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  1. 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
  2. Slow Cooker Magic
    26 Aug, 2016
    Slow Cooker Magic
    I have used my rice cooker a lot more than my slow cooker.  I decided Thursday that I should remedy this.  I texted my work partner for Friday and asked if we could do a slow cooker meal for one of the meals we’d eat during our shift. The answer was a resounding and enthusiastic YES.  I then inquired about what my partner might be in the mood for, since I wasn’t sure what I was hungry for either.  I started throwing out suggestions.  My partner immediately settled on lasagna. I hunted out my
  3. Top 10 Ways to Take Care of Your EMT
    09 Aug, 2016
    Top 10 Ways to Take Care of Your EMT
    Top 10 Ways to Take Care of Your EMT (or Medic) Feed them.  This should be self-evident, but seriously.  Make sure your partner eats.  Most likely they get hangry, cranky and upset when their blood sugar is low.  It always helps to steer a fine line between "voice of reason" and "encouragement" if they are trying to watch what they eat.  This rule could also be titled "snacks" -- keep them on hand all the time. Make them laugh.  This is a huge point.  If you can make your partner laugh, the
  4. Pancakes
    20 Jul, 2016
    Pancakes
    Sneak Attack of vegan food at work...  Episode of VEGAN PANCAKES TAKE OVER THE WORLD. Okay, so this was such a cute story I had to share.  I was working with my EMS partner the other day.  She and I both are Pinterest junkies, and she was scrolling through paint schemes for rooms… and ran across food. Food is an automatic distraction on Pinterest.  It is the equivalent of waving a shiny object in front of a magpie.  So yeah, food. And somehow she ran across a recipe for vegan pancakes, and
  5. 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
  6. Traveling Vegan
    16 Jun, 2016
    Traveling Vegan
    I ran into a friend who travels recently, and we got to talking about our recent trips -- hers on a school trip to France and Spain, my trip to Turkey last November.  We were laughing about some of the challenges of travel, and I was reminded of being vegan and traveling in Turkey. There IS a word in Turkish for vegan.  I know, because I found it in the Berlitz guide I carried around for two weeks.  In actual reality... Turkey barely knows the word vegetarian and what THAT means.  Vegan is a
  7. Procrastination By Cooking
    24 Apr, 2016
    Procrastination By Cooking
    I know that I've probably bombarded you with enough food posts lately...  But I'm about to do yet another one.  This would be your cue to bow out if you are uninterested about my cooking adventures in an attempt to procrastinate and put my thoughts together before writing.  Whew. I haven't been home much lately.  Well, I haven't been home much lately with ENERGY or the DESIRE to do anything.  Which translates to me not experimenting with new recipes or making old favorites.  And my taste buds
  8. Vegan Foodie Places (or Food... Glorious Food... Part 2)
    21 Apr, 2016
    Vegan Foodie Places (or Food... Glorious Food... Part 2)
    Today is going to be a busy, whirlwind kind of day.  I did get to sleep in, but that is where the easy day ended.  I have already been to see the dentist.  I have happy news to report: the mangled, hole chewed in the middle of it, all sharp edges temporary cap is GONE!!  In its place, a permanent crown.  (It only took 6-8 years... From the start of the issue, I mean.) I have EMT students later, and I had to plan out my meals.  Supper I already have planned.  It will be hospital cafeteria food
  9. Eat Up!
    07 Apr, 2016
    Eat Up!
    Okay.  So my last post was about the back story to why I eat the things I do, and why I don’t eat the things I don’t.  To recap in a nutshell, I eat a vegan diet. Also to re-iterate… I hate being labeled or stereotyped, as a Christian, as a home educated child, as a girl, as a firefighter, or for my dietary choices. One of the best blog posts I read recently was by Hannah Heath, about the 4 problems with Diversity in YA Books.
  10. Plants Have Protein Too
    07 Apr, 2016
    Plants Have Protein Too
    It's hard to know where to begin with this post.  I want to talk about my food choices.  Since this is very personal for me, and I usually avoid talking about it at all, this was a weird feeling for me.   That picture says it all.  I don't feel that my food choices define who I am.  I don't think that my choices need to be or should be YOUR food choices.  I don't want to be "that" person who shoves their beliefs down someone's throat.  So here is my disclaimer -- this post is going to be about
  11. 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
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