Following Instructions God’s Way by Jo Russell

“Mom, I need money for shop materials this week,” Jolene’s teen son, Rick, mentioned as he noticed her paying bills. She has to have money right now or she wouldn’t be working on bills.  “How much?” When he told her, the single mom sucked in a ragged breath, let it...

Is Life Without Caramel a Hardship? by Jo Russell

Ten-year-old Abbie, intent on learning to cook, listened closely as Mrs. Brown continued in a  cooking demonstration for a group of families. “Today, I’m going to teach you how to make caramelized onions.  I know you get lots of bags of onions. Who knows what to do...

The Certainty of Taxes by Jo Russell

Paul was making his fifth call to his tax client, and time was running out on the April 15 deadline. As he asked about stock, property sold and bought, and why Fifi’s dog grooming was listed in the category “business expense,” his client sighed with exasperation....

Easy Communication by Jo Russell

Cindy was in deep do-do again. So on the sunny Saturday when it would have been more fun to be building forts and playing softball, the eight-year-old was once again confessing to the priest all of her wrongs of the spring break week. He responded, “Uh, huh, Uh, huh,”...

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?