Motivational Stories

Country music legend Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton: Dream Big, Pray Big

Fueled by her unflappable faith, the country music legend has never been afraid to aim high.

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Finding Joy out Our Windows while Staying at Home

What We See From Our Windows: Hope and Beauty

As people around the world continue to stay at home in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we asked Guideposts readers and staff what they can see from their window that brings them joy. 

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Gary Sinise Honored with Patriot Award for His Work with Veterans

Gary Sinise Receives Patriot Award for His Work with Veterans

The actor’s foundation hosts several programs and builds specially adapted homes for wounded soldiers. 

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Paul Blom attends the University of Cincinnati's commencement ceremony

94-Year-Old WWII Veteran Finally Gets His College Degree

Paul Blom returned to school 73 years after he first enrolled.

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Charles McGee on an airplane

Tuskegee Airman Celebrates 100th Birthday by Flying a Plane

The centenarian handled the takeoff and landing perfectly.

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Jessye Norman, Tim Conway and Rachel Held Evans

Guideposts Says Goodbye: Notable Deaths of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, Guideposts pauses to remember some of the inspiring individuals who left us over the past 12 months.

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How Ben Napier Spreads Christmas Cheer

How Ben Napier Spreads Christmas Cheer

The co-host of HGTV's Home Town explains how he finds holiday magic every day, even in the summer.

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Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado

Max Lucado on 'How Happiness Happens'

The best-selling author and pastor shares tips from his book about creating joy in your day-to-day life.

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Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado

Take Max Lucado's Happiness Challenge

The best-selling author and pastor shows us how to create happier moments in our life.

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Photo credit: Vince Lambert

Prayer Shawls Comfort Grieving Military Families

Volunteers knit and crochet for the loved ones of fallen soldiers.

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Legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury

Guideposts Classics: Ray Bradbury on Celebrating God's Gifts

In this story from June 1991, the science fiction author shares how an encounter with a sideshow performer convinced him to embrace the gifts God had given him: A passion and a talent for writing.

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Author and motivational speaker Trent Shelton

Trent Shelton: How Failure Inspired Him to Find a New Purpose

When he didn't achieve his NFL dreams, he had to forge a new path to success and contentment—helping others in the process.

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