Made 4 HIM

Made in HIS Image for HIS Glory


  1. Sunscreen, Water & Band-Aids
    07 Aug, 2016
    Sunscreen, Water & Band-Aids
    Observations of a Special Duty Medic I attended a large scale event on duty for my fire department.  Which translates to "I was in charge of a first aid tent for 12 solid hours"...  Believe me, it is not as glamorous as it sounds. But... when you are a writer, sitting behind a table with band-aids, water and sunscreen as your primary tools of your trade as a Paramedic... you start jotting notes. Here are some of my moments of sass and sarcasm from a very long, very hot day. First of all,
  2. Open Doors
    06 Aug, 2016
    Open Doors
    I wrote a little bit already about working through a time sensitive writing project I spent this past week completing… and today was the culmination of following through with it. I submitted my first three chapters, synopsis and a brief bio to a press!!  Friday was the day of working through polishing up the synopsis and chapter edits that a good friend of mine graciously put together.  It was my last round of edit/polish before getting it out of my hands. In fact, with all the craziness at
  3. Partnership
    05 Aug, 2016
    There is a lot to be said about going into work on a day that looks like a tough day on paper BEFORE you even arrive… but knowing you are working with one of your favorite EMT partners.  It makes ALL the difference in the world.  The first crisis of the day was the lack of creamer for coffee.  I was early.  I’m never that early to work, but the fact that we had 7 people assigned to a station with 5 (okay, technically 6) bunks means that getting there early meant you might get a bunk.
  4. Random Post, # 18
    04 Aug, 2016
    Random Post, # 18
    Warning: Dates in Calender Are Much Closer Than They Appear This will be a snapshot into the upcoming schedule of Brittany.  I know this is probably NOT exciting at all to any of you, but you have been forewarned. Well, there is the usual fire department scheduling for the month -- I actually managed to spread it out a bit, so the special detail coming up the first Sunday in August won't be overwhelming.  It is always a good time when I get to work at the fire department. Today was "learn
  5. TBR Pile
    03 Aug, 2016
    TBR Pile
    TBR Pile Status: Still overflowing and threating the life of the owner.  Fortunately mine are mostly electronic right now, so I have the advantage.  But it is still overwhelming to keep seeing good looking books, and want to read them ALL right at the moment. Too many choices can be paralyzing.  Also, not having any time left in the day when I’m forcing myself to write for Camp NaNoWriMo July project and then to complete the editing for my WIP chapters… Sad fact is that I went to look back on
  6. Write On
    02 Aug, 2016
    Write On
    Okay.  So Monday before I went to work my EMS job was a full day of writing, writing, and MORE writing.  Also of begging people to read things for me.  It was a great thing that I actually had a 3 day weekend.  God was watching out for me. I actually got up early on Monday, believe it or not.  And I edited like a mad-woman.  My sister had given me feedback at some point during the weekend when I pressed her into reader duty.  This was actually quite a good thing.  My sister has a very logical
  7. Rainbows & Promises
    01 Aug, 2016
    Rainbows & Promises
    I have often lamented the fact that I don't have cameras attached to my eyes at all times.  It would come in handy with all the beautiful scenery and sunrises, sunsets and misty fogs I see driving to and from work.  Sometimes I get a chance to stop and take a picture... or two... or fourteen... and sometimes I have good memories.  The other day I picked up an extra shift, and I was driving into work in the evening.  The closer I got to work, the more it became clear that it had rained in the
  8. Re-Bourne: The Movie Jason Bourne
    31 Jul, 2016
    Re-Bourne: The Movie Jason Bourne
    I got to watch Jason Bourne with my parents Sunday!  Attention, Attention!! If you have NOT seen the new Jason Bourne movie, and you WANT to, STOP READING.  Spoilers.  Probably.  Okay, you have been warned.  (Woooooo!) I am a huge Jason Bourne fan.  I have really enjoyed the movies.  I'm pretty sure they aren't very accurate to the original books, but I am judging solely on the merits of the movies.  I liked -- still like -- the character, his back story, his personal story and the action.
