Do You have the Right Tools for Success? Your Dream is within Your Reach. A Biblical Approach that Works!

Screen Shot 2018-12-20 at 2.39.29 PM.pngI’m wanting you to have the best year ever! I believe God has an amazing plan in His heart for your life! Many times the happiness we seek is linked to walking in our individual purpose.

When happiness eludes you, often what’s needed has nothing to do with your social status, income, or the actions of others. When it seems like real and lasting happiness is unobtainable or when, month after month, your circumstances are unchanged, there is something you can do that will make the difference for you.

Watch this week’s video teaching. Do you have the right tools for the right job? You Can’t Expect Change in 2019 with 2018 Thinking

On my weekly video broadcasts, I talk with friends from around the world on topics important to all of us. Today, I shared what I’ve discovered about breaking free of situational hindrances and breaking into a dream that has been in my heart.

Here’s the video link (just click on it) that’ll take you to this week’s video message.

I’m excited to share what I’ve learned with you, because I want you to have the most satisfying year of your life.

You can be successful. You can have peace in your life, and joy. You can find the love that you’ve desired. It’s within your reach. Learn the Bible way to achievement and lasting joy.

Thousands have used the tools that I share in my weekly teachings and have overcome obstacles and moved forward into success. Success in relationships. Success in finances. Success in business. Success in their walk with God. Success is their overall well being. Success is possible for you.

Sometimes all that’s needed is a friend to help you identify the hindrance and remove it. That’s what I’m offering you today. Instruction from a friend who learned it from God’s Word and from some amazing women and men who’ve achieved incredible things for the Lord.

I’ve walked it out. This revelation changed my life, because it positioned me to receive help from the Lord. I’ve not accomplished anything that you can’t also accomplish. And whatever I’ve  gained, I give the Lord all the thanks, for He takes our few little fish and our little loaf of bread and He multiplies it.

God has a purpose for you and a beautiful plan for your success.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11.

God bless you,

Pamela Koefoed

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Also, let’s connect over Instagram. That’s where I share things that viewers don’t see, such as video broadcasting in my blue socks. Blue socks rock!

Wishing you the best life ever!

It’s Always Pie Season at My Home

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Crustless Mock Pumpkin Pie (Sweet Potato Pie) with home made whipped cream, and a cup of matcha (green tea).

Sweet potatoes and I have only been friends a short time. After numerous failed attempts to enjoy eating them, Eureka! I finally hit the motherlode. Oooh-la-la. I’m now having a (not too secret) food affair with the orange jewels from the ground, but only when they’re disguised as pumpkin pie.

The texture is firmer than pumpkin pie, but the flavor is so nearly identical that when it’s served to friends, they think they’re enjoying the yummiest pumpkin dessert they’ve ever had. (Possibly a little exaggeration here.)

Yesterday, I baked this pie (recipe below) without the crust because my hands are healing from tendon injuries. Pie shell making and hand healing aren’t synonymous. And we all know that less gluten in our diets is a good thing.

I’ve enjoyed a couple of pieces already and it’s a delight to my taste buds. Plus, I know that I’m giving my body something amazing for good health.

I baked five medium sized sweet potatoes in a covered dish @ 350 degrees for 90 minutes. When the potatoes were squishy, I removed them to cool. Late afternoon, I skinned them, and beat them on high with an electric mixture. They’re easy to puree. Mixed in all the ingredients, poured into a glass pie dish (not deep dish), and baked at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Here’s my recipe for your own delicious sweet potato pie. It’s adapted from a traditional southern recipe. I promise you, if someone in your family disdains sweet potatoes, but loves pumpkin pie, they will love your special dessert.

4-5 medium sized sweet potatoes, approximately 2 pounds

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup honey or real maple syrup

1/2 cup milk (or heavy cream)

3 large eggs (or 4 small eggs)

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional: 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Directions

Bake sweet potatoes whole in their skins for 80-90 minutes, or until very soft. Let cool, or dip them in cold water to cool them. Don’t leave them in the water, however. Remove the skin.

In a large bowl, add: sweet potato, butter, and mix well with mixer on high. Add, milk, sweetener, eggs, the spices and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is thoroughly blended and creamy.

