Devotional Books by Kimberley Payne

Kimberley Payne writes devotionals to equip women for faithful living.

 

Devotionals – stories offering hope and encouragement

My Journey to the Holy Land: A Devotional Photo Journal

This short book is a devotional photo journal inspired by the author’s 10-day trip to Israel.

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Review of My Journey to the Holy Land:

“I have always wanted to take a trip to the Holy Land and after reading this book and seeing the breathtaking photos I do even more. This book is more than a photo journal. It’s inspiring, insightful and beautiful. I also love how the author adds Scripture and her insight with each new day on the journey. This is a good book to have if you are thinking about going to the Holy Land or even if you already went. Beautifully done.” Chris

Think Snow – A Collection of Devotional Writings for Snowmobilers

This short book holds a collection of devotional writings, which explore the joys and challenges of snowmobiling and building a relationship with God.

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Review of Think Snow:

“The illustrations presented regarding useful things to know about snowmobiling are fittingly used to also illustrate how to keep our faith path in shape. Kimberley’s ‘Think Snow Devotional’ is a light fun read and a gentle reminder to readers of how precious our common faith is.” ~ A. Anderson

 

ABCs of Gratitude – Giving thanks through the alphabet for your blessings

Do you want to foster an attitude of gratitude for the next 26 days? Each day will feature a new letter from the alphabet as a prompt for you to share at least one thing for which you are thankful.\

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Review of ABCs of Gratitude:

“Really enjoying the ABCs of Gratitude challenge. It’s like getting a bunch of testimonies every day, and that is enormously encouraging.”

 

Feed Your Spirit

Feed Your Spirit is a collection of devotionals on prayer.

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Review of Feed Your Spirit:

“I really enjoyed the devotional – thanks again for sending it to me. I used it as a spiritual checklist for my prayer life and appreciated your vulnerability and the examples and symbols you provided within it.”

 

Night Stories

Night Stories is a collection of eight devotionals about the author’s personal dream stories and what she felt God spoke to her through them.

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Review of Night Stories:

“I really like these articles. They speak directly to my life and there is something practical in them that I can do something about. Kimberley starts us off on the right track for the day – bringing in wonderful lessons related to Scripture.”

 

Where Fitness Meets Faith

Where Fitness Meets Faith is a fresh, insightful collection of devotional articles with reflections about the similarities between the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and building a relationship with God.

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Review of Where Fitness Meets Faith:

“For years I’ve read Kimberley’s devotional thoughts and they’re always relevant,challenging, encouraging and uplifting. She has an incredible knack for sharing everyday “stuff” and mixing in her personal faith.”

 

Where Family Meets Faith

Where Family Meets Faith is written and compiled especially for families. It is a collection of devotionals that show the similarities between the challenges of raising a family and building a relationship with God.

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Review of Where Family Meets Faith:

“I wanted to let you know your devotional that you gave to me for new believers I passed on to my sister out west. She only gave her heart to Christ last year and would love the devotions. I was reading it and immediately knew they would touch her heart. Thank you for that blessing.”

 

Where Life Meets Faith

Where Life Meets Faith is a collection of devotional articles, which explore the challenges of living life and building a relationship with God.

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Review of Where Life Meets Faith:

“The author did an amazing job putting together a compilation of life principles/topics on life, faith and God. Each devotional has her unique story that applies to the topic and she ends each one with a correlating scripture to reinforce the message. This book is an inspiring weekly devotional that draws you closer to God.”

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 Inspirational Scripture Images

Inspirational Scripture Images contains a variety of photos from around my neighbourhood. Each image has a familiar scripture imprinted on it.

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Review of Inspirational Scripture Images:

“I love having these images and scriptures on my iPad, to pull up whenever I like – especially when I’m stressing out and need a quick reminder of how to settle down again.” Bobbi

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Fiction

Tooth for Tooth

Dumped into single parenthood, Heather Williams has found a part-time job as a dental receptionist and a cozy apartment with her four-year-old daughter. Life finally looks safe and secure until her daughter reveals a terrifying secret that she’s been molested by her own father. While struggling with her feelings towards her new boss, Heather tries to get the help her daughter needs, navigate the court system, and protect the child from further harm.

