A Child’s View of Satan

By May 12, 2011Misc

I posted this on my personal blog in 2009 and thought I’d share it here with the Womens Bible Cafe. This was my daughter’s view of Satan:

Last night as we snuggled in bed, my seven-year-old daughter apologized for her bad behavior during the day. Earlier in the day she was disciplined for a lengthy temper tantrum when I told her that an online game was putting a virus on my computer and I asked her to stop playing it. She earned herself five minutes of time out for her backtalk, until she discovered she had accumulated a 35 minute time out in her room. Angry, she kicked and pounded on the heavy mirrored doors of her bedroom closet, earning more time for her anger management.

In the evening, she wanted to apologize for saying “I wish you were dead. I wish God never made you. I wish you were not born.” I accepted her apology and explained that in anger we say hurtful things that we don’t really mean. I showed my forgiveness and reminded her that I love her now and forever. I apologized for my own behavior when I became angry with her.

Continuing the conversation, my daughter then elaborated on the source of her anger. She is just 7 years old and often speaks like Abigail from the Bible.

Mom, Satan grabbed hold of my feet. He walks with me all day long, holding my feet, waiting. Then he started going up my body to my stomach, past my heart and right to my mind when I was really angry. He knew I could not keep him away from my mind once I was angry. Inside my mind, Satan twisted my words and would not let me focus on God. He went back into my mouth and made me say things that I knew would hurt you. I’m sorry Mom, I know that it was wrong to let Satan past my feet. Sometimes God allows him to do that so God can show me how much I need him.

Seriously, this is what she said!

Blessings,

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  • Paul Tuama says:

    God is wonderful: He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. I Cor 1:27

  • Debra Stevens says:

    Sheesh. Puts me to shame…I don’t even get that sometimes! My husband says “that’s steps to maturity right there.” Yeah, something I dont have sometimes :/ Great job Mommy! Keep that up 😉

  • Davie says:

    Wow! Quite a profound statement for such a young child. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely remember this analogy.

  • Renee says:

    Oh, that’s good!!

  • terri says:

    God’s timing is so perfect. We are studying forgiveness in our 2nd grade class on Sunday mornings. I can’t wait to share this story with the kids to see how many of them can relate.

    I also love the fact that God uses the simple to teach the wise….What a blessing that God speaks to us through his children. I am always awed at how much they really do understand….thx for sharing

    God Bless,
    Terri

  • Rosann says:

    What an amazing little girl! I haven’t even started the discussion of Satan with my 6 year old yet because I’m not sure how to approach it without scaring her. Your daughter is very wise for her young age. I think you deserve a mommy pat on the back for that! Good job! 🙂

    Many blessings,
    Rosann

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