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.
Sunrise and SON RISE
Fran Caffey Sandin
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus Who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen as He said” (Matthew 28: 5,6 ESV).
As a teenager I loved the way our church youth group celebrated Easter. Early that morning we drove a few miles to Uncle Charlie’s East Texas lakeside cabin. Chilly air surrounded us as we sat on rough wooden benches by the still water. Chirping birds and croaking frogs accompanied our acapella voices as we sang hymns and watched the sun rising above the tree-lined lake.
Uncle Charlie had erected a single wooden cross at just the right spot, bathed in rays of sunlight. We meditated on the cross as we listened to the Scripture passage explaining the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. After the sermon, we closed with the rousing hymn, Christ Arose!
Our sponsors arrived early to fix breakfast. Already the aroma of bacon, eggs, and homemade biscuits wafted through the air, and we could hardly wait to enter the cabin. My mouth waters with the remembrance of that wonderful food. The sweet ladies who gave their time and energy to prepare it demonstrated the love of Christ. The fellowship brought great joy and excitement, and I am thankful for the memories.
Later in life, I began to study the Bible more and gain a better understanding of the significance of our celebration. In the Old Testament the Levitical priests sacrificed animals, but the blood of animals did not remove the guilty consciences of the people. God desired the people to live holy lives, but the animal sacrifices were only a temporary measure, a shadow of things to come. Once a year the priest entered the Holy of Holies, separated from the rest of the temple by a heavy veil. He was the only one who could go behind the veil on behalf of the people.
Jesus’ death had to occur before we could celebrate His resurrection. God’s Word is clear that we have all missed the mark of moral purity; none of us is righteous on our own. In other words, we are all guilty. BUT GOD loved us so much that He sent His son, Jesus to pay for our sins through the sacrifice of His body.
Jesus died on the cross and was buried in a stone-secured tomb, but on the third day, the stone had rolled away to reveal an empty tomb. CHRIST HAD RISEN FROM THE DEAD! We rejoice because Jesus has defeated the darkness of death. His resurrection gives us the HOPE (assurance) of eternal life if we confess our sins and place our trust in Him.
We could spend a lifetime meditating on the miraculous gift God has given and His great love, grace, mercy, and longsuffering. Our response is to trust God’s Word, to believe it, to receive His gift, to confess and forsake our sins, and to walk in obedience.
Dear Father God,
May we draw near to You with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having trusted Jesus to forgive our sins. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering because You keep Your promises. Let us stay close to You in joyful obedience so that we can bless and encourage others. We rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, in Whose name we pray. Amen.
Excerpt taken from HOPE on the Way: DEVOTIONS to Go by Fran Caffey Sandin