christian-eze lingo.   I'm writing this because I haven't been reading my Bible as often as I should or want to.  One of my goals in January is to read the entire Bible
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