Our Life Group girls at church are starting a new Bible Study here real soon around the book by Jen Hatmaker called 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Have you heard of it?
From what I understand, it’s pretty intense if you follow Jen’s model! She limits herself to 7 foods for a month, then 7 articles of clothing for a month, and so on and so forth regarding the topics of stress, media, possessions, shopping, and waste. (And of course food and clothes!)
I’m really excited about it because I feel like there’s a lot of excess in my life that could use a little trimming! I look forward to seeing how I grow in my relationship with the Lord when I’m able to focus more on him and less on what I eat, what I wear, what I stress about, etc. I feel like it’ll actually help every relationship in my life, now that I think about it!
Although I’m not sure how into it I’ll get, I do plan on trying to do as much as I feel led to! I’ve already started praying about future months! Since food is the first month, and since I’m pregnant, I’ve already decided what I’m going to do as far as month 1 that will be challenging, but will still allow me to feel like I’m getting everything I need for the baby. I’m going to stick to 7 semi-narrow categories without only having 7 individual foods that I can eat.
I think it’ll be a really neat way for me to redirect my focus when it comes to eating. Because I LOVE food. LOVE it. And this is not a diet. It’s a focus redirection. I think it’ll be pretty awesome. But of course I say that only one day into my month! (I started yesterday.)
Here are my 7 categories:
Lean white meats (chicken, pork, fish, turkey)
Whole Grains either in their raw form or in the form of Ezekiel 4:9 bread.
“Condiments” are limited to salt, pepper, olive oil, and coconut oil.
You’re probably wondering why in the world I’m telling y’all all this! I’m sharing as a form of accountability. I feel a sense of responsibility after I say something “out loud” (or on the blog) and it makes it way harder for me to cheat! ha! I love having multiple forms of accountability from all angles, so even though I don’t know many of y’all personally, THANK YOU for being there for me as an accountability partner!
Have any of you read this book? I’d be interested to hear how others liked it and how you did it (if you did it any differently from how Jen lays it out!)
I hope y’all have a great day! As our pastor has been saying a lot lately,
LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE, GO CHANGE THE WORLD!