An Introvert’s Gratitude (Day 13: Guest Post by my friend Renee)

I am so excited to introduce you to amazing Renee. She and I got to know each other through our church. One thing I admire about Renee is how she takes things in. She’s like my dad in that way, not always talking (like I tend to do), but when she speaks up, you listen. THANK YOU Renee for your graciousness in sharing your thoughtful words and your beautiful heart today. – Evi


I am Renee Brinkmann and I’ll introduce myself by telling you that I’m an introvert, I cry easily, I worry a lot, and I’m very sensitive.  To the outside world I work very, very hard to portray a strong, confident woman.

I worry about lots of things!

My aging parents
Death (lots of stuff associated with death)
My ongoing weight problems
Broken friendships

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

So easy…..don’t worry, but rather pray and give thanks!

Don’t worry!  Today is about gratefulness!  And I’m grateful for much more than I worry about…..thank goodness for that!

I’m grateful for my parents!  Their unconditional love and support has been a true blessing to our family.   

I’m grateful for life!  I want to make a difference.  I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I can make a big difference in this world.   I’m finally OK with giving up that worry, and instead I’ve decided to work hard to make a difference in lots of small ways.

I love to eat (mostly lots of unhealthy food), but I’m so grateful for the way I feel when I choose the healthier options.  I have more energy, my clothes fit better and I’m a happier person.  I would like to think that happier people worry less.    

A happy marriage is also on my grateful list. I used to worry about being married to the same person for so many years…worried that the “love” wouldn’t last.  I’m proud to tell you that I love my husband more today than I did 28 years ago.  Through the good and the really bad, I’m in this marriage to love more…..for better or worse!

I am introverted and sensitive, but I am strong.  I’m getting stronger because when life takes me down a difficult path, I rely on my faith and I pray!   I’m getting stronger because of family and friends who are with me in my life journey.  

I’m certainly not going to tell you not to worry…..but I do ask that you find ways to be more grateful each day.   

Be grateful and enjoy life!

1 thought on “An Introvert’s Gratitude (Day 13: Guest Post by my friend Renee)”

  1. That's a solid message!!! Let go of the worry and be more grateful sounds like a plan we should all adopt! Thanks for sharing, Renee! You're the bomb-diggity!


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