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Choosing Simple

Choosing Simple

By Amy K. Fewell
Modern day life can be hard to navigate. But even a simple homestead life can be, well, not so simple. In the Choosing Simple podcast, author, mama, and homesteader, Amy K. Fewell of The Fewell Homestead, talks about embracing raw emotions, and real life, in moments of motherhood, womanhood, and her homesteading lifestyle. Simplicity doesn't just happen, it's a choice we have to make every single day. So whether you're a tired mama washing dishes at 11 p.m., or a woman gardener battling bugs, this podcast is for you. Let's talk about real life. Let's talk about choosing simple.
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S2 E3: How America Gets the Proverbs 31 Woman Wrong
Westernized culture often leads women to believe that they should be barefoot, at home, quiet, and oppressed in many situations. I hear it often, "women shouldn't speak in church, women shouldn't lead, women shouldn't.....". Often times, churches will use the Proverbs 31 woman to back up their mentality. But the Proverbs 31 woman just proves their mentality wrong. In this episode, we're going through Proverbs 31, Galatians, and even some of the most popular women in the Bible, to prove just how wrong the "oppressed wife" mindset really is.  • • Visit online here: https://www.thefewellhomestead.com • • From this episode: How I Became a Work At Home Mom (video): https://youtu.be/S9HY8ZjKLIE
45:35
February 26, 2021
S2 E2: Has God Forgotten America?
As a Christian, these times in America may seem a little chaotic. The common question is, "will God forget America"? And my not so common answer my fool you. Follow along in this week's episode, and be inspired to live a simple life. Visit my website: https://www.thefewellhomestead.com #america #God #christianity #homestead
27:51
January 18, 2021
S2 E1: Purpose and Vision In 2021 | Choosing Your 2021 Word | Guest: Ann Accetta-Scott
Have you chosen your word for 2021 yet? In this episode, we talk about what our words for 2021 are, how we came to those words, and how we're finding peace and rest in the new year. Join Amy and guest, Ann Accetta-Scott, in this final episode of the Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays series, as well as the very first episode in season 2 of the Choosing Simple Podcast.  Find Amy online here: https://www.thefewellhomestead.com Find Ann online here: https://www.afarmgirlinthemaking.com  #homestead #homesteading #homemaking #Jesus #newyear 
38:52
January 8, 2021
E8: Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays | The Great Shepherd | Guest: Casey of Deerly Woven
This week my friend Casey, from the Deerly Woven podcast, joined me as we talked about Christmas and why the shepherds were the first to hear about Jesus' birth. Sometimes God uses the people we expect the least from, to do the greatest work.  Find Casey here: https://deerlywoven.com Join me online here: https://www.thefewellhomestead.com
29:51
December 21, 2020
E7: Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays | Choosing Joy in the Everyday (and Unexpected) Mundane | Guest: Joy Perrett of Adventure Acres
Joy isn't just an emotion, it's often a choice. How can we choose joy during some of the hardest times of our lives? Especially during Christmas. In this episode, Joy Perrett of Adventure Acres joins me as we walk through some ups and downs in our lives, and how we had to actively choose joy...including during the holidays.  • Find Joy Perrett online here: https://www.facebook.com/AdventureAcresDaisyRoads • Find this podcast here: https://thefewellhomestead.com/redeeming-home-for-the-holidays/
42:54
December 14, 2020
E6: Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays | Christmas Decor Without Expectations| Guest Lisa Bass from Farmhouse on Boone
This week, Lisa Bass from Farmhouse on Boone is joining me to talk about holiday decorations without expectations. We talk about utilizing the great outdoors for free and beautiful decor, how to keep littles from touching "all the things", and how it's really about the memories, not about the glamour.  Visit Lisa online at https://www.farmhouseonboone.com  Visit this series online at https://thefewellhomestead.com/redeeming-home-for-the-holidays/
21:15
December 7, 2020
E5: Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays | Christmas Without Chaos—A Minimalist Christmas | Guest Jamerrill Stewart
