Made 4 HIM

Made in HIS Image for HIS Glory


  1. Fiction Friday
    16 Sep, 2016
    Fiction Friday
    I have spent some time recently going over some of my old story files -- it has been enlightening and entertaining.  Today I thought I would call this "Fiction Friday" and post an old short story I did Y-E-A-R-S ago.  (You have been warned.)  Enjoy the shenanigans! Jerkwater's First General Store OR How the First Drive-Thru Was Invented      Once upon a time... there was a girl named Mary Lou. She was short and spunky with bright red hair.      When she smiled, she lit up the room.
  2. WIP Joy September, Part 1
    15 Sep, 2016
    WIP Joy September, Part 1
    This challenge is brought to you via Bethany A. Jennings (@simmeringmind on Twitter). My only regret is that it only comes around every couple of months instead of every month. (Though in retrospect, that's probably a blessing!) I enjoy participating, and I love watching this unfold on Twitter.  There are so many creative minds out there and stories I am longing to read now.  And, without further ado, here is the first installment! Intro Week: 1. Tell us about your WIP!      Take an
  3. Writer Moments: Meekness
    14 Sep, 2016
    Writer Moments: Meekness
    One of my friends was reading the first couple of chapters for my current work in progress and commented about one of my characters.  Alys is the main character, my protagonist.  This is HER story.  But... family is a huge part of her story, and because of that... part of her story is KYLER'S story.  Kyler is her twin brother. Kyler is a goof-ball, a cut-up, and a bit of a clown... and he's brilliant on top of it.  I believe he is an ENTP, actually.  The fact that I have met people in the real
  4. MBTI Partner: INFP
    13 Sep, 2016
    MBTI Partner: INFP
    So I made my partner take the MBTI test.  No, not the one I worked with for a while... one of my favorite people to work with.  My partner is known as "Momma G" because of her motherly heart.  I love working with her, and not just because she's a good Advanced EMT.  She's just an amazing person. Today, we got to talking about personalities and how we process information.  I am fascinated by the MBTI and personality types -- I can't help it.  Sometimes I try to figure out those around me...
  5. All of My Tomorrows
    12 Sep, 2016
    All of My Tomorrows
    Yesterday was 9-11.  The fifteenth anniversary, actually.  I know the world was remembering it -- some with tears and memories, others with memorial services.  We have a generation growing up that didn't live through it.  For my generation, I think of it as our "Pearl Harbor" memory.  Everyone from the World War II generation knows exactly where they were on that day, and what they were doing when they found out. The next generation?  Where were you when Kennedy was shot?  For mine?  Where were
  6. Mandatory Fun
    11 Sep, 2016
    Mandatory Fun
    You've read a few blog posts about how my week was leading up to the OSR weekend of "mandatory fun" (aka you will enjoy yourself or I will punch you in the throat... This is totally a joke, people, I promise.  Really.)... if you haven't, let me catch you up:  I am an introvert.  I don't like crowds in social setting.  My baby brother asked me to come, God opened the door, I knew this was where I was supposed to be... and the enemy tried to destroy my peace spectacularly. Long story short?  I
  7. It Bothers Me
    10 Sep, 2016
    It Bothers Me
    Saturday morning was not one of my best mornings.  I had survived my shift – we had even had some sleep.  I was working with a good partner.  The catalyst that felt like a nuclear bomb going off inside my head?  I had a run at 0700.  Before you laugh, or judge… hear me out.  If I’m going to explain in detail why I’m a bad person, I want you to have all the facts.  I didn’t think it was supposed to be my run.  We trade, you know.  And the other crew should have taken it.  It only escalated in
  8. Conflict
    09 Sep, 2016
    So I was feeling tired and overwhelmed the other day, and that always leads to some… interesting… thoughts. I have decided that ISFJ’s are the people who are not allowed to have an opinion.  For example, we get described as moms.  Or that loyal animal that is suspiciously too good to be true. We take care of everyone and are too busy doing all the stuff dumped on us to formulate a logical argument, too tired to deal with “emotional logic” (aka STOP with the tantrums) and simultaneously
  9. Cup of Joe
    08 Sep, 2016
    Cup of Joe
    Every time I get the chance to interact with RWB members, I am truly blessed.  RWB stands for Red White and Blue.  RWB is an organization that has a people-first mentality, and every single Eagle I've met seems to embody this.  RWB is a veterans organization that promotes relationships within communities -- linking civilians with service men and women.  I met them through Triathlon related interests, and running... but one of the favorite "jokes" of RWB is "We don't just run" -- and they don't.
