Wow, so much has happened in our lives these last six months. We were living in Chattanooga, TN where we both had great jobs. I was fired from my job while I was out for my back surgery and in rehab. Then, my husband took a job offer, in Texas which he thought would be better for our family in the long run. Trust me; I went kicking and screaming the whole way. After my back surgery and neck surgery, in Chattanooga, the surgery with my back did not go as well as planned. I was out of work from the time we moved to Texas until now. We had only been in Texas for six months when my husband’s boss announced to him that they were closing down the radio station on Friday, and he was told this on a Tuesday, leaving him with no time (3 days) to find a job. Now, we’re stuck out there alone and with no family or friends. That moment when Ronnie told me what had happened I was so angry, and I had just a panic of fear. Security has always been the one thing I need since my childhood. Now, that was gone, who was I going to trust, who would pay our bills, how would we get groceries? All these fears consumed me for months; we have both felt hopeless. I kept thinking, how could someone wreck someone’s life that bad? How could someone move us 12 hours from home knowing their business was on the verge of closing down? Ok, where are you, God? For the first time in our lives we seriously did not know what we were going to do. Long story short, we ended up moving back to Birmingham, AL and moved in with my mother, which has had to be our lowest point ever. I have sat and watched my husband feel less and less of a man because he has had so much trouble finding a job. I have watched him crying just out of sheer despair. I have watched him first-hand being torn down, and kicked in the mouth by other people, even by our family. All the while continuing to trust God, knowing He will provide, and knowing God has just the right job and people that he will cross paths with all in God’s timing. We are now going on four months that he has been without a job; it has been grueling. To have a stack of bills you cannot pay, you don’t have your own place to live anymore; you can’t go out and do the things you once could do. You know who you thought you were the closest to, acting like they never knew you when we needed a place to live. Being in the place where we are right now has made us cling only to God and not other people. We are trusting Him to get us out of our situation. Now, we are hanging on to the promises in His word, that is all we have. We have learned not to take anything for granted anymore, such as having a home, a kitchen to cook in, a bed to sleep in, your own bathroom, and just the comfort of knowing you are in your own home. I will always appreciate having an apartment or a home now. When we can get a place of our own, I will thank God every day for the blessing of having a roof over our heads we call our own. We are letting go of all of those people who let us down in one of the hardest times of our life, and trusting God to bring us new friends, those who stick closer than a brother. I am just so proud to see how my husband has witnessed to me through this time in staying so faithful, never losing hope, and his true dignity and respect he has shown to those who have just beat him down. He still showed them Jesus. I have to say my best friend since childhood has been here for both of us. Her belief in us and her encouragement is just amazing. I realize it is better to have one true friend like her than 20 who turn you away when you’re in trouble. She has always been a light to me in some very dark places I have been. Even though some of our fights throughout our lives, I always knew if I needed her she was there. What a comforting feeling, a true friend who is as genuine as nothing I have ever seen in my life. Her name is Jenny, so please pray for her and her family, thank God for putting her in my life, thank Him for giving me the comfort of knowing and seeing what a true friend should look like, ask Him to bless her beyond measure. I know pretty soon Ronnie will get a job offer, I know we will once again live out on our own. I know God is going to bless him abundantly just due to watching how He has just clung to the Lord through all this. Please continue to pray God will direct him to the job He wants him to have, where he can minister to others who are going through life and have so many issues just as we have had. We have a precious friend in ministry, and his logo is “God Did It” and that is one thing we are going to say on the other side of this trial, GOD DID IT! If you too are going through something in your life that is way beyond your control and you to don’t see a ray of hope, hang in there. Just ask God what it is He wants you to learn as you’re walking through your trial. Hang on to the fact, things cannot get any worse, so they have to get better. You’re not stuck. God has the answers He is just wanting us to be still and know He is God in these moments. Thank you all for continuing to pray for Ronnie and me, and we would love to hear from you how we can pray for you. We want to do this thing called life with you and continue doing life together.
Ronnie and Christie Bruce
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Hey sweet friends, I know it has been a while on us posting on Doing Life Together. Here is an inspirational video letting you know why we have been out for a while.
This devotion is a lot longer than we ever post, but I can assure you it is well worth the read. It is a true story that happened this week. So please take your time to read it, I know you will be touched and blessed beyond belief.
I have been waiting for a few days to cool off before I posted this. I have been praying about all who were involved and how to let God handle it and not me. This is truly the hardest thing to turn over to God and lay at His feet, because I am human. I will not go into the whole story but will share enough where you get the jest of it. Since when did human beings become just a label, like drunk, drug addict or freak, hopeless, or any of the other labels that people put on other people?” I truly witnessed this Monday July 3rd 2017.
