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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 and, 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 Connect on Twitter at...

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Time in the Trenches

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Why do I have to clean my room? Nobody’s gonna see it.” My preteen’s angst seeped into her words and body language, and I worked to keep my cool. I wanted to say, “You’ll clean because I’m telling you to clean.” But after a pause and a long-suffering sigh, I offered, “You will clean your room and you will do your best because you want to honor God with your work, right?” The muffled, unenthusiastic response and the slow shuffle to her task left me shaking my head and fighting a mom eyeroll. Later, as I attacked the laundry and stared down the dishes in the sink, I thought of my reluctant offspring. Was it possible her attitude was simply a reflection of mine? In the day-to-day, did I live my teaching? Did I actually believe what I said to...

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A Season of Wonder and Purpose

Posted by on Dec 24, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

Oh, the familiar swirl of the season … Tiny bodies, mouths open and eyes wide, marveling at myriad dazzling lights. Preschoolers to teens explaining their every “need” on an ever-increasing wish list. Moms and dads scrambling for the best prices on this year’s must-have items. Parties. Recitals. Church programs and special events. A towering evergreen, begging to be dressed in glittering apparel. Trips to visit beloved grandparents and extended family. Holiday tunes blaring from every radio and television. Apple-cinnamon scented candles. Chocolate-oatmeal cookies and a dizzying array of pies fresh from the oven. But somewhere in the rush of activity, there’s an undercurrent of knowing. Of realizing there’s more to these days—that there is meaning and value and purpose to this season. As parents, we inhale deeply because we know if we’re not careful, we’ll let it slip away....

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Politics and Perspective for Parents

Posted by on Oct 22, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

In world-record time, I lunged across our den, scooped the television remote in one hand, and muted the set’s audio. After a noisy sigh, I hit the power button and the TV screen darkened. Little ones with sensitive hearts and ears were close and I wasn’t sure how to explain the behavior of the men and women onscreen. In my five-second sprint to find the remote, there were shouts, taunts, and accusations among the sea of glittering politicians. After my breathless dash, paper and crayons provided the perfect redirection activity and the angry adults on TV were (hopefully) forgotten. To say this has been an unusual, never-ending political season would be an understatement. Every news report of candidates hurling allegations and slurs makes the knots in my stomach tighten a bit more. These folks aren’t slinging mud—they’re rolling around like tawdry mud...

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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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