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  1. Uncle Phil
    22 Sep, 2016
    Uncle Phil
    I was on my way to Rockford, Illinois for a WWII reenactment when I received the news that my (adopted) Uncle Phil had died on Wednesday September 21 at 0630.  It’s been a horrible year – he’s the third uncle I’ve lost this year.  This post wasn’t written on 9-22-16, because of multiple reasons (gone for my WWII reenactment)… but I wanted to put it here because this is where it happened. I haven’t had a moment to think about it, not really.  Nor do I even know where to start.  The beginning…
  2. Monday Madness
    19 Sep, 2016
    Monday Madness
    Monday Madness... Well.  I can't always promise that this is ONLY on Monday.  This past week has been a doozy. The days are starting to all blur together. Today, for example… I have a WWII event to pack for… and I’m working.  If I wasn't working, I would be procrastinating like crazy.  I have uniforms to figure out, food to figure out, things to haul in and out of my vehicle, and a few hours this evening (more realistically -- Wednesday), to do it all in.  And I’m here, staring at a computer
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. When the Job Beats You Up
    28 Aug, 2016
    When the Job Beats You Up
    Friday and Saturday both reminded me of this truth.  Somedays, EMS and firefighting try to break you.  Some days it is mental.  Some days it is emotional.  And some days, it is just plain physical. Friday was a great day.  I worked with a great partner and we had a blast running calls.  When your partner texts you the night before indicating that they haven’t done much the last 4 shifts… and then repeats their desire to DO SOMETHING that shift… you know you’re going to get something.
  6. The Unexpected Experience of Istanbul (and trying day 2 of blogging challenge)
    15 Mar, 2016
    The Unexpected Experience of Istanbul (and trying day 2 of blogging challenge)
    Once again... I find myself under the gun.  Today is a combination of work being busy at inopportune times (such as immediately after I walked in the door and until 10-something-PM) and trying to successfully complete the day's blogging challenge. Today's challenge was to create a sign up "pop up" or something similar to start growing my readership... AND to create something to serve as an incentive to encourage people to sign up and follow my blog.   The second part was, by far, the easiest
  7. 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