Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scripture Reading & Interpretation

Proper reading and interpretation of Scripture is absolutely vital to your walk as a Christian. Keeping things in proper context using exegesis (and *not* eisegesis) is absolutely essential to understanding God's Word correctly. To me, to read it in any other way is absolutely *wrong*.

Some of you may not be familiar with the words exegesis and eisegesis. I will explain them to you. Exegesis is reading through Scripture in context while using "careful, objective analysis". It's studying the text and coming to conclusions *based* on the text. Eisegesis is dangerous ~ letting Scripture be subject to whatever interpretation someone wants to give it. The text gets interpreted according to what the reader *thinks* it should say rather than what it actually says.

 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
~2 Timothy 2:15 (emphasis, mine)

Teachers who do expository preaching will go book by book through the Bible...verse by verse. Everything gets put into proper context and is interpreted properly by the Scriptures around it. Teachers who use eisegesis when preaching are usually those who are topical preachers. They base their teachings on a topic and then pick and choose verses to fit what they are presenting. Is this "rightly handling the word of truth" as the Bible tells us to do?

I like how explains it:

The process of Exegesis involves:

The process of Eisegesis involves:

I can't even begin to count the number of times people have misused Scripture. Can you even imagine something more dangerous? Some people may read this post and just figure "This isn't all that important to me right now"...but to be honest, I can't imagine anything **more** important! To misuse God's Word is absolutely blasphemous in my opinion....what could be worse? Not only does it bring many people to believe they are promised things by God that they aren't...or that they should be wealthy or in perfect health...but when these things *don't* come to pass, it causes people to stumble in their faith as well as hurt their witness of the gospel.

 If you go HERE you can read an example of the reading of scripture with Eisegesis and Exegesis...and how different the outcomes are. It's so very important for you to understand the weight of this! THIS article from Ligonier explains why it is so important.

One of the most often misused Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 (For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.). Is that a promise for us? Have you read the Scripture that surrounds that promise? If not, I encourage you to! We twist that Scripture to fit us....but it was a promise for Israel at a certain place and a certain time. For many of you...that may be a surprise as this may be a verse you have leaned on. Watch THIS 5 minute video by Voddie Baucham that explains it for you. I will be glad you did. It's a beautiful thing to understand Scripture properly. It brings such joy to my heart. There is also THIS 5 minute video by Jefferson Bethke who explains it well (and the follow up video he did to it: Part 2)!

My beloved sisters in Christ...I want to encourage you to seek the truth in Scripture. Read the Word, pray for discernment, and always, always, always read the Scriptures in proper context. It makes you want to study more, dig deeper and grow your faith and relationship with Christ. As Christians, we should constantly be desiring to grow in wisdom and the truth of His Word. This is how we cast our eyes upon Him...and with a constant focus on Him, His truth is lived out in us.

It is true that we are all at different seasons of our faith. It is my desire to help my friends begin to move from milk to meat. I still have soooo much to learn and so much growing to do...but what I have learned over the years, I desire to share. If you have questions, please ask. I will do my best to answer them (and if I don't know, I will talk to my husband or my pastor to find the answer for you!).

I hope this post has helped you understand how vital the proper interpretation of Scripture is. I pray I have explained these topics well...and if I haven't...I hope I have at least introduced them to you. Then you can look up, study and work to understand them on your own.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for letting me share what's on my heart!
In Christ,

"We confess that the Bible is God’s Word, but unless we read and interpret it properly, our confess ion is a mere formality. Sound biblical exegesis is essential if we hope to know and act upon biblical truth."
~Daniel Doriani


Monday, October 20, 2014

A Visit with the Munchkins

Last week, Madelyn, Jaxson and I went to visit my sister and her girls (Xavier was working at the garage with PopPop and Daddy). We just love spending time with those girls...they love Jaxson's attention best (and he loves that!).

 Dinah kept patting and hugging Eloise. It was incredibly cute. I didn't get *great* pics of it...but I did get pictures nonetheless.

On the way home....we saw a beautiful rainbow!!!

It was so vibrant and breath-taking! I praise God for His Creation....

We had such a busy day today...we went to our homeschool co-op in the next town over. We enjoy our time there...but oh how exhausted we are when we return home! The boys were invited to friends' house after co-op so they were thrilled to go play with friends. Madelyn and I came home and did some housework and then I went to teach spin class for an hour. Homemade biscuits (by Madelyn) and sausage gravy for supper for the family (I ate a healthier alternative) and now...we are all unwinding. I hope to head to bed soon to spend some time reading and in prayer. My body aches from exercising hard and I am just ready to drop!

Good Night friends!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Knitting: Owl Hat

I quickly knitted up this fun owl hat the past couple of days. I haven't sewn the buttons on for eyes yet...but may still do that. Above is the hat without the eyes and below is it *with* the buttons on for eyes. Isn't it super cute? :) Can you see the owls?

