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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?


I have felt a growing desire to live for His purposes rather than in fear of my pain. And, my cross feels lighter. My broken body seems more bearable. more

Tough Times

Two artists, Elizabeth Flores-Joles and Alyce Roeder, are bringing hope to women in prison. more

Inspirational Stories

May each and every day be lived as our last for God with no reserves, no retreats, no regrets. more

Inspirational Stories

Perhaps one of the greatest stories of forgiveness is an experience Corrie ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place had after she was released from the concentration camp. more

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How the trials in our lives are not only meant for our growth, but also to help others along the way. more

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This is worship, this is the glory of God made manifest in me...when I am less concerned about me and more concerned about His name, His people, and ultimately, His glory. more

Inspirational Stories

An inspiring story of faith in action - Judy Pex is providing countless sojourners in Israel with a meal, lodging and an opportunity to find Yeshua. more

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Pamela Piquette and Cindee Snider Re are walking alongside the chronically ill to help them find hope, purpose, worth, and joy - all things needed to live well with chronic illness. more

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When all seems lost, where can hope be found? Katherine Wolf has found life’s truest healing in the midst of devastating loss. more

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Using her experience with personal tragedy, singer Tammy Trent shares how God is present in our grief and gives us the hope of finding purpose in our pain. more

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Out of a Far Country: the story of a gay son’s journey to God and a broken mother’s search for hope. more

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Kellie Knapp's perseverance has been tested inside and out as a lifelong missionary, yet through it all she continues to trust in the goodness of God's plan. more

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What would it be like to separate after 72 years of being married to each other’s best friend and lover? "The Beds I Have Known" shares a tremendous story of love and devotion. more

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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

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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

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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 her inspiring story on how you can summon the strength and courage to find the path and fulfill the dream God asks of you. more

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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

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

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

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