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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. 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. A Day at the Firehouse
    17 Oct, 2016
    A Day at the Firehouse
    Today was that day... warmer by far than this time of year should be.  I was working at the fire department.  Morning training -- EVOC (emergency vehicle operations course) power point lecture -- was cancelled due to technical details.  (The inter-departmental comm system was... non-operational, to nobody's surprise – it has been marginally operational only half the time lately.) That left the morning for cleaning the station, running an errand (out to repairman to switch out the battered
  4. LISTS Are (not) Life
    08 Oct, 2016
    LISTS Are (not) Life
    I'm reduced to making lists, people.  I have a vacation coming up in exactly... hold on while I pull out my phone and count on fingers and other inanimate objects... Okay, way longer than two weeks.  Not counting today.  Sigh.  I honestly thought there were less days, so this is actually quite discouraging.  But on the bright side... it means I have more than a week!  So, yeah.  Lists.  I am a list making person.  For one, I like putting down all the things I need to remember, things to do,
  5. 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
  6. Travel Tips
    21 Jul, 2016
    Travel Tips
    If all goes well, I will be in FLORIDA in less than 24 hours.  I keep trying not to think about it.  This is a vacation I have been looking forward to for a while, but I'm trying not to think about it... because I'm at work.  And tones drop.  And the unexpected happens.  I'd prefer to be sitting on the plane before I really start thinking about it.  But I can pretty much guarantee I will have a huge smile on my face when I do.  I'm trying to remember my best advice for travel, including getting
  7. Travel Tuesday
    12 Jul, 2016
    Travel Tuesday
    Today is Travel Tuesday, folks!! I love traveling.  There are so many places I want to see and experience.  I've been a few places that I can't wait to go back to re-visit, but there are so many places on the TO BE SEEN list. Top 5 Places (currently -- always subject to change, and in no particular order): Though I love the thought of traveling throughout Europe on like a two year trip, some of my top places include the US, like Arches National Park in Utah.  Why?  Well, have you seen
  8. Java Java Java
    26 Jun, 2016
    Java Java Java
    It has been a while since I extolled the multiple virtues of coffee.  Please allow me to rectify this as quickly as possible.  Emphasis on as quickly as possible because I have approximately 25 minutes before I have to have 750 words down on a page.  EEP! So.  Coffee. I didn't always love coffee so very dearly, but I love it so very dearly now... My mom always drank instant coffee when I was growing up.  I knew how to make mom's coffee, and then at gas stations, she would drink cappucino and
  9. Life of a Traveler
    23 Jun, 2016
    Life of a Traveler
    Today... is Throwback Thursday.  Or Travel Thursday.  Or Travel - Turkey Edition.  Take your pick.  I would like to share with you my thoughts as I traveled home from Turkey last November.  I never got a chance to share them at the time, and I think today would make a nice day for that. Life of a Traveler As I sit on the airplane on my second leg home, all I can think is that things seem to be going well. The toilets are sitters, you can throw toilet paper and tissue paper INTO them and they
  10. Traveling Vegan
    16 Jun, 2016
    Traveling Vegan
    I ran into a friend who travels recently, and we got to talking about our recent trips -- hers on a school trip to France and Spain, my trip to Turkey last November.  We were laughing about some of the challenges of travel, and I was reminded of being vegan and traveling in Turkey. There IS a word in Turkish for vegan.  I know, because I found it in the Berlitz guide I carried around for two weeks.  In actual reality... Turkey barely knows the word vegetarian and what THAT means.  Vegan is a
  11. Guest Post: Traveling From Home
    19 May, 2016
    Guest Post: Traveling From Home
    I want to take this opportunity to share something beautiful with you.  May 19 is my birthday, and this year it was my 30th.  No crisis ensued, by the way.  But as I was pondering what to write about... the dear best friend and sister of my heart sent me a link to her very first blog post.  It blew me away and blessed my heart.  I want to share that with you. (Originally published on  http://stationarytravel.blogspot.com  May 14, 2016 by Lydia Bowman.) Traveling... From Home. Dear gentle
  12. Driving in Silence (Or Not)
    17 May, 2016
    Driving in Silence (Or Not)
    I am quite sure you are all tired of hearing about how my trip is going... so I will take a tiny detour and talk about driving and music and such.  (I know, SO different.) I have come to the conclusion that I don't mind traveling alone.  I can spend a lot of time in my own head, happily entertaining myself.  I do miss being able to share things with someone -- a laugh, the view, a story, etc.  But I'm really very okay with being alone. I have had some extremely long drives on this trip.  I am
  13. Acadia National Park
    16 May, 2016
    Acadia National Park
    (written Wednesday, May 17) Today I thought I would write a short piece on "how to experience Acadia National Park in 8 hours or less."  The easy answer (and the best thing to tell you if you are short on time) is simple: Don't. I was driving from Rockland, Maine to Acadia National Park.  It is about a 2 hour drive, easy roads, little towns and slow speeds.  It was pretty and I enjoyed it.  The ranger station is easy to spot, has restrooms, and I have to give mad props to the Park Ranger who
  14. Road Trip
    13 May, 2016
    Road Trip
    Road Trip! Not words guaranteed to make me incandescently happy… not when I’m driving, anyway.  I dislike being the person behind the wheel of a vehicle.  Certainly not when I’m facing a 13-15 hour drive.  But… I like vacations and trips and traveling.  Impasse reached.  I don’t normally put a lot of detail into my posts when it comes to locations, but suffice it to say I drove from work last night (on the road by 8:45 pm) from Ohio into Pennsylvania.  The plan?  Drive as long as possible
  15. STEPS (also known as Travel Tuesday)
    12 Apr, 2016
    STEPS (also known as Travel Tuesday)
    "Travel Tuesday" AKA STEPS was a post I published at the end of March 2015. Today, as I contemplate my still painful and sore left foot, courtesy of the 3.5 and 8.8 miles I put on them Saturday... this seems a worthy and relevant post to share with you. (Lucky YOU.)  It actually brings back some really awesome memories.  Enjoy. So my best friend and I got the chance to go to Europe in 2013.  Both of us were fortunate enough to have baby brothers tag along (who are best friends also!) and we
  16. 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
  17. 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