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The weather was perfect—just crisp enough for a light jacket, but enough sun to feel warmth on my face. I called my then four-year-old daughter, Grace, to see if she wanted to play outside. When she came running, I opened the garage and pulled out a lawn chair. Grace went to the back of the garage where all the riding toys were stored to locate her princess bicycle with training wheels and streamers on the handle bars.

She pulled it out to the driveway and went back for a bike helmet. She plopped it on her head and went to sit on the bicycle, all the while working to buckle the strap under her chin. I walked to where she sat and leaned down to help straighten the twisted straps.

As I leaned over, Grace had full view down my v-necked tee. She said, “Mama, are you wearing a bra?”

I told her I was, and she promptly asked, “Why do you wear a bra?”

I blinked once, then twice as she stared back at me waiting for an answer. I constructed sentences in my head trying to figure out which ones would not sound horrible when she repeated them back to someone else.

Obviously, it was taking me a minute to come up with the answer, so Grace suggested one herself. “Is it so your things-that-babies-get-milk-from can stay cozy?”

“Umm…yep! That’s it.” I tried not to laugh.

What’s a parent to do when we don’t have the answer to our children’s pointed questions? And is it okay if we don’t have all the answers? Yes! The only all-knowing parent is God. We human parents aren’t meant to have all the answers.

While we can have fun with our kids searching for the answers to life’s questions, the best thing to teach our children is to take our questions to the Lord. He is the creator of the earth. He made the moon and the stars and set the world in motion. He made the trees and the flowers. He made rainbows and sunsets. He also made the things-that-babies-get-milk-from so He is sure to have the answer to whatever question you can bring Him.

For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16 HCSB

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Come visit her at www.sheeptotheright.com.

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