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.
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.
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"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 ]
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.
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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
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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.
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1 Corinthians 10:31 & 33
2 Corinthians 9:24-27
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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?”
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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.