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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Coffee
    05 Apr, 2016
    Coffee
    A blog post devoted to the critical importance attached to a morning (night/afternoon/DAY) with coffee.  Here is a poem. I think today is going to be the day I write an entire blog post about coffee, and my consumption of coffee. Several years ago, I was expounding upon this glorious topic... I still have it somewhere.  Coffee, you must understand, is VERY important to my life. Let's also clear up a common misconception about me: I CAN survive without coffee.  I can.  You might not want to
  5. 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