  9. Writing Like Mad
    30 Jul, 2016
    Writing Like Mad
    Writing Like Mad, Day 1 I have an opportunity to query a press with my story!  Well.  I have to write a synopsis and polish up the first three chapters of my story and write a brief bio and THEN send it.  Piece of cake.  I have a story that is roughly 1/2 to 2/3 of the way finished.  I can do this now that Camp NaNoWriMo is no longer killing all my spare time.  RIGHT? Ahem.  This is Saturday's optimistic world view... perhaps even Friday's.  I had sent out my first 5 "chapters" (since I'm
  10. Favorite Blogs Friday
    29 Jul, 2016
    Favorite Blogs Friday
    This is a Collection of Blogs I Follow (In My Non-Existent Spare Time) I wanted to take time to look at some of the blogs that I really enjoy reading even though I don't get to do it on a regular basis. As if you all needed more reading material other than MY blog... here are some of my top picks.  Enjoy! Cait @PaperFury : This girl's blog makes me laugh out loud -- literally -- every time I get a chance to read it.  I actually will make time to read it (and by read I
  11. When You Call 9-1-1
    28 Jul, 2016
    When You Call 9-1-1
    There are a lot of guides out there for a variety of activities.  My EMS partners and I think that there should probably be one for people who call 9-1-1.  Let me start and end this post by stating very clearly that this is intended as a HUMOROUS guide, not a serious one.  In other words, everyone stay chill. Okay.  So, instead of "What to Expect When You are Expecting", let us go over some of the things we wish we could tell people who have called 9-1-1. One of my partners jokingly said the
  12. Camp NaNoWriMo July
    27 Jul, 2016
    Camp NaNoWriMo July
    This month I have been working on a project for Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016.  My personal goal was to write 20,000 words.  Tonight, I did it!  I hit 20,036 words on my novella, Working Girl.  It is a prequel to my current work in progress. The actual project (because I was working on the idea well before July 1, 2016 rolled around) clocks in at 21,321 words total, give or take a few.  It needs MASSIVE editing, and probably has holes bigger than the state of Texas, and the lack of actual continuity
  13. 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
  14. Roll Camera (Again)
    25 Jul, 2016
    Roll Camera (Again)
    I was thinking about the fact that I have a "To Be Watched" movie stack... and a "To Be RE-Watched" movie stack at pretty much any given point in time.  And it keeps growing and changing, based on... well, life, I suppose.  My interests and enthusiasms change a little bit almost daily, at least with something like this. So I have decided that there needs to be a list of some (not all) of the movies I have on my to be RE-Watched list... and briefly why. Ant Man with Paul Rudd, Michael Pena,
  15. Created to Create
    24 Jul, 2016
    Created to Create
    We were created in the image of God the Creator.  Yet somehow we seem to have this idea fixed in our minds that we aren't artists or creators.  Such an odd view, right? Or we get the heebie jeebies about the term artist or creative.  Like they will somehow cause us to be viewed as hippies or tree huggers or space cadets without a grasp on "reality" -- and no, I'm not saying that being those things are inherently bad or good.  It is simply a stigma from a specific term, and how people can view
  16. How God Sees
    23 Jul, 2016
    How God Sees
    As I prepared to go on vacation this summer, I found myself thinking about the term "swimsuit season" and all the anxiety that can overwhelm us with.  Summer means showing more of our physical bodies than we do in the winter... Usually after a season of less activity and more eating. It reminded me that how I think of myself is sometimes very different than reality. For example, I know my height and weight.  I'm tall, so it helps with the semblance of slimness.  Like many people, I'm aware
  17. Random News
    22 Jul, 2016
    Random News
    Folks, you have no idea how badly I want to write "I HAVE DONE A THING" today and share exciting stuff with you.  Ah... the problem... is that, I have done a thing, but I'm not quite ready to share IT.  So for now, let me tell you about a few things that are happening today. First of all, and MOST exciting, I am sitting at the airport with about 30 minutes before boarding commences.  I am almost on my way!!  My best friend is only NOT blowing up my phone because she works and doesn't like
  18. 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
  19. Pancakes
    20 Jul, 2016
    Sneak Attack of vegan food at work...  Episode of VEGAN PANCAKES TAKE OVER THE WORLD. Okay, so this was such a cute story I had to share.  I was working with my EMS partner the other day.  She and I both are Pinterest junkies, and she was scrolling through paint schemes for rooms… and ran across food. Food is an automatic distraction on Pinterest.  It is the equivalent of waving a shiny object in front of a magpie.  So yeah, food. And somehow she ran across a recipe for vegan pancakes, and
  20. Conversations at the Firehouse
    19 Jul, 2016
    Conversations at the Firehouse
    You never know quite what topic might come up around the firehouse.  I've been doing this for over 11 years now, and I am still surprised some days. Take, for example, the forty-five minute conversation between my co-workers about "what to expect when your wife is expecting."  The perspectives were multiple and varied:  father of four, dad to multiples, father with mostly grown up kids and the poor soul who just found out he was expecting. "Your life will never be the same.  You think you
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