Inspiring Stories

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

The Big Picture

How to See—and Take Comfort in— ‘The Big Picture’

Realizing the grandeur of the known world can put things into a positive perspective for our daily lives.

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Edwatd Grinnan with Gracie; photo by Katye Martens Brier

Are You Inspired by Black Friday?

It’s never seemed to be a very inspiring name for a day that is the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season.

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Roberta Messner and Woody Williams; photo by Scott Goldsmith

A World War II Hero Taught This Nurse How to Care for Veterans

Six life lessons learned from 98-year-old Woody Williams.

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Joy to the World; illustration by Jessica Hische

Merry Christmas from Guideposts Magazine

From the Guideposts family to you and yours, we wish you all the joys the Christmas season brings.

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Finding Faith at the Flea Market

Finding Faith at the Flea Market

A lifetime of searching for treasures at markets and garage sales across the country taught her—and PBS star Bob Richter—lasting life lessons.

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Teddy posing with Marbles, a Western Screech owl

How Rehabbing Wild Animals Helped Her Cope with Debilitating Pain

She has chronic intractable migraine disease, but Teddy Flory puts animals first.

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