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.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46: 1
Nothing is more refreshing during the Texas summer heat than traveling to the mountains. After flying to Albuquerque, New Mexico, we rented a car, visited family there, and drove to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The next morning, my husband, Jim, and I headed to the Wolf Creek ski area for a picnic and hiking. We had the road to ourselves on a beautiful day.
"What was that?" Jim asked after we heard a loud clang, metal-on-metal noise.
"I don’t know but that didn’t sound good!"
Many trees lined the roadside. So, we did not see a metal bar in the shadows that flew up and punctured the right rear tire. When Jim noticed a problem driving, he stopped, discovered the flat tire, and turned around heading back to Pagosa. We anticipated driving eight or ten miles on a rapidly deflating tire.
Our cell phone failed to get a signal in the sparsely populated area. As we limped along very slowly, I asked, "What is that awful smell? It smells like burning rubber."
Jim said, "It is."
Our grade school son used to play a game of hot wheels with small metal cars on plastic tracks. Now we were having our own version of a hot wheel and it was dangerous, not fun. What could we do?
Then out of nowhere a friendly fellow wearing overalls and driving an old pick up stopped us and said, "I saw you were having trouble and wondered if I could help." When we told him about the tire and that our cell phone was not working, he said, "Follow me and I’ll show you where to go." So, we followed his pickup about one and half miles, and he pulled into a wide dirt driveway in front of a rustic campground cabin.
The gentleman got out of his truck, came to our car and said, "You can get out now and meet the couple that own this place. They can call a repairman for you." He introduced us and the delightful lady said, "I know just the guy who can come out here and mount the spare, and you’ll be on your way in no time."
Then she said, "Here is some cool water for you, and you can sit in the two chairs by the river, just behind the cabin." So, we enjoyed rocking and sipping while scanning the lovely view.
My goodness! We were completely relaxed as the repairman arrived, put on the spare tire, and told us where to go to buy a new one. Jim and I were so thankful and expressed our appreciation. I later mailed a thank you note to the gracious lady at the cabin. Wishing to thank the farmer one more time, we discovered he had quietly departed right after introducing us to our hosts.
We drove to Durango, bought a new tire, contacted the rental agency, and then continued our day enjoying the mountain scenery. We do not know if angels wear overalls, but we think they might.
Dear Heavenly Father, that morning we held hands and prayed for safety and for your guidance for the day without knowing what would transpire. We were in a dire situation—and you sent the nice man to help us and the couple at the campground saved the day by getting someone gifted to remove the wounded tire and add the spare. You protected us from having a tire burst into flames and all the calamity that could result from that. You provided friendly folks to help us in a strange place where we knew no one. God’s Word is true. You are indeed our refuge and strength. Thank you for helping us in our trouble. Jesus, we love you, amen.
This message is in my newest book: HOPE on the WAY: DEVOTIONS to Go.
Copyright: Fran Caffey Sandin