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  1. Sea to Shining Sea
    18 Nov, 2016
    Sea to Shining Sea
    This November, my sister and I took off and went to San Francisco.  We actually flew out the day after the elections... which proved to be... INTERESTING... to say the least.  Leaving politics aside, it was a grand adventure.  We had good traveling experiences on the way out, a few headaches that my sister's blood pressure could probably STILL be elevated by mentioning (to say nothing of my own!)... but all in all, it worked out well. I was able to connect with a friend I made on my trip to
  2. Random Scribblings
    13 Oct, 2016
    Random Scribblings
    My "to be read" pile of books is metaphorically about to devour me whole... thankfully I've been accumulating most of them electronically on my Kindle.  So no actual towering piles of death and destruction and imminent doom... I know, everyone is disappointed. I actually want to re-read a ton of Alistair MacLean books that I've read about a dozen times.  I want to read some classics, like Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South.  I want to read some steampunk / fantasy / science fiction stories.
  3. Why I Hike
    18 May, 2016
    Why I Hike
    Hiking is a wonderful activity.  It fairly screams HEALTHY and NATURE and RELAXATION... right?  Well.  I was contemplating the whys and whats about hiking the other day... and here's what I came up with. Why on earth do I hike? Seriously, I mean.  I was hot, sweaty, my legs and butt and shoulders hurt, I was tripping over every rock in my path (and it was Pennsylvania, there are LOTS) and I was trying to figure out what about this was appealing enough that I was pushing myself to do it. Most
  4. Acadia National Park
    16 May, 2016
    Acadia National Park
    (written Wednesday, May 17) Today I thought I would write a short piece on "how to experience Acadia National Park in 8 hours or less."  The easy answer (and the best thing to tell you if you are short on time) is simple: Don't. I was driving from Rockland, Maine to Acadia National Park.  It is about a 2 hour drive, easy roads, little towns and slow speeds.  It was pretty and I enjoyed it.  The ranger station is easy to spot, has restrooms, and I have to give mad props to the Park Ranger who
  5. Don't Wait For Tomorrow
    02 Mar, 2016
    Don't Wait For Tomorrow
    Death is certain.  Life is not.  Monday I was reminded of this.  One of my great-uncles died.  Since I was off work, I volunteered to drive my mom to the Cleveland area for the funeral service.  None of us had been able to attend the calling hours prior to the funeral. I've lost a lot of my great-uncles and great-aunts, and both my grandparents on my mom's side had died years ago.  The last funeral I can remember attending (due to work, etc) is the one for my Aunt, my mom's sister.  That had
  6. Every Trail Connects
    24 Feb, 2016
    Every Trail Connects
    Yesterday evening, I was looking for something to do today.  I had an entire day off (other than teaching a CPR class) and I was full of grand ambitions, and unrealistic ideas of how motivated I would be in the morning. I woke up to rain.  And rain in February is a far, far different thing than rain in, say, June.  I don't feel like dodging raindrops while hiking. Which is why I am sitting here, waiting to go on an "adventure" with my parents.  We are going to go see my sister's new horse. But
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