You Have a Brain by Ben Carson – A Great Biography for Kids

Ben Carson You Have a Brain

I remember the first time I ever read a book by Ben Carson, it was the summer after I graduated college. It was Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence. It changed the way I saw life, not to mention I was immediately hooked on “self-help” books. It kick started my love of reading.

Many years later, there is this…You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.  Written for teens, this book recounts the story of Ben Carson growing up as a young boy in inner city Detroit, and how he overcame many obstacles to go from the class dummy to world-class neurosurgeon. Dr. Carson shares with us the various trials his family faced as well as the simple principles he’s learned along the way; all the while celebrating the strength and tenacity of his mother who wanted better for her children.

After reading this book I was reminded just how important it is for us and our children to read biographies. Join me over at Faith Gateway to read why it’s so important as I share the 4 Benefits of Reading Biographies With Your Children.

4 Easy Steps to Start Teaching Your Kids About Money

Teaching Your Kids About Money – 4 Easy Steps To Get You Started

  Last year I did a series on Kids & Money. It is truly one of my favorite things to talk about and hope to do it more. Having struggled with managing money myself, I knew it was important to equip my kids with the necessary tools to manage their money. I want my kids to know their math facts and spelling words, but I also want them to be financially intelligent. Today I am over at Circles of Faith talking about Teaching Your Kids About Money – 4 Easy Steps To Get You … [Continue Reading...]

When Your Kids Bicker and Brag


I have three kids. They vary in age, gender, and personality, but in one way they are the same. They each want to be first. I can count on my children to argue over who will go first to get in the shower, share what their day was like at dinner, or hug daddy when he comes home from work. It's natural at their ages to bicker and brag but it can wear this momma out.  I definitely don't have all the answers but there are a few things I do that have helped it go a little smoother here at my … [Continue Reading...]

Share Your Testimony

share your testimony

Few things build our faith like hearing a good story that includes an answered prayer. It’s encouraging to hear from someone who has “Been There, Done That and Got the T-shirt.” We can be encouraged that if God did it for them He can do it for us. Sharing our testimony turns our answered prayers into praise. As we talk about what God has done, it keeps us humble. It reminds us, and others that God came through for us. It didn’t happen because of our own wisdom, strength or abundance but … [Continue Reading...]

Engaged in Prayer

engaged in prayer

The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian has been one of the most instrumental books in teaching me about prayer. Divided by topic, each chapter shares the importance of praying for your child in a particular area. It also provides specific prayers, which are each tied to biblical promises including their scripture references. Over the years, this book has helped me stay consistent in prayer. When my little ones were young and life was overwhelming, I knew I could open the book, select … [Continue Reading...]

God on our Side

God on our Side

Life isn’t always going to be “easy” and there will be times we face opposition. When God places something in our heart and we take action, it’s as if a whistle is blown and a bout begins. Whether it’s extending an invitation to a friend, getting the help you need for your marriage, or writing that book that has lingered in your heart, forces unseen don’t want the will of God to be fulfilled in our lives. But don’t let this keep you from contending. Fighting a battle in our own strength is … [Continue Reading...]

An Answer to Prayer is on the Way

answer to prayer

When I am in the grocery store, getting ready to check out, I always look for the shortest line. Sometimes if I am with my husband and we’re in a rush we will divide up, each get in a line, and move to meet the other one based on who is closest to the cashier.  It’s a good thing for others we don’t shop together often. It is hard to “Wait”. There are times when we have prayed and anticipated a resolution for longer than we would like. We may be tempted to think that when your wait is … [Continue Reading...]