  10. Things To Remember
    07 Sep, 2016
    Things To Remember
    This is definitely an old post... I wrote it back in 2011.  I had 6 years in the fire service at that point.  I now have 11, and these STILL hold true. Just a few things I've learned in my few years on the job that I felt might be worth passing on to anyone who might be interested: Battle scars and war stories. They go hand in hand. As you gain experience in this field, your scars will be the faces you remember, the injuries you accumulate and the mistakes you make. The war stories are about
  11. Dad Lessons
    06 Sep, 2016
    Dad Lessons
    Today I decided that a good blog post would be about the things my father taught me.  I know I did a post similar to this in June (Father's Day)... but bear with me.  This, ladies and gentlemen, was inspired by being in a restaurant bathroom, realizing the toilet was malfunctioning, and without thinking about it, popping the top off the toilet to fix the mechanism.  Mission accomplished.  As I proudly surveyed my handiwork, all I could think was "You know you're the daughter of a handyman
  12. Pumpkin Spice
    05 Sep, 2016
    Pumpkin Spice
    No, it isn't fall yet.  Or Autumn, if you prefer that term.  Yes, Starbucks has brought back the Pumpkin Spice Latte beverage of choice for all of those folks (okay, me too) who go wild for anything pumpkin flavored in the fall season... and yes, we did have a single day of tolerable, cool temperatures. The weather even has been cool to chilly in the morning when I head to work.  All of these things are vast improvements in my humble opinion.  I don't like high heat and humidity.  This summer,
  13. Enhance Your Calm
    04 Sep, 2016
    Enhance Your Calm
    I'm laughing to myself as I type this... I think today's post will be a movie related post.  I like a wide variety of movies.  Sometimes their merit is obvious, sometimes it is just enough that it tickles my funny bone. I think today's movie falls into the latter category. Demolition Man is a 1993 film, starring Sylvester Stallone -- oh, you mean I shouldn't just stop there?  That's not a good enough recommendation?  Okaaaay, fine.  It also stars Sandra Bullock, Wesley Snipes and Denis
  14. Words on Paper
    03 Sep, 2016
    Words on Paper
    I have a topic that I want to work on soon, but not today.  It will require a lot of work and prayer to write well... and unless I can do it well, in a way that accurately represents my thoughts, I will leave it untouched. I know I've done several writing blog posts recently, but this is kind of a writer-heavy week or so.  I am waiting on an e-mail.  I'm actually not expecting it quite yet, even though I was told end of August.  I turned in a "pitch" to a publication at the beginning of
  15. Confessions of a Writer
    02 Sep, 2016
    Confessions of a Writer
    The quirks and foibles of my writing personality are legion.  And legendary.  (Mostly in my mind, however.)  My best friend has pointed out my many… unique… strategies of writing. The biggest one appears to be that I write my stories in random chunks, rather like a dust hurricane tossing out pieces of flotsam and debris to land where they will, then muddle them back into a coherent whole. When I know the entire story in detail (like for EMS runs or an actual event / interview of a person for a
  16. Work For It
    01 Sep, 2016
    Work For It
    Wednesday morning was my work out with my friend, a personal trainer.  We were both coming off a rough 24 hour shift.  I had slept from 0430 to 0730… I think.  Maybe I’d snatched an hour or two nap earlier in the day, but if memory serves, I didn’t.  I wasn’t looking forward to the workout.  But I remembered that some of my best runs when I started running were coming home from work, two hours of sleep under my belt, and going.  Just running.  I knew I’d be tired later, but at least I’d have
  17. Worth It
    31 Aug, 2016
    Worth It
    Someone mentioned the other day that they had friend or relative that was interested in getting into fire and EMS.  My automatic reaction was simple: go for it.  It's worth it.  It will just never make you wealthy. I didn't talk about the wear and tear on your body from the physical nature of this job.  I didn't mention the memories that you absorb and deal with over the years.  I didn't mention the lack of sleep, irregular meals, 60+ hour work weeks or any of the other challenges. But I
  18. Sound of a Good Book
    30 Aug, 2016
    Sound of a Good Book
    I have listened to books on tape before, growing up.  Most of my memories with doing this revolved around trying to find a book and a reader I could stand on tape… while dying inside every time I would attempt listening at night and fall asleep while the tape kept going.  It still makes me shudder. I could listen to my mom read books to us for hours.  Sitting with a book on tape on my own… and I was petrified I would miss something important, that my attention would wander and I would be
  19. Chasing Rabbits
    29 Aug, 2016
    Chasing Rabbits
    Dear Readers, My blog is kind of like a moody octopus.  It swirls tentacles around, vaguely brushing up against different topics and randomly throwing tantrums where it will not load correctly for people.  Those of you loyal, faithful few... you already know this. For the record, I have no idea if octopi are actually anything like the description above, but it was the vivid impression I had when thinking about this issue.  This blog chases rabbits upon rabbits... in fact, I often wander so far
  20. When the Job Beats You Up
    28 Aug, 2016
    When the Job Beats You Up
    Friday and Saturday both reminded me of this truth.  Somedays, EMS and firefighting try to break you.  Some days it is mental.  Some days it is emotional.  And some days, it is just plain physical. Friday was a great day.  I worked with a great partner and we had a blast running calls.  When your partner texts you the night before indicating that they haven’t done much the last 4 shifts… and then repeats their desire to DO SOMETHING that shift… you know you’re going to get something.
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