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  1. Writing Brain
    17 Jul, 2016
    Writing Brain
    My brain doesn't seem to have a "shut off" switch when it comes to writing.  The other day I was driving home and getting random story ideas.  Yes, random.  As in, they have nothing to do with the current story projects I am already working on.  I guess this is a good thing, because it means that my creativity is sparking?  But darn it, they come at such inconvenient times!  It doesn't help that I am a writer who "expands to fill all the existing space" -- I have one story, right?  And I
  2. Blog Posts
    16 Jul, 2016
    Blog Posts
    Some of you may have noticed that my blog posts have been coming in spurts – as in, mostly absent and then “back logged” into place at the end of the week.  There are a lot of reasons for this.  So I thought I would give the die-hard blog followers (hi mom!) a rough idea of the WHY a blog post may take four days to “appear” on my blog. First reason: no spare time to write due to work or life obligations.  This is technically accurate often, but I still feel guilty – as if I should have woken
  3. Controversial Christianity
    15 Jul, 2016
    Controversial Christianity
    I don't claim to follow any kind of Social Media or news, for that matter, with any degree of regularity.  I'm usually a few steps behind current events unless I happen to be on Facebook or Twitter, or working with co-workers who want to watch the news. But I had been part of several blogging / writer groups on Facebook and I have to say I have noticed a few things cycling through the pages.  Some of it had to do with the topic of homosexuality.  Some had to do with sexuality in general
  4. Throwback Thursday: Prague
    14 Jul, 2016
    Throwback Thursday: Prague
    I've been thinking a lot about traveling over the last week or so.  I mean, I'm almost always thinking about travel, but this week has been kind of special.  I keep thinking about Prague.  My brother can't understand why I really want to go back -- it was dirty and smelly and loud.  And it was.  It was ALL of those things... and yet it was beautiful.  And something about that city made me fall in love with it.  I'm not a city person, but something about living in a European city makes me
  5. EMS Fundamentals
    13 Jul, 2016
    EMS Fundamentals
    EMS doesn't change.  The same core fundamentals apply, regardless if you are doing it in a ditch, in the back of a medic, in a Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) or in the cramped confines of a helicopter.  You have to stay calm, know your job, and pray that despite your best efforts, your patients live. This week I was scheduled to do two different ride along time blocks with MedFlight.  The first day was the MICU -- which is basically an Emergency Room in a truck.  The next day would be my
  6. Travel Tuesday
    12 Jul, 2016
    Travel Tuesday
    Today is Travel Tuesday, folks!! I love traveling.  There are so many places I want to see and experience.  I've been a few places that I can't wait to go back to re-visit, but there are so many places on the TO BE SEEN list. Top 5 Places (currently -- always subject to change, and in no particular order): Though I love the thought of traveling throughout Europe on like a two year trip, some of my top places include the US, like Arches National Park in Utah.  Why?  Well, have you seen
  7. Bruises
    11 Jul, 2016
    Bruises
    I was cataloging my injuries tonight, and kept getting distracted by the sheer, straight up FATIGUE that I was fighting through.  That has eased a bit.  The other night I was literally so tired I was typing a sentence and falling asleep for five minutes before jerking awake in a mad panic to type another sentence. Anyway.  The catalog of injuries includes the sore muscles from the "rescue" call at the Fire Department... a week ago today.  (Those went away by Monday, but then again, I added
  8. Book Series
    10 Jul, 2016
    Book Series
    What is the definition of a good book series?  I think my primary definition of a good book series is one that I will (and probably HAVE) re-read at least once (probably MORE than once...).  They have to have characters I care about.  This is a nebulous statement, but I mean the characters that sneak into your heart and take up residence there.  The ones that you wish you had for friends.  Or the ones who just tug on your heart strings.  These are the characters who will live in your mind
  9. Much Ado About Shakespeare
    09 Jul, 2016
    Much Ado About Shakespeare
    My best friend is going to be the cause of this post.  Just so that everyone is clear on that.  And... since I know you are all waiting with BREATHLESS anticipation... it is... about Shakespeare movies.  Yes, you did, in fact, read that correctly. You may be thinking... this is Much Ado About Nothing.  Or you may be shrugging your shoulders and saying, As You Like It... Okay.  I will desist with the punnies.  But we were having a perfectly pleasant conversation, and it turned into swapping
  10. Reflection
    08 Jul, 2016
    Reflection
    This isn't going to be a typical post, because I don't have the words for it...  I truly don't.  Life is spinning out of control on so many levels on a world-wide spectrum.  All I know, is that JESUS is my anchor, my reason for living, and the only thing that makes sense of my world.  And today... I just want to give you a few things to think about that aren't about cops, race or guns. He has called us to be CHRIST CARRIERS.  Salt and Light to a dying, hurting world.
