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  1. 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
  2. Grins and Giggles
    15 Oct, 2016
    Grins and Giggles
    I swear I started this writing with an idea.  A goal for a blog post.  And... I stare at the blank page in front of me and wonder just WHAT I was thinking.  Good grief, you're thinking.  Didn't we just read a random bunch of thrown together thoughts a day or two ago?  Umm... welcome to my life...? Grinning.  Well, here is my Twitter (and other places like it) Hilarity Collection, just for you. I think this was re-tweeted under the heading of "Scots folk on Twitter are the best..." (And for the
  3. 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
  4. Enhance Your Calm
    04 Sep, 2016
    Enhance Your Calm
    I'm laughing to myself as I type this... I think today's post will be a movie related post.  I like a wide variety of movies.  Sometimes their merit is obvious, sometimes it is just enough that it tickles my funny bone. I think today's movie falls into the latter category. Demolition Man is a 1993 film, starring Sylvester Stallone -- oh, you mean I shouldn't just stop there?  That's not a good enough recommendation?  Okaaaay, fine.  It also stars Sandra Bullock, Wesley Snipes and Denis
  5. D-Day 2016
    20 Aug, 2016
    D-Day 2016
    D-Day, the Day of Infamy.  Wait, wrong date?  Ahh. Saturday of the D-Day Event is THE DAY.  Everything else is pretty much a dress rehearsal, with bugs being worked out on the previous days. I have approximately 350 volunteers on the grounds today.  350.  Yes, I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that number.  I remember doing this with fifty, max.  We never have quite enough volunteers.  It’s kind of that general rule of thumb.  No matter how many more we gain in a year, we will always be
  6. 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
  7. Best Friend Therapy
    26 Jul, 2016
    Best Friend Therapy
    Best Friend Therapy I have been blessed with time to spend with my best friend.  The location truly is immaterial, because it doesn’t matter.  Together is the only word either of us pay any attention to.  And… in the end, it isn’t physically together that matters, just together in spirit. I was thinking about best friend things, and why mine is the best, and I’m going to attempt a haphazard blog post that will be woefully incomplete and totally inadequate.  She is the best.  Period. Some of
  8. Laughter, Tears and Memories
    29 Apr, 2016
    Laughter, Tears and Memories
    I have been putting this post off literally all week.  On Sunday, I found out my great Uncle had died after a long battle with Parkinson's.  He died at home, surrounded by family.  He was 91.  And he was a surrogate grandpa for my family after we lost my grandpa when I was three.   The family on my mom's side has always been near and dear to my heart -- they simply reach out and collect everyone unconditionally into the "family".  You don't have to ask, you are simply accepted. I knew today
  9. Make 'Em Laugh... (So You're a Paramedic...)
    22 Mar, 2016
    Make 'Em Laugh... (So You're a Paramedic...)
    Medic Madness Monday -- Previously Published in February 2015 (and a day late due to a long day at work) Many years ago, when I was a newbie in the Fire and EMS world, I read a humorous quote about this profession.  It read something to the effect of "FMS/Fire -- the only people introduced at social gatherings by profession, not name."  It actually has more than a passing resemblance to the truth. So, let me give you an (almost) fictional scenario.  I am an introvert who can be social and
  10. 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