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My goal is to share encouragement, grace, and hope from God's Word, and to brighten your day. Mission trips abroad have enlarged my heart and reminded me once again that regardless of our skin color or location we all need a savior, and His name is Jesus. I pray that my articles will lift your spirits and point you to the One who loves you most.


Fran's newest book
Hope is on the way by fran sandin

Hope on the Way: Devotions To Go
by Fran Sandin

Do you enjoy traveling? Or like reading about it?

Fran and her husband, Jim, have traveled extensively through the years. In HOPE on the WAY, Fran will take you from Texas to Michigan, Italy, Norway, Ukraine, New Zealand, and beyond as she shares her personal hope-filled stories of God’s powerful hand at work. Several stories include testimonies of folks she met on the way. Throughout the book you will glimpse the faithfulness of God in seasons of both heartache and joy. As you reflect on each encounter, you are reminded to look for HIS moving in your own life. Everyone needs hope and Fran makes it clear where to find it.

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Fran Caffey Sandin with Benji Cole from CBS Radio - CITI OF BOOKS: October 17, 2023

Click to Read Fran's Guest Post On Tammy Kennington's Blog Site

Listen to Fran's interview on A Time To Dream Podcast Scroll down to the 10-8-2020 podcast.

Listen to Fran's interview on Never Ever Give Up Hope with Carol Graham, where I was interviewed regarding a journey from Crisis to Construction, 2020.

Listen to Fran’s January 4, 2020 live radio interview with Nancy Solari, CEO of Living Full Out, Inc. Nancy lives in Oregon, is blind, and after participating in a communications career, started her own show to assist others in overcoming various life challenges. The interview includes commercials and a couple of call-in’s to Nancy in her capacity as a Life Coach before Fran’s interview begins.
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Read Fran's 9/9/2018 Devotional on ARISE Devos website

Read Fran's 8/26/2018 Devotional on ARISE Daily Devos website

Read Fran's 7/14/2018 Devotional on ARISE Daily Devos website

Click to listen to Fran's interview with Carol Graham's Never Give Up Hope Blogspot

Click to read Fran's interview with Smashwords.com

Click to listen to Fran’s interview with Benji Cole of CBS Radio

Click to listen to Fran’s interview with Nancy Solari


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May God bless you in your journey of faith.
Warmly,
Fran


Let’s Celebrate Life!

By Fran Sandin

"For You created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful. I know that full well" (Psalm 139: 13,14 NIV).

How did you feel when you found out you were going to be a mother? Me? I was excited, scared, feeling incompetent, happy, proud, but a little sad to leave my pre-pregnant status.

Thrilled to finally hold my beautiful baby boy, I missed my mother who lived in another state. But the Lord provided help along the way. With dark circles under my eyes, and my hormonal roller coaster raging, the AVON sales lady rang the doorbell. Bless her heart, she kindly encouraged me as I cried on her shoulder about my new assignment. Soon I felt overwhelmed by the blessing of giving life to another human being. Steve was a healthy baby, but not all mothers are so fortunate.

For instance, Derrick Hall’s mom made the right choice, in line with God’s Word and her instincts as a loving mother. In 2001, he was coming early at 2 pounds, 9 ounces. Doctors steered her toward abortion, telling her that he had a 1% chance of survival, and would not be able to walk or talk, and would have no quality of life. She refused to sign the abortion papers as she told the doctor, "I have to give him a shot at life." Wow!

Now we know the rest of the story. Derrick not only lived, but he also thrived. From ESPN.com, we learn that on April 28, 2023, the 6-foot, 3-inch 252-pound Auburn University football star was drafted for his rookie season with the NFL Seattle Seahawks.

My friend, Denise, had a similar experience. She was pregnant but at her checkup the baby was not thriving, and due to fetal distress, the doctor encouraged her to have an abortion. He said the lack of nutrition would cause her son to be brain damaged and disabled the rest of his life. Denise started crying. Her husband intervened and told the doctor, "Skylar is our son, and we want him to live, no matter what." Skylar was born prematurely at 2 pounds, 5 ounces, perfectly formed, just tiny. He even let out a little sheep-like cry.

Skylar is now a young man in his 20’s who is musically gifted. In addition to being fully employed, he loves to play the guitar and lead worship at his church and is known and respected as a man of God.

One evening as my husband, Jim, and I were in downtown Branson, Missouri, we were shocked to see a young woman yelling on the street corner, "It’s MY body, MY choice." Over and over, she chanted it louder and louder. Perhaps she was trying to convince herself that a baby’s life doesn’t matter. It does. God is the creator, and each life has a purpose. I thought of Psalm 53: 1 (NIV) "The fool has said in his heart there is no God." Also, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom" (Proverbs 11: 2 NIV). The late Senate Chaplain, Peter Marshall said, "May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right."

Abortion is not a political issue; it is a moral and spiritual one. Thank God for our local Crisis Pregnancy Center where Moms are honored who, after seeing their baby on a sonogram, decided to keep him or her. Counseling is provided, the gospel shared, parenting classes offered, and a Christian man is on staff to help the father assume his role as the leader of his family. A large gift closet provides diapers, clothes, and other necessities.

Childbirth is truly a miracle. Let’s celebrate life and count our blessings every day.