Stories of Hope

Hopeful stories are windows into the wonderful possibilities life has to offer. Stories of hope bring to life the ways in which people support each other, miracles make lives better, and individuals find new roads through challenging times. Turn to stories about hope whenever you need an encouraging boost on your path toward your best life.

Melissa Prewitt with her neighbor Audree; photo by Trace Thomas

Her Spirits Were Lifted by a Teen Who Did the Right Thing

She felt she had more problems than blessings, until a young neighbor changed her mind.

A young girl enters her elementary school

Seven Sweet Words That Changed Her Life

Made to feel she didn’t belong because of her cleft palate, a young girl’s outlook is changed by a teacher’s kindness.

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A heart made of blue and yellow flowers in the hands of a child

Help for Ukraine: How the Human Spirit Shines During the Darkest of Times

These inspiring stories show moments of solidarity in the midst of conflict.

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Authentic positivity

How to Find Optimism and Hope in the Darkest of Places

It’s called “tragic optimism,” and it is a meaningful, positive response to real suffering in life.

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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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Bubba Watson at Pensacola Country Club; photo credit: Larsen&Talbert

Bubba Watson: How Faith Helped Him Conquer His Anxiety

Champion golfer Bubba Watson's success on the PGA tour was nearly overshadowed by a lifelong disorder.

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Tonya May Avent; photo by Jim Graham

Her Search for Her Roots Reminded Her She Is a Child of God

It was a simple question that led her to her true identity: Where does your family come from?

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Three Wise Men

Hope from the Wise Men for the New Year

By following a star and a revelation and trusting in their dreams, a new road was found.

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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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How Baking Cookies Changed Her Life

After struggling with addiction and homelessness, Janie Deegan splurged on a hand mixer. Now her signature pie crust cookies are selling out in New York City.

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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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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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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Susan Jane Brown and Mark Webb; photo by Randy Boverman

Loggers and Environmentalists Came Together in this Oregon Town

Two adversaries, brought together by faith, are working toward a sustainable future for the community.

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