SID: Hello, Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world, where it’s naturally supernatural. I’m here with Clarice and Ron Holden. What would happen to you if you got a phone call and found out that your husband was just hit by a drunk driver? Worse than that, he had a truck. And your husband had three hours to live. What would you do? How would your world be changed? Well what Clarice Holden did is so amazing to me. I know the story, I know the results, and I’m still in awe over what Clarice did. But I want to go back a little bit. Ronnie, your dad was an alcoholic, you were an alcoholic, you were into drugs, and your wife gets religion. What did you think about her?
RONNIE: I thought she had completely lost her mind.
SID: Well did you give her a hard time?
RONNIE: Oh absolutely. All I could, I gave her a hard time. I didn’t believe what she was doing.
SID: Ok. You had a prophecy. In other words, a man said “I have a message for you from God.”
What was that message?
CLARICE: He said, “The last two years have been a living hell, but the next two are going to be even worse.
SID: Oh no! How would you like to get a word like that?
CLARICE: It was not good at the beginning, but he finished by saying “Your husband will be on his deathbed, flat on his back, all alone, and he will see the salvation of God. He will have a visitation from God.” And I said, “How in the world is this going to happen? He will not speak to a Christian.” You know, whenever something like that happened, I just could not picture it. But that’s the way it happened.
SID: Ok. Ronnie, tell me about the day, the moment, this prophecy came to pass.
RONNIE: It was in 1984. It was February 17th. I was lying in bed, and somehow I just woke up.
It was like 3 o’clock in the morning, and I was lying in bed. I was in rehab. And I looked up and the room was white, like clouds were in the room. And this Man was standing over the bed, and to me, it looked like a picture I had seen in the Bible of Jesus when I was a little boy. And He just stood there and put His hands out to me, and I didn’t really realize what was going on, but at that time I was delivered of alcohol and drugs and things in my life.
SID: Now when you say delivered, how bad was your alcohol addiction?
RONNIE: I drank all the time. I’d stay out two or three days, I had blackouts. I drank pretty much most of the time.
SID: But you can’t… You understand now, you can’t instantly lose an addiction like that. Are you telling me, instantly you lost this addiction?
RONNIE: Well I didn’t think so either. I had tried so many different ways to lose it, and I didn’t realize it’d really happened. But when I got up and went outside, I started thinking about alcohol and thinking about drugs, and I physically got nauseated even thinking about it. I had no desire for it at all.
SID: What kind of drugs were you on?
RONNIE: I was addicted to cocaine…
SID: Again, you can’t just walk away from cocaine. You had a real miracle.
RONNIE: In the natural world you can’t, but I had a miracle. And I wasn’t really expecting anything to happen to me. I’d never heard of anything like that before. I never knew anybody that that happened to. But I cried out, and I knew I was going to die, and I only had one chance. I had heard about religion or God, but I didn’t think He’d help me, because I was a mean person. I was a bad person. And I had no idea God would help me, but as a last resort, after I’d tried everything else, I cried out to God “I’m going to die, I’m not going to make it. I only have a few more days the way I’m living my life.” And that happened. It changed my life.
SID: Clarice, when he told you this story, what went on inside of you?
CLARICE: Well first, I got a call from him; he said, “Will you bring me a Bible?” I’m like “Oh my goodness, yes I’ll bring you a Bible.” And I got there, I was so excited, it was just amazing. It was what I had always dreamt of and prayed for, and to see him acting different. And he just played this game. He would take that Bible and he would open it up and he would point, and whatever he wanted, God was so supernaturally showing him what he wanted to see, and it was the answer that he needed at that time.
SID: Listen, you got, not only a brand new husband, God began to prosper the two of you. Tell me just briefly, Clarice, how He prospered you financially.
CLARICE: Well, first of all, He restored our marriage. That was number one, which was wonderful. And then, our restaurant, it flourished. God really just showed Ronnie how to go in
and change things in the menu and in the restaurant, and it just started prospering. And then we opened a clothing business, and that has been phenomenal. God has just blessed both of them. And we have invested in real estate, and it’s been good, and it’s really been great. It really has.
SID: I mean it sounds almost like a storybook romance. A marriage is restored; their finances are being showered, Ronnie, you’re hearing from God on how to prosper in your business. And then, on May 8th, 2000, he gets hit by a drunk driver in a car. The driver’s in a truck. You literally catapulted out of your car? Did you have your seatbelt on?
RONNIE: I had a seatbelt on; it broke it off the back of the seat and threw me out the passenger window.
SID: And then, you go out the passenger window, and the truck comes rolling over and just stops short of falling on you, but it doesn’t matter, you had everything imaginable wrong with you. I mean the doctors actually said three hours to live.