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.
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.
Festival of Lights
By Fran Caffey Sandin
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Decorating our Christmas tree is like taking an enjoyable walk down memory lane. Jim and I enjoy traveling and ornaments are favorite souvenirs: light weight and easily packed, they remind me of places we have been. When hanging near lights and small mirrors the various shapes and colors sparkle and shine. Christmas would be dull without the beautiful trimmings. Listening to inspiring Christmas music while dressing the tree makes me smile and lifts my spirits.
When visiting in Old Jerusalem, I purchased a small replica of a menorah, a candelabra with four candles on each side and one in the middle. That candle represents a miracle. Every year Jewish families enjoy a winter holiday called Hanukah or The Festival of Lights. Hanukkah means dedication. It commemorates the revolt against the Syrian Greeks in 167-164 B.C. when the Jews recaptured the temple and rededicated it to God’s service.
The Greeks had extinguished the great seven-branched candelabra in the temple, and only enough oil remained for the light to burn one day. Normally, it took eight days for the priests to consecrate more oil. Nevertheless, the Jews lit the lampstand, and it continued to burn for eight full days! So, the Feast of Dedication, also called the Festival of Lights, was established. In Jewish homes the miniature menorah candles are lit, one each day, to represent the eight days the original candle burned without the normal amount of oil. The center candle is called the shamash, a Hebrew word meaning servant, and it is used to light the other candles.
From Scripture, Christians know that Jesus is the Light of the World, God’s shamash.
The Jerusalem temple has been destroyed, but when we confess our sins and believe that Jesus Christ paid for our sins on the cross, and that He was resurrected from the dead, we become the temple of God, and the shamash shines in our hearts. Through God’s Holy Spirit we have a never-ending supply of oil to keep our lamps brightly burning.
All of us have sinned, and we have no way to change our lives apart from the power of God. When Jesus came, He gave us eternal life and light. All we must do is truly acknowledge our sins, repent, and accept His gift of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. Then we can be a reflection to others of His great love and peace. Hallelujah! What a shamash! What a Savior!
Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray that anyone who is living in darkness today would experience the true meaning of Christmas by allowing the light of Jesus into their hearts. Without Jesus there is no peace, no joy, no hope. When His light shines within, we are forever changed. May His grace abound in this Christmas season. May our lights shine for His glory. In His name, Amen.