Inspiration

During hard times, such as parenting challenges, marital problems, illness, or financial struggles, we can all draw on deep sources of comfort and hope to help guide us forward.

An illustration of an open devotional and a festive mug; Illustration by Coco Masuda

Someone Cares: Devoted

Her extra devotional and prayers now helps her former student far from home.

An illustration of a family holiday dinner; Illustration by Coco Masuda

Someone Cares: The Gift of Kindness

Instead of receiving gifts, she asked her family to spread kindness to those in need.

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Julie O’Neill and daughter, Bekah; photo by Cory O’Neill

She Trusted God to Guide Her Daughter Through Disappointment and Depression

Her daughter was devastated after a knee injury ended her college athletic scholarship plans. But then God opened another door.

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Edwina Perkins; photo by Grant Halverson

A Kenyan Christmas: Hot Weather, Elaborate Costumes and a Live Elephant

The family was on a mission trip in Africa for the holidays. Could they find joy and embrace new traditions so far from home?

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Roberta Messner at the nail salon; photo by Scott Goldsmith

The Manicurist Who Changed Her Life

Annie gave her gorgeous red nails. But it was the profound advice she offered that helped the author change her entire outlook on life.

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Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth; photo by Larsen&Talbert

Kristin Chenoweth: The Gift That Taught Her the Meaning of Christmas

As a teen, the award-winning actress and singer wanted Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, but the gift she received instead proved to be much more meaningful.

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A woman running uphill; photo: Getty Images

A Heaven-Sent Text Message Gave Her a Second Wind

She had never run an intense Ragnar Relay trail race before. She wasn’t sure she could do it—then she received an unexpected Bible verse.

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A child dressed as an angel for a Christmas pageant; Getty Images

Everyday Blessings: Let Kids Shine

Lifestyle expert Katie Brown shares how her church’s Christmas pageant helped some kids excel in unexpected ways.

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Jen Owens (left), founder of Forai, a faith-based nonprofit; photo courtesy Jen Owens

Everyday Greatness: Helping Immigrant Women Find Their Way

Jen Owens started a faith-based organization in St. Louis that employees female refugees and immigrants.

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An illustration of cards and craft supplies; Illustration by Coco Masuda

Someone Cares: Warm Wishes Go Around

How she recycled her own Christmas cards to bring holiday cheer to each of her students.

Ty'Ann Brown, Guideposts' Vice President of Ministries

Keeping the Faith: Navigating a Spiritual Winter

Guideposts’ Vice President of Ministries reminds us that we all experience times of spiritual darkness. But keep listening for God: your faith will flourish again.  

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Scorched trees following a fire

Mysterious Ways: Rising from the Ashes

A raging wildfire had destroyed her home and possessions, but a scrap of charred paper served to bolster her faith when she needed it most.

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Jon W. Sparks as Santa; photo by Karen Pulfer Focht

A Day in the Life of Santa Claus

Meet Jon W. Sparks, a Memphis-based writer and actor who has dedicated himself to portraying ol’ Saint Nick.

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Hospital chaplain Adam Ruiz; photo by Alton Strupp-USA TODAY NETWORK

Amazing Acts of Compassion During the Covid Crisis

A hospital chaplain tells us what inspired him during the difficult early months of the pandemic.

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An illustration of a bird on a farm; ILLUSTRATION BY CHRIS BUZZELLI

How This Mysterious Visitor Changed a Farmer's Outlook on Life

A small bird kept him company and gave him motivating reassurance as he did the fieldwork.

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A snowy road from a car's dashboard view; Getty Images/iStock Photo

How Mysterious Tracks Gave Her Hope in a Snowstorm

After her cell phone lost service in the midst of a blizzard, she started to follow peculiar headlights hoping to find a way out...

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