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  1. Reading Again...
    05 Oct, 2016
    Reading Again...
    I have been hit with a longing to go back and re-read all of Alistair MacLean's books.  Well, most of them.  I discovered them years ago, starting with Athabasca and Where Eagles Dare.  I was actually less than impressed with Athabasca on first read -- as my dad kindly pointed out, the man has a thing for extremely long sentences.  As in, almost a paragraph in length. In fairness, it was a paperback book, so... there's that.  But Athabasca was a slower read.  Alistair MacLean had a very
  2. BOOKS
    22 Aug, 2016
    BOOKS
    Because I haven’t had a moment to squee over books recently, I thought I would write about some of my reading pleasures lately.  Some of my recently read have been re-reads (just as valid, I swear!) and some have been new... And I have also been delving into Audible, a program for books on tape.  And by that I mean, I can play them from my phone in the car. One of my best friends griped at me that I hadn't read All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque.  He griped enough
  3. TBR Pile
    03 Aug, 2016
    TBR Pile
    TBR Pile Status: Still overflowing and threating the life of the owner.  Fortunately mine are mostly electronic right now, so I have the advantage.  But it is still overwhelming to keep seeing good looking books, and want to read them ALL right at the moment. Too many choices can be paralyzing.  Also, not having any time left in the day when I’m forcing myself to write for Camp NaNoWriMo July project and then to complete the editing for my WIP chapters… Sad fact is that I went to look back on
  4. 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
  5. Bookworm List Update
    22 Jun, 2016
    Bookworm List Update
    Not so very long ago, I published a blog post on a "TBR" pile (figurative, not a literal pile) of books I was planning on reading.  I have been astounded and astonished by the fact that I have gotten five of the ones I wrote about read, and another one started. Last Tuesday at work was a very productive day.  And so was Sunday... And because I know all of you were DYING TO KNOW how they were, I'm going to share my thoughts on the ones I have conquered. KENAN was first on my list.  It is
  6. Book List: TBR
    15 Jun, 2016
    Book List: TBR
    Because I don’t have any less than forty projects going at any one point, I decided I should put together a TBR (to be read) list of books.  I can’t promise that I’ll read them in any order, or any time soon… (remember, the 40 projects going) BUT.  I have so many good ones lurking on my kindle begging to be opened.  Several of these are books that I found “by accident” but several others are books I have been WAITING FOR and have yet made time to read.  Kenan (book 1 in the Katkiller series)
  7. Book Dragon Musings on YA Books
    24 May, 2016
    Book Dragon Musings on YA Books
    It is always fun following the current threads of conversation on Twitter, or any other social media site, for that matter.  Except when politics are being discussed – those I find incredibly boring.  Anyway. There are quite a few writers peeps I follow on Twitter and the conversations range from character quirks to why people don’t read more books to Young Adult stories. Before plunging into the whirlwind of Twitter, I have to confess I really didn’t pay any attention to book classifications.
  8. Driving in Silence (Or Not)
    17 May, 2016
    Driving in Silence (Or Not)
    I am quite sure you are all tired of hearing about how my trip is going... so I will take a tiny detour and talk about driving and music and such.  (I know, SO different.) I have come to the conclusion that I don't mind traveling alone.  I can spend a lot of time in my own head, happily entertaining myself.  I do miss being able to share things with someone -- a laugh, the view, a story, etc.  But I'm really very okay with being alone. I have had some extremely long drives on this trip.  I am
  9. Book Dragon Recommendations
    05 May, 2016
    Book Dragon Recommendations
    I am a bookworm.  Excuse me, a Book DRAGON (Cait / @PaperFury knows what I mean!)… and as such, it is my solemn, sworn duty to recommend quality books for people.  Yes.  EVERYONE. It helps that I have read a lot, and will continue reading.  As I interact with writers on Twitter, it is alarmingly evident that there is an entire world of Young Adult and New Adult books out there that I have never ever HEARD of, let alone READ.  For now, I am strangely okay with this. One of my cousins has a
  10. Challenge Accomplished
    30 Apr, 2016
    Challenge Accomplished
    Well I did it.  I made it through 10,000 squats in 90 days.  It was a challenge.  I was doing well with doing body weight squats early in the challenge.  It was a "low" number I was doing to keep abreast with the numbers required in the challenge... and then I got tired. I got busy, and it got easier to let it go.  To let consistency fade, and put it off until later.  This was aided in part by the fact that my knees were protesting the extra strain.  My chiropractor adjusted my back and that
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. International Women's Day
    09 Mar, 2016
    International Women's Day
    Yesterday the hype on Facebook and other social media sites about International Women's Day made my mind start thinking about a lot of random things.  (Cue evil grin and diabolical chuckling.) I had been meaning to write a blog post on "strong female characters" and some of my thoughts on them... but Hannah Heath beat me to it.  (Well, part of my thoughts, anyway.)  Her blog post is (http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com/2015/05/writing-strong-female-characters-what.html) You should really
  15. Bookworm Territory
    26 Feb, 2016
    Bookworm Territory
    I love to read. Its been a favorite pastime since I was a wee child. My mom proudly tells the story of her five or six year old who was reading "Little Women" (not the abridged version, either). My favorite kind of books were thick ones, and I read voraciously. I realized that I am still not only reading, but recommending books left and right to people I know.  Yesterday, it was "Thrive" by Brendan Brazier.  Brazier is a vegan ultra-athlete who has a specific system he uses to fuel his body
  16. 10 Things About Me
    11 Feb, 2016
    10 Things About Me
    Things About Me I am a writer.  I like to write science fiction, fantasy, historical, fairy-tale re-telling, adventure, and stories that don't fall into any category.  I also write non-fiction, poetry (on occasion) and medical patient reports.  Some days it feels like the patient care reports are the ONLY thing I get to write. I am a reader.  I can't even begin to tell you all the different types of things that I love to read, but rest assured, it varies considerably.  I take books on a book
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