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.

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.    

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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Gale Sayers (left) and Brian Piccolo

Guideposts Classics: Gale Sayers on the Power of Courage

In this story from October 1971, author and NFL legend Gale Sayers pays tribute to the courage and indomitable spirit of his dear friend and teammate, Brian Piccolo.

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Siphiwe Baleka

This Truck Driver Got Fit and Then Got Busy Helping Other Truckers

When he saw his fitness rapidly fading, this former Ivy League athlete resolved to do something about it.

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The power of encouragement

Why Encouragement Matters So Much

How a few words of support can make all the difference in a day—or a life

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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.

Stephanie Thompson at the gym

Seeing Herself Through God's Eyes

Her alcoholic father had burdened her with a negative body image. She finally got fit when she let go of the past.

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Jen Hatmaker

Jen Hatmaker: My Faith Empowers Me

The acclaimed—and outspoken—author, blogger and television personality shares how faith helped her forge her own path.

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Lauren, husband John and their kids

Lauren Casper's 5 Tips for Combatting Loneliness

Join a faith community, turn off that screen, and other ways that this writer, mom and chaplain’s wife learned to overcome loneliness.

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Country music legend Eddy Arnold

Guideposts Classics: Eddy Arnold on the Value of Aiming High

In this story from September 1972, the country music legend shares a lesson from his father about recognizing the good in people—and in himself.

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