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The following is an excerpt of my current Work In Progress (WIP), Gratitude in Overcoming Obstacles: Faith Pushes You Through. If you’d like to see more posts like this, leave a comment to let me know you enjoyed it and would like more. 

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THE WELCOME COMMITTEE

And my God will supply all your needs according to
His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19, NASB).

I was the only patient who stayed long-term in the ward. The other women came and left.

“Call me the Welcome Committee,” I joked with Nadir one evening. That comment was not too far-fetched as many patients did treat me that way.

It all started with a personal CD player a Swedish friend loaned me after I arrived at the hospital. Nadir brought me in a few Christian CDs to listen to. Others from the college sent more CDs until I had a large variety. Then the books started coming—a mixture of nonfiction and fiction. Soon I started loaning out my CD player and the music.

A nurse from the Philippines came to borrow a book. That started a movement. Nurses—many of them Christian—signed out books for 24 hours at a time.

Every time someone visited me, I received a vase of flowers. The small area around me became cluttered so I gave flowers away. Whenever a new patient arrived, she received one. Patients from other wards came in and left with cheerful blossoms from my bouquet. Those ministering to me received colorful blooms—from medical personnel to the cleaning team.  

One day a nurse from outside the maternity wing stopped. “I heard you have a lending library. May I look through your collection? I’m alone here….”

My exact thoughts and feelings when I arrived—far from family and friends.

Like New York City, Dubai is a melting pot. Workers leave their families and the poverty of their third-world countries to accept job opportunities in Dubai with better pay. But they feel alone.

God’s bounty overflowed during my hospital stay, meeting the needs of many. My lending library and flower giveaway taught me to think beyond my own physical condition to the needs of others. 

Lord, how grateful we are you provide over and beyond what we can imagine.

In the comments, please share an example of when you’ve seen God’s provision overflow in your life. 

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Amy Bovaird is the author of two best-selling books Mobility Matters and Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Mobility.  An accomplished and inspirational speaker, she talks on a variety of topics based on her life experiences and continues to educate and inspire others through her writing and speaking. She lives with a dual disability—progressive vision and hearing loss due to Usher Syndrome. She blogs about the challenges she faces as she loses more vision and hearing and manages to find humor around almost every corner, AmyBovaird.com. Her books are available at Amazon. Follow her on social media at Amy Bovaird, Author.
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16 thoughts on “Excerpt from Gratitude in Overcoming Obstacles

  • September 2, 2017 at 2:30 am
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    Amy,
    I love you!
    You have such an eloquent way about you!
    I love the way you write!!
    I could visualize the room, the flowers and patients.
    Excellent excerpt! Made me want to read more and more.

  • September 2, 2017 at 3:03 am
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    Hi Lisa,
    Thank you so much! My book should be ready to come out at the end of September. I’ll try to post another excerpt soon.
    Amy

  • September 2, 2017 at 3:10 am
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    Amy,
    I love your sneak peek of your new post. You are truly a kind and giving person. God has blessed you with a big heart. You are inspirational.
    God overflowing provisions in my life come from my job. I’m not just a cashier. I’m a listening ear, a supporter, a friend, a consoler and much more. I give a smile to each customer.
    Excellent writing.
    Aimee

  • September 2, 2017 at 3:26 am
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    You are an amazing writer 😍 I love it.

  • September 2, 2017 at 3:28 am
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    Thanks, Aimee!
    I’m really excited about this book. It’s a different format from my other two books!
    And yes, the way you give in your job is really special! You are so much more than a cashier! That smile means a lot to your customers! When there are long lines and people are cranky, that smile especially means a lot!
    Amy

  • September 2, 2017 at 3:36 am
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    Hi Erica,
    Thank you so much! This is the first excerpt I’ve shared for my upcoming book so I’m really encouraged.
    I’m thinking of posting one a week until my book comes out at the end of September.
    Thank you again!
    Amy

  • September 2, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    Hi Amy!
    It must be exciting journey to write your own book. May God gives you favor upon favor for doing His Kingdom work. By the way, I am also a Filipina. :)There are many Christians here in the Philippines.

  • September 2, 2017 at 3:56 am
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    Hi Kate,
    Thank you. Yes, I’m really excited about the opportunity to minister to those who have faced loss in and out of pregnancy and to show that God is faithful in our circumstances. Kate, what part of the Philippines do you live? I have never visited your country but have always wanted to.
    Thank you again for your kind and encouraging words!
    Amy

  • September 2, 2017 at 4:00 am
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    so many memories of all those days come flooding back, happy memories that you lived to tell the story, sad that you came out alone. xxx love you Amy

  • September 2, 2017 at 4:14 am
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    Hi Bettie Lou,
    The thing about reliving this journey now is that I can see God’s hand even more clearly than when I was in the midst of the fire. I am learning so much! It’s really helping me to think about the trials. I can’t believe it’s nearly been 20 years. Sometimes it seems like it just happened. I wanted to write this book so I can minister to a wider group of people who may not experience vision loss, but have experiences other losses like I have.

  • September 2, 2017 at 5:56 am
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    What an interesting and vivid story, with the lending library and all of those flowers that filled your room. I really enjoyed it.

  • September 2, 2017 at 12:15 pm
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    Hi Alice,
    Thank you for taking time to read my devotional and for your kind words.
    And I sure appreciate you tweeting it!
    It’s so amazing how God provides the little details that we don’t thin of!
    Amy

  • September 2, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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    Beautiful post in what so many of us are facing today. Thank you for sharing it and I can’t wait to see more excerpts from your book. As for me it happened when my daughter was killed as I have been able to share with parents that tomorrow isn’t promised and to always always let your family and friends know you love them no. matter what.

  • September 2, 2017 at 4:57 pm
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    Thank you, Glenda. I’m so glad you want to see more.
    I’m so sorry about the loss of your daughter. Grateful you are sharing with other parents.
    Amy xx

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  • September 6, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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    Dear I Have RP,
    Thank you so much for sharing my post. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
    Amy

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