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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Six Question Character Challenge
    21 Aug, 2016
    Six Question Character Challenge
    I ran across this challenge right after completing the August Beautiful People Challenge… and decided I couldn’t overwhelm my readers with TOO much writing related stuff, especially about my characters.  And… then I wrote about 7 D-Day related posts in a row, and… yeah.  So perhaps overwhelming people is kind of a contradiction. Anyway.  I found this challenge on Kristen Kieffer’s blog (kristenakieffer.com) via Twitter (@ShesNovel).  I immediately wanted to do it for my characters.  I mean, you
  4. Star Trek Sunday
    14 Aug, 2016
    Star Trek Sunday
    Sunday afternoon my parents, little brother and a friend-turned-adopted-sister from Texas went to see Star Trek Beyond.  My little brother and I had already seen it, but I was more than prepared to see it again. Spoilers, if you haven't seen it and want to... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! This is the third installment of the newest Star Trek movies, following Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).  Starring Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and
  5. Beautiful People #20: Appearance
    08 Aug, 2016
    Beautiful People #20: Appearance
    Beautiful People #20: Appearance This month's installment brought to you courtesy of Cait @PaperFury (http://paperfury.com/) and Sky @ Further Up and Further In (http://www.furtherupfurtherin.net/)  other compatriots elsewhere.  This edition is about appearance, and the rules can be found here:  (http://paperfury.com/beautiful-people-20-appearance/) I always enjoy these "get to know your story / characters better"... so... here you go! I will be featuring people from my Stand in the Rain
  6. Book Series
    10 Jul, 2016
    Book Series
    What is the definition of a good book series?  I think my primary definition of a good book series is one that I will (and probably HAVE) re-read at least once (probably MORE than once...).  They have to have characters I care about.  This is a nebulous statement, but I mean the characters that sneak into your heart and take up residence there.  The ones that you wish you had for friends.  Or the ones who just tug on your heart strings.  These are the characters who will live in your mind
  7. People Matter
    03 Apr, 2016
    People Matter
    What is your Creative Process...  and which is more important, Plot vs Characters?  Two different questions that came up this afternoon.   The first question was from #CreativeLifeMonth asking what my creative process was.  I had to laugh as I contemplated my answer to this one.  My Twitter answer was the abbreviated one: OCD vs spontaneous chaos = barely controlled, organized chaos.  Non-linear story writing. My perfectionist tendencies try their best to paralyze me and tie me into endless
  8. 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 (katherinerebekah.wix.com).  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. (http://paperfury.com/) 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
  9. 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 (http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com/2015/05/writing-strong-female-characters-what.html) You should really
  10. Writing Prompts, Life and Lunacy
    16 Feb, 2016
    Writing Prompts, Life and Lunacy
    I've been turning ideas over and over in my head, searching for just the right idea to form into the "Perfect Blog Post".  I've also been hunting for the proper way to decipher where I am going with Made4Him blog as well as moving forward with Life2theFull blog.  I've been haphazardly researching blogging and niche markets and making money blogging and... the fact is, I'm exhausted. Yep.  Exhausted.  Mentally and physically, actually.  I don't have any answers.  All I know is that I need to
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