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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?


One would think that life has been especially good to Kay Arthur. But out of a life of ashes, God has brought Kay to understand what it truly means to reflect redemption. more

Inspirational Stories

Jill Briscoe has spent her life being a friend to women around the world and drawing them nearer to Jesus. more

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How God used the ministry of Inspire Women in one woman's life. more

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A mother's journey through her child's addiction. more

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How one woman’s childhood prayer in Hong Kong led to inspiring women across ethnic and economic barriers to overcome obstacles, find their callings, and change their world. more

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Lisa Harper shares how she was redeemed by God's mercy and grace and now lives a life free of guilt and shame. more

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The story of one woman’s obedience to God as she works with women in poverty. more

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Author Rhonda Stoppe sets out to show that heart-fluttering, long-lasting love is all around us, if we just take the time to look for it. more

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Linda Strom, along with teams from Discipleship Unlimited, bring hope to the hearts of the broken - helping set women free behind prison walls. more

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God takes our ashes, our hurts and our journeys to intersect with others along life’s road. Even in the darkness, God uses our pain for His purposes… against all hope! more

Hope in Difficult Times

How God is using Diane Thomas’ personal tragedy in the lives of Russian women. more

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Jennie Allen talks about the radical prayer that changed her life. more

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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

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

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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

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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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