Devotional Life

January 2, 2013

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 at 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.

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robert moeller January 2, 2013 at 5:43 am

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

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robert moeller January 2, 2013 at 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

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Buzz January 2, 2013 at 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.

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robert moeller January 3, 2013 at 4:01 am

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

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Connie January 2, 2013 at 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.

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Jay January 2, 2013 at 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.

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Buzz January 2, 2013 at 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”.

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Doug Barnes January 9, 2014 at 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

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 2, 2013 at 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.

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robert moeller January 3, 2013 at 3:59 am

Absolutely true! Thank you for your insight.

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Robert Curtis August 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

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

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Sylvia Crow December 24, 2013 at 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.

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

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

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Shirley Hile January 30, 2014 at 6:52 am

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

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Rosemary Brown February 3, 2014 at 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

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Rosemary Brown February 3, 2014 at 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!!

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sharon January 30, 2014 at 5:54 am

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

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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nancy January 30, 2014 at 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

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Mindy January 30, 2014 at 7:38 am

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

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sylvia blount January 30, 2014 at 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

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Linda January 30, 2014 at 7:57 am

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

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Paul January 30, 2014 at 8:11 am

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

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Carol Swim January 30, 2014 at 8:34 am

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

Thank you!

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Sue January 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

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

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Carol Swim January 30, 2014 at 8:35 am

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

Thank You!

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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

Please email instructions for string crosses.

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Verna Layne January 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

PLEASE EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS FOR STRING CROSSES.

THANKS

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Verna Layne January 30, 2014 at 9:07 am

I ENJOYED YOUR ARTICLE FOR JANUARY 30, 2014.

PLEASE END ME THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING

STRING CROSSES. THANKS.

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Verna Layne January 30, 2014 at 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.

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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patsy arguello January 30, 2014 at 9:10 am

please sent instructions for string crosses. thank you

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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patsy arguello January 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

please send instructions for string crosses. thank you

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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crobair January 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

please sent instructions for string crosses. everyday reader.

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Ann January 30, 2014 at 9:16 am

Please send me instructions for the string cross.
Thank you

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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karka crosby January 30, 2014 at 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

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Trudi January 30, 2014 at 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.

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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sue grice January 30, 2014 at 9:48 am

Looking for pattern for string crosses … Thank You

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Wayne Dobbins January 30, 2014 at 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

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Norma Cutrer January 30, 2014 at 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.

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Rose Sigler January 30, 2014 at 9:49 am

I would love the instructions on making the string cross!

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Susan January 30, 2014 at 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

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Cheryl Bottum January 30, 2014 at 10:25 am

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

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Cindy January 30, 2014 at 10:25 am

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

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Joanne Johnston January 30, 2014 at 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

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Dorothy Hilliard January 30, 2014 at 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!

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Dorothy Hilliard January 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

Instruction for Jay’s string cross

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Peggy Heikkinen January 30, 2014 at 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

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Gloria Creps January 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

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

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Marilynn January 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Please send instructions on making string crosses. Thank you.

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Marilynn January 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm

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

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Mary Ann Allen January 30, 2014 at 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

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Susan Beley January 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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

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Kelly Sand February 4, 2014 at 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

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Sandra L Barnes February 5, 2014 at 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

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diane February 10, 2014 at 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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