The Power of Words for Helping Others by Jo Russell

“I just made this casserole and my family doesn’t like it. I know you struggle, so I brought it over for you and your kids,” explained Jane as she handed the covered hot dish food to her neighbor. “See that box in the corner? It’s full of clothes. Feel free to help...

Resisting Temptation – or Not? By Jo Russell

As the young mother walked through the car lot to the showroom, towing along two small boys, the salesman smiled. She began, “I’m looking for a four-wheel drive bigger than this compact wagon, but I want to buy in the spring.” Jolene named off one of two brands. Big...

Bringing the Power Up to Code by Jo Russell

Dave, the electrician, packed up his tools for the umpteenth time, he looked up at the now-working outside light on the aging house of his customer, Jolene. Though HGTV makeovers lift vintage homes to the height of drama and romance, Jolene felt no such drama as she...

About Jo Russell

Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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Feeling Blue?

That can't last. Listen in on four talks of Jo's to banish those blues:

How Do I Count My Blessings When the Toilet is Overflowing?

The Choice We Have Between a Dead Egg and a Live Savior

Never Give Up!

Can Kermit and Miss Piggy Marry and Live Happily Ever After?