I was off work Monday and Tuesday for the 4th of July holiday. I go in Wednesday morning and my boss tells me to come and watch the security camera video as to what happened Monday July 3rd. He said “Christie you are not going to believe all this” little did I know what I was fixing to see. My boss, and his parents, were at our showroom working and they decided to go and get a bite to eat. While they were gone, we had a “man” that was extremely intoxicated walking around the building of our show room. He was tilting up his bottle of vodka as we watched on the camera and he could not hardly stand up.
As he walked around the parking lot to the front of our showroom, he tried to get in my boss’s truck pulling on the handle and trying to key in numbers on the pad. When he was unsuccessful, he walked up on our door step which is made of stone and has 3 or 4 stairs going up to the door. The “man” was so intoxicated he fell backwards off the steps hitting his back hard enough that he flew into the parking lot and hit his head really bad on the pavement. The “man” laid in our parking lot for 15 minutes before he was able to try to stand back up. All the while the people at the BBQ place right next door to our business was standing in their window which faces our parking lot watching, not doing a thing to help him. They never called 911 or nothing just stood there in the window, waiting on customers, and watched.
Continuing to watch the video, the “man” finally stands up again and comes back up on our porch trying once again to get into our building. He was bleeding pretty bad at this point. Once again when he could not get in, he turned to go off the porch and fell again down the stairs and there he laid at the bottom of the stairs. It is now around 6:00 P.M. My boss and his parents return back from eating, to find this sad bloody “man” at the foot of the steps. Once again, the BBQ owner and employees watched and did nothing. When my boss got out of the car the first thing he did was run up to the man and talked to him, and immediately got down on both knees and asked the “man” if he could pray with him.
My boss and his father kept talking to the man while his mom went in to call 911. They told her they were busy and would get there when they could. I guess because he had been drinking he was not high priority, labeled a “drunk” forgetting he was a human being. As my boss and his father were talking to him, he told them he had just lost his wife and was really having major problems. They helped the man stand up and were helping him to walk to our outdoor patio where there is a bench to wait on the paramedics. Halfway across the parking lot, the “man” asked my bosses father if he could give him a hug, he said of course and embraced the “man.”
He made it to our porch and my boss and his father went in to check the security camera to see what had gone on prior to them getting back from eating. They were speechless to see what had taken place hours before. My boss and his father were going back out to be with the “man,” and as they were going out the door his mother screams “he is falling hurry.” Once again, the BBQ owner and employees looking on and still doing nothing to help. As they ran to the “man” he lost control and fell off backwards on our stone patio hitting his head for the third time on a huge boulder where he split his head wide open. As I watched him lay lifeless on that boulder it took my breath away, and were no words to even say.
There happened to be a doctor in line at the BBQ place and he came running over along with a nurse that too was in the parking lot also. Finally, 45 minutes maybe more, the police decided to show up, along with the paramedics. I watched the video as they took the man away on a stretcher and never knew how much this stranger would affect me. How could so many people look on and do absolutely nothing? My boss did go talk to the owner at the BBQ place which I am guessing did not go well. The owner of the BBQ place told him the “drunk” had come on his property at 4:30 P.M. Why he did not call 911 at 4:30 I will never understand. If he would have, the “man” would have never fallen 3 times.
I understand people do not want to take a chance these days on issues like this, but picking up a phone and calling for help would have been the humane thing to do because minutes could have changed the outcome. You notice I call him a MAN because he too is a child of God who had a very bad problem. We don’t know if this “man” lived or died, and it has bothered me something terrible. I hope this “mans” story will make you think about what to do next time you see something like this. God loves that man just as much as He does all of us. I pray for this “man” every day, and would love to know what happened to him, but needless to say, I will probably never know.
Please never discard a human life to this extent, he was someone’s son, father, or brother and I cannot even imagine someone treating my family in this kind of manner. I have to forgive which I am not to that point yet. I need to forgive the employees at the BBQ place, the onlookers, and the police for taking so long to respond after his mother telling them he was severally injured. Why did this turn out the way it did, because the “man” had a label, he was called a “drunk.” When the police took out his license he too had a name, and it was Michael. Continue to lift this man up and his family and just pray he gets some help for his issues, and for others to treat him as a human, not a label, if he did survive.
I want to say to my boss and his parents, you may have been the only prayer this “man” ever heard, and the only Jesus he has ever seen. Or, maybe it was the first time someone cared enough to get down on both knees in the rain and pray for him. It may have been the only time someone cared enough to embrace this man, letting him know someone cared. I am truly blessed and do not take it for granted to work for the greatest family I have ever known. The Lord saw what you did and trust me, you are going to have a huge crown waiting on you in heaven, and hopefully tons of blessings here on earth.
Doing Life Together,
Ronnie and Christie