The Holy Cat? Beginning Readers and the Bible

Each day Mark or I try to speak with each child about their Bible reading.  For the younger ones this usually takes the form of questions to make certain they are completing the readings and understanding what they read.

My conversation with Savannah (5) about her reading in Matthew 4 confirms that not only is she still a beginning reader, she’s also been paying attention in family worship.

Me: “What did you read about today?”

Savannah:  “Jesus came out of the mouth of God and then the devil took Him up to the holy cat.”

Me: “Oh?”  “Can you show me where you read that?”

Savannah, reading verse 4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Then she looks up and says, “Daddy told us that Jesus is “The Word”. ( John 1)

Me: “Ok, but what about the “holy cat”?

Savannah, points to verse 5 which I read as saying,

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city

Savannah reads, “Then the devil took Him up into the holy kitty.”

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26 Responses to The Holy Cat? Beginning Readers and the Bible
  1. DeAnn
    January 10, 2011 | 8:18 am

    Love It!! Super cute, thanks for sharing


  2. Tori
    January 10, 2011 | 8:19 am

    Oh how very sweet!


  3. Helen
    January 10, 2011 | 8:35 am

    I’ll remember that 🙂



  4. Jama
    January 10, 2011 | 8:43 am

    A+ for paying attention during family worship!


  5. Lisa
    January 10, 2011 | 8:54 am

    Ceiling cat! 😀


  6. UP
    January 10, 2011 | 8:56 am

    Holy Kitty!!!

    That is AWE-some!



  7. Alene
    January 10, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Too funny!

    And kudos to you for checking up on their reading. I can’t begin to imagine the twisted doctrine that could come out of that little misunderstanding!


  8. Ruth Adams
    January 10, 2011 | 11:35 am



  9. Suzanne
    January 10, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Bonus points for mom for asking about the reading!!! Holy Kitty!!! Awesome!


  10. Michelle
    January 10, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    That’s awesome! What a sweetheart she is. 🙂


  11. Sarah
    January 10, 2011 | 11:08 pm

    How cute!


  12. Tracy Bua Smith
    January 10, 2011 | 11:08 pm

    That is too funny and precious! Love it! I’m visiting you from the Hip Homeschool Hop! I’m your newest follower! Your family is beautiful! Have a blessed week!


  13. Jenny
    January 10, 2011 | 11:14 pm

    Hysterical!!! (I have a 5-yr-old and I can so hear that conversation …) I like how you responded so simply.


  14. Mommie Kate
    January 10, 2011 | 11:21 pm

    Priceless! I’ll never read that verse the same! lol It’s great to see your encouragement in teaching the Word to your children. I enjoyed “meeting” you through the hip homeschool hop and will visit you again.


  15. Valerie
    January 10, 2011 | 11:33 pm

    Oh thank you Savannah! This weary mommy needed a good laugh tonight!


  16. Meghan
    January 10, 2011 | 11:50 pm

    So glad to see you linking up again at the Hop! Make sure to check out the new site too! Hope youre doing good friend.



    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Love the idea of the Hip List. The new site looks wonderful!


  17. Marissa
    January 11, 2011 | 6:24 am

    So cute!

    I need the giggle also!

    Visiting from Hip Homeschool Hop.


  18. Joy
    January 11, 2011 | 7:34 am

    just adorable! Thanks for joining in the Hop!


  19. Lynnea Williams
    January 11, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    Oh man, that made me laugh. Too funny. I took up your challenge (so to speak), but we are just aiming to read the Bible through one time this year. I have three girls 11, 9 and 5 years old. We are reading it together at the beginning of our school day. The 5 year old reads the first 4 or 5 verses of each new chapter. It is going very well so far. Thanks for the suggestion.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Having the 5 year old read the first few verses of each chapter is a great idea. It should improve her reading skills and help her to keep paying attention.


  20. Young Wife
    January 11, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    That’s hilarious! She’s a beautiful girl.


  21. Marisa I.
    January 11, 2011 | 8:52 pm

    WOW! LOL! 😀


  22. Candice
    January 12, 2011 | 11:43 am

    HA! So cute!!


  23. enjoy country living
    January 18, 2011 | 7:57 pm



  24. Susan
    June 28, 2014 | 2:46 am

    While that was certainly darling, it amazing what’s she’s comprehending in her reading and the associations she’s making. We might all try reading the Bible as little children.


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