Jen Hatmaker’s 7 – Chapter 5 Waste {Bloom Book Club}

Jen Hatmaker - 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
Ok, time for some honesty here!  I usually post my weekly chapter review on Saturday’s.  Here’s the honesty — I just wasn’t into it! 
Ok, ok enough stones!  We’re here for community and openness, right?  We’re here to hold one another accountable and love them through it, right!?  Show me some love and accountability today!
Alright, I’m not a complete “waster”, but I don’t recycle like I should.  I don’t “garden”…I kill!  We have three vehicles and need them!  

But, I am convicted and I have to say I’m one of those that thinks, “One little thing won’t change the world.” in this situation.  But, as Jen says, “We won’t answer for the world.  We’ll answer for ourselves.

Why am I so indifferent to the situation when God cares so deeply, not only for the created, but the creation.  Plain and simple:

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”
Genesis 1:31


So, what can we do better?  Start small.

Recycling is made so easy where we live.  It’s a simple as throwing everything recyclable into a big trash can…

What’s so hard about asking for paper instead of plastic?

Cutting down on driving?  Not so easy!

Conserving water and energy?  Turn off the water when we aren’t using it, take shorter showers, turn off the lights when we leave the room, and unplug unused appliances.  I’m horrible with short showers and unplugging unused appliances.  Pray for these! 🙂

Gardening?  Ummm, from the lady with the vine-like weeds outside the front door and my late mother-in-laws dead plants in my kitchen…

Shopping thrift and second-hand?  I don’t buy clothes often, so this is definitely do-able!

There are so many things we can do to care more for the Lord’s earth.  He has entrusted us with it’s care.

What practical changes can you make in your household to better care for the environment?

And, if you’re wondering what all of this fuss is about, you can purchase your copy of 7 here!

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Christie is a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful little girls, a pastor's wife, and lover of Jesus. Her hope is that STC would be a source of encouragement for women all over the world!

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  1. Megan says

    I bought my copy last week! I think I’m going to read it at the end of this year/beginning of next and incorporate it into my 2013 Goals list.

    I’m bad with this one too. I wish I could garden! It seems so neat to grow your own food, but I have a black thumb (or whatever the opposite of green thumb would be). I’ve also thought about buying reusable grocery bags, but I buy so many groceries at a time. I’d have to have like 10 bags! Maybe I’ll start small.

  2. says

    Yikes…I’m so guilty of thinking my little bit won’t change the world. You completely put it into perspective with, “We won’t answer for the world, we will answer for us.” I recycle but there are things I certainly don’t do…I’m now thinking girlfriend! Thanks!! 🙂 xoxo

  3. says

    I am right there with you and Jen in thinking that my little changes won’t change the world. But, when you repurpose your reason for making the changes–to being about what God wants–it changes everything. And by blogging about it, you set out a ripple effect. 🙂

  4. says

    This post is a great reminder. I think the biggest change I could do is stop having so many baths and take showers instead. Thank you for linking this up with Inspired Tueaday!

  5. says

    Oh I am so glad you are linking this to T2T. A group of ladies from church including myself are about to start the 7 journey. I’m a little nervous about it but think it will be a really good motivator for getting some thing in proper perspective. Thanks for sharing!

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