Greetings and Welcome!
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 on the Way: Devotions To Go
by Fran Sandin
Throughout many travels with her husband, Jim, Fran Sandin encountered unique situations and interesting people.
And little tidbits of God's truth along the way!
Join the excursion into these fifty-two devotional stories, whether you're a seasoned journeyer or an armchair traveler, and explore the possibilities of the path on which God has placed you.
Also available on Amazon (print and Kindle) and Barnes & Noble.
Listen to Fran's interview on A Time To Dream Podcast Scroll down to the 10-8-2020 podcast.
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.
You are welcome to download a free copy of:
- What Hope Can Do - by Fran Sandin
- 7 Tips For A Lasting Marriage - by Fran Sandin
- So What Happens Next? - Tract written by Steve Sandin
- Walking Through the Fire (a grief recovery article)
- Ten Days of Encouragement (for anyone who is depressed)
- Ten Ways to Say "I Care" (to encourage grieving mothers)
- The Russian version of See You Later, Jeffrey
May God bless you in your journey of faith.
Oxygen for My Soul
"Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength" (Nehemiah 8: 10b NIV).
When I met Elizabeth, an ugly clear plastic tube in her nose delivered oxygen from a tank on wheels that she dragged everywhere she went. But that did not interfere with her enthusiasm for life. We attended Bible study together and subsequently became prayer partners and close friends.
One day while sipping coffee and chatting with Liz at her home, I asked, "Liz, how did you adjust to using supplemental oxygen?"
"At first, I was so discouraged, I didn't even want to go to church," she confessed. "I was embarrassed about my contraption and feared that no one would even talk with me."
"I finally went to church and sat on the back row. Just as my husband and I were leaving, Kris came over and gave me a warm smile and a hug. Because she focused on my personality and not my disability, I gained enough courage to return."
Liz explained, "My natural tendency is to withdraw and complain. But when I surrender my feelings to Christ and draw on the security of His power, I am filled with boldness, peace, and joy. I learned not to be ashamed of my need for extra oxygen, but rather, to be thankful that I had it."
Liz smiled as she recalled her first trip to the grocery store. "I felt so awkward as I drove. Then when I arrived, I jumped out of the car and slammed the door on my tubing! First, I looked around to make sure no one was watching. Then I began laughing at myself."
Over time Liz became more comfortable with her apparatus. One day when shopping, a curious child yanked on his mother's dress and asked, "What's that, Mommy?" Liz approached the boy and his mother and asked, "Would you like to see how this works?" After her brief explanation and gracious response, the mother was relieved, and the boy's curiosity satisfied.
A few years ago, Liz no longer needed oxygen as she checked in to her Heavenly home. Though saddened by the loss of a wonderful friend, the remembrance of her cheerful countenance, contagious laugh, and sparkling blue eyes are among my fondest memories.
Elizabeth's favorite verse was Nehemiah 8: 10b.The verse is included when the Israelites returning from exile met together and asked Ezra, the priest and scribe, to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel. Ezra praised God. The people responded with "Amen's," hands raised, then bowed in worship with their faces to the ground. The Levites read from the Book of the Law of God, explaining the meaning so they could understand. People began weeping as they listened to the words.
Then Nehemiah the governor accompanied by Ezra and the Levites instructed the people saying, "This day is sacred to the LORD, our God. Do not mourn or weep, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV).
Elizabeth's love for the Lord and His Word, her positive attitude, and bright disposition provided a huge dose of oxygen for my soul. I will always be grateful for her friendship because Liz glowed with strength and left a legacy of joy along with the luster of a godly life.
This excerpt is taken from Fran's book,Touching the Clouds, True Stories To Strengthen Your Faith.