Made 4 HIM

Made in HIS Image for HIS Glory


  1. Suckers, Cheese and the Bible
    18 Mar, 2016
    Suckers, Cheese and the Bible
    Yeah, I know.  It doesn't seem like any of those particular items go together.  Also, FYI, "suckers" is synonymous with lollipops, just in case anyone was wondering. Today I wanted to talk about what Christianity has called "getting in the Word" (among other things).  Reading your Bible, for those confused by euphemisms or Christian-eze lingo.   I'm writing this because I haven't been reading my Bible as often as I should or want to.  One of my goals in January is to read the entire Bible
  2. I Am A Protagonist
    17 Mar, 2016
    I Am A Protagonist
    Today's Blog Post is by Guest Blogger Reagan Colbert.  Her website is  Please stop by and enjoy some of her other blog posts as well as this one!    I Am A Protagonist     Fiction is a complicated thing. Speaking as someone who has tried pretty much every kind of writing, I can say that fiction is the hardest. Yet it is also the most rewarding.       As the fiction writers, we spend our days creating character bios, mapping out our settings, describing
  3. Being God's Woman
    16 Mar, 2016
    Being God's Woman
    In the middle of a world screaming out what a woman should be, is it any wonder that women are frustrated, exhausted, confused and wondering if we are failing?   Feminism.  Now there's a loaded term.  It tends to mean something uniquely different to each and every person, male or female, out there today.  For some, it means the screaming, uber-offended-if-you-hold-the-door-open female.  For others, it means working to ensure women get the same chance at education, pay and jobs. The actual
  4. 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
  5. Made 4 Him Manifesto
    14 Mar, 2016
    Made 4 Him Manifesto
    Manifesto: a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives or views of its users. Day 1 of the 7 Day Intentional Blogging Challenge hosted by Jeff Goins is to write a Manifesto.  I don't think I'm alone in the fact that "manifesto" is a term that makes me cringe (things like communism and Mein Kampf come to mind) or start to panic.   I am the girl who hates to outline my stories because then they become too rigid for me to write.  How on earth am I going to write a manifesto
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Let the Games Begin
    12 Mar, 2016
    Let the Games Begin
    Today's challenge can be summed up in about one phrase: 59 minutes.  Yeah, you read that correctly.  It is 11:01 pm, and I have 750 words to write in order to continue my "streak" intact (and also to not end up on the Wall of Shame for this month's challenge).  I have motivation. Today has been a whirlwind of nothing, followed by a whole lot of everything.  I am working EMS today, and I am with my partner of infamy.  I mean fame.  Grinning. Even feeling under the weather, my partner is a
  9. 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
  10. Beautiful People Blog Challenge
    09 Mar, 2016
    Beautiful People Blog Challenge
    Today's challenge was from Twitter (that site is rapidly becoming rather addicting, actually) user Katherine Rebekah's blog (  And SHE got the challenge from another Twitter user, [email protected]  After some tracking through blogs, I found Beautiful People #16: March Edition hosted by [email protected] Fury. ( It looked... FUN.  Besides, who doesn't want to talk about their characters? There were 10 questions to answer, and some of them really made
  11. International Women's Day
    09 Mar, 2016
    International Women's Day
    Yesterday the hype on Facebook and other social media sites about International Women's Day made my mind start thinking about a lot of random things.  (Cue evil grin and diabolical chuckling.) I had been meaning to write a blog post on "strong female characters" and some of my thoughts on them... but Hannah Heath beat me to it.  (Well, part of my thoughts, anyway.)  Her blog post is ( You should really
  12. Food... Glorious Food...
    07 Mar, 2016
    Food... Glorious Food...
    I think I may have said at some point that I am a bookworm and that I collect books.  I *might* have mentioned that I like food and cooking... but I am less sure about that. Either way.  I like good food and I collect books.  So let me talk to you about cookbooks. When I was a kid in the local 4-H program, there were many projects to choose from: animal projects, photography, sewing, writing, creative arts, firearms safety... I was about to say I took projects in every area except animals, but
  13. Semper Memoria
    06 Mar, 2016
    Semper Memoria
    I was driving home from work this morning after an uneventful 12 hour night shift when I saw it.  As I was about 20 minutes from home, there was a large billboard beside the road.  Sometimes this particular one is blank.  It has advertised everything from a "safe place to leave an unwanted baby" to "ATV adventures" to jewelry sales (I can't remember which brand specifically). This morning it had a picture of a local fallen law enforcement member.  This particular LEO was a Line of Duty Death.
