Today at lunch, Pace looked at my hot dog and said, “Mommy, it looks like you have Jesus’ blood on your hot dog.”

Me: No Pace, it’s just ketchup. (I’m assuming they must have talked a lot about Jesus’ blood in Sunday school yesterday…I hope :))

Pace: Will you read me the story about Jesus blood spilling everywhere in your Bible.

Me: You mean about Jesus dying on the cross?

Pace: Is that when he bled?

Me: Yes (Why is so obsessed with the blood?!)

I went on to read/explain the story. Crucifixion, Resurrection. I even added a little extra gore and sound effects just for her. Afterwards, I told her about how she had to ask Jesus to live in her heart if she wanted to go see Him in heaven one day, to which she said, “Is He just going to run in there?” (she begins pointing at her chest)

Me: Something like that.

Pace: Won’t he be sad all stuck in there?

Me: No, it would actually make him really happy to live in there all cozy. But Pace, before He can come live in there, you have to understand that you are a sinner.

Pace: What’s a sinner?

Me: Being a sinner means that sometimes, even though we might not want to, we do things that are bad or mean.

Pace: I don’t. (Cocky little thing)

Me: What about pushing your sister down, or being selfish, or hurting people’s feelings, or not obeying what I tell you to do? Don’t you sometimes do things like that?

Pace: Yeah. (She looks really dejected, so I add)

Me: But Pace, I’m a sinner too.

Pace: You are??!! What do you do?

Me: Well don’t I sometimes hurt your feelings, or get madder than I should? (She’s really thinking now…and finally responds–)

Pace: Sometimes, people spank you, and you get a raw hiney-butt, and THAT’S what a sinner is.

And I can tell she is no longer surprised at MY need for Jesus 🙂

14 Responses to “Pace’s Definition of a Sinner”

  1. Ashly says:

    that is too funny! It’s so refreshing to see little kids’ need to hear the bible. Thanks for being a great mom and taking the time to read her the story when I’m sure you had a million other things to do at that moment.

    You’re an inspiration!

  2. Emily says:

    That is adorable.

  3. aedozier says:

    Hysterical! I hope I have answers like that when the questions come.

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  5. Kellie says:

    I am laughing – simply b/c I have these type of conversations often – with Emma Claire – started about the same age as Pace. Last night we observed the Lord’s Supper at church and EC was able to tell me all about the bread being Jesus’ body and the Grape Juice being His blood and how He died for our sins – I was so excited!!!! She definitely has a “head knowledge” of it and truly believes it, so I let her partake…. BUT, after she drank the grape juice, she kept on and on about how yummy Jesus’s blood was and that the next time we go to the store we need to get some of that.
    Keep up the good work and keep sharing with us!

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  7. andi says:

    LOVE. IT.

  8. joy says:

    i love hearing conversations like this! nothing like the innocence of a child 🙂

  9. Hillary @ The Other Mama says:

    THAT is hilarious! I’m so glad you wrote it down for future embarassment.

  10. Abby Euten says:

    Too cute! I love reading these stories!!

  11. Ashley says:

    I said hiney-butt ALL THE TIME when I was little!! I haven’t heard that in SO LONG! I love how God works in the mind of a child! Thanks for making my day 🙂

  12. Darby says:

    abby, i am laughing out loud. that is hilarious. and i think i’ll go to bed on that note. my little hiney-butt is so so so tired.

  13. Melody U. says:

    That is absolutely precious. I am so glad you have it written down because you might have forgotten all the details one day. Hope you all are doing well.
    Melody Downs Uptain

  14. Ms. Rusoff says:

    You’re work is just beautiful.

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