Fall is my favorite time of year. The air is crisp and everything seems to slow down as people turn to focus on what matters most in our lives, family. Of course, I love all the food this time of year brings, who wouldn’t? Although, spending those precious moments with the ones who matter most brings life into perspective.

The truth is…life goes by way too fast. I remember growing up and people saying to enjoy every moment because life flies by quickly. I took some of this advice for granted until realizing the truth in this phrase. Years used to feel like they took forever and now, I look back and wonder where the time went. Have you ever thought this? Nowadays, I try to intentionally embrace every moment.

The intentionality led me on a journey to understand what it means to have a grateful heart. According to our Webster friends, grateful is defined as appreciative of benefits received, expressing gratitude, or affording pleasure or contentment. The definiton that resonated most with my heart was contentment in life. This began a journey to live in a place of contentment. Do I stay there every moment of every day? Not at all because I am #human.

However, I now know the beautiful peace that comes when my heart is content. This was super hard for me because I am the achiever type or better known nowadays as Type-A personality in recovery. I remember when God started working on my heart, which led me into a healthier place of learning how to be content no matter the circumstances. But, I struggled with this concept.

I struggled because…how do I keep moving forward and stay content at the same time? How God? Then, I was led to read more about the life of Paul. The man took risks and carried out the will of God until the very end of his life. He was a faithful leader and someone I could relate with.

In Philippians 4:11-13 Paul said, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me (ESV).”

Most of the time verse 13 is read without contemplating the verses before. Paul explains the beauty of a content life while still carrying out God’s will. He still achieved great things for the Lord, however, knew how to be content no matter the circumstances.

Living with a grateful heart at all times, no matter the circumstances. This is my life focus because it keeps me on the path and faithfully committed to the ways, will, and timing of the Lord.

I pray this is your life focus too. Let’s continue to stay faithful to the process of reaching our full potential. It is such a privilege to be on this journey with you. I am for you and cheering you on.

No matter the circumstances, stay faithful because He is faithful.

On a side note, Thanksgiving was a wonderful time. We laughed, ate, and had a family hayride. Oh, how I love my Arkansan roots. I hope your day was filled with love and joy.

Keep your focus on what matters most and stay faithful to the process of reaching your full potential. The best is yet to come, my friend.