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.
“But as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’---these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
Margaree Harbor—the name slid off my tongue like a spoonful of vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day. What a delightful place to visit on our July tour of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The Bed and Breakfast advertisement described it as being on a hill facing the harbor. I envisioned the beautiful lights at night, moonlight shimmering on the water, and yachts skimming along before docking in their berths. Yes! It sounded like the perfect romantic stop along our journey.
As we approached the area, however, we saw no people and no houses. We thought the city must be in the other direction, and as we followed the map, we kept thinking…surely this is not the place. Driving along the last gravel road, we viewed “the harbor”—a dried up ravine with an abandoned, rusty, fishing boat lying on its side with a string of colored Christmas-tree lights swinging from bow to stern. No water in sight, but lots of tall weeds.
Then we looked up the hill to a tall, narrow, frame house with dingy, white-flaking paint. The windows were askew, and the front porch sagged. My husband, Jim, and I glanced at each other and struggled to smile. We double-checked the address. Yes, this was it.
When we gained the courage to knock on the front door, a man in overalls answered and cordially showed us our room upstairs with a shared bathroom down the hall. Seasoned travelers, we hoped the inside would be a little nicer.
Wrong again. The three-story monster was a 1927 farmhouse with what looked to be the original furnishings. Thankfully, no one else came to stay. Our host responded with a blank stare when I asked, “Could we please have a map of the town?”
Still in shock at the condition of our destination, we went for a walk and decided the B&B at Margaree Harbor WAS the town. We endured one night there but enjoyed the other destinations on our tour.
We learned a good lesson from our disappointment—use discernment when reading advertisements. For example, when we saw an ad for a motel— “comfortable room at the gas station next door”—we declined. Yikes! No thank you.
In contrast, we do have directions to a perfect location accessible by reservation only: Heaven. The Bible tells us this special place is created by God Himself. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The Kingdom of Heaven is like a place where a king prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent servants to invite people to come, but some refused (Matthew 22:2).
The Holy Bible is true, with no false or misleading information. Heaven is a real place, reserved for believers who have repented of their sins and trusted in Jesus as Savior and Lord. He paid the penalty for our sins with His own blood.
If we believe in our hearts that Jesus died for our sins, was resurrected, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, then our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. God is inviting us to come to His banquet and to live in a special place He has prepared for us when we die. Eternity is a long time to spend anywhere else.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you that we can depend on your Word. Thank you for heaven, a dwelling place so colorful and wonderful we can’t even imagine it. Help us make the right choice: to place our trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord and reside forever in the light and love of Your Presence. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Excerpt from HOPE on the Way: DEVOTIONS To Go
Copyright: Fran Caffey Sandin