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  1. Dad Time
    09 Oct, 2016
    Dad Time
    After several scheduling false starts and hiccups, my dad and I had finally settled on a date to go ride our bikes on the Ohio Erie Canal bike trail in the area of Peninsula, Ohio.  I was squeezing this in between a back 12 at the fire department and a back 12 at my EMS gig, but hey, it was going to work. Today was gorgeous.  I mean, it truly was like the best day fall creates: cool, crisp, sunny... gorgeous.  It was a perfect day to ride a bike, because you wouldn't get overheated.  The
  2. Ride On
    27 Aug, 2016
    Ride On
    For the first time in months, I got to ride my bike!  I am ridiculously excited by this.  Of course, before I could ride, I had to oil the chain.  And wipe the accumulated dust off my bike.  (I live on a dirt road; you can imagine the rest.  Sigh.)  AND pump the tires back up. After that, adding the chronometer to track time and mileage was easy.  I feel like it is such a production to get ready for a bike ride.  I usually plan for a minimum of an hour, and try to budget longer to get ready
  3. Challenge Accepted
    02 Jun, 2016
    Challenge Accepted
    Today I took the time to start entering a few of the miles I have accumulated since the end of March.  I still have several more logs to catch up on... but since it is the beginning of June, I thought I would re-evaluate some of the challenges I committed to this year. For anyone not wanting a personal... bragging? talking excitedly and randomly about my accomplishments? Ehhh... anyway.  Read on at your own risk. The challenges that are still ongoing include the 1000 Mile Challenge for 2016.
  4. Wheelie Fun Day
    31 May, 2016
    Wheelie Fun Day
    Today I had a "wheelie" fun bike ride... (Okay, okay!!  Mom, that was for you.) As you might guess, I was able to take a bicycle ride today.  It is my third for the year.  Yeah, I know, that's really incredibly super specific.  (But really, I CAN be that specific... because I did 13.5 miles and then completed 15 miles and change earlier this year when we had a random sunny, nice day.) We haven't really had a ton of nice weather at the same time that I was off work.  This makes me sad, and
  5. RUNderful Life
    22 May, 2016
    RUNderful Life
    I have a Triathlon in less than a month.  I feel woefully under-prepared for this undertaking.  My bike?  Yeah, I've ridden twice.  Running?  More than that, sure... Swimming?  I am feeling better about swimming, but nowhere near as good as I should be. And things aren't getting any calmer around me.  The weather has been ridiculously cold for biking when I've been off.  Running I can at least do inside... and swimming, the nights I've been able to work with a coach, have been great.  I feel a
  6. 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
  7. Having a Wheelie Good Time in the Sunshine
    10 Mar, 2016
    Having a Wheelie Good Time in the Sunshine
    Last fall I wrote a blog post for my old blog site, Life 2 the Full, talking about bike shorts, tan lines and the fact that I was even saying those two phrases in the same breath.  I am not the term synonymous with fitness model or tanned.   Wednesday was gorgeous.  It was a balmy 60-something on my drive home from working a 24 hour shift, and I was itching to do something, ANYTHING that would be outdoors.  My mom would laugh, because my normal affinity with the outdoors was extreme antipathy
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