Made 4 HIM

Made in HIS Image for HIS Glory


  1. HIS Year
    01 Jan, 2017
    HIS Year
    Hello everyone.  I kind of took December off.  In case you were wondering if I was ever coming back... Well, I'm back.  December was a very full month for me.  I got to take a vacation full of hiking and adventures and best friend time.  I worked what felt like non-stop for the rest of the month, including some very long holiday hours.  I walked up my driveway from December 13 (the day I got home from vacation) until December 25.  I started a diet -- am still currently working through that
  2. Random Scribblings
    13 Oct, 2016
    Random Scribblings
    My "to be read" pile of books is metaphorically about to devour me whole... thankfully I've been accumulating most of them electronically on my Kindle.  So no actual towering piles of death and destruction and imminent doom... I know, everyone is disappointed. I actually want to re-read a ton of Alistair MacLean books that I've read about a dozen times.  I want to read some classics, like Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South.  I want to read some steampunk / fantasy / science fiction stories.
  3. 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
  4. Delays and Disappointments
    27 Jun, 2016
    Delays and Disappointments
    June has been a month of reality checks.  I would say delays and disappointments and detours have abounded, but it has still been a good month. I started the month looking forward to a Triathalon, riding about 100 miles on my bike, swimming, running a 5K and a 10K on my own, and writing. All I can say is that nothing but writing happened this month that I was planning on doing.  And even then, my writing has been a mad scramble to put words on paper.  Some days, most of those words are my
  5. Expectation VS Reality
    10 Jun, 2016
    Expectation VS Reality
    I always expected that I would be much more talented when I "grew up."  You know -- multilingual, highly skilled in shooting pistols, knowing how to throw knives...  Or that I would be full time as a firefighter / paramedic.  Or even that I would be traveling the world, writing stories that bring the important, unnoticed and overlooked stories into focus. Yeah, none of that is even remotely true.  Unless you count sarcasm as a second language?  In which case, I'm fluent in
  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. Every Trail Connects
    24 Feb, 2016
    Every Trail Connects
    Yesterday evening, I was looking for something to do today.  I had an entire day off (other than teaching a CPR class) and I was full of grand ambitions, and unrealistic ideas of how motivated I would be in the morning. I woke up to rain.  And rain in February is a far, far different thing than rain in, say, June.  I don't feel like dodging raindrops while hiking. Which is why I am sitting here, waiting to go on an "adventure" with my parents.  We are going to go see my sister's new horse. But
  8. 10 Things About Me
    11 Feb, 2016
    10 Things About Me
    Things About Me I am a writer.  I like to write science fiction, fantasy, historical, fairy-tale re-telling, adventure, and stories that don't fall into any category.  I also write non-fiction, poetry (on occasion) and medical patient reports.  Some days it feels like the patient care reports are the ONLY thing I get to write. I am a reader.  I can't even begin to tell you all the different types of things that I love to read, but rest assured, it varies considerably.  I take books on a book
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