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

 

How I Found Faith

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Faith: Photo by Vern Koefoed

Several years ago, two men escaped the prison in our city. Of all the places that they could’ve gone to, they hoofed it to my neighborhood and stole a neighbor’s car.

At the time, our very old dog, Spot, tried to be a watch dog, but her hearing and her body were beginning to fail. My husband and I knew that Spot’s days of scaring away escaped convicts were over.

It was obviously time to add another dog to our family; one that would look ferocious, bark to alert us, but would have a loving nature.

A long time ago, in another city far from where we now live, a dog from two doors down befriended me. This happened through kindness. I had noticed that her water bowl was empty on a day when the hot summer sun sizzled on the pavement. I gave her a bowl of cold water. From then on, we were friends for the rest of her life.

Though her owner claimed that she was half Doberman and half Labrador Retriever, she looked like a one-hundered-percent red Doberman. She had natural, floppy ears, a stubby tail and her name was Red.

After the cold water incident, Red began trying to find ways to get free of the rope that her owners had attached to her collar and to a tree.

I don’t recall if she chewed through it or slipped the collar off her neck. But, somehow, Red managed to get free of her tether. Day after day, while I was inside my home, I’d hear her bark, open the front door, and there on my step she’d greet me with with her big smile and with her stub happily wagging.

Then Red’s owners repaired their backyard gate, but this didn’t dissuade Red. She was a determined Doberman and she found another way out. She climbed over the fences between her yard and our yard! Imagine that!

After her owners saw that Red wasn’t giving up, one day the lady of the house brought her to us and asked if we’d like a new dog. Would we ever! My husband I were delighted to welcome Red to our family of two little boys and a baby girl.

Red was the best family dog. We all loved her very much. After several years, she suddenly became ill. Our hearts broke as we received the news from our veterinarian that she was going to die. That was a sad day for all of us.

Years later, two convicts escaped from our city’s prison. When my husband and I learned that they had stollen our neighbor’s vehicle, we decided that we needed a good watch dog. One that would also be a loving member of our family.

We thought of Red, of course.

My daughter was by this time a teenager. She and I began our dog search shortly before winter arrived in its fullness. We even went to Sacramento and visited dog shelters, walking the concrete hallways, looking for a half Doberman / half Labrador, female puppy.

 

To anyone but us, searching for that particular breed combination probably sounded unrealistic, but the memory of Red was still very much alive in our hearts. We knew that there would never be another Red, but we felt in our hearts that there would be another Doberman-Lab that we would love as much as we had loved her.

We reached out to Doberman rescue groups, and we read through the classified advertisements in the newspaper.

We searched for days, but were unable to find puppies, let alone the special mix that we wanted. So, disappointed, we headed home to Oregon through Redding, California.

While there, we stayed a night at a hotel. In the morning, I called the nearest shelter. This is where the story gets amazing. Are you ready for it?

I called Haven Human Society in Anderson, California. A pleasant sounding woman answered the phone. I asked, “Do you have any puppies?” She said that puppies don’t stay in the shelter long. They’re quickly adopted.

“But we do have a 5 month old female here. She’s half Doberman and half Lab. She’s really sweet. I don’t know why someone hasn’t adopted her yet. They just walk by her. They don’t even notice her.”

I could hardly believe what I was hearing. It was too wonderful. Could it be true? Or was there something wrong with the puppy? Maybe that’s why no one’s adopted her, I thought. Or maybe God had heard our prayers and had kept her there for us.

We hurried to the shelter. After we arrived, I asked why the owner turned the puppy over to them. The lady explained that the owner had purchased the puppy to be his therapy dog. But he no longer needs a therapy dog and is back to work. Since he doesn’t have time for her, he wanted her to have a new home.

The woman said, “Her name is Faith. Are you ready to go and see her?”

When I look at Faith, snuggled up on her dog bed, I’m reminded of that remarkable day when she came to live with us, and of the steps leading us to her, and of our Heavenly Father who made it all possible.

I think about the search. I had prayed often as I looked for her, had nearly given up, and I reflect on the hours that my daughter and I spent walking through shelters. I also think of Red–if she hadn’t adopted us, we never would’ve found Faith.

And I reassure myself (and you) that God’s love never fails. He’s with us. And He answers prayer.

Always have faith in Him.

Pamela Koefoed

 

 

What Would Your Life be Like if You Lived without Fear?

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Hey friends, have you ever imagined how your life would be different if you lived without fear? Of course, I’m not talking about healthy fear, which is meant to direct us away from real danger.

I posted this question on my Facebook page and am delighted to have several responses to share with you in today’s article. In a minute, I’ll share those with you.

But first…

What would you do that you’re not currently doing if you had no fear? I encourage you to think about it. I would love to see your answer. Feel free to write me in the comment box at the end of this article.

What Would Your Life be Like if You Lived without Fear?

  1. My life would be filled with abundant faith.
  2. I could only imagine that I would feel free. With that freedom would come boldness, encouragement, new relationships, and amazing prayer resulting in deeper faith.
  3. I would have peace, boldness, the thought of enough. I would feed the hungry, heal the sick and boldly go where few men have gone before.
  4. Perfect peace. Right relationships and community. And, of course fear’s opposite–love!
  5. The Lord would have my heart and I would watch His hand work things out.
  6. Unshakable faith that allows one to stand no matter what. I’d have hope through every storm or situation.
  7. I would exercise boldness to overcome.
  8. I would control problems by telling them how big my God is!
  9. One would become what God intended; at no one time would we fail to act in faith in line with God’s purpose, thus our lives would be full of wonders.

