Joan Reynolds

Real Faith, Real Life & Real Joy

Faith or Fear…Who’s Home At Your House?


I was playing around with these words today, because it seems to me they are the two most important words in dealing with everyone, everyday. No matter what our situation, how we handle it has everything to do with how we approach these two words.

Fear and faith cannot inhabit our bodies, minds or souls at the same time, therefore we are continually choosing the one for whom we will open the door . Is it the one who gets there first? In that case, is your faith only visiting when you call and ask it to come over?

Do you let fear in the moment he knocks, immediately pondering worst case scenarios, moving on from there to call a few friends who, depending on their own relationship with these two visitors, either add to or help dispel your fear? Finally, after much inner strife and struggle, do you finally turn to God to replace fear with faith in your current situation?

FEAR. F+Ear. What it looks like to me is we get to choose our own F-word. Whichever one we give our ear to is the one who takes up residence.

We can listen to God and give ear to Faith, or we can run into the waiting arms of the enemy and let fear claim squatters rights. It is truly a matter of choice. Whomever you let in first is difficult to evict. So take a few moments to choose wisely.

Faith on the other hand, separates into this for me:

Faith =





Pretty simple actually. Answer that one and you will know why you run where you run when the unexpected or unwanted happens. Keep an eye on those guys! It is your choice, you know.

2 Comments to

“Faith or Fear…Who’s Home At Your House?”

  1. Avatar June 20th, 2011 at 11:44 pm Sherri Robinson Says:

    I’m right there with you sister. Fear knocks at my door much more than Faith. Fear invites itself in but Faith I have to call on for it’s strength. Maybe Fear is something like the “one bad apple that spoils the whole good bunch.” I heard someone say today that we are much stronger when we believe in ourselves and our purpose, which certainly takes alot of Faith to believe in oneself. I have to keep working on this one. Thanks for reminding me to focus on Faith.

  2. Avatar June 22nd, 2011 at 8:11 am carole keane Says:

    Joan, for me this is your most poignant writing to date. Perhaps I find it so as it is a topic near and dear to my heart. This is a keeper for me and I intend to make a copy of it to put on my refrigerator.
    Thanks for sharing.

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