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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. 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
  3. MASH 4077
    21 Jun, 2016
    MASH 4077
    M.A.S.H. 4077 wasn't a TV show I grew up watching, but I have enjoyed watching it as a grown-up.  Hawkeye Pierce is one of my favorite characters.  Sarcasm, snark and sass.  This might be a recurring theme for things that I like... My absolute favorite episode is Yankee Doodle Doctor, where they were making a film at the 4077th about medicine and doctors in Korea.  It had a ton of shenanigans and over-acting and ridiculousness... but I was riveted by Hawkeye's "end piece" to the film. It
  4. Wilderness Class Study Session
    10 May, 2016
    Wilderness Class Study Session
    (Saturday AM: 0001-0145) I am multi-tasking.  It is a skill I have worked hard to perfect.  And... yeah, I'm sure I don't REALLY have it perfected. So tonight, let me share some excerpts from the study material I am using to prepare myself for the Wilderness Advanced Life Support course.   All of these quotes are from the 6th Edition Wilderness and Rescue MEDICINE textbook by Jeffrey E. Isaac, PA-C and David E. Johnson, MD.   "Recognizing or anticipating the development of a major problem
  5. Challenge Accomplished
    30 Apr, 2016
    Challenge Accomplished
    Well I did it.  I made it through 10,000 squats in 90 days.  It was a challenge.  I was doing well with doing body weight squats early in the challenge.  It was a "low" number I was doing to keep abreast with the numbers required in the challenge... and then I got tired. I got busy, and it got easier to let it go.  To let consistency fade, and put it off until later.  This was aided in part by the fact that my knees were protesting the extra strain.  My chiropractor adjusted my back and that
  6. I Could Have Slept All Night...
    27 Apr, 2016
    I Could Have Slept All Night...
    I currently have 28 different blog post ideas neatly jotted down in a writing file.  And... none of them sound like something I want to write about today. As much as I truly appreciate being challenged to complete 750 words a day, it gets old.  Today, I am tired.  There are a lot of varying degrees of tired. There is "sick and tired."  Literally, overcome by wicked head colds or stomach flu or anything else and utterly exhausted because your body is rebelling against the illness kind of
  7. Epic Bouts of Spontaneous Randomness
    16 Apr, 2016
    Epic Bouts of Spontaneous Randomness
    Bouts of Epic Randomness... Well, this was a term coined by a partner of mine when we worked private EMS.  We both no longer work there, but the friendship (and the sentiment) stuck.  When you have forged a friendship in the wee hours of the morning driving long distances, you tend to have these... episodes... In fact, that actually brings to mind a lot of good memories.  Not the least of which was the EPIC night where we drove over an hour to a hospital in the middle of the night, dropped
  8. Baby Steps
    02 Apr, 2016
    Baby Steps
    Baby steps. Forward progress is progress no matter how small. Finding a balance between work, writing, exercise, enjoying family and sleep is kind of like trying to gauge how much caffeine (read cups of coffee) it takes to keep you awake, alert and semi-enthusiastic about your day and where you cross the line into heart palpitations, shaking hands and jitters. Fortunately for me, caffeine doesn't often give me the jitters.  I can drink a cup or two of coffee (STRONG coffee, mind you) and go
  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. Thoughts on My Profession
    23 Feb, 2016
    Thoughts on My Profession
    Today I was thinking about things that bother me about the profession I work in (Fire and Emergency Medical Services). The list on any given day can be long and varied. I've been in the Fire and EMS service for 10+ years. A lot has changed in that time. I have worked in a volunteer Fire and EMS organization, I have worked Private EMS, I have been part time on a "city" Fire Department running EMS, and I've worked for an all-EMS county service. I've grown comfortable with my skills and the set of
  11. 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