Summer of 7

Calling all Amplifiers and friends to join me on this “Summer of 7″ experiment as we simplify and de-crapify our lives.

I read Jen Hatmakers book,  “7″  earlier this year and it messed me up… in a good way.   So instead of being messed up all by myself I would love for you to join me.

Jen’s book is a 7 month experiment where she  focuses on 7 areas of excess.   The Summer of 7  is a seven week “summer intensive” of the experiment.  We will take a week to focus on each area.

Week 1-  Food

Week 2-  Clothes

Week 3-  Possessions

Week 4-  Media

Week 5-  Waste

Week 6-  Spending

Week 7-  Stress

I’m looking at it as a kind of fast.

Can’t seem to get away from Isaiah 58:6-12 these days…

“This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’

 ”If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.

My hope and prayer is that as we simplify, our lives will truly Amplify to the world around us the heart of whom we follow.