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Kimberley Payne – The Inside Scoop

Kimberley Payne – The Inside Scoop

Today I have the privilege to interview one of my best friends, Kimberley Payne. Kimberley and I met on the grounds of the Bible Conference Centre in Guelph in 2004. I was attending my first Write! Canada Conference. Kimberley wanted people to join her fit breaks. I loved that idea. I joined and enjoyed learning to do quick exercises to help the stress of a conference. See how much fun we have!

KImberley Payne leading class with -Janis-Cox

Welcome Kimberley:

Kimberley Payne author

Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

I grew up in the Catholic Church, baptized as an infant, participated in the sacraments of communion and confession, and attended a Separate grade school and high school. I believed Jesus to be my Saviour. However, it wasn’t until the darkest time in my life in 2001 that I gave my heart to Jesus and decided to make Him my Lord as well. He is my best Friend, my Rock, my Salvation.

When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I kept a journal when I was young; not a diary, but usually wrote about my travels and family vacations. As a teenager, I wrote poetry–very dark, exploring my lonely and suicidal thoughts. I also wrote fiction for my girlfriend—stories about our dating adventures.

However, I never thought that I was creative. I compared myself to my brother, who is an artist, and found myself wanting. Writing came naturally for me so it didn’t feel “special”.

As an introvert, I believe God gave me the gift of writing to help me process my thoughts and express myself on paper better than I ever could verbally. Writing was my companion.

What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far)

That’s a tough one. I like my devotionals as they share what I’ve learned from and about God. He works through everything (including dreams, snowmobiling, and raising children) to teach me about His nature and character. Devotionals come naturally for me; I’m just sharing what I’ve learned and so they are closest to my “voice”.

Kimberley Payne Think Snow

I also like my children’s books. Trees of the Book shares a biblical story through the eyes of a tree. Each of the 7 trees “talked” to me so quickly that the book practically wrote itself. The tough part was all the research involved.

Kimberley Payne Trees of the Book

I really like my fitness books too. I’ve taken a difficult subject with lots of confusing and conflicting information out there and written easy-to-follow, inspirational, educational programs. I’ve received lots of positive feedback telling me that they are encouraging.

How and when do you spend time with God? Do you have a favourite devotional? What version of Bible do you use the most?

I like to spend time with God on my prayer walks.

Walking combined with #prayer author Kimberley Payne’s favourite. @FitForFaith (tweet this)

I also pray on my bike rides. God surrounds me in the beauty of nature and it feels right to praise and worship Him.

Kimberley Payne prayer walks

I don’t have a favourite devotional although I’ve read many. I usually receive at least one new devotional for Christmas every year.

I use the New International Version (NIV) Bible most often. I like to read The Message for a more contemporary look at scripture. Although I know a lot of people who love the original King James Version, I’m not a big fan of reading it.

What is your favourite scripture or scriptures and why? What is your thinking about memorizing Scripture? Do you have any tips for our readers on ways to memorize that work the best for you?

Philippians 4:6-7New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I think it’s very important to memorize Scripture but must confess that I haven’t been diligent in doing so.

A tip I could offer would be to write the verse on a cue card, and then draw something beside each line as a trigger to remember the line.

As a writer, time is important; quiet is important. How do you find that quiet time to reflect and write?

I’m at a stage in my life where I can find quiet in the evenings when my husband is busy “playing” in the garage, and my children (now young adults) are working, doing homework, or watching television.

I also have decided to fast my computer and my television on Sundays. I “unplug” from electronics and “plug” into God.

What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?

I’m happy to say that my to-do list of books I felt an urgency to write has been completed. I have other ideas percolating but nothing is a “must” at this point.

I’m now more focussed on marketing and sharing the materials I’ve created with the world. I write as I’m inspired but they are usually shorter pieces.

What is one important lesson that Jesus is teaching or has taught you that has changed your worldview, your outlook, and/or your relationships?

