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.
Click to Read Fran's Guest Post On Tammy Kennington's Blog Site
Listen to Fran's interview on A Time To Dream Podcast Scroll down to the 10-8-2020 podcast.
Listen to Fran's interview on Never Ever Give Up Hope with Carol Graham, where I was interviewed regarding a journey from Crisis to Construction, 2020.
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.
Read Fran's 9/9/2018 Devotional on ARISE Devos website
Read Fran's 8/26/2018 Devotional on ARISE Daily Devos website
Read Fran's 7/14/2018 Devotional on ARISE Daily Devos website
Click to listen to Fran's interview with Carol Graham's Never Give Up Hope Blogspot
Click to read Fran's interview with Smashwords.com
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.
Are You Disappointed?
Disappointment comes in different ways. If we have lived very long, we cannot escape the sting.
My conference in Orlando, Florida had ended, and at the airport, I couldn’t wait to shop at the Disney store to buy something for my new granddaughter, Emily. I cleared the security checkpoint in Lobby A and rode the people mover out to gate area. After browsing in the store, I found the perfect item and reached for my purse. It wasn’t there! Oh no! I had my attaché case, but I must have left my shoulder bag on the security line. I must rush back to Lobby A. Will I ever see my purse again?
With a nervous, sinking feeling in my stomach and a pounding pulse, I accidentally boarded the wrong people mover to Lobby B instead of Lobby A. So, I rode back to the gate and found the correct people mover. When I ran to the Lobby A security area and inquired, the uniformed attendant opened a drawer, picked up my purse, opened it, checked the driver’s license, and she said, “This looks like you. Here’s your purse!”
“Thank you! thank you!” I yelled, while breathlessly running to catch the next ride to the gate. While I almost missed my flight, I felt even more disappointed to go home without a gift for Emily. That is only one example when my inattention to detail had disheartening results. It was all my fault.
However, I have also been devastated over much more serious situations that were beyond my control… two miscarriages, the deaths of our two sons, and my father’s suicide.
Those daunting experiences caused me to wonder… God, where are You?
Three realizations from my Bible Study offered reassurance that HE had not forgotten me.
God Cares and He Wants Us to Remember His Mercy
When Israel was going through hard times, Isaiah reminded them of God’s love.
“I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us and the great goodness to the house of Israel that He has granted according to His compassion, according to the abundance of His steadfast love” (Isaiah 63: 7 ESV).
In subsequent verses, God expressed tenderness and sympathy in their affliction. He is merciful, indicating He understands our sorrows and grief. Also, I found comfort reading and meditating on Psalm 103 and Psalm 119.
Faith Grows During Difficulties
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11: 6 ESV).
In Hebrews the writer describes how the Christians suffered and enlarged their trust in the Lord. Beyond their painful memories faith was quickened and renewed. In difficult times we cry out to God. I began writing out my honest prayers to Him and gained spiritual strength. I rested in His understanding and loving arms.
God’s Grace is Sufficient
“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled” (Hebrews 12: 15 ESV). God’s grace is a gift that we reach out and receive so we may be fruitful for the body of Christ. We live in a fallen world with many disappointments, but God’s amazing grace is sufficient.
So, let us remain thankful, steadfast, believing, and loyal to God while we share His faithfulness and prayerfully anticipate His ultimate victorious plan.