Pour into an unbaked pie crust or pour into a greased and lightly floured (or non stick) pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes. It will be somewhat firm when done and will get firmer in the refrigerator. Test doneness with a knife. Insert it in the center, about half way down. When it comes out clean, it’s ready to come out of the oven and cool. Refrigerate. Serve cold with whipped toping.

Wishing you and your family a joyous Christmas,

Pamela Koefoed

I Failed Many Times before I Succeeded– New Children’s Book Illustrator Shares Personal Journey

I’ve made some mistakes in my lifetime, but I don’t consider them failures. After all, some of the best learning comes through mess ups. I put in long hours on this little girl before noticing that I had drawn and painted her lips lopsided. How’d I do that? It’s complicated.

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My illustration had other issues, too. Through multiple layers of colored pencil, wax built up until her face wouldn’t receive additional color. Peach skin tone was desperately needed. I applied the color in tiny circles, just as I learned to do on  a “How to” video. The artist on the video made it look so easy. But my work wasn’t anything like his and my efforts to create real looking skin were as successful as trying to water color on waxed paper, an impossible feat.

Crooked lips and blotchy skin were not my first major mistakes. This was my third failed attempt to paint the little girl in an illustration with Xander, the blind pug. The other two painted drawings show her with protruding eyes that nearly pop off the page and skin with a creepy, plastic appearance.

Making mistakes helped me learn how to use Prismacolor pencils and eventually led to an illustration that communicates the value that I want in my new book.

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This is my fourth attempt with the illustration of the little girl and Xander. I think I’ll keep her. Finally! She’s everything I’d hoped that she would be.

Failure can be a great tutor when we’re willing to learn from it. I’m learning a lot as I continue on my journey with Xander the Wonder Dog, #1 Pug. It has been difficult getting to where I currently am, but the goal isn’t to do something that’s easy, it’s to complete a book that I hope will touch the hearts of children.

Currently, I’m working on an illustration of Xander visiting the same little girl while she’s hospitalized following an accident. This is exactly the sort of work that Xander does. He has a God given gift of comforting children and adults during some of their toughest days.

©Pamela Koefoed, 2018

 

 

Darling Blind Pug, a Therapy Dog, Featured in New Children’s Book

In childhood, I spent hours drawing. I drew while glued to a wooden bench, waiting for my mother to finish her last cigarette, her last beer, her last conversation with the people straddled on the tall stools beside her. Sometimes I waited all day and late into the night.

Those all day beer marathons gave me the opportunity to create trees and animals with a pencil and whatever blank paper I could find.

God gave me the ability to draw and the grace to totally forgive my mother and to demonstrate His unconditional, steadfast love to her. She’s no longer here and I sincerely miss her.

Now more than 30 years later, I’ve picked up my pencils again to create a book that I believe can help young children. Here’s one of the first sketches for Xander the Wonder Pug, a children’s book featuring Xander, a therapy dog who lives and works in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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Next steps…begin painting with Prismacolors.

Prismacolors! Yikes.

My number one challenge so far is learning how to use Prismacolors. Prismacolors are wax based pencils with a high color saturation, meaning they are blendable and the colors are rich.

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The video tutorials that I’ve watched make it look easy peasy. So far, I’ve watched several of the pros whip out realistic paintings like it’s a walk in the park. Per their instructions, I’ve followed along and quickly learned that painting with pencils is not without challenges. Trust me, my practice color pencil drawings (also called paintings) barely resemble the ones in the “How to” videos.

Failure is a part of learning. I’m discovering what works for me and what doesn’t work for Prismacolors. They chip, I learned. And smear. And they have no idea of the concept of grace. There’s no forgiveness. One wrongly applied color can ruin twenty hours of work.

Speaking from experience, failures have been a big part of making progress with my drawings and paintings. I’ll share a failure along with the painting that I completely redid as an example in my next post.

Why don’t you follow along? I’ll share the project in various stages and maybe my process will inspire you to launch into your own creativity.

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Sketch #1 of Xander and a little girl he visited in the hospital who is now well.

