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  1. Writing While Deliriously Tired
    10 Oct, 2016
    Writing While Deliriously Tired
    Writing While Deliriously Tired (a picture from Facebook that resonated more than just a little...) While Writing: I'm so creative right now, it's like all the  normal constraints have been lifted.  Wow I wrote 2,000 words in 30 minutes!  This is going to be great. Rereading the Next Day: I used the word 'Beautiful' 8 times in this sentence and instead of 'reassuring' I wrote 'refrigerator.'  Also the tenses switched 3 times in one paragraph and I started writing about a character who isn't
  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. Pumpkin Spice
    05 Sep, 2016
    Pumpkin Spice
    No, it isn't fall yet.  Or Autumn, if you prefer that term.  Yes, Starbucks has brought back the Pumpkin Spice Latte beverage of choice for all of those folks (okay, me too) who go wild for anything pumpkin flavored in the fall season... and yes, we did have a single day of tolerable, cool temperatures. The weather even has been cool to chilly in the morning when I head to work.  All of these things are vast improvements in my humble opinion.  I don't like high heat and humidity.  This summer,
  4. 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
  5. Partnership
    05 Aug, 2016
    Partnership
    There is a lot to be said about going into work on a day that looks like a tough day on paper BEFORE you even arrive… but knowing you are working with one of your favorite EMT partners.  It makes ALL the difference in the world.  The first crisis of the day was the lack of creamer for coffee.  I was early.  I’m never that early to work, but the fact that we had 7 people assigned to a station with 5 (okay, technically 6) bunks means that getting there early meant you might get a bunk.
  6. 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
  7. Musical Adventures
    09 Jun, 2016
    Musical Adventures
    I got the chance to work with an EMS partner the other day who loves musicals and and that means that we will "spontaneously burst into song" while going about their shift... and it prompted me to think about musicals and the ones I love.  This is completely different from the best musical soundtracks / scores, by the way. So.  Let the screen unfold in front of you, and the music fill your ears.  (Also, to the coworker at the FD who reminded me of the culture to be found in Bugs Bunny --
  8. Let the Games Begin
    12 Mar, 2016
    Let the Games Begin
    Today's challenge can be summed up in about one phrase: 59 minutes.  Yeah, you read that correctly.  It is 11:01 pm, and I have 750 words to write in order to continue my "streak" intact (and also to not end up on the Wall of Shame for this month's challenge).  I have motivation. Today has been a whirlwind of nothing, followed by a whole lot of everything.  I am working EMS today, and I am with my partner of infamy.  I mean fame.  Grinning. Even feeling under the weather, my partner is a
  9. Coffee and Bits of Randomness
    05 Mar, 2016
    Coffee and Bits of Randomness
    A lot of my blog posts lately have been revolving around writing, EMS or... well... slightly involving physical activity.  Or something random.  But it has been pretty steadily writing and EMS. That wasn't planned, by the way. This morning, I find myself pondering what on earth I could write about.  It's a Saturday morning, but that means nothing in my line of work.  I came off shift this morning from job #1 and I go to job #2 tonight for 12 hours.  I get Sunday and Monday off, though!  I love
  10. Lessons in EMS
    17 Feb, 2016
    Lessons in EMS
    Every time I see a new face entering the field of emergency medical services, I am reminded of all the things they DON'T tell you when you decide "I want to be an EMT." We had a rider on my ambulance (or "medic" in our specialized lingo) last shift.  A nice young lady who seemed normal enough, composed and polite.  She followed my partner and I around on calls and was enthusiastic enough about the experience that she stuck around after her scheduled four hour block of "ride time" was completed
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