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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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The Source of Our Value and Worth

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

We’ve all been there. Our young daughter is heartbroken because someone at school called her a hurtful name. Or our sports-breathing son didn’t make the basketball team. Maybe someone laughed at our middle-schooler’s choice of clothing or our high schooler received a rejection letter from the college of their dreams. Each day, our children face times of intense struggle over their sense of value and self-worth. From the kindergarten days through adulthood they are hit with countless ideas and opinions concerning how they measure up to ever-changing standards. This is why it’s vital for us to remind our precious ones of the true source of their worth and value—for us to lay a foundation of unchanging truth on which they can build a life. Oh, how they need to know that God’s idea of our worth is vastly different...

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3 Easy Ways for Moms to Say, “I Love You”

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

Showing love to our children comes naturally, right? Along with a warm hug and loving smile, “I love you” is easy to say. But while our children need verbal assurances, there are other powerful, yet subtle ways to shower our precious ones with love and tenderness. Here are three ways to wrap our children in unconditional love: Make eye contact and listen (Even when we’re busy) Yes, our schedules are hectic. And life may seem to be a swirling blur of appointments and activities. But magic happens when we carve a few minutes from each day to simply be still and listen to our loved ones. Conduct a simple experiment. The next time you’re busy making dinner and a child begins chattering about their day, cease moving and give face-to-face attention. If this isn’t a regular practice, our children...

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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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