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
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.
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.
The Exciting Announcement
Several years ago, my husband, Jim, and I visited the Holy Land. It was interesting to view the Shepherd’s fields near Bethlehem. Just being there reminded me of the Christmas story and the shepherds’ response to a supernatural event.
Except for occasional soft animal sounds, quietness surrounded the shepherds on that dark, star-sprinkled, night. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to them and, with the glory of the Lord shinning all around them, the terrified shepherds shook with fear.
And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2: 10-12).
Promptly the angel was joined by a multitude of angels praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Then the angels returned to heaven. (Luke 2: 13-14).
Left with quizzical expressions, the shepherds tried to understand, and one of them said, “Let’s go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord told us about” (Luke 2: 15). Others nodded in agreement. “Yes! Let’s go now!” The shepherds were eager to see the baby and to verify the angel’s message.
Hastily they traveled to Bethlehem, found Mary and Joseph, and viewed the baby in the manger. When they explained to the holy family and others about the angel’s announcement and what occurred, all were amazed. As the shepherds returned to the fields, they praised God because of all they had seen and heard, because it was just as the angel had said (Luke 2: 16-20). They rejoiced because God had told them the truth and they believed it.
Why did God reveal the amazing news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds first? They were considered the lowliest people in the culture of their day. The often dirty, stinky bunch cared for sheep that were to be sacrificed in the temple, although shepherds were not welcome there. Perhaps that is why they were chosen. God wanted to show us that Jesus came for everyone, regardless of color, social status, occupation, or position.
Some people today procrastinate regarding spiritual matters and are reluctant to consider the real meaning of Christ’s birth. Not the shepherds. They were quick, confident, and eager to share the good news that now impacts every level of society, every nation, every person. God loves everyone regardless of their place—whether in the palace or in a prison, in the high-rise or in the harvest fields.
At Christmas Jesus is more than a baby. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Do you know Him? (see John 3: 16).
Dear Father, Thank you for the obedient shepherds who promptly verified your exciting message and eagerly shared it with others. The work of keeping the sheep was vital in their day, but when Jesus came, they no longer needed the sheep for sacrifices because Jesus paid for our sins with His own blood. Thank you for the lessons taught us by your faithful servants. In Jesus’ name, A-men.