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Today’s Reflection

WE TAKE A GIANT STEP FORWARD in Christian devotion when we see it more as a life to be lived than as a time to be observed. Consequently, it is more appropriate to speak of a “devotional life” than a “devotional time.”

– Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck
A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People

Steve Harper, Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition,quoted in page 70 in A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck. Copyright & copy; 1990 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you agree that there is a difference between a devotional life and a devotional time? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
Psalm 72:1-2, NRSV

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  • Jill January 2, 2013, 5:10 am

    A devotional time is part of a devotional life. I had not considered this thought before. I think you can have time without the life, but not life without the time. Will think more about this today.

    • robert moeller January 2, 2013, 5:43 am

      I agree with Jill. One, time, leads to the other, life. Spending time with God leads to life with God.

  • robert moeller January 2, 2013, 5:51 am

    A new year and new beginnings are on the horizon, my son starts a new school where he should be able to finish his degree, my daughter and her husband expect the birth of their first child, Anneliese and I are progressing in plans for our future together. So much to be thankful for.
    Lord, your mercies are new everyday, in you there is hope and love eternal. I pray I keep on the path that leads to you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

    • Buzz January 2, 2013, 12:55 pm

      Robert,
      I like what you have to say.
      May I offer tweaking your last sentence slightly?
      Praise God that you are “keeping on keeping on” the path of righteousness.
      From a psychological standpoint, when I pray that I might do ___ I leave room for distraction then doubt to creep in; then failure. When I praise God that I am doing ____ I make it tougher for the weakness to sneak in.
      So, I’m Just Saying.

      • robert moeller January 3, 2013, 4:01 am

        Thank you for the “tweak”. Its a good one. The Lord is with you.

  • Connie January 2, 2013, 6:39 am

    Yes, a devotional life….that is my goal for 2013. Filled with devotional times that renew my spirit and devoted people who love God and encourage each other 365.
    Happy New Year all.

  • Jay January 2, 2013, 7:30 am

    Devotional life is a frame of mind that we all should strive for in our daily walk. Each day, each hour, each minute we walk, talk and breath.
    Sure it’s a tall order but its what is required!!
    Thanks for the reminder.

    • Buzz January 2, 2013, 12:58 pm

      Jay,
      I like what you have to say, too.
      The devotional life is a frame of mind. I can always be in it. I don’t have to wait for a “devotional time”.

      • Doug Barnes January 9, 2014, 2:06 pm

        Coach Jay,

        I enjoyed your Jan 30, ’14 devotional, which mentioned making string crosses by going to this website. I looked all around w/o finding your instructions. Call it God’s guidance that I saw your name on this comment page. Would you kindly give me (and others) the directions for making the string crosses. This would be a blessing both personally and for Sunday school. Thanks so much.
        Blessings,
        Doug Barnes,
        Klamath Falls, OR

        • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:03 pm

          Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
          However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

          I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

          Glad to share.

          Wayne

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 2, 2013, 6:13 pm

    Devotional life is applying the truths of what we discover at devotional time. It is walking the talk. Putting in action what we learn from God’s Word.

    • robert moeller January 3, 2013, 3:59 am

      Absolutely true! Thank you for your insight.

  • Robert Curtis August 19, 2013, 8:22 am

    I was receiving The Upperroom devotional on my IPad ,somehow it was deleted and unsubscribed,please renew my subscription.

  • Sylvia Crow December 24, 2013, 9:57 am

    I enjoy my daily devotional with the Upper Room. I have tried to link up with the various contributors to view their pictures but don’t know what to click on.

  • K k davis January 29, 2014, 10:06 am

    Where do I find the pattern for Jay’s string crosses from the Jan 30th devotional?

    • Shirley Hile January 30, 2014, 6:52 am

      Will you please send the pattern for the string crosses?
      Thank you.

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:04 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

    • Rosemary Brown February 3, 2014, 6:51 pm

      Where do I find the pattern for Jay’s string crosses from the Jan
      30th devotional? Also, any instructions on how to make them. My daughter and I want to do this as a project together. So please reply as soon as possible. Thank you

      • Rosemary Brown February 3, 2014, 7:02 pm

        Please e-mail me the instructions if possible. I am ready to make this a project to work with my daughter. Really enjoy the devotional readings, but the 30th of January, 2014 really got me excited about doing something and giving back to those I love. Let me hear from you soon. Thank you!!

  • sharon January 30, 2014, 5:54 am

    I also have been unable to find the instructions for Jay,s string crosses .

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:05 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • nancy January 30, 2014, 7:21 am

    I enjoyed reading the Upper Room each morning. I tried to find Jay T. Basinger’s instructions for making Jay’s string crosses. Have a blessed day

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:05 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Mindy January 30, 2014, 7:38 am

    Where can I find the instructions for the string cross? Thank you for your help.

    • sylvia blount January 30, 2014, 8:55 am

      I have great grandkids that like crafts and what would be better than the string cross. Could you please e-mail me instructions.what a blessing that would be for my family

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:06 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Linda January 30, 2014, 7:57 am

    I’m looking for instructions for the string crosses Thank You Will they be emailed ?

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:06 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Paul January 30, 2014, 8:11 am

    Where do we find the pattern for the string crosses mentioned in the Jan.30 devotional by Jay?

