Hard-Time Decisions

Worry and stress make decision-making so much harder. So that’s the time to stop and pray before taking any action!

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I’ve been going through somewhat of a rough time lately, and as is often the case, I find it’s a time for reflection, evaluation, and sometimes change. (Of course, if you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have somewhat of an addiction to change. :/

My mom’s been in the hospital, again. Again, because she’s been in at least once per year over the last five years. Each time has been scary for all us. And hard on Hubby and I, being so far from them.

Deciding whether to go or not was hard, as she was hemorrhaging quite a bit. But there is no way I could have afforded to make all those overseas trips. I can really only make such a trip if and when it seems really necessary. And even then, it’s tough on the budget.

So after much prayer I decided not to go, and asked the Lord for peace. But I must confess that it was still hard to keep from worrying.

Life overseas is tough sometimes.

It would be so much easier and cheaper if we could just hop in a car. Especially since gas is SO cheap in the USA. But airfare is expensive and getting higher (so I learned) all the time.

A granddaughter has also been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. And while there is nothing we could really do for her, it would be great to visit her (also in the USA) and encourage her.

Yes, it’s really tough at times. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life here and everything about it. But it is hard being so far from family, friends, and loved ones. And at certain times, really hard.

At any rate, all of this caused me to take some time off blogging for reflection and prayer. And time to think things through helped me realize that with our super busy summer schedule coming up, during which we often lack internet too, there is no way I can keep up with two blogs. I’ll be doing good to manage one.

So I’m announcing a new name, with a new focus.

I will combine the blogs here, keeping our Mission Italia site as a static ministry-information website. You should start seeing the new name later today (or tomorrow) depending on where you live.

We are here for ministry, and while I love blogging and would love to do them both — I just can’t. Plus I have been missing preparing the Bible times and Bible study posts. They really help me learn a lot.

A great big thank you to all my readers!

The fact that you read, like posts, and even leave comments is a big encouragement. I know some of you also keep us and our work here in prayer, and while I don’t say it often enough, we do appreciate it. Thank you! We really need the continued prayer.

Good News

I am pleased to announce that my mom seems to be doing somewhat better. They are talking about sending her home sometime soon. And although it was a tough time, God is always working behind the scenes for our good.

First, he blessed my family with an unexpected visit from our son, who flew up from Texas to see mom in the hospital. And then he set up a video call with us from there. We got to see him, my folks, 2 of my brothers, and 2 nephews. It was such a special gift, as we haven’t seen any of them in over 5 years! But most of all, I know it was just the medicine my parents needed!

And he also filled our hearts with peace. And through the extra prayer, even helped me see the next step I should take. So I think good things will come out of the new blog focus!!!

My apologies to any followers who were really liked the recipes, as  I will no longer do them. But there are a lot good sites out there with great Italian recipes. So I know you won’t be going hungry! 😉

A domani… until tomorrow. With new and simplified ideas and focus.

And as always God bless, Sheila

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Author: Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. Wife, mom, nonna to 9, missionary in Italy since 1989 with https://missionitalia.com

9 thoughts on “Hard-Time Decisions”

  1. So glad to hear she is doing better! ❤ Continued prayers! I think having one blog will definitely be easier. 🙂 I know when I got back to writing my bible summary posts it really does help understanding the Bible.

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  2. My dear Sheila, I am so sorry that it has been struggle these last few months. I truly understand what it’s like to be overseas and away from family–we lived in Italy for 3 years and in the Philippines for 3 years BEFORE cell phone and the internet. I’m glad that your Mom is doing better and that God has given you a strategy that will help.

    Father in heaven, fill Sheila with Your perfect peace, not the world’s peace but Your peace that passes all understanding. Bless her with a heightened awareness of Your presence as You wrap her in Your love and carry her when she needs it. Father, thank You for the works that You have prepared Sheila to accomplish. You have blessed the world with Your special gift, Sheila. Whisper Your great love to her. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Sheila, I’ll be praying for you and your husband. Karen

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    1. Thank you dear Karen. Thank you so much. Yes it has been hard, but the Lord has been faithful, and as always a present help in time of trouble. We appreciate your prayers so much! And we are grateful for technology which seems to lessen the distance a lot!!

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