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Inspirational Stories

Inspirational Stories

When a sister beats breast cancer, why does that inspire us? Why are we moved to tears by soldiers who learn to live with one or two fewer limbs? When we hear a friend tell of how they forgave their abuser, why does that bring us to tears? Such people motivate us to endure, to persevere, to survive. If she can beat cancer, then maybe I can get through this routine surgery. If he can live with one less limb, then I can lose those last twenty pounds. If she can forgive, I can too.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Most of us want to be better people. Maybe that’s because we all know just how flawed we really are. We’re inspired by the stories of others to rethink what is beyond us. We don’t think we could possibly do what they did. And yet they motivate us. They rise above. And we desperately want to rise above too.

If a story makes you feel good, that’s nice, but it’s not inspiring. Inspirational stories show the evidence of God so clearly at work, that they changes us in some way:

They educate: Inspirational stories may change your perspective or perception of something. Maybe they teach you something about a culture, person, or issue. If it broadens your mind, it’s worth reading.

They elevate: A good story picks you up after a bad day or helps you fight to live for another day. Inspirational stories move you to take that next step and do something that’s just a little bit uncomfortable and encourage you to trust God in your situation.

They motivate: Ultimately, truly inspirational stories will grow your faith or move you to do something or be different. Maybe they lead you to volunteer at a homeless shelter or a children’s cancer ward. Maybe they lead you to the mission field in Zimbabwe or your own backyard. Maybe they just move you off your couch. If you read a story and sense a call to do something positive you’ve never done before, listen to that voice. It’s probably the Holy Spirit calling you to move. Do it!

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone. Even you. Did you know that? Maybe it’s not your whole life story. Maybe it’s just a memoir; a piece of life you have lived. That piece can help someone else with theirs. Inspiration doesn’t have to always come from someone else. It can come from you. We hope these inspirational stories will motivate you to someday write an inspiring story of your own.


Take a look through the inspirational stories we have for you. Pick one that’s different from what you would normally be drawn to. Maybe it will draw you closer to God or move you forward. What does that story speak to you?


Going places she never wanted to go, but loved, and facing challenges she never expected, but embraced, Elizabeth Murphy continues to walk through God's opened doors. more

Inspirational Stories

I serve a Savior who came to be a servant. He lived bent low. And bent down here where I spend myself on behalf of those in front of me, is where I see His face. more

Inspirational Stories

Understanding God’s character is vital for Christian women to move beyond fear, for in His character lies our peace and security amidst life’s scary situations. more

Emotional Health

Anita Carman shares how you summon the strength and courage to find the path and fulfill the dream God asks of you. more

Inspirational Stories

What is the connection between your brokenness and happiness? God will lead you through awful things, not so much that you might be healed, but that you may know the Healer. more

Inspirational Stories

How one woman broke through her unbelief and doubt in the face of tragedy. more

Inspirational Stories

Joni Eareckson Tada talks about the mystery of suffering and God's sovereignty. more

Inspirational Stories

An adoption journey continues as two sisters return home to Ethiopia. more

Inspirational Stories

How Katie Davis, an extraordinary young woman, followed her heart to care for vulnerable people living in Uganda and become a modern-day Mother Teresa. more

Inspirational Stories

Grammy-award-winning artist Laura Story talks about finding God’s blessings when our world is shaken. more

Inspirational Stories

Carol Kent is teaching women how to "Speak Up with Confidence." more

Inspirational Stories

There is joy in the journey of ministering to Muslim women! more

Inspirational Stories

Four women candidly share very different personal experiences with spiritual warfare in their own lives. more

Spiritual Health

Katherine Porter brings God's hope and love to the people of Russia more

Ministry Life

What a 7-year-old girl and a small yellow flower taught me about the honor of serving God. more

Inspirational Stories

Stepping out in faith, Nancy Grisham founded Livin' Ignited to present Christ's life-changing message of hope. more

Inspirational Stories

How has international speaker Anne Graham Lotz developed such a love for God's Word? more

Inspirational Stories

God knows what He's doing for all of us. He is the Potter, and we are His clay. more

Inspirational Stories

Filled with an overflowing passion for the hurting, dark world, Jan Martinez and the Christ Kitchen mission offers comfort, hope and work to women trapped in poverty. more

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Melvin can teach us a thing or two about being thankful. more

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