Hope, in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic.


Hey sweet friends, ever since this coronavirus pandemic has happened, all I have heard is so many people looking for hope. So, here is a snippet out of the second book I am writing—the only place you will ever find hope is in Him. I am praying for all my blogging friends that you to will find some comfort here today. Please feel free to share with others, Christie.
 
 
H – in hope stands for a Higher power. Jesus desires a hands-on day to day moment by moment, intimacy with us.
Romans 11:36 Living Bible (TLB)
36 For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory. To him be glory evermore.
He can do what we are not able to do on our own. For us to change, we need a smidgen of faith.
Matthew 17:20 New Living Translation (NLT)
20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. We would have change that would be able to move mountains of our hurts. We can find the courage to take hold of Christ’s hand so that we can face the present with confidence and the future with realistic expectancy.
 
O – in hope, stands for openness to change. Sometimes we’re afraid to change even if our past was painful. We may resist change because of our fear of the unknown. Or, in our despair, we may think we don’t deserve anything better than what we are currently experiencing. Hope opens the doors that despair has slammed shut. Hope discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what can’t. Throughout our lives, we will continue to encounter hurts and trials that we are powerless by ourselves to change. But with God’s help, we can be open enough to allow those right circumstances to change us, making us better, not bitter. Our attitudes must always be changing for the better, and hope enables us to do just that.
Ephesians 4:22-23 New Living Translation (NLT)
22 Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Psalm 25:5New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Lead me to your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All-day long, I put my hope in you.
 
P – In hope, which stands for the power to change. We are not able to change ourselves, but God’s power can change us and our situation. The ability to change comes from God’s grace. Hope draws its power from a deep trust in God. Once we tap into that power, right actions and Christ-like actions will follow naturally.
Hebrews 11:6 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
 
E – Expectation to change. Don’t quit before your miracle happens. With God’s help, the changes we have longed for are just steps away. With God’s help, the changes we have wanted are only a few steps away. It is essential to keep the following in the forefront of our minds as we proceed. Life without Christ is a hopeless end, but with him, it’s an endless hope.
 
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Life – Changes in an instant, how do you cope with it?


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

hopeknowsyourname@gmail.com

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