Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 21--Faith, Not Fear: REBOOT YOUR BRAIN

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Welcome to Day 21 of our Bible based, Christ focused devotional.
Purpose: With so many people suffering during these tough economic times, I wanted to create a daily devotional which would promote faith in God as a solution to overcoming anger and fear.
Each devotional will provide a daily passage of Scripture for you to reflect on throughout the day. In addition, an “Action Item” will assign a daily, simple task to help you address your fears with faith and move forward with God's plans for you.
Thank you and God bless you for reading this devotional--please share it with others!
Steve Kendall


Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (New International Version)

OPENING PRAYER:                          
In your opening prayer, in addition to anything else you want to pray about, ask God to renew your mind as you work toward making changes in your life.
Reboot Your Brain
Today is day 21 of our devotional journey.  A number of researchers believe that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. 

A few years ago, Will Bowen, the pastor of a church in Kentucky, challenged his congregation not to complain, gossip, or be sarcastic for 21 days.  Everyone who took the pastor’s challenge was given a purple bracelet to wear. If they broke the pledge, they were told to switch the bracelet to the opposite wrist, and start over.

That 21 day challenge became extremely popular when Pastor Bowen appeared on national talk shows. The church was overwhelmed by requests for the purple bracelets. Here’s a link to a story the Today Show ran about this 21 day challenge:

That pastor launched a site called “A Complaint Free World” to expand upon his ministry effort. You can learn more about that site at:

Hopefully, now that we have reached day 21 of our devotion, something has changed in your life for the better. Prayerfully, the major concerns you started with 21 days ago are gone, or diminished. 

Breaking a habit often requires one to change their way of thinking. Much like rebooting a computer, and starting fresh, we may need to reboot our brain and change our thinking with God’s help.

I plan to take the next 21 days to break the habit of thinking, or saying negative things. I’ve tried this before, and failed several times, but I believe I did improve a bit.

Perhaps there’s a habit you want to break? If so, take the next 21 days (which will end one day after our 40 day devotional) to work on changing that habit.

I’d love to hear about any habits you want to change, and how you’re progressing. You can reach me by email at

Your messages to me will be confidential and will not be shared with others.
Get a piece of paper. Set a timer, if you have one, for 15 minutes. Write down whatever comes into your mind on the paper for 15 minutes. Try to write just, or two words to describe your thoughts at that time.

If you don’t think of something right away, no problem. Draw, or doodle what you’re thinking if the words don’t flow. 

Save the paper for tomorrow’s Action Item.

Until tomorrow, have a blessed day!

CLOSING PRAYER: For the remainder of our devotions, please pray about whatever the Lord places in your heart and mind. I also ask that you pray for me as well. I pray daily for everyone who comes in contact with these devotions and feel blessed as a result.
STAY IN TOUCH:  You are cordially invited to share how things are going with you and our devotions thus far. I welcome comments and suggestions as well. You can reach me via Facebook or my personal email address:
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If you would like a relationship with God, the only way to do it is through His son, Jesus Christ. This is supported in the Bible: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. --John 14:6 (King James Version) 

We begin this relationship by first accepting Jesus. Click Here for a link to more info.