Inspiration

During hard times, such as parenting challenges, marital problems, illness, or financial struggles, we can all draw on deep sources of comfort and hope to help guide us forward.

Edward Grinnan, Guideposts Editor in Chief

Guideposts Readers: Our Biggest Blessing and Inspiration

How your outpouring of care and support helps us make the world a better place through hope, faith and prayer.

Authentic positivity

How to Find Optimism and Hope in the Darkest of Places

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

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An illustration of a single airplane flying through the clouds; Illustration by Tatsuro Kiuchi

They Took Direct Flights to Heaven

Our blogger recalls how his mother and a beloved parishioner both died quickly and peacefully.

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A steaming coffee cup; Illustration by Traci Daberko

How She Helped a Pastor Struggling with Alcohol Addiction

She healed from the sadness of her father’s alcoholism by befriending a clergyman years later.

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Faith Carried Her Through Her First Bodybuilding Competition

The twice-divorced grandmother discovered she was a beloved child of God.

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A Heaven-Sent Bouquet of Flowers

She went above and beyond when she delivered bouquets for the florist. Then the love she shared came full circle.  

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An illustration of a wedding ceremony with two angels in the crowd; Illustration by Jamey Christoph

Was Her Father’s Dream a Heavenly Sign from Above?

She knew that angels, including her deceased grandfather, attended her pandemic wedding.

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Her Dream Forewarned Danger for Her Beloved Cat

The incident increased her faith and reminded her of the power of prayer.   

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The Beautiful Birds Restored Her Hope In The Future

After a paralyzing accident, she was encouraged and inspired by the winged earth angels.  

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How Mothers Can Comfort Us From Beyond

Not all of us can be with our moms this Mother’s Day, but sometimes God sends us signs to let us know that they are still watching over us.

An illsutration of an angels embracing a mother and daughter; Illustration by Amalia Restrepo

She Feared Being Alone with Her Mom with Alzheimer’s

She didn’t know how to comfort her anxious mother. Then a childhood memory—and a prayer—saved the day.

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A watering can pouring out symbols of love, and the McDonalds logo; Illustration by Sonia Pulido

Her Faith was Restored While Waiting at the Drive Thru

How an unexpected act of kindness at McDonald’s assured her that God’s good neighbors were everywhere.

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5 Inspiring Stories of Animal Angels

Birds, cats, dogs—and even a squirrel—can sometimes act as our angels on earth.

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Someone Cares: Magic Makers

The Magic Yarn Project has created more than 30,000 wigs for children battling cancer in 51 countries.

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