This week I have guest Jamerrill Stewart with me, as we walk through how you can have Christmas without all the chaos—with a large family or a small family! We'll talk tips and tricks, our own family traditions, gift giving, and how to set boundaries with extended family. We even dive into some food talk and how you can make food super easy on Christmas Day! Also, how to really embrace the holiday this season, even with all the chaos in the world today. Don't forget, it's all about choosing simple! • • FROM THIS EPISODE: Join Jamerrill Stewart on her website: https://www.largefamilytable.com Join Amy on her website: https://www.thefewellhomestead.com
34:01
November 30, 2020
E4: Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays | Being Thankful Through It All | Guest Michelle Barringer
This year has been one of the most complicated, frustrating years most of us have had in a long time. In this week's episode, Michelle Barringer from Farm Life Outfitters and the Heart at Home podcast, joins me to talk about how we can be thankful this Thanksgiving when we intentionally choose thankfulness. We'll walk through some scriptures, and some encouragement, for you as a wife, mama, woman, and homemaker this holiday season. • • Check out Michelle here: https://www.farmlifeoutfitters.com
30:10
November 23, 2020
E3: Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays | It's All About Food | Finding Kindness | Guest Melissa K. Norris
In week 3 of the Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays series, I'm welcoming my friend and podcast host, Melissa K. Norris, to be our co-host this week! We're talking all about food, traditions, memories, recipes, and more! We'll also give into some tips and tricks to make the food of the holiday seasons a little easier to prep for. And we'll even talk about navigating those icy waters with family members that have different political and health views than you do this holiday season.  • • FROM THIS EPISODE Yeast Roll Recipe (Amy): https://thefewellhomestead.com/mennonite-yeast-rolls/ Pumpkin Roll Recipe (Melissa): https://melissaknorris.com/pumpkin-roll-recipe-from-grandma-with-fresh-pumpkin Visit Melissa online here: https://melissaknorris.com Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays website: https://thefewellhomestead.com/redeeming-home-for-the-holidays/
37:53
November 16, 2020
E2: A Tidy Home, A Tidy Heart | Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays
In episode 2 of the Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays, we're talking about how a cluttered and untidy home can actually be a reflected of a cluttered and untidy heart. But sometimes, a clean home isn't just about cleanliness. Listen to this week's episode as we take back our homes for the holidays! Want to support the podcast? You can do that by clicking here. • Learn more about the series here -- https://thefewellhomestead.com/redeeming-home-for-the-holidays/ • Mary and Martha Homemaker Guilt Video and Post -- https://thefewellhomestead.com/martha-and-mary-bible-study-homemaker-guilt/ Scriptures from this episode: Pslam 51:10 Proverb 4:23 Titus 2 4-5 Proverbs 14:1
35:56
November 9, 2020
E1: Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays (Series Intro)
Feeling kind of frantic and crazy after the year we've had? Well wake up, sister! It's about to get even crazier with the holidays! But does it really HAVE to be crazy? Now, more than ever, we need to find rest, purpose, inspiration, and peace during the holiday season. In this 9 part series, we'll walk through the holidays with ease. This will be the BEST holiday season you've ever had, because we're redeeming our homes for this holiday season! Join me November through December, every Monday, as we tackle it all and find peace and rest together. And maybe a little fun and inspiration too! Want to support the podcast? You can do that by clicking here.
17:50
November 2, 2020
S1 E22: Does Your Social Media Life Reflect God's Will? | Unfollowing Influencers and Friends
Scrolling through your newsfeed only to walk away stressed out, angry, upset, bitter, jealous, or tired? Have you ever wondered if your social media life isn't reflecting God's will for your life, and maybe that's why you feel the way you do? Check out this episode of Choosing Simple, where I talk about recently unfollowing a lot of "friends" and influencers online, how it has changed my life, and why I think it will change yours.  FROM THIS EPISODE: Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays Series -- https://thefewellhomestead.com/redeeming-home-for-the-holidays/ 2021 The Homestead Journal Planner -- https://homesteadersofamerica.com/product/2021-the-homestead-journal-planner-pre-order/
24:42
October 22, 2020
S1 E21: What Is God Doing? | "You do not know now, but one day you will."
