Inspiring Stories of love, faith, hope and courage to lift your spirit and warm your heart

Stories of love, hope, faith and courage to lift your spirit and warm your heart.

Welcome fellow earth-traveler. In our fast-paced, hectic world we all need a daily dose of faith, hope and love. Many of the stories below offer us inspiration and encouragement for living, while others cause us to pause and think. Some of the stories are true, some are probably not but nonetheless they are thought provoking and inspiring. May you find refreshment and joy in your journey.

A Christmas Story -

John never forgot the sharing, love and personal sacrifice his friends had shown him that Christmas day. . . his growth to manhood was rewarded by wealth and success.

A Cry For Help -

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced . . . that the island would sink

A Good Lesson -

The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. ''Now,'' said the professor, ''are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?''

A Great Life -

I've heard the saying, "The best gift parents can ever give to their children is to love each other." I've had the pleasure of witnessing the truth of this statement for over 40 years

A Legacy of Love -

And those physical expressions of love were indicative of the singularly greatest thing I appreciate about my mother. She loved me unconditionally . . .

A Lesson in Love -

How precious it is when our lives are touched by little hands. But he also taught us about what really matters in life: people, not objects; tolerance, not judgment; love...

A Miracle -

"It's like a miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?" Sally smiled to herself. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost... one dollar and eleven cents.

A Secret Promise Kept -

The appointment I was on my way to was very important; I was very late and very lost. With my male ego in check, I began to look for a place to ask directions. . .

A Simple Gesture -

"Do you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?" . . . "Mark, when you picked up my books that day, you did a lot more. You saved my life."

A Story of Hope -

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.

A Test of Love -

I felt as though I was split in two, so keen was my desire to follow her, and yet so deep was my longing for the woman whose spirit had truly companioned me and upheld my own.

A Winning Team -

If you're going to play together as a team, you've got to care for one another. You've got to love each other. Each player has to be thinking about the next guy...

Actions Speak Loudest -

Van Gogh was not always an artist... He was acutely aware of the wide chasm between words and actions. He knew that our lives always speak louder and clearer...

Beating Yourself Up -

Linda, if beating yourself up were an Olympic sport, you'd win a gold medal! Annabel, my close friend, stunned me with that blunt observation after I told her how I had...

The Best Gift -

The crew boss tried one more time, "And they'll take that as far as they can, huh?" Dad responded, "She's the best thing that ever happened to me...."

Between a Rock and the Love of God -

When Andrew got ready for work one Friday morning, he announced to his wife that he finally decided to ask his boss for a salary raise. All day Andrew felt nervous...

The Birdies -

It never ceased to amaze us how he could tell such detail and speak beyond his ability when he talked about his birdies. Everywhere he went, he told strangers about the "birdies."

The Blessing Tree -

When I tried it on the way home that night, the stress seemed to melt away. There was a 'spring in my step' and when I arrived, a smile of joy and contentment was bubbling up...

Bonny's Bunny -

Covering up only makes matters worse. When we get caught doing something wrong, for example, we may attempt to cover it up with a lie... the result is never what we expected.

Can You Install Love? -

It says "ERROR 412 - PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS." What does that mean? ...Don't worry ma'am, that's a common problem.

Cat Up A Tree -

By tying the wispy branches of the tree to the bumper of his car and slowly driving forward, he could bend the top branches enough reach his terrified, precious kitten.

Cracked Pots -

"Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw..."

Dandelions -

We need to get out of our gardens and jump across the boundaries that keep us... We need to show our sunny yellow faces in all the spots that need a little brightening up-

The Day I Met Daniel -

I knew I had met someone unusual. We sat across from each other in the same restaurant I had left only minutes earlier. His hair was long and straight...

Dear Friend -

I love you so much that I wait everyday for a nod, praise or thought or a thankful part of your heart... and once again I will wait with nothing but love for you.

Do It Now! -

In a class I teach for adults, I recently did the "unpardonable." I gave the class homework! The assignment was to "go to someone you love... and tell them you love them."