I love these responses. It’s a short list, but some common themes are among them. Did you spot them? Faith, boldness, peace, and meaningful relationships. All of these are very good.

You don’t have to wait another day to begin living with less fear. In today’s live video, I give two keys to living a life without fear. I’ve used these keys in my own walk out of trauma caused fear. These tools really work.

Can you imagine what it’s like to live without fear hanging over your life? It means that you will walk in what the Lord places before you. It means that you can have meaningful relationships. It means that your life will not be boring, because you’ll say yes to new opportunities.

You see, Jesus Christ came that we would have an abundant life (John 10:10). It’s God’s will for all of us to live the abundant life that He created.

Get free of fear. Don’t let it hang over you. Through the perfect love of God, you can be totally free from limiting, hindering fear. To help and encourage you, I’ve included the link to today’s live video class, How to be Powerful in Life. This is where you’ll find the two keys for living without fear.

 



How about you? I would love to know how your life would be different if you lived without fear.

God bless you. He deeply and eternally loves you.

Pamela


How to Live without the Fear of Disappointment

dscn19701.jpgDisappointments can turn a great day into a woes me day. They can transform a celebration into a wake, as we mourn a loss and disappointments can really mess up our plans.

Take a meaningful relationship, for example. I’ll always remember the day, the very hour, the very moment when one of my dearest friends cut off all of her friends from her life.

We were sisters in Christ. We had traveled in ministry together. We encouraged each other to a closer walk with God. We prayed for one another’s children. I could share my heart with her and she’d pray. She could tell me anything, because she knew that I would pray. We had planned a future in ministry together.

When she shut everyone out of her life, I assumed she didn’t mean me. What a shock to learn that everyone even meant me. I lived for a while in unbelief but, as the days passed, reality hit my heart and I wept as though my friend had died. This is why I say that disappointment can change a celebration into a wake.

How to Live without the Fear of Disappointment with Pamela Koefoed

On today’s video, you can learn how to move from disappointment into the joy that the Lord has set before you, and you will obtain keys for a hope-filled life.

Those of you who have been hurt by disappointments in relationships, you can either build a wall of protection around your heart or you can leverage the disappointment to move forward.

Those of you who’ve been frustrated by disappointing work or ministry experiences, you can either live without anticipating a fulfilling work or ministry experience or you can leverage the disappointments to propel you forward.

Those of you who’ve had more than your share of disappointments, you can play it safe by keeping your distance from what potentially could end up in another disappointment… if you choose.

But are you really safe?

I mean, think about it, if you’re staying in your “comfort zone” because of something you fear then you’re most likely not fulfilling your God created purpose, which means you’re not experiencing the abundant joy of a deeply satisfying life.

On today’s video, you can learn how to move from disappointment into the joy that the Lord has set before you, and you will obtain keys for a hope-filled life.

God wants your soul to be anchored in hope. Restore hope. Restore trust. Live the life that God designed for you. Live in abundant joy.

You are dearly loved,

Pamela Koefoed

 

 

How to Change the World

Last week, I had a great time sharing something that I’m very passionate about. It’s one of my life messages and I believe it will help to Change the World.

First, I had a little fun with a surprise “guest” and the remarkable story of how I found a dog named Faith. This led into the core message of being world changers through a lifestyle of partnership with the Lord.

I’m not talking about religious traditions or practices. I’m not referring to something that ordinary people can’t do. This is something that all of us can put into practice with exciting results beyond anything you can imagine.

Too many people separate the sacred from what most people consider common. There’s a tendency to compartmentalize Christianity, setting it aside for certain special times and places. This isn’t what Jesus had in mind when He said that He would dwell in us and with us, John 14:23.

I’m confident that the world is changed one person at a time. Through my weekly video broadcasts, I’m doing my part to make the world a lovelier place.

Video details: I’ve included the video recording for you here on this page. You are always welcome to share anything that you find on this website with others.

The remarkable story of how we found our dog is included in the first 10 minutes, followed by the twenty minute teaching, How to Change the World. The last half of the class is devoted to responding to viewer comments.

You are dearly loved,

Pamela Koefoed

 

 

Is This Real Life?

I appreciate social media because it provides a platform where I meet each week with friends from around the world to talk about topics of real life and authentic faith.

Recently, 70 friends from the United States and from around the world joined me live  on Facebook’s video platform to talk about Miracles. During the 40 minute message, I shared some of what I’ve learned from nearly 20 years of praying for the sick. Then participants had an opportunity to have their comments and questions answered.

Few messages have had as much impact on my life as this one. Does God really Heal? Are there Verified Healing Miracles? Will He Heal Me or Someone that I love? These questions and others, related to miraculous healing by the power of God, are addressed in the video. It’s here for you to enjoy. Be blessed!

 

At the beginning of the video, you’ll hear Kevin O’Brien’s awesome testimony of his miracle healing of cancer. I verify that his miracle is true. Kevin’s doctor has also verified that the tumor and cancer that Kevin used to have suddenly and totally vanished.

The question that we should ask is, What caused cancer to suddenly and completely disappear? The answer to this one great question contains for others wisdom that can also lead to their cure.