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Review of Tooth for Tooth:

“The author has done a wonderful job of giving the reader a glimpse into the world of the Children’s Aid Society and what is involved when something like this happens. She has done her research and it shows. The nonsense that our main character endures within the legal system are realistic and I’m sure will ring true to anyone who has had to live through such a nightmare. Which makes this story all the more poignant. While this is hard to read because of the subject matter, the end result is a book that will leave you with a good feeling. A highly recommend it!”

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Be With God

I recently came across an old journal entry that read:

 

“I feel as if I have been fighting exhaustion this week. Nine-hour sleeps are not enough. The alarm sounds and it seems as if I had just crawled into bed. After morning chores I find myself hitting the couch for a catnap that ends up in a sound sleep. As well as tired, I am grumpy. The old witch has returned. Sometimes my anger boils over so quickly that I leave the room wondering if that was really me. I have a short temper, am tired and irritable. A million things keep floating around in my mind, but leave quickly before I can write them down. My house is a mess. I’m living for the weekends. I am depressed. I don’t know why. I don’t have an excuse. What am I doing wrong? I start my day with an inspirational prayer. I read from the Bible each day. I listen to Christian music. I pray with my children at meals and at bedtime. What am I doing wrong? What am I doing wrong that I must suffer this debilitating depression that robs me of energy and destroys self-worth? I’ve felt this way for too long. What can possibly be depressing me and even more importantly why can’t I lift myself out of it?”

As a new Christian, I expected that by doing all the “right” things I would not fall victim to depression. However, since writing that journal entry, God has revealed to me that it’s not in doing but in being that I can find peace. I learned that I couldn’t do it alone. I had to rely on Him each and every day. It is not enough to just learn about God, I had to spend time with Him. For someone like me who is a doer it was a hard lesson to learn. I had to sit still long enough to spend time being with God. Not reading or studying but just being quiet. All of the above was good, but I learned it is not enough. I had to quit talking and start listening. I had to find God in the quiet and stillness of my heart.

 

Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

 

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God First

I have a friend who planned to seek God only after he got his affairs in order. He would rather spend energy on himself and his family first. He wanted to first figure out how he was going to handle his current financial situation and get his business off the ground. These things were priority for him.

I wondered if this was right thinking. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have God on his side before he tackled these things? Wouldn’t it be better to petition the One who knows the future? Wouldn’t it be better for him to ask God for help?

I’ve learned to seek God first instead of saying, “After this or after that, then I will.” Because there will always be a “this” and a “that”. There will always be trials – that is life. But trials without God on your side can feel stressful and exhausting. With God, the load is lighter. Having faith in Him relieves the stress. 

Once I wrote on the importance of routine and especially on keeping the habit of time with God first and foremost in my day. But then I changed my routine that very same day! That afternoon, I drove up north to present a workshop. I drove instead of walked; I visited instead of exercised. On the very day I had resolved to stick to a routine, my routine was shaken up.

However, I realized that my resolution wasn’t really to stay on track. It was to devote time to God. My resolution was to pledge my life anew to Jesus. Although my routine changed, and life threw a curve, I resolved to spend quality time with God first and foremost every single day. This I did.

On the long drive, I listened to a Christian radio station. I listened to the words and even sang along. I felt in the company of God for the whole trip. Once there, I went about my business as I had to, but for an hour in the early evening I stole away to a quiet room to read my Bible. It was refreshing.

My day was not routine. I was in a different city, eating different foods, with different people. But I felt great. I spent time with God and this alone made the difference in what could have been an anxious time. I could have stressed about the drive by myself in very wintry conditions. I could have focused on my anxiety about the important presentation the next day. Instead, I chose to focus on God.  