  11. Spice of Life
    07 Jul, 2016
    Spice of Life
    I've been wanting to write this blog post for a while (yes, I mean more than just today) and I may have mentioned some of these things in previous posts (dramatic pause) but I don't care!!  Prepare yourselves to read my thoughts on what spices you should be adding to your life, vegan or not. First?  Well that's an easy one.  SMOKED PAPRIKA, people.  That is THE. BOMB.  When I first was transitioning into eating a vegan diet, I was reading a lot of books, recipe books and anything I could find
  12. Beautiful People July Edition
    06 Jul, 2016
    Beautiful People July Edition
    Welcome to July's Edition of Beautiful People, instigated by one Cait (@PaperFury)... I always have a blast answering these questions and delving deeper into my characters, so... here ya go, folks! Welcome back Kyler and Alys Imani, the twin MC's from my current Work In Progress (Stand in the Rain).  Here's a snapshot of the twins: This Month's Questions: Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not? Alys and Kyler haven't really let themselves truly think about this
  13. Random Thoughts, Part 66
    05 Jul, 2016
    Random Thoughts, Part 66
    Well, to be honest, I was thinking of putting together the post I would have written Tuesday if I had actually had time to write it.  But I think the better part of valor would be not allowing my emotions to drive my actions. So, I will simply say that I made a list of things that bother me, and things that I like.  Hopefully it will be entertaining and not a tirade.  Something I like: (because you should always start out with something positive) I like being able to play music in my vehicle.
  14. Fourth of July
    04 Jul, 2016
    Fourth of July
    As I went through the 4th of July this year, I was aware of a few things that felt different this year. The parade was as long and as well attended as it normally is by the public, despite the gray skies and threatening showers.  The kids and people lining the streets are truly wonderful and unstinting with their support of the fire department, trucks and honor guard. The turnout from our members... well, that was a little harder.  I'm only a part timer, and I know how hard it is to juggle
  15. More Than Bourne
    03 Jul, 2016
    More Than Bourne
    In honor of the newest addition to the Bourne films, I wanted to take a moment and talk about Matt Damon's filmography and some of the films of his I really enjoyed.  I was initially thinking of a few of his bigger films, but then I started looking and realized his acting has really been rather diverse. Most people probably know Matt Damon for his Bourne trilogy or his role in the Oceans trilogy.  Perhaps even one of his newer movies, The Martian. But did you remember that he had a small
  16. Book Review: Kenan
    02 Jul, 2016
    Book Review: Kenan
    Today I was going to write a review for a book I read: Kenan, book 1 of the Katkiller series.  I promised Karis that I would, and I am going to keep that promise.  However... I find that because I read so freakishly fast when I am sucked into a book world, I have to go back and re-read it.  Fake sadness abounds.  Grinning.  I am super excited about the opportunity to read this story again, and to share with you all snippets and points that I enjoyed.  No promises that it will be COHERENT, by
  17. Looking Ahead List
    01 Jul, 2016
    Looking Ahead List
    After ending my month telling everyone about my delays and disappointments on things I WAS planning on accomplishing I think I'd like to start July with a bit more optimistic post. I am looking forward to working the 4th of July.  Yes, you all read that correctly.  Let me explain.  Well, it is a holiday (which is why many of you cringed when I said I was working, missing the whole "looking forward to" portion of my comment) and I will be at the Fire Department. I like my job at the FD, and
  18. Musical Misadventures
    30 Jun, 2016
    Musical Misadventures
    My baby brother struck again. He plays a lot of video games and listens to a ton more music than I do.  I tend to find a song here and there, or an artist that suddenly springs into my world by “chance” and then I listen to them forever and ever. It started innocently enough.  I was placed in charge of cutting up veggies for a stir fry, and the mountains of greens, radishes, cabbage and etc I was tackling was frankly daunting. My mom mentioned that I should recruit my baby brother… and he
  19. Creativity
    29 Jun, 2016
    Creativity
    What does creative or creativity mean to you?  To me, it means the ability to create something, or the act of creating something. Creative: having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas; using the ability to make or think of new things; marked by the ability or power to create.  (Merriam-Webster dictionary app) I think this is most often thought of in the context of being an author, painter or musician.  That’s not wrong… but I think it leaves a lot of creative
  20. Go To Vegan Recipes
    28 Jun, 2016
    Go To Vegan Recipes
    Okay, so food has been on my mind lately.  I shared some of my favorite summer foods... but I would like to talk about one of my favorite recipes from http://ohsheglows.com/ -- Angela Liddon's cookbook Oh She Glows. Are you ready?  Of course you are.  It is Chickpea Salad.  This stuff is beyond amazing.  And, well, I can't exactly say that I make the recipe as it is written.  My take on recipes is mostly like... "more like... guidelines... than actual RULES" anymore. I smell my food.  And I
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