8 Ways to Help Young Children Enjoy “Big Church” on Sundays

If you have younger children, here are some suggestions for how to coach them to enjoy "big church" on Sundays. 1. Talk to your kids about what they will experience. They will get to sing. They will hear prayers and the Bible read. There will be a sermon and sometimes special events like baptism or the … Continue reading 8 Ways to Help Young Children Enjoy “Big Church” on Sundays

A Prayer for My Youngest on Her 13th Birthday

My youngest turns 13 today. No longer a mere child, or even a tween. She is now, officially... a teen. This is a big one. "Double-digits" was kind of epic, but this. There is something about thirteen that opens the door to young adulthood. Greater responsibility. Greater opportunity. But more than anything, the teen years … Continue reading A Prayer for My Youngest on Her 13th Birthday

A Tribute to My 21-Year-Old Daughter

My eldest turns 21 today. I could not be more thankful to have Ann Ferris as a daughter. Could. Not. Be. More. Thankful. Not just because she is strikingly beautiful, intellectually brilliant, theologically astute, dangerously witty, musically talented (instrumentally and vocally), and has the promise of a world-class writer. If none of these things were true, stripped … Continue reading A Tribute to My 21-Year-Old Daughter

Grace for Those Who Grieve On Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is tomorrow. For many, this is a day of celebration and thanksgiving. We have had wonderfully devoted, loving and sacrificial mothers. We have been blessed with children and grandchildren. Yet, for others, it is a day of deep pain, sadness and regret. Some mothers have neglected and abused their children. For these (often … Continue reading Grace for Those Who Grieve On Mother’s Day

A Caston Christmas Day 2014 (In Review)

Woke up and built a huge fire in the fireplace while the children finished watching It's a Wonderful Life downstairs. Amy Grant Christmas playing on Spotify. Opened presents around the tree. Smiles. Hugs. Family breakfast at the dining room table. Finished reading our advent book by Ann Voskamp and place the final ornament on our Jesse … Continue reading A Caston Christmas Day 2014 (In Review)

Grace for Those Who Grieve on Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is tomorrow. For many, this is a day of celebration and thanksgiving. We have had wonderfully devoted, loving and sacrificial mothers. We have been blessed with children and grandchildren. Yet, for others, it is a day of deep pain, sadness and regret. Some mothers have neglected and abused their children. For these (often … Continue reading Grace for Those Who Grieve on Mother’s Day