  14. Coffee and Bits of Randomness
    05 Mar, 2016
    Coffee and Bits of Randomness
    A lot of my blog posts lately have been revolving around writing, EMS or... well... slightly involving physical activity.  Or something random.  But it has been pretty steadily writing and EMS. That wasn't planned, by the way. This morning, I find myself pondering what on earth I could write about.  It's a Saturday morning, but that means nothing in my line of work.  I came off shift this morning from job #1 and I go to job #2 tonight for 12 hours.  I get Sunday and Monday off, though!  I love
  15. Beyond the Lights and Sirens... (or when a single call can last a lifetime)
    03 Mar, 2016
    Beyond the Lights and Sirens... (or when a single call can last a lifetime)
    My partner and I... well, I had one last shift that I picked up with my partner before she will only be my partner every third Friday.  It was a night shift, and I knew that could unleash any amount of chaos and shenanigans... but it was worth it.  Besides, I was comping the hours so I can have time off later. When I arrived, nobody was at the station.  Everyone had gone out on calls.  In fact, the area I work had "exploded" all at the same time.  This isn't uncommon, but it does create a lot
  16. Don't Wait For Tomorrow
    02 Mar, 2016
    Don't Wait For Tomorrow
    Death is certain.  Life is not.  Monday I was reminded of this.  One of my great-uncles died.  Since I was off work, I volunteered to drive my mom to the Cleveland area for the funeral service.  None of us had been able to attend the calling hours prior to the funeral. I've lost a lot of my great-uncles and great-aunts, and both my grandparents on my mom's side had died years ago.  The last funeral I can remember attending (due to work, etc) is the one for my Aunt, my mom's sister.  That had
  17. Writing: Work In Progress Challenge
    01 Mar, 2016
    Writing: Work In Progress Challenge
    So today I checked my twitter account on my phone.  I'm very low key with this particular form of social media so far.  I'm still trying to figure out how this woks, and what happens on twitter, and oh my gosh, how do you SAY anything in only 150 words?! I saw a posting by someone who follows someone else, about #WIPJoy.  Apparently, during the month of March, it is a time to post about your current WIP (Work In Progress).  New writers term for me, along with MC (main character) and other
  18. EMS Partners (and MBTI Differences)
    28 Feb, 2016
    EMS Partners (and MBTI Differences)
    Today is my last day working with my current partner.  Through no desire of either of us, we are being split.  I will be moved to a totally different shift rotation and my partner will be partnered up with another medic.   Sunday can be a good day at work.  It can also be a total chaotic mess.  Here's hoping THAT doesn't happen today.  Sunday means that the "Sunday coffee" was made and consumed.  Sunday means no bosses other than a supervisor... happy dance. Today is the day of shenanigans and
  19. Writer Problems
    27 Feb, 2016
    Writer Problems
    I am a writer.  By definition, I write.  I could be writing articles, stories, poems, notes... anything.  The act of getting words out of my brain is the act of writing.  Sometimes it seems all I do is procrastinate.  And by procrastinate, I mean distract myself and prepare myself to write. A typical session of writing (when I don't have the LIGHTBULB moment) starts with me turning on my laptop.  Then checking my phone to see if anyone posted something on Facebook.  Then checking each of the 5
  20. Bookworm Territory
    26 Feb, 2016
    Bookworm Territory
    I love to read. Its been a favorite pastime since I was a wee child. My mom proudly tells the story of her five or six year old who was reading "Little Women" (not the abridged version, either). My favorite kind of books were thick ones, and I read voraciously. I realized that I am still not only reading, but recommending books left and right to people I know.  Yesterday, it was "Thrive" by Brendan Brazier.  Brazier is a vegan ultra-athlete who has a specific system he uses to fuel his body
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