Motivational Stories

Motivational stories stay with you, coming to mind when you are faced with a challenge. Stories that motivate are stories that show you the way toward success, improvement, happiness, and connection. Turn to motivating stories whenever you need a boost on your life journey.

Author Roberta Messner and WWII Veteran Woody Williams; photo by Scott Goldsmith

A Final Gift from Woody Williams

A friend reflects on the incredible life of the World War II veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient.

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‘There Are No Bad Days’: The Inspiring True Story of JT Jester

Born with extreme physical and learning challenges, he didn’t let that stop him from achieving his dreams.

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Saint Peter's basketball team celebrates

The Power of the Underdog

Inspired by a scrappy Saint Peter’s basketball team, we too can come out of nowhere to fight overwhelming odds.

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'The Art of Kindness' Podcast

'The Art of Kindness' Podcast

Actor Robert Peterpaul invites celebrity guests to be on his podcast to help spread hope and positivity.

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Southern cooking expert Brenda Gantt

3 Kitchen Tips from Cooking Sensation Brenda Gantt

The Facebook star, an expert in Southern cooking, offers advice on how to get good results in the kitchen and discusses the role of faith in her own life as a cook.

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Colin Powell, Jane Powell and Hank Aaron

Guideposts Says Goodbye: Notable Deaths of 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, Guideposts pauses to remember some of the inspiring individuals who left us this past year. 

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Colin Powell in 1991; Photo by Jerome Delay/Staff, Getty Images

Guideposts Classics: Colin Powell on the Value of Dedication

In this story from November 1991, the former U.S. Secretary of State reminds us that whatever we do in life, someone is always watching.

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Carrie Morey; photo by Andrew Cebulka

Carrie Morey's Biscuit-Baking Tips for Beginners and Experts

The host of public television's How She Rolls and owner of Callie's Hot Little Biscuit reveals how she acquired her expertise in biscuit-making.

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Brother Andrew Corriente; photo by Scott Goldsmith

How an Award-Winning Baker Came to Embrace a Life of Prayer

The 2019 winner of ABC’s The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition found his calling through a pair of disciplines: baking and prayer.

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Mitchell Hollis, founder of Run For God; photo by Michael A. Schwarz

He Stopped Running from His Past to Head Toward God

He thought he knew what he was running for—until he figured out what he was running from.

This NY Fireboat Saved Hundreds of People on 9/11

This NY Fireboat Saved Hundreds of People on 9/11

The restored Fireboat McKean is being transformed into a floating museum.

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How a Military Chaplain Is Finding Strength After News in Afghanistan

The importance of seeking encouragement through prayer, connection and camaraderie during these challenging times.

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Inspiring 78-Year-Old Grandmother Sets Lifting World Record

The powerlifting champion hopes to encourage others to get active, no matter their age. 

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Sasha Corbett with some of her handicapped rescue dogs: Rosalie, Tipsy and Lana

A Look Inside the Misfit Ranch

Where all dogs are welcome, especially the ones that are broken and scared.

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Author Beverly Cleary; photo by San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images

How Beloved Children’s Book Author Beverly Cleary Inspired This Writer

The passing of the award-winning author reminded Ginger Rue of how important it is to see the world through a child’s eye.

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Pastor Mark Batterson; Photo courtesy: Mark Batterson

7 Daily Habits to Reach Your God-Sized Goals

In his new book Win the Day, pastor and best-selling author Mark Batterson shares how to stress less—and make the most of each day.  

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