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.

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.

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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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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Kabul, Afghanistan; photo Getty Image/christophe_cerisier

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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Heavy metal barbell on the floor

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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Cosmetics entrepreneur and author Jamie Kern Lima; photo by Dan MacMedan

Jamie Kern Lima: Faith Is Part of Her Makeup

Despite being underestimated at every turn, she built IT Cosmetics into a billion-dollar brand by turning every no into a yes.    

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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.

Makeup maven Jamie Kern Lima; photo courtesy Jamie Kern Lima

Jamie Kern Lima on Faith and Pursuing Your Dreams

In this pair of videos, the founder of IT Cosmetics recalls how her faith in God sustained her as she strove to get her business off the ground and shares three tips to help you pursue your dreams.

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Poet Jacqueline Suskin; photo by James Adam Taylor

Finding the Poetry in Everyday Life

A professional poet provides tips on healing your life by adopting a poetic mindset.

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Alex Trebek, Olivia de Havilland, Chadwick Boseman

Guideposts Says Goodbye: Notable Deaths of 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, Guideposts pauses to remember some of the inspiring individuals who left us this past year.

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Lisa Bogart's drawing of Christmas lights and letters

Tips for Writing a Sparkling Holiday Letter—2020-Style

With social distancing still going strong, stay connected and spread some cheer with personalized letters or Christmas cards.

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Christy with her hero and best friend, Moxie

A Service Dog Became This Veteran Amputee's Hero

Deemed 100 percent disabled, she thought her life was over. Then she met Moxie.

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Photo credit: Diane Bondareff/AP for Tishman Speyer

Joy to the World: The Inspiring Journey of the 2019 Rockefeller Tree

Carol Schultz shares how her Norway spruce was chosen from thousands to be the most famous Christmas tree in the world.

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