What is God doing in the midst of all the rioting, virus outbreak, hatred, and calamity? Today I dive into what God has been pulling me to say for a few weeks now after learning about a Christian friend who recently lost some contracts with businesses because of who he is and what he believes. And we discover that even through all the hardship, God is walking in the midst of us all. We may not understand today, but we will one day. • • IN THIS EPISODE • •  Luke 3:17 John 13:6 Redeeming Your Home for the Holidays series
29:40
September 1, 2020
S1 E20: At the Pace of the Children
Have you ever felt like being a parent is inconvenient? We always have other things to do—clean the house, get work done. Whatever it is, sometimes, as parents, we feel like we're just trudging along at a pace we're not ok with. But what is the standard pace as a parent, after all? In today's podcast we break down a few scriptures, and we learn just what Jacob meant when he said in Genesis that he would walk at the pace of the children and livestock. Because in real life, as a parent, it's all about the pace of the least of these. And sometimes we'll find that when we slow down to their pace, life gets a little less overwhelming.  • • FROM THIS EPISODE • •  Genesis 33:14 Psalms 127:4-5 Proverbs 22:6 Proverbs 13:24 Ephesians 6:4
32:55
July 22, 2020
S1 E19: Gender Roles in Marriage and Homesteading?
Do gender roles have a place in the Christian home and on the homestead? My response might surprise you! In this episode I break it down for you, and talk about how the family unit is a team first, rather than a list of gender roles. And while we're a team, we are also naturally created differently, with our own strengths and weaknesses.  • • FROM THIS EPISODE • • Join my Homestead Homemaking Group for Christian Women & Friends • • FOLLOW ME ONLINE HERE • • FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
32:39
July 7, 2020
S1 E18: GARDEN TEACHINGS: Life is Like Tomato Plants, It Needs Constant Pruning
Sometimes the garden can teach you more than just how to prune and harvest. In this episode, I go over how the garden teaches us so much more about life, because the same God who created us, created the garden. We were created to be gardeners. And just like tomatoes, we need constant and meticulous pruning to be the most efficient we can be.  • • FOLLOW ME ONLINE HERE • • FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
23:14
June 29, 2020
S1 E17: Homeschooling on the Homestead | NOW is the Time to Plan!
If you've suddenly found yourself a homeschooler due to recent current events, or just because you've always wanted to homeschool, NOW is the time to plan! In this episode I talk about how we homeschool, what we use, why you need to plan right now, and some of our struggles and successes.  • • LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE • • A.C.E Curriculum OR Visit the ACE Website HERE MasterBooks Curriculum Teaching Textbooks (Math) Abeka Curriculum (this is a fairly advanced curriculum) Saxon Math Curriculum • • FOLLOW ME ONLINE HERE • •  FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
37:49
June 12, 2020
S1 E16: Choosing Simple in the Midst of Adversity & Chaos | Searching for a King
In 1 Samuel, Israel pleaded Samuel for a King. They wanted someone who could protect them, simple because they suddenly became fearful of a neighboring nation. What they had forgotten is that God had gone before them and fought every battle before they went into battle. Could we be like Israel in the United States? Could the chaos, adversity, riots, disease and more simply be a people group demanding a king? In the midst of it all, how do we choose to be simple people? In this episode, we're going over it all. • • • FROM THIS EPISODE • • • 1 Samuel 8 — Israel Asks for a King Rory Feek Video — "What's Important to YOU?" •• Join me online •• FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
37:25
June 2, 2020
S1 E15: Motherhood is Hard + Mom Tips from REAL Mom Experts!
Motherhood can be challenging. With mom guilt, comparison, and more, sometimes we feel guilty for asking for help or tips. In this episode we talk about the reality of motherhood, but more than anything, I read off some of my favorite expert mom tips from mamas and grandmamas that have followed me on social media for years! You won't want to miss this episode, mama. Grab a cup of coffee, lock yourself in your bedroom, and come glean from some amazing wisdom keepers in motherhood.  • • • FROM THIS EPISODE: What I Do When I Feel Overwhelmed (episode) My Favorite Ring Slings Happy Baby Carrier Onbuhimo Ergo Baby Carrier Why We Ditched Baby Led Weaning (not really) Video •• Join me online •• FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
39:11
May 28, 2020
S1 E14: What if God Doesn't Show Up?
The sad reality is that, in this Christian life, even though we preach hope...most of us don't believe God is going to show up during the hard times and moments in our lives. This week we talk about the current events, mandated "things", fear, and more. And how God shows up, especially when WE show up. •• Join me online •• FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
32:18
May 6, 2020
S1 E13: The Big Lie of "I Can't Afford to Homestead"
I hear it all the time, the excuse called "I can't afford to homestead". When the reality is that, if you took a good hard look at your budget, you'd find that homesteading is absolutely attainable for your life. Let's talk about it all in this podcast. Because homesteading isn't just a "thing", it's a lifestyle! •• Join me online •• FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
26:50
April 27, 2020
S1 E12: What Would I Do with My Stimulus Check on the Homestead?