Does God Still Speak To Us? -

The young man couldn't help but wonder, "Does God still speak to people?" "God... If you still speak to people speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to obey."

Encouragement -

"I have always known you were a man of genius... I knew that someday you would write a masterpiece..." From her trust and confidence came one of the greatest novels...

God's Embroidery -

Many times through the years I have looked up to my Heavenly Father and said, "Father, what are You doing?" He has answered, "I am embroidering your life."

The Golden Gift -

Each of us as parents has been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Handle With Care -

Bob returned to his car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost? Wait a minute...

Ice Cream For The Soul -

I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"

Information Please! -

I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant. Never underestimate the impression you may make on others. Whose life have you touched today?

Isn't That What I Am Doing Now? -

''But sir, don't you understand?'' replied the industrialist, ''If you kept investing your money you would someday be as rich as I,'' suggested the industrialist.

It's All Good -

"And so I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long... "What do you mean, 'this is good'! How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year."

Jeremy's Egg -

Surely it must be Jeremy's, she thought, and, of course, he did not understand her instructions... Doris cried. The cold inside her melted completely away.

Keep Your Fork -

"This is very important," the woman continued.. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand." The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say.

Keeper of the Spring -

Peter Marshall used to love to tell the story of the "Keeper of the Spring," a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps.

Kindness -

A tiny Korean orphan arrived in the United States to join her adoptive family. She was 9 months old and weighed only 9½ pounds. She grew and blossomed in her new home, but...

Kiss Someone Before You Go -

How many grown-ups go around kissing each other from the sheer joy of being alive? How many even give much thought to the privilege of living?

The List -

We often tend to forget the importance of showing our affections and love. Sometimes the smallest of things, could mean the most to another... Tell them, before it is too late.

Love is Action -

She had heard and seen Love is Action, and now she had incorporated it into her little lifestyle. It had become part of her. What do you think I did? Well, not what you might think.

Love is Action, Not Feeling -

I had dealt with Brett as patiently as possible, but inside I was churning. "I don't want him in my house another day, Lord," I cried as I knelt on the laundry room floor. "I just can't stand him!"

The Marble Trader -

They came to pay their debt. ''We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,'' she confided, ''but, right now, Jim would have considered himself the richest man in Idaho.''

Maybe Life Really Is -

It was then I decided that those few minutes together were not a chore or a pain or a sacrifice. They were an act of love, a sweet service. And then as the woman in the painting... I felt peace.

The Most Beautiful Flower -

The problem was not with the world; the problem was me. And for all of those times I myself had been blind, I vowed to see the beauty in life. And appreciate every second that's mine.

The Most Beautiful Heart -

Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn't returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges - giving love is taking a chance.

The Moth and The Cocoon -

By depriving the moth of a struggle, the man deprived the moth of health...struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles...

Much More Thank A Donut -

''Steve, would you do ten pushups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn't want?'' Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow pushups for Linda. "Susan, do you want a donut?"

One-day Experiment -

But she couldn't get it out of her mind. The nudging continued right through the debate going on in her mind until she finally agreed to give the experiment a try---but just for the one day.

Paint Brush -

But I want you to try and understand, I need you to accept what you see... So if you'll be patient and close your eyes, Please understand how much it hurts to let the real me show.

Pappy -

Spending time in 'Memory Hall' delighted him as he recalled many treasured moments from his past. He handled each item with care, and sometimes he would close his eyes...

The Paradox of Our Age -

We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; we've done larger things, but not better things; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not our prejudice;

Passing On Love -

She never said a word... It was when Grandma took out the curls that I knew she loved me. She had put my feelings before hers. And that is the kind of love I try to pass on today.

The Pearl Necklace -

One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?" "Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you." "Then give me your pearls." "Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have

The Portrait -

"The world gathered to bid... of the world's most spectacular paintings... Dreams would be fulfilled this day; greatness would be achieved as many would claim "I have the greatest collection."