Stewardship comes to mind. I am a steward of my children, my body, my finances etc. God has given me these to take care of but ultimately they are His.

Kimberley Payne’s goal in life is to be a good steward. (tweet this)

I want to hear God tell me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

What is one deep desire that you would like God to fulfill for you? What Scripture could you find that could help you accomplish that goal?

That my family love and serve the Lord. My daily prayer is for my husband, my children, my parents, my siblings, and my extended family to be saved.

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

If you would like to end with a personal prayer that would be great too.

Dear Lord, I thank You for the giftings You have given each and every person. I pray that we would use these talents to glorify and honour You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Kimberley Payne

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Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author who writes to encourage women in both fitness and faith. Her goal is to inspire women to glorify God with healthier lifestyles. Kimberley is happily married and lives with her husband in a village east of Toronto, Canada where she hikes and bikes. 


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Just a quick update

Just a quick update

I attended a writer’s conference last week. Lots on my mind. No time for Creative Tuesdays but if you have enjoyed following the link, here is it: Creative Tuesdays – Aqua.

We met our team from Hope Stream Radio for a photo-opt. It wasn’t easy getting us together but we did it. We kept losing someone. I have a podcast every Tuesday and sometimes on Saturday.


Kimberley Payne interviewed me for her podcasting venture. She has developed a program called BEEP – Bible, Exercise, Eating, Prayer. She interviewed 4 of us to find out how we do “BEEP on the road”. Below is the link to her interview on YouTube.

See you at Sunday Stillness.


Sunday Stillness – What is very small with no king but great power?

Sunday Stillness – What is very small with no king but has great power?

In order to answer that question we need to read Proverbs 30:24-27


Sketch from Adam’s Animals by Kimberley Payne. Sketch by Janis Cox.

Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
 Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
    yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king,
    yet they advance together in ranks;

They may be small without a king but locusts have great power.  Joel 2 is called an Army of locusts.

With a noise like that of chariots, they leap over the mountaintops. Like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army draw up for battle (Joel 2:5, NIV).

That is a mighty army – and we, as God’s army, could work like that; small feeble people working together for the glory of God. The only difference I can see is that we serve a mighty God – our Lord and King – Jesus.

Check out Kimberley Payne’s book called Adam’s Animals. adam's animals web cover


What is very small, with no king but great power? Read Proverbs 30:27. (click to tweet)

Today is Sunday Stillness!

Please join us by linking your posts about what God is doing in your life. Remember to visit your neighbour and leave an encouraging comment. Continue to get to know wonderful writers for God online.


Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.


You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.






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When Can I Find Time to Pray?

When Can I Find Time to Pray?


When Can I Find Time to Pray?

Let’s be realistic. When your days are full and you have no time to think, let alone pray, what do you do?

I have found that God finds the time to communicate with me even if it is the middle of the night. I don’t get frustrated anymore, instead I enjoy His company. In a way I look forward to it. And as I lie there I start praying – sometimes I finish my list but most times I fall asleep before I am done.

Here are a few other places to pray: To continue reading click here.

Drop over and visit Kimberley’s blog.

Friday Features – What’s been happening?

Friday Features – What’s been happening?


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Here are a few updates:

I am no longer posting Under the Cover of Prayer posts. At least for the time being God has told me to put this endeavour down. It is like a Sabbath Rest. Thank you to all my contributors for the past 4 years.

You can see all my Contributors from their bios on the Contributors to Under the Cover of Prayer and their individual posts at Under the Cover of Prayer Posts  on the menu.

I am writing once a month for Kimberley Payne’s blog on prayer. Here are my first two posts.

What is Prayer Walking?
Can You Wait in Expectation?

I also write at Family and Faith Matters. Recently I have been on a journey learning more about natural foods. Check out my posts on the changing of my eating habits.

