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.
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.
Praying in Your Heart
By Fran Caffey Sandin
"Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. I said to her, 'Please let me have a drink'". And she quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, "Drink, and I will also water your camels'; so, I drank, and she also watered the camels" (Genesis 24: 45-46 Amplified Bible).
The blond-haired man carefully placed in the seat pocket in front the tract I had just given him. My heart sank as I thought, He will probably leave it on the plane and miss the exciting message it contains. Perhaps he believed I did not notice as he slipped it behind the airline magazine. Would he be interested and perhaps read it later? Oh, I hope so!
Probably in his late 30's, Eric described himself as a Dutchman on his way back home from a conference. My husband, Jim, sat on my left and Eric on my right by the window as we soared through the air toward Amsterdam's airport.
Jim and I introduced ourselves to Eric when we boarded, and I felt prompted to say a few words to him. We had been ministry partners for "The Singing Men of Texas" who presented concerts in standing-room-only venues for ten days in the Ukraine, from Kiev to Odessa. After the concerts, an evangelist's stirring gospel message reached the attendees' hearts and a total of 4,500 chose to follow Christ! With the excitement of that experience fresh in mind, I silently prayed and asked God to help me convey His love to the young Dutchman.
So, I told Eric about our mission and gave him the tract, So What Happens Next, that explained the plan of salvation. Eric seemed reserved and uninterested. After a few miles of silence, I asked, "Are you a teacher?" His blue eyes brightened as he said, "Well, no, I'm not a teacher I'm a scientist," he paused and then added, "But sometimes I teach." Then he returned to his reading and that was the extent of our conversation.
As our plane neared the airport, I began to pray in my heart, Lord, please prompt him to take the tract and read it. Please don't let him leave it on the plane. May he be touched by Your love and the offer to forgive his sins and provide peace and joy through Christ.
What a thrill I felt when just as the plane landed, Eric reached behind the airline magazine, took the tract, and placed it in his briefcase. I felt a sigh of relief and a surge of exhilaration as I knew God had answered my prayer that he would take the tract.
Although this is only a small example of "praying in your heart" it reminded me of Abraham's servant who traveled to his master's native land to find a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac. The servant had prayed God would grant him success by showing him the young lady who would give him a drink and then offer to water the camels, too. Genesis 24: 45-46 explains that is exactly what happened! The remaining verses further describe the servant's successful mission and the beautiful union of Isaac and Rebekah.
One of the joys of abiding in Christ is the privilege of praying. We don't always have to pray aloud, be on our knees, have our eyes closed, or our faces lifted to heaven. God knows, and he hears when we pray in our heart. We are asked to be faithful but only He can make our plans succeed.