This hat even fits *me* I am thinking of keeping it for myself. Most things I make I gift to others...but it's fun to keep something for yourself from time to time. :) (I must admit, I was hesitant to post a photo of myself wearing the hat...but I know when I read a blog post with a finished knitted project, I love to see it *on* someone...)

If you are interested in knitting up this pattern, you can find it HERE (it's free!).

Have a great weekend! Thanks for visiting!
Knitting on...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Enjoying Autumn in PA

 The days have been beautiful and warm for October (although today it is quite rainy and miserable..but I won't complain. It's nice to be inside, candles lit and feeling cozy!). The colors of the trees are just gorgeous and I wanted to share a few photos from around our home...

How great are these silverware wind-chimes? I bought them from a vendor at the fall festival...

The beauty of God's creation is a masterpiece that just can't be dwarfed by anything else...

You can see our woodshed is filling up...preparing for winter weather!

Most days, you will find candles lit throughout our home during this season (all through winter as well!)...

This is Madelyn's idea of napping.... ;)

 Madelyn and I (and even Jaxson!) have been keeping our knitting needles busy lately too, when we have had some spare time! Madelyn knit up this super-cute baby hat...

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." 
~Emily Bronte

I hope your autumn is just as beautiful and that you are able to enjoy it as well! :)
So glad you stopped for a visit!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Her First Pie

Madelyn made her first pie (totally on her own) this past weekend. She made it to take to our pastor appreciation lunch at church. It was *for* our pastor...but others got to partake of its goodness as well! She was thrilled to hear that people enjoyed it! :)

She used peaches from the cellar that I canned a couple years ago. I love peach pie but didn't have a taste. I trust the opinions of others though because it got rave reviews! :) It does a mama's heart good to see her daughter learning, growing, maturing and gently walking into womanhood.

She was disappointed it didn't *look* prettier...but for her first pie, I think it looked wonderful and she will only improve with practice (oh, how I *love* pie....does anyone have a healthy pie recipe? We sure could use one so I could enjoy a slice!).

Peach pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie.....oh, the goodness of pie! I am trying not to drool as I sit and think of it all! ;) If I remember correctly, the first pie I made was apple! Do you remember the first pie you made on your own?


Friday, October 10, 2014

Learning is Beautiful

“When I look at a child, I see a living, breathing person, made in God's image, for whom God has a plan. As parent educators, we need to embrace a new notion of learning...we need to engage the hearten order to effectively educate the child. Our vision of a well-educated child is a child who has a heart for learning, a child who has the tools he needs to continue to learn for a lifetime and a child who has the love to want to do it.” 
― Elizabeth FossReal Learning: Education In The Heart Of The Home

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Words of praise, indeed, are almost as necessary to warm a child into a genial life as acts of kindness and affection. Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers. 
— Christian Nestell Bovee

 “The key is to understand that our children don't belong to us—they belong to God. Our goal as parents must not be limited by our own vision. I am a finite, sinful, selfish man. Why would I want to plan out my children's future when I can entrust them to the infinite, omnipotent, immutable, sovereign Lord of the universe? I don't want to tell God what to do with my children—I want Him to tell me!” 

Living, loving and learning together,
Katy :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Latest Knitting WIP and Finishes

 With the temperatures getting chillier, the knitting bug has caught me once again. I really enjoy knitting but enjoy it even *more* when it is chilly out. Recently, I have been knitting a lot on my circular I am sure you can guess what I have been making lots of....hats! ;)

My aunt has greyhound dogs. I found a free pattern online (on Ravelry) for a cute hat/hood for greyhounds and decided to give it a try. I am happy with how it turned out!

My Ruthie-girl is part terrier, part sheltie so her neck is bigger than her head (she can't even wear a just slides off her head if we try). She was less-than-thrilled to be my model but I made her do it anyway! ;)

My only regret is that I used gray yarn instead of something more vibrant and exciting. My aunt is an eclectic, colorful woman and I think she would have much-preferred something brighter...but I didn't think that through well until after I was already a good way through knitting it. I am not sure that I will knit another as it, although not difficult really, was a bit tricky in some parts and I have other things to get done in time for Christmas.

My aunt lives a few hours away from me and she *should* be receiving the package today (it was a surprise)! I hope she likes it and that it works for her pups! :)

 I also knit, as a gift for my nephew's upcoming birthday, my first-ever deer hat! I found the pattern in this fun new book I got.

A couple of the books I have been using for fun patterns...

A friend of mine, after having three daughters, is due to have her first son soon! I whipped up this fun hat for her soon little arrival!

I am in the middle of knitting up a baby hat which I, at first, intended to make for my sister's baby due at the end of November...but then I realized the colors are more girly...and I think she is having a boy (although my guesses are usually wrong) so we'll just see. Maybe I'll make a newborn baby boy hat so I have one or the other for the big day! :)

So those are a few of the projects I have been working on. With Autumn settling in, are you finding yourself keeping busy with creating/crafting/making? What projects are you working on? I would love to hear about them! :) Keep crafting on, friends!