7: An Experimental Mutiny on Excess – Jen Hatmaker

This is the book I’m currently reading and plan to be for the next seven months. I live in upper/middle class suburbia America where excess is abundant. Its not just keeping up with the Jones here…its more like keeping up with the Kardashians. And I have fallen victim to it all. I find myself on a regular basis searching online for a new home because we have “outgrown” our home. Standing in front of my pantry or closet complaining that I have nothing to eat or wear. Feeling deprived because I can’t buy everything my heart desires. So I’m excited about this next 7 months to hopefully shake some of this greed and uncontentment that has built up in my heart. I have been so insanely blessed in so many ways and I don’t want to ever take all the Lord has given me for granted. So here we go.

Month one is food. I get to eat 7 foods for the next 30 days. After much agonizing I have gone with

Chicken

Rice

Broccoli

Berries

Potatoes

Eggs

and Corn (mainly for popcorn :P)

I’m allowing myself the use of butter, oils, and salt and pepper for cooking/condiments. 

So far day one hasn’t been too bad.  I had an egg for breakfast, baked potato for lunch, a huge bowl of blueberries and half a sack of potato chips.  Oops.  The potato chips are only made with potatoes, oil, and sea salt so I’m counting that.  Hubby made pancakes for the kids for breakfast which smelled divine and I’m making everyone chicken fried rice for dinner and just eating the steamed rice and chicken without all the yumminess.  Cooking for others while doing this is going to be the hardest part!  Its nearly impossible for me to not taste while I cook!  So day one isn’t bad at all really but I’m sure the next 30 days will get pretty brutal! 

In the meantime I need to make sure I focus on the exact purpose of this.  I want to spend this next 30 days doing the following.

-Realizing just how fortunate we are to have so many food options available to us at all times

-Learning about other cultures and countries so I can know specifically how to pray for them and what their needs are

-Finding ways I can actually help feed the hungry

So that’s where I’m at.  Day 1.  6 months and 29 days to go.  Stay tuned! 

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