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3107, 2017

Follow Jesus – Nate J. Whitson

July 31st, 2017|Spiritual Life|0 Comments

Follow Jesus.  What does that even mean?  Let’s be honest:  We can’t even see Him!  How in the world are we supposed to follow an invisible man?  How are we going to know if it’s Him and not just our own imagination?  What if it’s just my own thoughts that I’m following?  All of this ‘following’ can be so tricky.

I grew up in the church.  I’ve gone my whole life.  When I was 15 years old, I made a decision to follow Jesus.  Not because my parents hoped I would.  Not because I thought it was just a good way to have some fire insurance from hell.  But because I knew that Jesus was asking me to follow Him and I trusted Him.

But the question from that day on has been this:

How do I follow Jesus?  Practically speaking, what does that look like or even mean?

If you’ve ever wondered the same thing then follow me further into this post and see what conclusions I have come up with so far.  (See what I did there?) […]

2607, 2017

Episode #005 – Christ: Spiritual Life – Nate J. Whitson

July 26th, 2017|CHRIST, Podcasts|0 Comments

Summary:

Every area of F.O.C.U.S. is essential to a Focused Family.

However, in Mark 8:36, Jesus said that to lose in this ONE area is like forfeiting it all. It means losing your soul.  That’s the part of you that will last forever – somewhere.

In today’s Podcast, we look at the journey of a Christian.  The ups, downs, disappointments, and boredom and, most importantly – a potential solution to it all.

If you’re serious about getting you and your family FOCUSED on the things that matter most, then you won’t want to miss today’s episode.  

Everything else hinges on getting this one area right!

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Episode #004:  OTHERS: Key Relationships.

Vince Antonucci’s book (it is excellent!):  I became a Christian and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt!

Click here to learn more about me: About Nate

Where to subscribe to the Podcast:

Go to iTunes or click on the links below the audio player at the top of the page.

Want more FOCUS and some really helpful, FREE stuff?

Click here: FREE Family Resources

Not sure where to start?

Click Here!

Join our exclusive Facebook FOCUSED FAMILIES group!  Click here to join an amazing group of like-minded people who are serious about wanting to FOCUS on the things that matter most and help each other do it!

2407, 2017

Fight!

July 24th, 2017|Key Relationships, Spiritual Life|0 Comments

Do you ever fight with yourself? I definitely do! When I fight and lose to myself, this is probably what you would hear me say, “Why did I just do that?! Dang it! I am such an idiot!” (Seriously, that happens.  Listen to the video below to hear more about this story I am about to tell.)

It seems that no matter how hard I try, I am always fighting.  Not against other people though.  I am in a fight against myself and it is one of the most frustrating things in all of life.

If you’ve ever read the Bible then you may have read this passage of Scripture from Romans 7:15-20. It’s exactly what I feel like I’m up against sometimes.

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate – I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”

Paul knew what it was like to fight against himself.

Maybe you do, too.

If so, keep reading. There’s hope for idiots like us. (Sorry, no offense) […]

1907, 2017

Episode #004: OTHERS

July 19th, 2017|Podcasts|0 Comments

Summary:

In today’s Podcast Episode #004, we look at the critical issue of:

How to deal with OTHERS:  Key Relationships in our lives.

We identify who these key relationships are, where many of us go wrong, and what we need to do in order to live by Jesus’ words to:  “Love one another”.

What is our responsibility to this issue when…

  • people are mean
  • family dynamics are messed up
  • in-laws are unreasonable
  • relationships are messy

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Episode #003:  FREEDOM – Health & Finances.

Click here to learn more about me: About Nate

Where to subscribe to the Podcast:

Go to iTunes or click on the links below the audio player at the top of the page.

Want more FOCUS and some really helpful, FREE stuff?

Click here: FREE Family Resources

Not sure where to start?

Click Here

 

Join our exclusive Facebook FOCUSED FAMILIES group!  Click here to join an amazing group of like-minded people who are serious about wanting to FOCUS on the things that matter most and help each other do it!

1707, 2017

What is Intermittent Fasting?

July 17th, 2017|Health|0 Comments

Intermittent fasting is gaining in popularity.  Although it is not a new concept, it is a conversation that has gained some momentum in recent years.  In today’s post, I want to look at what it is and how it may help people who have struggled to lose weight, tone up, or simply want to live a healthier life.

Before we get to the details, however, I just want to give a little back-story about me.

Food has almost always been an issue for me.  I am not obese and have not struggled with my weight, per se.  But I have struggled, rather, to have discipline when it comes to eating healthier options and controlling my portion sizes.

If food is sitting out and available to me, I eat it!

Maybe some of you can relate.

A good example of this (or maybe I should say BAD example!) was at a recent birthday party that my family and I attended for a good friend of ours.  She was having a big, surprise birthday party thrown for her.  Everyone was bringing a favorite dish of hers to the event.  The good news-bad news:  she and her family are incredible cooks and they love to eat!  So you know I was excited to pig out … I mean, celebrate her birth!

Although I had been eating fairly healthy the week of the party, I got to the event and completely pigged out! Pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, warm baked beans, potato chips, and more pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Seriously.  I was a mess and loved every minute of it!

Until that evening, of course.  My stomach reminded me very quickly what a fool I had been.

Which brings me back to intermittent fasting.

Let’s look at what it is, how it has helped me, and how it could possibly help you […]

1207, 2017

Episode #003: FREEDOM

July 12th, 2017|Podcasts|0 Comments

Summary:

In today’s Podcast Episode #003, we look at the issue of FREEDOM.  This is the “F” in F.O.C.U.S. and is a key area in of every family’s life.

We discuss how bad habits and bad decisions had lead me to a place of slavery to in my Finances and in my Health and how a conscious decision to change and re-focus had lead me out of it.

We also discuss why FOCUS is so needed in these key areas and why every family MUST get and stay focused on these important topics.

If you are struggling to get FREE in either of these areas (or maybe you know someone who is) – then this Episode will be a great encouragement for you today.

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Click here to learn more about me: About Nate

Where to subscribe to the Podcast:

Go to iTunes and search:  The Nate Whitson FOCUSED FAMILY Podcast – or click on the links below the audio player at the top of the page.

Want more FOCUS and some really helpful, FREE stuff?

Click here: FREE Family Resources

Not sure where to start?

Click Here

 

Join our exclusive Facebook FOCUSED FAMILIES group!  Click here to join an amazing group of like-minded people who are serious about wanting to FOCUS on the things that matter most and help each other do it!