We're talking real life and day dreaming about money we could spend on the homestead! In this episode I walk you through some practical things to think about when you think about putting that stimulus check to good use on the homestead. And then, we get super fun and start day dreaming about what we "could" get, even if it cost way more than a stimulus check could pay. Join in the fun with me on this week's episode! •• Join me online •• FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
27:21
April 20, 2020
S1 E11: My Natural Childbirth Experiences + Tips and Motivation
Are you contemplating having a natural childbirth? In this episode I go over both of my natural childbirth experiences and show you just how different my hospital birth and birth center birth was. We'll talk about some pain management tips, and how you can have the best natural childbirth of your life! RESOURCES FROM THIS PODCAST The Birth Story of Everett: https://youtu.be/P3kf4rWh8H4 •• Join me online •• FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
36:56
April 14, 2020
S1 E 10: Being Quiet in a World That's Constantly Loud | Where Have I Been?
Where have I been? Sorry for being MIA the last couple of weeks, but I've had good reason. In this episode I share my heart with you on why I've stepped away from the podcast recently. I also share about being quiet in a very loud world, and we dive a bit into Holy Week. •• Join me online •• FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
24:55
April 10, 2020
S1 E9: What I do When I Feel Overwhelmed
You know what I really don't do well with? Feeling overwhelmed. In this episode I go through a few steps that help me to not get to the point of feeling overwhelmed. I also talk about what I do when the burden of being overwhelmed is unavoidable, and I have to navigate through it.  RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE Finding Joy in the Midst of Chaos (Episode) -- https://anchor.fm/amy-fewell/episodes/S1-E4-How-Do-You-Find-Joy-in-the-Midst-of-the-Chaos-eaq08u •• Join me online •• FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
36:36
March 23, 2020
S1 E 8: Peace In the Midst of Hysteria | Empathy over Apathy
In the midst of the chaos of the recent pandemic, peace can only be found in a perfect Savior. Also, in this episode, we talk about choosing empathy over apathy, and taking people under our wings to help them lessen the fear in their lives. SCRIPTURE IN THIS EPISODE: John 16:33 HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD Video series: https://homesteadersofamerica.com/grow-your-own-food-series/ Join me online–– FACEBOOK YOUTUBE INSTAGRAM WEBSITE
26:10
March 16, 2020
S1 E7: God in the Waiting
Are you waiting on something? Are you waiting for your marriage to get better, the perfect spouse to come along, your first (or third) baby, a health issue to get resolved? Whatever it is, sometimes God chooses to make us wait for a reason. Other times, waiting is just something we have to go through. But whatever it is, let's talk about some of the easy, and hard, things I've had to wait on in life. And let's walk through some amazing scriptures that will get us through these hard times. SCRIPTURES FROM THIS EPISODE: Isaiah 40:31 Lamentations 3:23 Proverbs 3:5-6 Romans 5:3-5 James 5:11 FOLLOW ME ON: Facebook Instagram Youtube Website
32:48
March 11, 2020
S1 E6: Why Politics are Necessary in Homesteading | It's Time to Show Up!
