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Leigh Ann Thomas

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in | Comments Off on Leigh Ann Thomas

No Greater Joy Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mother, grammy, writer, and chocolate enthusiast. She has penned four books, including Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride (SonRise Devotionals) and Smack-Dab in the Midlife Zone—Inspiration for Women in the Middle (Elk Lake Publishing, 2019 release). A regular contributor to Just18Summers.com and InTheQuiver.com, she has also published with Southern Writers Magazine, Power for Living, Southern Writers Best Short Fiction, and other magazines and compilations. You can find Leigh Ann on her front porch daydreaming story plots or blogging at LeighAThomas.com. Connect on Twitter at...

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A Place to Run

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

Springtime in my beloved North Carolina brings warmth, endless shades of green, southern snow (tsunami of pollen), and near-daily thunderstorms. In this volatile season, God used an experience with a sudden storm and a tiny toddler to teach this “child” how to respond when life’s storms threaten to overwhelm. Distant thunder rolled and rumbled as a rainstorm moved through the area. Little Eliott watched, mesmerized, as water pelted the windows and puddles formed outside his house where we were spending the morning together. His 18-month-old body wriggled with excitement and wonder as he stayed by his rain-watching post. Then came a flash of lightening and my warning to move back from the window. He looked at me, unsure of what to do. Then… BOOM! Thunder rattled the window panes and sent a little boy sprinting across the room—straight into...

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A Craving for Less

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As my children’s complaints increased in volume and intensity, my gaze darted around the grocery store and I inwardly cringed. If someone didn’t know my sweet and well-cared-for darlings, they might suspect my offspring were deprived and malnourished. “Can’t we go out to eat? We never eat out.” “I need new jeans. I have nothing to wear.” “Why can’t I go to so-and-so’s house? Everyone is going.” Oh, the angst my poor sorrowful babies had to endure. If only they could have more of whatever they deemed necessary at the time. But could our children be taking their cues from us? Do parents fall into the same need-more traps? How often do we verbalize our dreams for a bigger house, a better salary, additional time, increased status, the best-behaved children, or a better whatever? When the need-more bug permeates...

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Equipping Our Children to Face Difficult Times

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

We all have them—times that our feet get knocked out from under us. Hardships are inevitable and we can feel blind-sided by disappointment, pain, or sorrow. When a family experiences difficulty, parents can forget that young ones are walking a similar path. Children may not be aware of every detail of a situation, but they are sensitive to tension and mood changes in a home. As adults, when we hold to God’s promises—when we cling with a desperate faith, throwing ourselves at the foot of the cross—we show our offspring how to stand strong in life’s storms. And as we seek God’s Word and pray together, each family member will benefit from the peace that infuses our homes. In times of distress, the following verses can be a great source of family comfort. You will keep in perfect peace...

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An Intentional Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The season of magic and joy is upon us. Lights twinkle, focus on giving, Christmas tunes blare, and our day-planners fill. Advertisers pull and coax, with promises of the best deals ever. Our lives become a blur of parties, programs, and angel-clad performances. What’s not to love? If we’re not careful, Christmas—true Christmas—can become lost in a swirl of chaos. Worship and wonder over the Greatest Gift can take a backseat to endless activity. So, here’s a challenge to keep it simple, with a few ideas to create family memories our precious ones will remember far longer than that got-to-have-it-now coolest-toy-in-the-world. Make your family Christmas story about The Story.  My favorite memories are of our little ones acting out Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Our family productions were the epitome of simplicity, but oh, the sweetness of toddler...

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