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.

Phoebe Kilby and Betty Ann Kilby Fisher Baldwin

Two Cousins Who Both Descend from a Slave Owner on Faith and Healing

Phoebe Kilby and Betty Ann Kilby Fisher Baldwin reveal how their unlikely discovery that they were cousins helped Phoebe grasp more fully the marks racism and slavery have left and Betty to more fully embrace the practice of forgiveness.

Rescued harbor seals Billy (left) and Gracie

How Two Blind Seals Gave Her the Hope She Needed

She was drawn to the rescued animals for a reason she didn’t understand.

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An 1880 Juneteenth celebration, with Rev. Jack Yates at far left; public domain

Juneteenth: 5 Things to Know About Our New Federal Holiday

Juneteenth, an observance that began more than 150 years ago in the African American community, is an occasion all freedom-loving Americans will now honor.

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Never give up on your dreams

How to Make Your Hopes and Dreams Come True

There are thousands of reasons to think we have to give up on a dream. But there is still a way.

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Kristy Dewberry holds a photo of herself and Carol; photo by Shevaun Williams

She Still Feels the Presence of Her Departed Friend

Carol was her best friend, her spiritual mentor, her second mother. How could she go on without her?

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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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John Haney with a photo of his grandmother; photo by Natalia Weedy

His Grandmother Held Fast to Her Faith and Her Family

The 98-year-old was isolated during the pandemic. But prayer and her positive attitude carried her—and her grandson—through.

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Raylene Nickel and her farmer friends, Sam and Tony; photo by Kristine Rau

A Farmer Mentors the Next Generation

Amid the struggles of rural America, a lifelong farmer sees signs of renewal.

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Guideposts Contributing Editor Rick Hamlin

A Message of Hope from Rick Hamlin: Love Conquers Fear

Guideposts contributing editor Rick Hamlin explores the challenge that awaits us as we slowly emerge from the pandemic: conquering the fear that we've all felt for more than a year.

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Actor William Gargan

Guideposts Classics: William Gargan on the Blessings of Acceptance

In this story from May 1963, actor William Gargan, who amassed over 100 film credits over 30 years, shares how a cancer diagnosis ended his career but gave him a new purpose.

La Pieta; photo iStock/Getty Images Plus

A Grieving Mother Finds Comfort in the Face of Jesus

Could portraying Mary in a church Easter production finally bring her comfort?

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Mike Frezon with his vintage tin; photo by Roy Gumpel

How 80-Year-Old Hibiscus Seeds Reassured This Reluctant Retiree

The old tin had been hidden away for decades. Could the seeds still grow into plants?

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An artst's render of a heavenly hammock

A Cancer Patient Places Herself in His Comforting Hands

She received a sign of God’s protection right after waking up from another surgery.

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Lisa Casarez, founder of Angels of Grace; photo by Martin Kilmek

An Angelic Reunion Between Two Courageous Women

Because a strong woman once helped her, she became strong enough to help others

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