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Hello and Welcome!

Life is tough, but God is good. God’s Word is a strong foundation that is indeed practical and relevant in our world today. Scripture surely molds and changes us as we integrate it into our hearts and lives. Paul’s example in I Thessalonians demonstrates spiritual fruit that remains. I want these same elements to characterize my life to:

  • Present the gospel with boldness,
  • Give myself—in loving, supporting, cherishing,
  • Live without blame and above reproach,
  • Exhort and comfort others (as a mother to her children)
  • Expect God’s Word to work powerfully,
  • Condition others for persecution and suffering,
  • Always be ready for Christ’s return.

A personal relationship with Christ is the most exciting element for daily living. He came to give us an abundant life! (John 10: 10). He loves us and wants us to experience the fullness of His grace, joy, and peace. A joyful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 15: 13). I pray that you’ll find encouragement and hope through my writings and that God will bless you abundantly as you seek His face.

Warmly, Fran

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THIS MONTH'S MESSAGE

Roadside Assistance
By Fran Caffey Sandin

Bicycling on Mackinac Island is the normal mode of transportation because automobiles are not allowed (except for emergency vehicles). So when my husband and I arrived, we rented our bikes and began touring the lovely island. We soon learned that horse-drawn carriages were also available on the same paved paths.

It had been awhile since I rode a bicycle, and I had never used one with a basket attached to the handle bars. However, the basket seemed handy for the heavy purse I carried that day. Riding along, looking toward the beautiful harbor in one direction, I suddenly saw a rather large pile in the road, the calling card of the last horse. Not wanting to ride through it, I jerked the handle bars to the right, my purse caused a weight shift that I could not control, and in an instant, I landed beside the road with the bicycle and purse on top of me. I wasn’t hurt, but I couldn’t move the weight off my body.

Earlier, thinking about my skillful maneuvering and how well I was riding, I breezed by a young couple. Now the young man stood over me asking, “Are you okay? Do you need help?”
Did I ever? I said, “Oh yes, if you can move this bike, I would be so thankful.”

He lifted the bike effortlessly as I struggled to stand up. While dusting off the gravel from my clothes, I thanked him profusely. Without that Samaritan, I would still be on the roadside. Then an older lady stopped by and sweetly said, “Here, Honey, I have some band-aids because I always take a little first-aid kit when I travel.” She carefully placed the bandages on my two bleeding scrapes. Although a bit humiliated, I continued my ride, but no longer thought more highly of myself than I ought. It seemed both the young man and the mature lady were God’s angels sent to take care of me during my unexpected event.

On another occasion when my husband and I were in Colorado, we drove a rented car through a heavily wooded area where tree shadows obscured a metal bar that flew up and punctured the right rear tire. In a sparsely populated area with no cell phone service, we turned around and drove slowly back toward the nearest town. Then a man in a pick-up truck appeared from nowhere, stopped us and said, “I saw you were having trouble and wondered if I could help.” We told him we couldn’t call for assistance, and he said, “Follow me and I’ll show you where to go.”

So we limped along behind the pick-up a short distance, and he lead us to a delightful campground cabin, introduced us to the friendly couple in charge, and the lady called a repairman from town. While waiting, she invited us to sit in comfortable rocking chairs by the lake, and she gave us cold water to drink. We were totally relaxed as the repairman arrived, applied the spare, and directed us to another town so we could buy a new tire. We felt so loved and cared for that I later wrote a thank you note to that family for their kindness.

These are only two examples of the many ways the Lord has taken care of us when traveling. I am constantly reminded of God’s faithfulness to answer our prayers.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that Your Word tells us in Psalm 46: 1—“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Thank you for taking care of us when we cannot imagine how, and sending helpers at just the right time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

THIS MONTH'S RECIPE

TANGY MEAT BALLS

2 lbs. Hamburger meat
1 cup Ritz Crackers
2 eggs
1/3 cup parsley
2 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
¼ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup catsup

Mix ingredients together and let stand while making the Sauce. Then roll into small balls, brown in a small amount of oil, and drain.

SAUCE
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 14 oz. can cranberry sauce
1 12-oz jar of chili sauce

Mix sauce ingredients in small saucepan and heat on low until melted together. Then stir well and pour over meatballs. Cook in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Serve with rice or pasta or use as a party appetizer. Enjoy!