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.
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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- 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.
By Fran Caffey Sandin
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121: 1,2).
Our first trip to the Canadian Rockies initiated expressions of awe toward our amazing God. “Jim, I feel like falling on my knees and singing, “How Great Thou Art”!
Only HE could design such grandeur. The huge magnificent rocks jutting up to the sky left my jaw sagging in amazement, and the stunning beauty prompted me to worship our wonderful Creator.
Other mountain experiences were also daunting. After Mt. Denali in Alaska sheds its heavy white coat, the tundra bursts forth in bloom. Blue lupine, bright pink fireweed and many other colorful varieties announce that winter has departed. The mountain garden flourishes along endless miles of pristine wilderness. No one plants those wildflowers, they just come up.
In a similar way, from May until August, cascades of color paint the landscape in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. In Glacier Park, Montana, pink monkey flowers begin appearing around mid-July as the snow recedes in Logan Pass near the Clements Mountain.
When we visited these beautiful places, I remembered what Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Matthew 6: 25-29).
Like spring follows winter and renews a harsh landscape, our Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides, brings peace to still the turmoil in our hearts and newfound joy with the blessing of each day. Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” She added, “Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.”
Every time the sun rises, the seasons change, and the flowers bloom, all of nature seems to be announcing, “God is faithful.” In a world of man-made chaos, God is trustworthy, not only in matters of creation, but in our personal lives as well. Remembering God’s dependability is helpful, especially when circumstances are not going our way.
When our lives are rocked by untoward events, we may wonder if God has forgotten us. Yet when we reflect upon the past, we can trace His faithful provision. Just as He adorns the lilies of the field, He will take care of our concerns. So, we need not be anxious. When difficulties arise, we can pray, knowing the Master Gardener is always there, year in and year out.
Dear Father God,
Thank you for creating such a beautiful world for us to enjoy. We love seeing the mountains, the rivers and streams, waterfalls, the ocean, the birds, the flowers, and colorful sunsets. All make our lives so enjoyable and point to You, their powerful designer and Creator. And yet, you care about each one of us---our hurts, our cares, our joys, and sorrows. Help us to be prayerful and remember that you listen. Let us cast our cares upon You instead of engaging in endless worry.
We are so thankful that you take care of the birds and the lilies, and us, too. In Jesus’ name,