I Know


“I know…”

“You do?” “Sure…Yeah, right…”

My friend noticed I had a habit of saying “I know” a lot in every conversation we had.

“It’s hard,” she vented one time, “I don’t have anyone else to help me with things.”

“I know…”

“No, you don’t…because you’re not in my shoes,” she stated.


“Oh…it hurts,” she complained of different aches.

“I know…”

“No, you don’t…You don’t have the pains I’m having,” she replied.

I never noticed my “expression” until she had noticed it and had brought it to my attention. I told her I might not have the same problems or aches she had, but when I said “I know” I meant it because I felt like I was going through the same problems and was having the same pains. Because I love her.

That’s being a friend after all, right? It’s placing ourselves in our friends’ shoes  so we can share with their suffering and just by being there for them, somehow, we hope that we are able to help out doing so in easing their pain or making the burdens a little lighter.

“I know…”

I’m confident saying that and in my spiritual state should be the same. Knowing the truth that the bottom line is my spiritual victory is not something I have accomplished but because of what Jesus did for me. And for you. And for him. And for her. For all of us.

As I go through this tough battle at this time, I am not afraid because I KNOW, my Faithful Friend is always there for me. And that is the truth!

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
–John 15:15 (ESV)

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. Hi dear Rosel. This post brought a smile to my face because my childhood best friend who now resides in San Francisco came to visit two weeks ago. She had the same habit as you, replying "I know" to every sentence I spoke to her.

    But she said it in such a nice way, with her American accent and all, and she has such a sweet smile when she says it.

    And I know what she means. She is saying that she understands what I am saying and going through - just the way you explained it.

    Thank you for all the things you wrote here. It is true, being a friend means we do not have to personally experience what is going on in another friend's life, but we know, we understand. And yes, our heavenly Father is the God who knows everything about us perfectly!

    Love
    Lidj

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  3. It's so good to KNOW, isn't it!
    I love this scripture you shared! ALL that the Father has shared - He has made KNOWN to us.

    Blessings for a great week. In ALL your ways...TRUST HIM, acknowledge Him, and He WILL direct your path! EXPECT it....Count on it! ...as I KNOW you do!

    Patrina <")>><

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  4. Rosel, you and my wife must be related. She must say "I know" a hundred times a day! But you know what? People are drawn to her because she really does "know" and care about people's feelings and problems.

    Take care and have a nice week :-)

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  5. Nice.....very nice. You know? :-)

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  6. Rosel, the Lord has given some believers the gift of mercy and discernment that goes beyond the normal measures of God's love for His children. Like Ron mentioned, I think you may be related to my wife also....she definitely feels to hurt and pain folks are having when she says, "I know". God bless, Lloyd

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  7. Rosel, thank you for sharing such a lovely post. An encouragement to me. Blessings.

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  8. I could't open the video...but the post is another good one. Hugs to you Rosel....hope and pray you're doing great.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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