The Power of Determination -

Glenn Cunningham's Story: Still later in Madison Square Garden this young man who was not expected to survive, who would surely never walk, who could never hope to run...

The Power of Love -

A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers.

The Prayer -

Hey, wait a minute! What is this, "Criticize Me Day?" Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.

Pure Blood -

They have coined it now as "the mystery flu". And then, all of a sudden the news comes out. The code has been broken. A cure can be found. A vaccine can be made.

Receive First. Love Second -

The secret to loving is living loved. This is the forgotten first step in relationships. Does bumping into certain people leave you brittle, breakable, and fruitless?

Red Roses -

I know it must be lonely, and the pain is very real. For if it was the other way, I know how I would feel. The love we shared made everything so beautiful in life.

The Relentless Lover -

Robin took a deep breath. "When I was a teen, I read a love story that changed my life. It was the story of a relentless lover who would never give up on his first love.

The Rooster -

There was a rooster who loved to establish its self-esteem... Having a rooster flogging would be a horrifying experience even for an adult. But words cannot describe the impact it would have on a child.

The Seagull -

Imagine this scene: you are on the Florida coast. The sun is setting like a gigantic orange ball. It's the cool evening on a vacant, isolated stretch of beach. The water is lapping at the shore,


I will never forget that moment. For I knew that, although I couldn't begin to fathom the depth of their love, I had been privileged to witness its unmatched beauty.

Simpler Times -

"Pedro, Santa Claus didn't come. Either I've been bad, or he ran out of toys." Pedro could see the hurt in Emmett's eyes and hear the disappointment in Emmett's voice.

Small Wooden People -

Be glad and thankful for what one has and live life to the fullest and don't spend too much time worrying about the "stars and dots." and don't waste time giving out "dots" either !

Songs In The Night -

Beethoven ...composed his famous "Moonlight Sonata." Do you ever feel that your dreams have been shattered and you feel all alone in the darkness of despair?

Special Occasion -

I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. I tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift.

The Starfish -

There is something very special in each and every one of us.We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference, and if we can become aware of that gift...

Startled by Silence -

...proof to me again that when God says, ''Godliness with contentment is great gain,'' He really means it. This morning I saw both contentment and discontent. I resolved never to forget.

That's My Favorite Piece -

"Honey I love you. You know that. But quite frankly this is it. For more years than I can even count, you have baked bread for me every day. But you always give me the heel. .."

The Traveling Angels -

"Things arent always what they seem." If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later.

The Waitress' Tip -

The waitress brought the ice cream and walked away. The boy finished, paid the cashier, and departed. When the waitress came back, she swallowed hard at what she saw.

Two Teardrops -

To give yourself freely and lovingly is the most beautiful thing you can do. Loving makes you real. Loving also makes you cry. And that is why a teardrop is also BEAUTIFUL.

The Telegraph -

Back when the telegraph was the was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator... We live in a world that is full of busyness and clatter

Unconditional Love is the Answer -

There was a time in my life I became afraid to love. Because all those times I fell in love, I got hurt. I thought maybe that's why it's called "falling" in love. I would give my all, loving deeply...

Under His Wings -

She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast.

The Wallet -

He grabbed my hand and said, "You know something, Mister? I was so in love with that girl that when that letter came, my life literally ended. I never married. I guess I've always loved her."

Weakness or Strength -

Sometimes your biggest weakness can become your biggest strength. One 10-year-old boy who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident...

The Weight -

This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity! Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and it clearly is for ourselves!

What Animals and Apples Can Teach Us About Love -

Tears sprung to my eyes as I witnessed this beautiful act of unconditional love from an animal who taught us how to serve life with such grace.

What Do You See? -

When you're living from your heart, you're allowing your inner eyes to shine. You're letting love go before you into all aspects of your daily life, to pave your path with joy.

The Whisper -

Recently, I heard a touching story which illustrates the power that words have to change a life -- a power that lies right in the hands of those reading this article.