Do You Practice Every Day? The Secret to Conquering Everyday Challenges By Jo Russell

Eight-year-old Ronnie had rushed breathlessly into my classroom and caught me coloring a picture to go with a story we would write that day in class.”Wow, Ms. Russell, you sure are good at coloring!” Ronnie told me.
“Do you practice every day?”
Ronnie didn’t know why I had laughed. Later, thinking of my college art degree, (which helped at coloring,) I realized that his idea of practicing every day was the just-right advice I needed.

Though I had felt guilty for not having more time with my then high-school aged sons, I was doing my best. Demands on my time as a full-time professional spanned more than eight hours and sometimes part of the weekend. What more time did I have as a single parent than checking my sons’ report cards, meeting with their teachers, and planning a few shared outdoor family activities? There did not seem to be enough of me to go around.

Everything I fretted over would all come together, not in big pieces, but a little bit at a time–with God’s help! Here’s the proof: It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:32 [NIV].

The real secret to changing my world and everyone else’s comes from faith in God through the journey and Ronnie’s question.

Do you practice every day?

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing, 2011. For more chuckles, keep checking her weekly blog on]


  1. Melissa says:

    Loved it! Reminds me of lots of trips. Quiet, calm mornings to think. He really does provide for our needs!

  2. JoRussell says:

    Thanks for your comments. Argue with the Bible on the premise, not me. I’m glad you enjoy the style. I read thousands of inspirational and devotional pieces every year. Most seem ho-hum. Accepting my own short attention span and need for God, fun, chocolate, and laughter, I write so that you can start a week with God and a smile. Jo Russell

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