I have about 1 hour of free time to myself everyday. Usually I spend that time pretty much wasting it by playing around reading blogs, playing on Facebook or Pinterest.
I'm a total slacker when it comes to reading books. I have read the entire Harry Potter collection and all the Twilight books. I read the first Hunger Games book and can I just say I feel like I wasted my time with it. I know it's like the "trendy" book to read but I didn't care for it. Anyway, I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and loved it and the second book in the series but haven't had time to read the third book.
So I heard about the book 7. I was interested to see how the author gives up 7 things in her life during 7 months that she feels are excessive. For example, food. She picked 7 foods to eat for an entire month and that's all she ate. Then she did it with clothing. She had 7 articles of clothing and wore those for the entire month. My favorite so far (of course, I haven't finished reading, I've been trying to finish this book for months) is that her family had to give away 7 possessions each day for a month.
I think about all the excessive things in our lives. I think I could come up with some sort of 7 challenge for our family. I've been reading a few other blogs were people are trying the same sort of thing, for example, one person is walking everywhere to buy their food. That would actually be pretty easy for us since we live barely a mile from Target and about 1/2 a mile from a Fresh Market.
The main point of the author's story is to get closer to God. I grew up going to church. We were there every Sunday morning for Sunday school and the service, every Sunday evening and every Wednesday evening. I haven't been to church in at least 3-4 years. I used to meet my dad on Sunday mornings at his church sometime. In the last 3 years Josh and I have only stepped foot in a church to go to funerals, my parents joint funeral and my grandmother's.
I'm hoping to start going to church again soon. The hardest part is finding a good church that we feel we can grow with. Josh also grew up going to church every week but he'd prefer to go to the service and that's all. I like to participate more. With my parents I used to help teach a Sunday school class, we always had the 4th-5th grade boys class. Then I'd help with Wednesday night classes for the kids and Vacation Bible School in the summer. I miss doing those things and I miss that Annika isn't participating in those things!
Now we just both need to get motivated to do it and go and once we get going again be prepared for our own little 7 challenge!