When I look to Him, I find peace and comfort. When my day starts with God all else falls into place. I have learned not to worry about the time spent with God – it is the best-spent time of my day. I must make a conscious decision to start every day with God.

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).

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Who Am I?

Have you ever thought, “Who am I?” Have you ever wondered, “Why am I here?”

 

I have. It was a question that had haunted me especially after my car accident back in the 1980s. My car was crushed in a near head-on collision, which ended in my vehicle rolling over and collapsing on the roof. By all accounts I should have died. Instead, I suffered an injury that required six operations over the course of the next two years. The memory of my injury is a constant reminder of my brush with death and a daily question mark on why I was allowed to live. 

My life continued with this question starting and ending my days, as I relentlessly pursued the answer. I thought a university degree would be the solution. Then I thought a career would provide the answer I was seeking. Both of these attempts to find my identity and a reason for my existence failed miserably. Being a rational thinker, I thought I would try it on my own, so I started a small business. This business grew and was building to be a great success, but it still did not answer my question.

Each project I had tackled, I excelled at. Each goal I had set, I achieved. But at the end of the day, as I admired the awards, the certificates, and the degrees on the wall, I still felt empty. “Who am I?” loomed heavier the harder I tried to find the answer. 

Fifteen years of searching and I had come up with nothing. I was exhausted. I had nowhere else to go and no one else to ask. It was here, in this resigned and defeated state that I realized I did not have all the answers. In an act of desperation, I looked up and asked God Himself, “Why am I here?”

He had been waiting for me to ask. In His loving patience, God had allowed me to look for the answer on my own and pursue every reason I felt that might have led me to the reason for my being. But in the end, only God, in His ultimate wisdom, had the true answer.  

The reply God fed me might be different than what He gives you. But don’t spend your limited time chasing empty reasons like I did. Don’t spend your energy looking for answers in your own strength. God has a plan and a purpose for all of us. What you need to do is spend time pursuing God and He will provide you with your identity.

Where can you start? It’s easy. Commit time to listening to God. Prayer and reading the Bible are the ways in which God communicates with us. It’s taken me many years to finally stop being who I thought I wanted to be and start being who God wants me to be.

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 NIV).

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Perfect Christians

Her jaw dropped in utter disbelief, “You did not do that!”

 

I could only reply with a weak whimper, “I did.”

“No!  I mean, how could you? Well, I understand how you could, but I mean you’re a Christian!” my friend stammered.

With a red face I admitted I had made a mistake. “Christians are not perfect,” I said.

Christians are not perfect. We have the same anxieties, illnesses and political struggles as non-Christians. Our children face the same temptations that other children do. Christians are people; we are not super humans. We struggle with the same everyday conflicts and health concerns. We make mistakes.

Somehow, some time ago, I assumed Christians were perfect. And to be a Christian, I assumed that you first had to be this perfect person, and then you submit to God. I have since learned that it is the other way around. You first submit, and then you aim for perfection. And perhaps perfection is even too strong a word. It should be process.

Our lives are a journey that start in infancy where we learn to hold our heads up, then to crawl, then to walk with the help of furniture. Finally, we can walk on our own. But it does not stop there. We then must learn to run, to jump, and to skip. Then we add in new challenges such as riding a bike or learning to alpine ski, skate or water ski. It seems that we are continuously learning new, more exciting ways to move our bodies.

The journey of a Christian is a similar process. We all start out as infants. I, myself, am just learning to hold my head high and I am both excited and scared about what the future holds for me. I do know, however, that just as a parent will run beside a child mastering the art of riding a two-wheel bicycle, so too, will God be with us on our journey. When we fall and scrape our knees, He will be there to make it all better. He will forgive us and hold our hand as we try again and again to master the bike.When we feel that we can ride without training wheels, and we have put many miles on our bike, we can still grow in our Christian character with new challenges. It is a process. It is a journey. 

If the LORD delights in a man’s way, He makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with His hand (Psalm 37:23-24 NIV).

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