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.
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.
A Divine Encounter
By Fran Caffey Sandin
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1Peter 3:15).
Waiting in the DFW departure lounge, my author-friend, Rebecca Barlow Jordan and I heard the announcement, “Your flight has been delayed due to bad weather in Atlanta.” Disappointing news as we anticipated attending the annual Christian Booksellers Convention there.
A passenger sitting next to us turned our way and lamented, “Oh no, my family will be waiting for me at the airport.” As I sympathized with her about the delay we chatted awhile about travels and our families. Then I felt prompted to ask, “Do you like to read?”
Peggy responded, “Oh yes! I love to read!”
That was my clue. When traveling I always carry an extra book, and I pray the Lord will show me to whom it should go. As I reached into my attaché case and gave her a copy of Touching the Clouds, I explained, “I’d like to give you this book of encouraging stories. I interviewed fifteen women who had undergone life-changing, difficult experiences and how their faith in God brought them through. At the close of each story is a section to help the reader apply the element of faith demonstrated. Two stories are my own.”
Peggy seemed genuinely grateful and began examining the back cover and the Table of Contents. Then she started to cry and asked, “How did you know? My best friend’s husband took his life last night. She is devastated and so am I. I feel so alone I don’t know what to do.”
Just then, the attendant called Peggy’s flight number. Rebecca and I simultaneously stood, hugged her, and said, “We’ll be praying for you, Peggy.” As she hurried to the plane, I really didn’t expect to ever hear from her again, although I had tucked a business card inside the book.
When I returned home the following week, she had sent this email:
I am the woman you gave your book to at the DFW airport. I just wanted to tell you that God reached out to me through you, and I believe that your book has a two-fold purpose—to let me know He has things under control and to let my friend know she is not alone. What came to me loud and clear on that airplane is that I need to trust God. I needed that then and I am still finding it to be a source of comfort.
I am going to step out in faith and let you know that I am a recovering addict with the last twelve years clean. I belong to a fellowship called Narcotics Anonymous and now Touching the Clouds has found its way to a circle of women who are searching and seeking a better understanding of God.
Please use my name if you share this story—it is a powerful testament to the realness of our Lord. God did for me what I could not do for myself. He used your book to give me encouragement to build a relationship with Him. I can never thank you enough!
Wow! I felt overwhelmed. In subsequent communication Peggy related that she and her friend attended a grief recovery seminar together and began attending a women’s Bible study at a local church. Peggy confessed that she and her husband had both changed through their newfound relationship with Christ. They began attending church regularly and opened a new chapter in their lives.
Dear Father God, I am sharing this divine encounter to honor You and give You all the glory. Only You can change hearts and lives. I am thankful for the prompting of the Holy Spirit to share the women’s stories with Peggy. Through them she could see that You are real and that You truly care for each individual, regardless of past issues. Please give us many opportunities to share Your amazing and loving grace with others. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.