Counting the Cost by Jo Russell

Sherry approached her customer with a smile who was scanning the rainbow of colors in the spray paint section. Sherry tied on her work apron as she commented, “Beautiful choices, aren’t they? What project are you working on?” “I’m changing the color of my outdoor...

Kickin’ It to High Heaven by Jo Russell

Pastor Dan was having a challenging day already. As his wife kissed him goodbye and headed out the door to teach a workshop at a women’s conference, their wee daughter, Carrie, sniffled. “Mommy will be back tonight and Daddy will take good care of you,” she kissed the...

How God Clothes His Own in Rich Garments by Jo Russell

Gene dropped into a chair in the employee lounge with a grunt. “I never thought I’d earn combat pay on this job. Go figure!” “What do you mean? It’s not that busy,” another retail coworker commented. “It was the red light special. Apparel has tank tops on sale for...

Kamikaze Kate ~ Always in a Hurry by Jo Russell

The 30-something woman wearing work-out clothes with her hair pulled into a quick ponytail careened into the deli aisle at the grocery, pushing aside the other shoppers.  Then she forcefully stepped forward at the cheese case. “Darn! Where is that block cheese that...

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?