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  1. Give Thanks
    26 Nov, 2016
    Give Thanks
    Thanksgiving has been one of my favorite holidays for... well, ever.  I can't remember a year where we didn't spend the holiday with family.  I've been blessed beyond belief to not have to work on Thanksgiving for my entire working career.  This was the year that changed. I work in EMS and Fire.  We are never guaranteed to have the holiday off to spend with family.  That's part of the deal.  We never close, so... someone is working and away from home on every holiday and special day
  2. 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
  3. No NaNo November
    12 Oct, 2016
    No NaNo November
    October has been full of people frantically and happily prepping for November's NaNoWriMo challenge of writing 50K words in 30 days.  Sound slightly insane to you?  It does to me -- sound delightfully, deliciously insane.  I keep reminding myself faithfully that I CANNOT PARTICIPATE in this year's scribbling madness. Why, you ask? Because, reasons.  One of which is the fact that I am in the middle of finishing (yes, figure that muddled thought out!) up a current story.  I need to finish this
  4. D-Day Minus 3
    16 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 3
    Today I am reminded of why I always take the ENTIRE week off work.  Well, almost the entire week of work.  Taking Tuesday off meant that I could work my 24 at the Fire Department on Monday and in THEORY, arrive on site at Conneaut Lake Park Tuesday. The fact that this hasn't happened in the last 4 years hasn't escaped me.  Usually I work Tuesday and go up Wednesday, whichever job I happen to be working.  Last year I had the Tuesday off, but spent it helping my mom recover from her emergency
  5. Write On
    02 Aug, 2016
    Write On
    Okay.  So Monday before I went to work my EMS job was a full day of writing, writing, and MORE writing.  Also of begging people to read things for me.  It was a great thing that I actually had a 3 day weekend.  God was watching out for me. I actually got up early on Monday, believe it or not.  And I edited like a mad-woman.  My sister had given me feedback at some point during the weekend when I pressed her into reader duty.  This was actually quite a good thing.  My sister has a very logical
  6. Musical Misadventures
    30 Jun, 2016
    Musical Misadventures
    My baby brother struck again. He plays a lot of video games and listens to a ton more music than I do.  I tend to find a song here and there, or an artist that suddenly springs into my world by “chance” and then I listen to them forever and ever. It started innocently enough.  I was placed in charge of cutting up veggies for a stir fry, and the mountains of greens, radishes, cabbage and etc I was tackling was frankly daunting. My mom mentioned that I should recruit my baby brother… and he
  7. It's Friday Again
    24 Jun, 2016
    It's Friday Again
    It's Friday. Wait, it's FRIDAY?! Again?? Some weeks feel like forever, some are gone faster than a blink. Some are a blurred combination-- fast with some crystal clear moments of slowing down. This week I literally think I blanked out on the entirety of my week. Friday I went to sleep, and I woke up on Friday the following week. Grrr. So I sat down and thought about what happened last week and here are some of the things that I remember. I went "camping" in my hammock with my sister for the
  8. Sister Moments
    12 Jun, 2016
    Sister Moments
    Saturday was a lot of things.  The end of my 24 hour shift, for one thing.  The day we had humid and 90+ for temperatures.  Another Farmers Market day for my mom. And it was the day that my sister and I went to a cousin’s wedding shower.  The wedding shower was nice – got to see some relatives we don’t see often.  Got to meet a several new babies of cousins… and met the bride-to-be for the second time.  It is getting to be a tradition, we meet new additions to the family either at weddings or
  9. So There I Was...
    31 Mar, 2016
    So There I Was...
    Throwback Thursday Blog Post:  Previously Published February 23, 2015 It has been said all good stories start with "Hold my beer and watch this..."  A variation on that would be the phrase "So there I was..."  Or I could lead with the traditional "It was a dark and starry night..." I think I will simply lead with "Mom, this post is for you." I am a bit of a night owl.  I was waiting up for my sister to get home from work one Tuesday night this winter.  She was supposed to be home at 1230 am
  10. Having a Wheelie Good Time in the Sunshine
    10 Mar, 2016
    Having a Wheelie Good Time in the Sunshine
    Last fall I wrote a blog post for my old blog site, Life 2 the Full, talking about bike shorts, tan lines and the fact that I was even saying those two phrases in the same breath.  I am not the term synonymous with fitness model or tanned.   Wednesday was gorgeous.  It was a balmy 60-something on my drive home from working a 24 hour shift, and I was itching to do something, ANYTHING that would be outdoors.  My mom would laugh, because my normal affinity with the outdoors was extreme antipathy
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