Inspiring Stories

Rafter Johnson competing at that 1950 Olumpics; Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Rafer Johnson: An Athlete Whose Faith Came First

This Guideposts story from December 1958 profiles decathlete Rafer Johnson, who went on to become an Olympic champion, social activist and civil rights icon.

An angel blows her horn at Christmas

Merry Christmas from Guideposts magazine!

We encourage you to share this holiday e-card with friends, family and loved ones!

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Cecil Murphey at his home in Tucker, Georgia; photo by Michael A Schwarz

How a Pastor and Author Came to Terms with His Grief After Losing His Wife

A special gift helped Cecil Murphey accept his loss on the first Christmas in 58 years without his spouse.

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Sam Sifton cooking in his home in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Photo by Stephen Speranza

Sharing Food and Faith During This Difficult Holiday Season

The acclaimed New York Times food editor offers five ways to celebrate the joy of Christmas—even from afar.  

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Ty'Ann Brown, Guideposts' Vice President of Ministries; photo by Kennies Earl

Keep the Faith: The Joy of Giving at Christmas

Guideposts’ Vice President of Ministries shares a treasured family memory of an early experience with Christmas giving.

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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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A Southern Casserole at a New York Thanksgiving

A Southern Casserole at a New York Thanksgiving

The coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to spend the holiday with her family down South. So, she decided to bring a little Southern comfort to her northern celebration.

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Carrie Underwood; Credit: Joseph Llanes

Carrie Underwood on Sharing Your Greatest Gift at Christmas

The award-winning country singer reveals how her small-town upbringing shaped her faith, career and family life.

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Pandemic Thanksgiving

How to Give Thanks During a Pandemic

Counting your blessings, even this year, can quickly add up to a long list of gratitude.

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Pumpkins and gourds with a 'grateful' tag; Getty Images

Gratitude is the Key to a Well-Lived Life

This holiday season, despite the coronavirus pandemic, try focusing on God’s current, past—and future—blessings.

Prayers for volunteers

7 Bible Verses for Those Who Volunteer

Scripture to energize and encourage those in whatever service they give.

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A Collection of Special Moments with God’s Creatures

3 Special Moments with God’s Creatures

Sometimes connecting with another being changes us more than we could have ever expected.

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26 Days of Advent with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Advent, Day 6: How to Welcome the Christ Child

On this sixth day of Advent, we share thoughts from Norman Vincent Peale, the founder of Guideposts, about how we should embrace the Christ child in this season of joy.

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Grace and Edward on the trail

Does Your Spiritual Life Need More Adventure?

If your faith feels as if it’s on autopilot, it’s time to shake things up.

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