Does What you eat Make a Difference?
A New Way of Looking at Food
Another 7 Super Foods
7 New Super Foods

Thanks for keeping in touch with me on my blog, through Facebook and Twitter.






#UTCOP – Remember to add thankfulness to your prayers

Remember to add thankfulness to your prayers

by Kimberley Payne


“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God” (Psalm 50:14, NIV).


“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me” (Psalm 50:23, NIV).


I want to honour God and one way I can do this is by giving Him thanks.

Remember to try the acronym P.A.T.H. when you pray. The “T” is for thankfulness.

Praise, Admit, THANK, Help


Use P.A.T.H. to help you pray. Read @fitforfaith’s post. “T” is for thankfulness. (tweet this)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

Sunday Stillness – A Weekend to Remember

A Weekend to Remember


This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending  Women’s Day Together in Haliburton. Our guest speaker was Ali Matthews, award winning singer/songwriter. What a treat! Not only does this warm, wonderful woman speak about our relationship to God, she sings it.

Her voice and her words have the ability to transcend us from our natural humanness to a spiritual connection with God.

I was blessed by her words and her songs. We appreciated having Rick Francis, her musical partner, come with her. He travelled with extreme back pain but soldiered on to give a great performance. They both stayed at my house which blessed me even more.

And just to make the weekend more complete Ali gave the message and did the music for our pastoral charge. That meant we started our drive at 8am, visited three churches lugging in and out the guitars, and finished at 12:45. Whew! I appreciate the work our pastor does even more.

Ali forgot her binder in our first church but she continued through without notes, doing an excellent job. She sang without a mike or plug in for their guitars. What a job! (I drove back to get it for our next church.)

Her message pushed us to think about the abundance we have in our lives here in Canada. She encouraged us to think seriously about sponsoring a child from World Vision. Ali has three sponsored children herself. Fifteen little ones were sponsored during her visit to Haliburton.

Doesn’t that make you smile!

To top off the weekend my friend, Kimberley Payne, joined me both at the conference, where she gave a very inspired and uplifting talk about being Fit for Faith – with our bodies, and for our Sunday Marathon at the three churches. Thank you, Kimberley.

One more added blessing – we attended the wedding of our pastor’s daughter. Joy and more joy to see his family and friends together to celebrate such an event.

Now I have to admit that on Monday and Tuesday I didn’t do much except to recover. But the memories, love and closeness to God will remain with me always.

A funny story with a God moment.

During the evening after we returned from the wedding Rick, Kimberley, my hubby and I were sitting relaxing and talking when our little dog, Snowball, brought something into the room. She looked up at me and I said, “Where did you get that?” It was a set of post-it notes.

I don’t even know where she found them. I put them aside on the table so she wouldn’t get them again.

The next morning I hear how this story continued. Ali had been upstairs working during this time. She said to Rick when he came back upstairs, “I do wish I had a post-it note as I would like to mark my place in my Bible”. Rick says, “I know where to get some”. He brings back the post-it notes. Ali says, “Oh my goodness, thank You, Lord – You know something before I even have need of it and they are exactly the colour I envisioned.”


How great is our God! Even in the little things.


Ali Matthews, a wonderful speaker/singer for any conference. (tweet this)

Blessed beyond measure this weekend with Ali Matthews. (tweet this)

 Today is Sunday Stillness – others join me to link their posts about what God is teaching them. Enjoy.


#UTCOP – How to pray using The P.A.T.H to Prayer

How to pray using The P.A.T.H to Prayer

by Kimberley Payne



Lord, You are worthy of my praise. I praise You for Who You are. I praise You for what You do. You are full of grace and mercy. You are creative and imaginative. You are slow to anger and forgiving. You are awesome.


Father, I admit that I say, do, and think things that are sinful. Specifically I ask forgiveness for ______________________.


God, I thank You for this beautiful season. I thank You for my health. I thank You for hearing my prayers and providing for my needs.