    • Carol Swim January 30, 2014, 8:34 am

      I would like the pattern for making string crosses mentioned in the devotions this morning – 1-30-14.

      Thank you!

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:07 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Sue January 30, 2014, 8:33 am

    Will you email the instructions for string crosses. I cannot locate.
    Thank you,
    Sue

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:08 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Carol Swim January 30, 2014, 8:35 am

    I would like the pattern for the string crosses mentioned in todays devotions. 1-30-14.

    Thank You!

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:08 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Ruth E. Smith January 30, 2014, 8:59 am

    Please email instructions for string crosses.

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:08 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Verna Layne January 30, 2014, 9:05 am

    PLEASE EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS FOR STRING CROSSES.

    THANKS

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:11 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Verna Layne January 30, 2014, 9:07 am

    I ENJOYED YOUR ARTICLE FOR JANUARY 30, 2014.

    PLEASE END ME THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING

    STRING CROSSES. THANKS.

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:11 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Verna Layne January 30, 2014, 9:09 am

    I ENJOYED YOUR ARTICLE FOR JANUARY 30, 2014.

    PLEASE END ME THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING

    STRING CROSSES. THANKS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE

    EVER ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT YOU.

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:11 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • patsy arguello January 30, 2014, 9:10 am

    please sent instructions for string crosses. thank you

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:12 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • patsy arguello January 30, 2014, 9:13 am

    please send instructions for string crosses. thank you

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:12 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • crobair January 30, 2014, 9:15 am

    please sent instructions for string crosses. everyday reader.

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:12 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Ann January 30, 2014, 9:16 am

    Please send me instructions for the string cross.
    Thank you

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:13 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • karka crosby January 30, 2014, 9:43 am

    would love the pattern for the string crosses I teach a sunday class and that would be a awsome show of faith for the children to learn and be reminded

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:13 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Trudi January 30, 2014, 9:46 am

    Please email me the link to make the string crosses. What a great idea! I googled other means, but is seems like Jay’s are simple and to the point.

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:14 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • sue grice January 30, 2014, 9:48 am

    Looking for pattern for string crosses … Thank You

    • Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014, 1:14 pm

      Coach Jay, I could not find the instructions, either.
      However, I make them, too, and have a website, bin2salvation.com, where instructions are there for the ones I make.

      I have made 218,000 + and distributed them across the globe.

      Glad to share.

      Wayne

  • Norma Cutrer January 30, 2014, 9:48 am

    Jay, I enjoyed your devotional on January 30, 2014. Our Emmaus Reunion Group would enjoy making your string crosses for the pilgrim week-end gifts. I could not find the instructions. Will you please e-mail them to me. Thank you so much.

  • Rose Sigler January 30, 2014, 9:49 am

    I would love the instructions on making the string cross!

  • Susan January 30, 2014, 10:13 am

    My husband does the children’s message during church. Would you please send me the instructions for Jay’s string crosses.
    God Bless,
    Susan

  • Cheryl Bottum January 30, 2014, 10:25 am

    I enjoyed the Daily Reading for today and would like to get the instructions for making Jay’s cross.
    Thank You

  • Cindy January 30, 2014, 10:25 am

    I’d like the instructions for Jay’s string crosses. Thank you.

  • Joanne Johnston January 30, 2014, 10:29 am

    Please send me instructions to make Jay’s string crosses. I am unable to find the instructions at this site
    Thank you

  • Dorothy Hilliard January 30, 2014, 11:28 am

    I read my daily reading in the upper room and would like to get the instructions for making Jay’s string crosses. Thank-You!

  • Dorothy Hilliard January 30, 2014, 11:28 am

    Instruction for Jay’s string cross

  • Peggy Heikkinen January 30, 2014, 11:33 am

    I have tried to get the directions for the string crosses to no avail. Would you please e-mail the pattern to me.
    Thank you kindly, Peggy

  • Gloria Creps January 30, 2014, 11:36 am

    Can you please send me instructions for
    string crosses as mentioned in today’s devotion on my e-mail address above.

  • Marilynn January 30, 2014, 12:17 pm

    Please send instructions on making string crosses. Thank you.

  • Marilynn January 30, 2014, 12:18 pm

    Please send instructions on making string crosses. Thank you.
    This is my first request. Marilynn

  • Mary Ann Allen January 30, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Would you please the instructions on how to make the string crosses. Thank You.
    Mary Ann Allen
    707 North Maple St.
    Ainsworth,Ne 69210

  • Susan Beley January 31, 2014, 7:00 pm

    A common theme I too would like the link for the string crosses in the Jan 30, 2014 devotional
    Thanks
    Susan

  • Kelly Sand February 4, 2014, 11:57 am

    Please send me the pattern at my email address, as well as one to my 91 year old mother without internet:
    Adele Daack
    8545 Shawnee Lane
    West Paducah, KY 42086

  • Sandra L Barnes February 5, 2014, 3:35 pm

    I was looking for instructions on making the string crosses. I will try to find it on the other web site provided, by other readers. GOD BLESS

  • diane February 10, 2014, 12:58 pm

    I am looking for Jay’s string crosses. to have my youth group make. I can not find it in the upper room

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