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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?


In obedience to God, Susy McNally exchanged her white picket fence for the streets of Puebla, Mexico - bringing hope and healing to hundreds of children. more

Inspirational Stories

9/11 sent Jill Briscoe on a six-day detour with the unprecedented opportunity to point others to the God Who is in control. more

Inspirational Stories

A ministry family experiences a remarkable recovery from a brain injury. more

Inspirational Stories

The senior years are exciting, for they are the bridge into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, enter each day with excitement, purpose and anticipation. more

Inspirational Stories

Amena Brown is opening new doors when it comes to Christian ministry and spreading hope while she’s at it. more

Inspirational Stories

Even with all of her successes, Ashley Thomas always struggled with being enough. After years of wrestling with God, she finally came to the life-changing conclusion: God is enough! more

Inspirational Stories

Jackie Oesch treasures the stories, application and insights discovered in the Bible and using her gifts to help connect women with Christ. more

Inspirational Stories

Fern Nichols shares her heart’s message for women, encouraging them to make an eternal difference in their world through the power of prayer. more

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You can’t live the Christian life without Christ. Live in intimacy with Christ, who can only do through you what you have allowed Him to do to you. more

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I heard God say, "I gave you my Spirit - YOU'RE GOOD TO GO!"  When you walk in the Spirit you will be prepared for anything! more

Relationship with God

Our battles are often won or lost in our minds. It’s what we choose to think about that dictates the joy and happiness in our lives or the lack of it. more

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PTSD changed me, both my brain and my soul. And while it will never leave, I now have tools to better deal with the symptoms when they rear their ugly head. Healing is possible! more

Inspirational Stories

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

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

Ministry Life

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

Tough Times

Recovery is all about choices—whether public or private. 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

Inspirational Stories

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

Inspirational Stories