Lord, I pray for the salvation of my children, my husband, my entire family. I pray for peace especially for those who are being persecuted today. I pray for Your will to be done in my life.

In Jesus’ name I pray.

For more information on how to use P.A.T.H. please check Kimberley’s post How Should I Pray?


How to pray using The P.A.T.H to prayer. (tweet this)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

#UTCOP – How to Exercise your spirit with Prayer

How to Exercise your spirit with Prayer

by Kimberley Payne


What is Prayer


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Prayer builds your spiritual strength. It can include praise, confession, thanksgiving or appeal. Prayer puts you in contact with God, Who has more power than you could ever imagine. When you pray, He hears you and fills you with the power to do things you never thought you could do.

What cardiovascular exercise and strength training do for building a strong body, prayer does to build spiritual strength. Your body requires exercise and food, and it needs these things regularly. You cannot just take care of it at the beginning of the week and forget about it. Your spiritual life is similar to your physical body in that way.

You cannot pray just once and a have healthy growing spiritual life.

What prayer is not


Prayer is not just for highly-spiritual people. God delights to have you come to Him with your requests. You do not have to be “good enough” to pray.

Like exercise, prayer is not a one-time thing. You can pray every day, anywhere and any time. It is important to spend time in private prayer each day – just you and God.

Prayer is not talking to others, reading or studying. It is not “doing” something. You need to let everything inside you get still. You may feel compelled to cram every moment with activities and external stimuli.

Still your mind and listen for God’s voice to emerge. (based on Psalm 46:10).

Prayer is not just about you talking to God, but God talking to you.

With prayer you can have a private audience with the Lord. An intimate dialogue goes on inside where there may not be an audible voice, but Spirit to spirit.

Benefits of prayer


Allows intimate dialogue with God.

Encourages you to face a new day.

Provides information and strategies.

Accomplishes the impossible.

Develops deeper relationship.

A pure motive delights God.

Prayer, when combined with quiet time, can decrease respiratory rate, heart rate, elevated blood pressure and muscle tension. During prayer, the body escapes from the stresses of everyday life and enters into a relaxed state.

This is an excerpt taken from Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health


Dear Lord, thank You that we can come to You as we are. You love us and want to hear from us. You are a good and gracious Father.


Learn how to exercise your spirit through prayer. (tweet this)


Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com


How to Interact with Scripture

How to Interact with Scripture

by Kimberley Payne


So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3, NIV).

There are many prayers in the Old Testament, but Daniel’s prayer stands out as one of the most powerful. Daniel meditated on Scripture and his prayers reflected this. He allowed God to speak to him through his readings and then spoke back to God through his prayers.

God’s word, the Bible, is God speaking to us.

How can we respond? We can speak back to Him. When we read Scripture, we can pause, think about what He’s saying, and say something to Him in response. God desires a two-way conversation.

This may be foreign to you and you may wonder what to say. Take for example, that you read a passage of Scripture that is difficult to understand. Instead of skipping over it, you may stop and say, “God I find this passage confusing. Please help me to understand Your word.” Or you may read something that you have trouble believing. Take a moment to ask God to help you believe and increase your faith.

You may read a passage that moves you because of a demonstration of God’s power and majesty. Stop and take a moment to praise Him for who He is. Thank Him for the work He’s done on your behalf. Give Him the worship and thanksgiving that He’s worthy of.

Or you may read a passage that reminds you of a need you or someone else has. Stop and take a moment to lift that need to God and intercede on behalf of someone else.

Reading the Bible doesn’t need to be
just a quiet time of reflection.

We can read God’s word and talk with Him like Daniel did.


Dear Lord – Thank You for Your Word. It is life-saving, inspiring, and healing. I pray that You will remind me daily to read the Bible and pray back to you Your Word as it speaks to my heart. In Jesus name, I pray.


Reading the Bible doesn’t need to be a quiet time of reflection. (tweet this)

How does God’s Word speak to us? (tweet this)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com