God. Wants. You.

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Photo by P. Koefoed, Lakeview, Oregon

I don’t want to be like the world on the fast lane of life who take no time to sit at the Lord’s feet, or feast on His Word, or enjoy being with Him. I don’t want to be like menial Christians who have lost their hunger for Him.

God desires a close relationship with all of us. It’s surprising to some, but in the Bible it’s clear that God wants you and me, like a Father longs for his sons.

He desires a closer relationship with you than you currently have. In fact, He wants you to be with Him, where you are and as you are.

His longing for you to be with Him is greater than you realize. He wants you to know Him.

Perhaps one of the most incredible truths about the God who created us all is that He wants a personal relationship with every person. This includes you.

Let’s talk about life for a moment. I’ll share from my own as a way of encouraging you in your life.

Sometimes life gets in the way of knowing God. I totally know how it is. I get so busy doing, so busy with many responsibilities and with many dreams that I do, do, do when I yearn to just…simply…be.

So, I reach out to Him for help. “Lord, keep my heart sensitive to Your Presence. You are always with me. Help me to reach out often to You. Show me the secret place that You’ve carved for me, that place where You and I can meet face to face at this very moment.”

When most people think about a relationship with the Lord, prayer is automatically what comes to mind. But there’s a whole lot more to relationships, in general, than just talking, right?

My prayer life isn’t scheduled. It’s fluid and informal. I love to pray, because I love to be with the Lord. Some days, I pray first thing in the morning. Other days I wait until I’m wide awake and then I go into the secret place to meet with the Lord. My favorite part of the day is being with Him in a very real and vibrant way.

But there have been days when I began with a short prayer and some Scripture reading. Then it’s off to the races, as I go from one project to another. Even though I’ve prayed and read the Word, a longing is in my heart, calling me to come aside and be in complete stillness with God. Do you understand what I mean?

I’ve discovered that petitioning the Lord for help and reading the Bible aren’t equal to deep communion with Him. Deep communion is one of the most amazing aspects of knowing God and getting to know Him. He is so wonderfully complex that I imagine learning about Him can go on for more years than I care to count.

Sometimes, I’m befuddled by my unscheduled life. It’s entirely possible, I’ve found, to get so absorbed in projects, house work, and doing good, that I forget to be in a very real place of deep fellowship with Him.

But He is always available and doesn’t hold my self perceived flaw against me. He. Wants. Me.

Beloved, the most essential part of life is knowing the Lord in a greater and greater way. A meaningful relationship with Him is possible. He wants this for you.

He. Wants. You.

He doesn’t want you so that you will work for Him, or for what you will give to Him. He’s interested in you as a person, interested in your well being. He’s always available for you to come to Him, where you’re at and as you are today. He. Wants. You.

Being with Him sets you apart from the millions of people on the race track of life who live as though God doesn’t exist, as though He doesn’t care about them. Meet with God. Be with Him.

You have an innate desire to know your purpose and to have a life of meaning. What you really want is found in knowing the Lord. I encourage you to seek Him while He can be found. In doing so, you’ll discover your purpose and life’s meaning.

You. Want. Him.

In a deep place of your heart, you want to know for certain that God is present in your life, that He knows you intimately, and that He loves you personally.

There is a way to discovering for yourself a deeper walk with God. Some people have difficulty believing that God is good. If this is you, pray and ask Him to open your understanding so that you recognize His involvement in your life. And if you’re wanting to dive into His love, ask Him to reveal how He feels about you, and seek Him for the simple purpose of being with Him.

In closing, here are some Scripture for reflection:

God is ever present…Psalms 46:1

He identifies Himself as Emmanuel, which means “God with us,” Matt 1:23; Isaiah 7:14

The LORD of hosts is with us, Ps. 46:7

I will be with you always, even until the end of the age, Matt. 28:20

He will never leave you. He will never forsake you, Heb. 13:5

It was a joy to share this word with you. I hope that you were encouraged and helped in some way through it. Now that I’ve written about being with the Lord, I’m eager to go to the place where I often meet with Him. I pray that this same eagerness is in your heart.

You are dearly loved,

Pamela