Week 3, 2009
|On a warm breezy evening in early August, on a cliff over looking the Indian Ocean in Bali my beloved knelt down on one knee and proposed. In this miraculous moment, I felt more loved, adored and excited for the rest my life to come than ever before. My boyfriend (now fiancé) and I lived in Singapore and had flown to Bali for a long-weekend to complete our diving certification.
In the short 6 months that followed, wedding plans were in full swing. We had decided to return to Bali for the nuptials, invite an intimate group of family and friends so that our Canadian Family and Singaporean Family could meet.
From the beginning of our wedding planning we were blessed. A dear friend I had met 2 years earlier who was an event planner, agreed to assist us in our quest. She had never planned a wedding, and didn’t want to because of all of the potential emotion involved. But because of her love for us as a couple and me as a friend, she agreed to help out this one time.
My fiancé, who until the engagement had been unable to find work for 8 months was interviewed, and hired for a new job within 1 week of returning home from our Bali trip. Secondly, a family friend of my fiancés’ who had owed him a large sum of money had contacted us to commence repayment. We were well on our way, to pay for our dream wedding in Bali.
Well as in life, there are at times challenges that come ones way. In Dec of that year, and 2 short months prior to our wedding, my fiancé due to some unforeseen circumstances had to leave his job. As we had just moved, finances were a bit tight with the wedding coming up. He proceeded to contact his friend that was to repay a debt and ensure that, this was still going to be able to happen.
Numerous phone-calls were placed and each week it seemed a new payment arrangement was made, as the previous one had been forgotten. My fiancé was hopeful; he had full faith in this friend as he was to be the “bestman” at the wedding.
It was now mid-January our family and friends had all purchased their airline tickets; we had arranged hotels and still did not know how we were going to finance a large portion of this event. In a last attempt the week before our wedding, my fiancé contacted his friend to no avail, and no funds appeared. In addition, 2 days before we left Singapore for our Bali wedding, my fiancés’ friend/bestman informed us he was not going to be able to make the wedding.
If I ever believed in faith, the law of attraction and silencing the mind of worry, it was now that I had to put those principals into action. My fiancé and I were quiet about our predicament because we wanted to keep as much joy surrounding the event as possible. Our number 1 goal was to share our love and joined union with our family and friends. With that solitary goal, faith and a lot of prayer we boarded a plan to Bali not knowing how we were going to pay for this event in 2 days.
The day before the wedding, our dear friends we had met in Singapore 2 years previous had called for any last minute requests because they were to arrive that evening in Bali. I very flippantly said “ya sure, if you have like $5000 in your back pocket, please pack it.” BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR…
4 hours later in Bali, our local Singapore bank called us to confirm a deposit. I was astounded as someone had anonymously deposited $10,000 into our account and the bank wanted to confirm the transaction. And while I knew who it was, I couldn’t even thank them because they were on a plane in the air on their way to our wedding. As I was recounting the story to another friend from Singapore, who had arrived with us unknown to me, she went to the hotel where my fiancé and I were to spend our 2 week honeymoon and paid for the $5000 stay. On the day of the wedding, my fiancés’ father wanted to see us privately to give us our wedding gift. In lieu of a gift, because he had to travel from Canada, he bashfully presented us cash. The cash in that envelope was exactly the amount we needed to pay for the wedding dinner that night at the resort.
As I recount these events today, I am still flabbergasted that this all occurred. As Canadians living abroad we were far from home and had since met new friends that had become our family. This new family took care of their own, without a second thought or hesitation. The miracle of love we found in this family of friends and collective strangers from Holland, Britain and Australia is still amazing to me today.
~ Dr Shara Downey-Neufeldt~
Reviews From Amazon "You Can Expect A Miracle" Book
A Great Inspirational Read!, September 16, 2008
Read the book front to back in one sitting. Couldn't put it down! Explains how YOU can "expect a miracle" and how Dr Hinwood and "friends" have had these miracles (big and small). Get the book, read it and expect your own miracles!
||Edwin C. Burton "Ed (Australia)
Transformational book...great stuff!, November 4, 2008
It has been said that our attitude determines our altitude. Thank you Dr. Hinwood for this transformational book which reaffirms the necessity to direct our thoughts towards positive expection for maximum success and fulfillment (in every area). Great stuff!
Miracle workers are everywhere..., November 3, 2008
||Gretchen Bernard (Zürich, Switzerland)
I have so enjoyed all of the stories of miracle workers!!! Especially the stories from Gilles Lamarche about "the Power that made the body heals the body", the Mad dogs and Cowboys from John Demartini that "no one can take away one's love or wisdom and not to judge a book by the cover", the "power the belief of a parent brings to a lifetime" from Ely Lazar, always seeing the "silver lining" in any situation delivered to us by Scott Schilling, and the wonderful messages John & Judy Hinwood bring to all of us with their countless stories about miracles. Especially John Hinwood's story about those who have been butchered by an inappropriate health care practitioner (doctor or therapist of any sort!), with his message that there are still many wonderful, caring, real and true helpers of society out there! You Can... Expect a Miracle!
This book is a gem!, November 4, 2008
What makes this book so great is that all the people that wrote of their experiences are co-creators of this book. While Dr John Hinwood created the idea and contributes with a number of stories, it is the varied experiences shared by all the contributors that makes this book so inspiring.
||Dr. Ely Lazar (Shenton Park, West Australia Australia)
The book is broken up into themes ranging from Miracles of Attitude to Miracles of Family, to Miracles of Health. Most of the stories have inspiring quotes at the end ranging from people such as Benjamin Franklin to Arthur Ashe to Leonardo Da Vinci.
Some the stories are humorous such as"The Fickle Finger of Fate" by Dr John Hinwood, about his experience with an immigration office at LAX. Others are deadly serious such as "Space Invaders" by Dr Keith Livingstone, about his battle with a brain tumor. In fact, this I found most inspiring.
The theme that comes through and through is that Miracles are Normal and occur all around us if we take the time to look for them and appreciate them.
The Hinwoods' live an outpoured life, October 29, 2008
We are so often shaped by the people we meet and the books we read. Sometimes we meet the people via their books. In the decades I have known Drs John and Judy Hinwood, they have always lived selflessly (sometimes to their cost). When faced with adversity themselves or in others, their relentless generosity of spirit shines through, and now this little tome of encouragement and inspiration will carry their message to so many who don't get to meet them face to face, but will benefit from getting to know them and the miracles message.
||Dr. Keith H. Charlton (Brisbane, Queensland)
Little ripper!, September 20, 2008
This is a more than slightly biased review as I am the wife of one of the contributors and have known the author for years! This is an "easy read" before bed, and the stories are all true. In a nutshell- Dr John's principle of concentrating only on ultimate expectation has helped me and my husband through an extremely difficult year where he has thrived/survived a "terminal" brain tumour and 2 neuro-surgeries while writing and publishing his own book on training for middle distance. In this time we have gone from being financially crippled, helpless and hopeless at the time of collapse to now being financially independent and comfortably well off, with Keith's book being released next month on Amazon (Healthy Intelligent Training). This financial miracle required Keith to be written off for life insurance purposes, but hey, he's still here and kicking and expecting to continue, God willing. We just did as the book said and plastered John's unique "Expect a Miracle" cards (they're in the book) everywhere around the house, and bothered God an awful lot! (We're supposed to you know!). An easy read, and like anything, if you JUST DO IT your life might change forever!
||Joanne L. Livingstone -
Pure Inspiration, September 20, 2008
Dr John's book; "Expect A Miracle" is an amazing read and eye opener.
||Stephanie Le Coz (Australia)
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