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  1. Running With My Brother
    16 Oct, 2016
    Running With My Brother
    If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go with others. That was a saying or proverb I remember reading a long time ago, right before running my first 5K with my sister.  This was a special day, because it was the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K in Columbus, Ohio.  My sister had beaten breast cancer the previous October, and I had been training for this run since March. My sister decided she would run the race in her cowboy boots, cowboy hat, and jeans.  Not exactly the best
  2. 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
  3. Throwback Thursday: Prague
    14 Jul, 2016
    Throwback Thursday: Prague
    I've been thinking a lot about traveling over the last week or so.  I mean, I'm almost always thinking about travel, but this week has been kind of special.  I keep thinking about Prague.  My brother can't understand why I really want to go back -- it was dirty and smelly and loud.  And it was.  It was ALL of those things... and yet it was beautiful.  And something about that city made me fall in love with it.  I'm not a city person, but something about living in a European city makes me
  4. Musical Misadventures
    30 Jun, 2016
    Musical Misadventures
    My baby brother struck again. He plays a lot of video games and listens to a ton more music than I do.  I tend to find a song here and there, or an artist that suddenly springs into my world by “chance” and then I listen to them forever and ever. It started innocently enough.  I was placed in charge of cutting up veggies for a stir fry, and the mountains of greens, radishes, cabbage and etc I was tackling was frankly daunting. My mom mentioned that I should recruit my baby brother… and he
  5. Coffee
    05 Apr, 2016
    Coffee
    A blog post devoted to the critical importance attached to a morning (night/afternoon/DAY) with coffee.  Here is a poem. I think today is going to be the day I write an entire blog post about coffee, and my consumption of coffee. Several years ago, I was expounding upon this glorious topic... I still have it somewhere.  Coffee, you must understand, is VERY important to my life. Let's also clear up a common misconception about me: I CAN survive without coffee.  I can.  You might not want to
  6. Make 'Em Laugh... (So You're a Paramedic...)
    22 Mar, 2016
    Make 'Em Laugh... (So You're a Paramedic...)
    Medic Madness Monday -- Previously Published in February 2015 (and a day late due to a long day at work) Many years ago, when I was a newbie in the Fire and EMS world, I read a humorous quote about this profession.  It read something to the effect of "FMS/Fire -- the only people introduced at social gatherings by profession, not name."  It actually has more than a passing resemblance to the truth. So, let me give you an (almost) fictional scenario.  I am an introvert who can be social and
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