Is It an Imaginary Friend?

This may be a controversial post but it’s something that needs to be shared.  People need to know about it!

When I was a child, I had an “imaginary friend”. I called her that because that’s what I was told she was and children believe what they are told. My whole family said she was an imaginary friend because that’s what they believed. They called her Smiley and they all thought it was sweet that Smiley was the name I chose for her.

Whenever my parents would hear me talking to her, they would smile because they thought I had a vivid imagination. My older brother was even somewhat envious so he tried to have one but his only lasted for a few days. Smiley was with us for several years.

The Truth about Smiley

What my parents didn’t realize was that Smiley was never an imaginary friend. I didn’t name Smiley; that’s how she introduced herself to me. I could see her and I could hear her. She looked like a little girl, always wearing a dress with blond hair and pigtails. She was always around and she was never my imagination.

The truth is Smiley was a evil spirit. She never hurt me physically. I now know that she was only allowed to go so far. She was only allowed to talk to me. Just as the Bible reveals in the first chapter of Job, the devil and his underlings can only go as far as God allows them.

One day I was in the backyard swinging and Smiley was talking to me as usual and all of a sudden she told me that she was going to die and wouldn’t be around anymore. I don’t remember why I did this but I went around to the front door and rang the door bell. When my mom answered, I told her that Smiley was dead. She looked surprised but she smiled and said okay.

Later that day, I heard Smiley say something to me but when I started to reply, she said, “No, don’t talk back. I’m dead remember. These are just your own thoughts and I never saw “Smiley” again.

The evil spirit that pretended to be Smiley did not leave. He was with me through all the years of nightmares and of partying and all the years of drug abuse and writing those fake prescriptions. He was with me until I was 33 years old.

Why “Smiley” Really Left Me

The reason “Smiley’ really left me was because he was made to leave me. I realized a few months after I was off of drugs and attending a spirit filled church, that I was being tormented by evil spirits. I asked some people at my church to pray for me and they did.

I don’t really need to share all the details of what happened when they prayed for me that night except to say that it was a battle and after over an hour of praying, Jesus won the battle.

I felt “Smiley” really leave me that night and for the first time in my life, I had such peace and quiet in my mind. I slept so well that night.

Freedom through Jesus

Jesus is the One that made “Smiley” and his friends leave me that night and I’ve been free since then. I’m sharing this because I want parents to be aware of the tricks of the enemy.

If your child has an imaginary friend, don’t assume it’s something they made up. “Smiley” antagonized me constantly and my parents had no idea. As I previously said, they just thought it was sweet and cute. So talk to your child about it and ask questions.


If you are a parent and you do discover that your child’s imaginary friend is not really a friend or imaginary, I know that you obviously are going to want to make it leave your child alone. What I need to warn you about is if you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, do not go and try to make that evil spirit leave by yourself.

The only thing that will make it leave is by using the power and authority of Jesus’ name but you have to walk and live in His name to use His it. Find someone to help you. Find someone that has a relationship with Jesus.

If you need help to find someone, leave a comment below. You can request that I keep your comment private and I will.

The following are examples of people dealing with evil spirits in the Bible:

(Paul had a personal relationship with Jesus) Paul… turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. -Acts 16:18

(The seven sons of Sceva in the following verses DID NOT have a relationship with Jesus) 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.”14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this.15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. -Acts 19:13-16

I realize this is really different from my other posts and some people might have a hard time receiving it but if it helps just one parent help one child to not be tormented by a lying evil spirit, it was worth sharing!

Please feel free to leave any questions or comments you have at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Yours In Christ,

Shiloh Mandi Griffin, M.Ed.

Founder of

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