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  1. Peace in the Whirlwind
    27 May, 2017
    Peace in the Whirlwind
    The month of May has been... well, a whirlwind is one way of putting it.  I have been trying to wrap my brain around what is happening, trying to absorb as much as I possibly can.  The result is a mental "deer in the headlights" feeling.  It isn't a feeling of panic, just an overpowering sense of being slightly overwhelmed and trying to take in as much information as possible while trying to maintain a sense of "normal" and "grounded." The new adventure has been low-key in regards to work.
  2. HIS Year
    01 Jan, 2017
    HIS Year
    Hello everyone.  I kind of took December off.  In case you were wondering if I was ever coming back... Well, I'm back.  December was a very full month for me.  I got to take a vacation full of hiking and adventures and best friend time.  I worked what felt like non-stop for the rest of the month, including some very long holiday hours.  I walked up my driveway from December 13 (the day I got home from vacation) until December 25.  I started a diet -- am still currently working through that
  3. Running With My Brother
    16 Oct, 2016
    Running With My Brother
    If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go with others. That was a saying or proverb I remember reading a long time ago, right before running my first 5K with my sister.  This was a special day, because it was the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K in Columbus, Ohio.  My sister had beaten breast cancer the previous October, and I had been training for this run since March. My sister decided she would run the race in her cowboy boots, cowboy hat, and jeans.  Not exactly the best
  4. Creating a Blog Post
    30 Sep, 2016
    Creating a Blog Post
    What actually goes into a blog post?  Well, I'm glad you asked.  Grin.  It takes several things.  For one, working internet.  This is kind of important, because my blog is online.  I also use a program called 750 words to type in for my blog posts, and that also requires working internet. Most of my blog posts are about 750 words long.  It seems to be a good length where I can say what I want to say without dragging it out for EVER.  (Balance is a good thing... right?)  I've been typing since I
  5. Delays and Disappointments
    27 Jun, 2016
    Delays and Disappointments
    June has been a month of reality checks.  I would say delays and disappointments and detours have abounded, but it has still been a good month. I started the month looking forward to a Triathalon, riding about 100 miles on my bike, swimming, running a 5K and a 10K on my own, and writing. All I can say is that nothing but writing happened this month that I was planning on doing.  And even then, my writing has been a mad scramble to put words on paper.  Some days, most of those words are my
  6. Challenge Accepted
    02 Jun, 2016
    Challenge Accepted
    Today I took the time to start entering a few of the miles I have accumulated since the end of March.  I still have several more logs to catch up on... but since it is the beginning of June, I thought I would re-evaluate some of the challenges I committed to this year. For anyone not wanting a personal... bragging? talking excitedly and randomly about my accomplishments? Ehhh... anyway.  Read on at your own risk. The challenges that are still ongoing include the 1000 Mile Challenge for 2016.
  7. Fire Shenanigans
    01 Jun, 2016
    Fire Shenanigans
    Today was the first 24 hour shift I've been able to work at the Fire Department job in far, far too long.  I am loving it.  I'm also on the medic...  ah well.  It has been unexpected.  I didn't really have a plan for what I wanted to write about today, but as I sit down, with about a half hour to get words down on a page...  I want to talk about a lot of different things. Today was hot and humid -- sticky sweat factory style weather -- until the rain came through.  Of course, the rain began
  8. When You Can't Run... Walk
    09 Apr, 2016
    When You Can't Run... Walk
    Its hard to believe it is already over a week into April... but what is almost harder to believe is the fact that I woke up to under 30 degree weather and a brisk, robust snow storm.  Yeah.  Spring?  We had our three days.  Going back to winter. It actually threw a huge monkey wrench into the works for the Women Veterans 5K I was scheduled to run this morning at 0930.  They had to cancel the event due to the trails being covered with snow and ice.  Not mentioning the mini blizzard going on
  9. Niche Blogging... Or Not
    22 Mar, 2016
    Niche Blogging... Or Not
    Today I was contemplating finding a niche for my blog.  I feel that I write about so many different things, and I don't want to be limited by a set topic group.  I am more than one thing as a person, and that carries over into my writing.  As a matter of fact... I am the girl who freaks out about outlines for stories, feeling the suffocation of creativity and the freedom to explore shriveling when I have to "nail down" something in writing. So I sat down and tried to think of all the
  10. Two Ears, One Mouth
    13 Mar, 2016
    Two Ears, One Mouth
    My knees hurt.  The 3.5 miles I ran/walked yesterday on asphalt and sidewalk really did a number on my knees.  Or my back is out of alignment.  Or it's something else.  Who knows.  But my knees are sore, and if I step wrong, my knees REALLY protest. It didn't seem like my aching knees from running really was blog worthy, and then I started thinking about how writing is like running... even if you are tired and worn out and not enthusiastic, you keep putting one foot in front of the other
  11. Running the Race of Faith
    12 Mar, 2016
    Running the Race of Faith
    There are a lot of running quotes out there.  Many of them are hilarious.  Most of them ring true.  Some of those quotes motivate and inspire. Today I realized I was... for real... a runner.  It was beautiful out -- in the 60's with a cool breeze and overcast skies.  I ran errands in the morning, scarfed down my lunch around 2 pm and then headed across town to where I would be working later. I could have gone to one of the fire stations and used a perfectly good treadmill.  The station I am
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