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  1. Give Thanks
    26 Nov, 2016
    Give Thanks
    Thanksgiving has been one of my favorite holidays for... well, ever.  I can't remember a year where we didn't spend the holiday with family.  I've been blessed beyond belief to not have to work on Thanksgiving for my entire working career.  This was the year that changed. I work in EMS and Fire.  We are never guaranteed to have the holiday off to spend with family.  That's part of the deal.  We never close, so... someone is working and away from home on every holiday and special day
  2. Descent into... November
    01 Nov, 2016
    Descent into... November
    Okay.  I just realized I have been doing a massive stint of procrastination on my blog post writing.  I have been hung up on posting daily, because that is what I had in my head I wanted to do.  I write more often than once a week.  The challenge of writing more frequently has been a good one... but I feel it is time to admit that my life, between LIFE, trying to sleep, work EMS and Fire jobs, go on adventures, READ, and maybe sleep some more... writing a blog post isn't happening. I don't
  3. Balance
    18 Oct, 2016
    Balance
    Balance is something I can't seem to find often.  I try and try and try... but at the end of the day, the balance between work and time off, time with family and time alone, time working on writing projects and time spent DOING things... it never seems to quite add up to an equal sum. What I have found, is that instead of the "descent into madness" and the "heights of exultation," I have the steadiness of walking through life's challenges and through the joys.  I'm not really one for living in
  4. A Day at the Firehouse
    17 Oct, 2016
    A Day at the Firehouse
    Today was that day... warmer by far than this time of year should be.  I was working at the fire department.  Morning training -- EVOC (emergency vehicle operations course) power point lecture -- was cancelled due to technical details.  (The inter-departmental comm system was... non-operational, to nobody's surprise – it has been marginally operational only half the time lately.) That left the morning for cleaning the station, running an errand (out to repairman to switch out the battered
  5. Introverts Are Funny Too
    07 Oct, 2016
    Introverts Are Funny Too
    Being an introvert does not mean I have no sense of humor.  I have a very strong, very weird, very eclectic, oddball, quirky, and sometimes inappropriate sense of humor.  I just... don't always choose to share my hilarity with everyone else. Being quiet and responsible and "prim" comes naturally, especially when I am not sure who my audience is, or if I'm not fully comfortable being myself with people.  Once that wears off... watch out! What brings this up, you ask?  Well.  I've had at least
  6. Courage Over Fear
    06 Oct, 2016
    Courage Over Fear
    Some days, courage is that still, small voice saying, I will try again tomorrow. I wanted to put a "shout out" to the barista today who had two small tattos: Mind over Matter, and Courage over Fear.  What made the black letters on the inside of her arm remarkable is that they were over multiple small scars criss-crossing and healed up and down her arms.  That spoke more profoundly than words.  Cutting is something some people do "to feel."  It is a coping mechanism.  From the outside looking
  7. Creating a Blog Post
    30 Sep, 2016
    Creating a Blog Post
    What actually goes into a blog post?  Well, I'm glad you asked.  Grin.  It takes several things.  For one, working internet.  This is kind of important, because my blog is online.  I also use a program called 750 words to type in for my blog posts, and that also requires working internet. Most of my blog posts are about 750 words long.  It seems to be a good length where I can say what I want to say without dragging it out for EVER.  (Balance is a good thing... right?)  I've been typing since I
  8. All of My Tomorrows
    12 Sep, 2016
    All of My Tomorrows
    Yesterday was 9-11.  The fifteenth anniversary, actually.  I know the world was remembering it -- some with tears and memories, others with memorial services.  We have a generation growing up that didn't live through it.  For my generation, I think of it as our "Pearl Harbor" memory.  Everyone from the World War II generation knows exactly where they were on that day, and what they were doing when they found out. The next generation?  Where were you when Kennedy was shot?  For mine?  Where were
  9. Cup of Joe
    08 Sep, 2016
    Cup of Joe
    Every time I get the chance to interact with RWB members, I am truly blessed.  RWB stands for Red White and Blue.  RWB is an organization that has a people-first mentality, and every single Eagle I've met seems to embody this.  RWB is a veterans organization that promotes relationships within communities -- linking civilians with service men and women.  I met them through Triathlon related interests, and running... but one of the favorite "jokes" of RWB is "We don't just run" -- and they don't.
  10. Things To Remember
    07 Sep, 2016
    Things To Remember
    This is definitely an old post... I wrote it back in 2011.  I had 6 years in the fire service at that point.  I now have 11, and these STILL hold true. Just a few things I've learned in my few years on the job that I felt might be worth passing on to anyone who might be interested: Battle scars and war stories. They go hand in hand. As you gain experience in this field, your scars will be the faces you remember, the injuries you accumulate and the mistakes you make. The war stories are about
  11. Worth It
    31 Aug, 2016
    Worth It
    Someone mentioned the other day that they had friend or relative that was interested in getting into fire and EMS.  My automatic reaction was simple: go for it.  It's worth it.  It will just never make you wealthy. I didn't talk about the wear and tear on your body from the physical nature of this job.  I didn't mention the memories that you absorb and deal with over the years.  I didn't mention the lack of sleep, irregular meals, 60+ hour work weeks or any of the other challenges. But I
  12. Back to Work
    23 Aug, 2016
    Back to Work
    As I survive my shift at the EMS job today, I’m really, REALLY glad that I didn’t schedule anything on Monday following D-Day (I slept in until noon, if we are being honest – I was exhausted).  I don’t have any time at the fire department until Saturday, which gives me time to regroup, unpack my vehicle (HA!) and get my feet under me again. My sister and I were talking at the end of the D-Day event that we were both looking forward to coming back to work.  There were multiple EMS calls, heat
  13. Conversations at the Firehouse
    19 Jul, 2016
    Conversations at the Firehouse
    You never know quite what topic might come up around the firehouse.  I've been doing this for over 11 years now, and I am still surprised some days. Take, for example, the forty-five minute conversation between my co-workers about "what to expect when your wife is expecting."  The perspectives were multiple and varied:  father of four, dad to multiples, father with mostly grown up kids and the poor soul who just found out he was expecting. "Your life will never be the same.  You think you
  14. Pain is Temporary
    02 May, 2016
    Pain is Temporary
    There are a lot of things they don't tell you about when you decide you want to become part of fire and ems.   They don't tell you about the lack of sleep.  The interrupted meals.  The mental changes that come with doing this job.  And they don't tell you about the pain. This is a physical job.  It demands endurance, strength, flexibility and determination.  Right now, my shoulders and neck muscles are tight bands of pain from doing CPR... on Saturday.  (In case you were wondering, it is
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. Writing Prompts, Life and Lunacy
    16 Feb, 2016
    Writing Prompts, Life and Lunacy
    I've been turning ideas over and over in my head, searching for just the right idea to form into the "Perfect Blog Post".  I've also been hunting for the proper way to decipher where I am going with Made4Him blog as well as moving forward with Life2theFull blog.  I've been haphazardly researching blogging and niche markets and making money blogging and... the fact is, I'm exhausted. Yep.  Exhausted.  Mentally and physically, actually.  I don't have any answers.  All I know is that I need to
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