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.
WORK! What Do You Think About That?
by Fran Sandin
Thomas Edison, probably the greatest inventor in history once said, “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”
He changed the lives of millions of people with his inventions of the electric light and the phonograph. He also helped perfect the motion picture, the telephone, and the electric generator. Edison patented more than 1100 inventions in 60 years.
What was the secret to his success? He defined it himself as “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” He sometimes worked for days at a time, stopping only for a few short naps. His interests knew no limits. He worked on everything from the telegraph to farm equipment.
Perhaps Edison’s greatest contribution for us today was his positive attitude toward work. In modern society many adults and youth approach work as a curse. They drag out of bed each morning reluctantly trudging off to school or the job. Some appear to think they are doing the teacher or the boss a favor by their attendance.
Life is exciting! There is so much to learn about God’s world and about Him. Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that God worked? “By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so, on the seventh day He rested from all His work” (Genesis 2: 2).God made us in His image. Some people think work was a condemnation upon man after Adam’s sin. But work was part of Adam’s life from the very beginning. God created Adam in His image (Genesis 1: 27). He placed man in the Garden of Eden to work or cultivate His creation (Genesis 2: 15).
Work has its rewards, and laziness its consequences. The ant is a good worker. It busily gathers food for the winter without anyone giving a command. In like manner we are to initiate work ourselves. “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise” (Proverbs 6: 6). God gives a strong warning about laziness: “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10: 4).
Work is good for us. Discipline is good and work requires discipline. Unfortunately, we cannot view all our work as “fun” like Thomas Edison. However, everyone enjoys eating, and a direct relationship exists between working and eating. “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3: 10).
Work is part of life, and our lives are to glorify God. Here is a little poem commonly quoted years ago:
“Now I wake me up to work,
I pray Thee, Lord, I will not shirk,
And if You should come tonight, I pray You’ll find my work’s all right.”
It reminds us that we are personally responsible to God for the quality of our work. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3: 23). Let us thank God for work.
Dear Heavenly Father, it is so wonderful to think that You have designed us individually. We each have different gifts and talents for various kinds of work, and no one else can do the work You have uniquely planned just for us. Help us to rejoice with a thankful heart for the opportunity to serve You by doing our best for Your honor and glory. In Jesus’ name, A-men.