While this could be controversial, let's not make it so. It's time to face the facts that, whether we like it or not, politics and homesteading go hand in hand. If you want to keep your food freedoms and freedom to live this homesteading lifestyle, it's time to show up! I have recently been asked why we're continuing to host the Homesteaders of America conference in a state were most people don't agree with their politics. I'm going to answer that question in this podcast! We get down into the nitty gritty of it all in this week's podcast. JOIN ME ONLINE Facebook Instagram Website Youtube Channel Homesteaders of America 
21:28
March 2, 2020
BONUS: Naturally Navigating the Recent Pandemic
BONUS EPISODE -- With fears rising about the recent coronavirus, I wanted to take a moment to speak some common sense information into your life. Talk to you about naturally preventing the virus. And just having some real life talk about the virus and the epidemiology of it all.  >> Elderberry and Astragalus Syrup Recipe: https://thefewellhomestead.com/elderberry-astragalus-syrup/ >> How to Find Joy in the Chaos EPISODE: https://anchor.fm/amy-fewell/episodes/S1-E4-How-Do-You-Find-Joy-in-the-Midst-of-the-Chaos-eaq08u >> Purchase my book, The Homesteader's Herbal Companion: https://amzn.to/2Tx8pwS >> BERKEY WATER FILTER SYSTEM: https://www.berkeyfilters.com/?a_aid=5b51e2cdf3aa3&a_bid=c4fa3de4 >> FREEZE DRIED FOOD STORAGE COMPANIES      • Legacy Food Storage: https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1156842&u=1744079&m=36800&urllink=&afftrack=      • Wise Food Storage: https://amzn.to/384jbQk      • https://amzn.to/2vt4n0b >>> VISIT ME ONLINE: https://www.thefewellhomestead.com https://www.youtube.com/thefewellhomestead http://www.instagram.com/amy.fewell •• Some links in this description may be affiliate links. This simply means I may receive a commission on products if you purchase them, at no additional cost to you.
30:01
February 29, 2020
S1 E5 : The Burden of "Looking Pretty"
In a society filled with pressures and burdens, the last thing you need as a woman and mama is to have the burden of "looking pretty". In this episode, Amy talks about something she recently experienced, and how the judgements of other women can weigh heavy. We take a look at 1 Peter 3, and what God has to say about true beauty. We encourage one another to do what makes us happy, not what burdens us in this lifestyle of beauty. If "making" yourself beautiful is something you love doing, that's great! If you don't want to wear makeup, that's ok too! But at no time should it ever be a burden to you. IN THIS EPISODE --  "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves." [ 1 Peter 3:3-5 NIV ]
21:42
February 24, 2020
S1 E4: How Do You Find Joy in the Midst of the Chaos?
An instagram follower recently asked me how I find time to sit and enjoy life in the midst of the everyday chaos, so I decided to answer her in this week's podcast. The reality is that there are several different ways to find joy, but the ultimate key is choosing and creating joy. Listen to some stories I share in this week's episode, and maybe even carve some time to find your own joy today.  • • IN THIS PODCAST • • All scriptures taken from the NIV  version of the Bible. "...and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." -- 2 Corinthians 10:5 "Rejoice always, pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." -- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." -- Romans 12:12 "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." -- Habakuk 3:17-18 "Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations.Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." -- 2 Corinthians 12:6-10  • • FOLLOW ME ONLINE • • Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefewellhomestead/ Instagram: @amy.fewell Website: www.thefewellhomestead.com
24:03
February 17, 2020
S1 E3 : Why Do I Even Try? | Finding Purpose in the Hard Days
Do you ever wonder why you waste your time trying? Why do I try to mop when my kids are going to run through with dirty shoes again. Why do I waste my time trying to cook when no one appreciates it? Why do I even try to get my garden going when it's just going to rain and rain and rain? Or even the harder issues, like why do I even try in my marriage, with my kids, with that friend that is difficult? Whether it's the everyday mundane or the more serious, often times we find ourself asking this question. Today I'm going to go through two scriptures with you, and a whole lot of inspiration, that may help you navigate this difficult part of life.  •• Scriptures in this episode •• 1 Corinthians 10:31 & 33 2 Corinthians 9:24-27 •• Find me online ••  https://www.thefewellhomestead.com https://www.instagram.com/amy.fewell https://www.youtube.com/thefewellhomestead 
22:40
February 10, 2020
S1 E2: I Can’t Do it All | Making Wise Decisions
Have you ever wanted to take on a new project, start a new job, or even just go out on a play date, but felt like you needed extra direction on making a wise decision? In this podcast, Amy talks about her tried and true methods of how to make wise decisions in the most of chaos, with the ultimate question of “will it be hindering my ultimate responsibility—my family?” Visit my website: https://www.thefewellhomestead.com Visit my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amy.fewell Visiting my Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/thefewellhomestead
23:56
January 27, 2020
S1 E1: My Life in a Nutshell + Learn about the Choosing Simple Podcast!
In the first episode of the Choosing Simple podcast, I want to talk to you about who I (Amy) am, how I get here, and what my goals are for the choosing simple podcast! Get to know me a little better before we head into the nitty gritty life of a homesteading mama, wife, and homemaker.
21:56
January 21, 2020