Looking Back Helps Us Look Ahead

I’m bringing back my “Three on Thursday” series, where I share three articles each week that I found well-written and interesting and uplifting. Some of the articles will be very current, while others may be older, yet timeless in their message.

Because that’s what this space is for. Bringing you words that build you up in the Word. And sharing the beautiful words of others.

Today, I’m sharing a trio of articles that remind us how looking back can help us look ahead. And no matter what lies ahead, to never ever give up.

Happy reading, my friends.



“Things We Remember” by Kristin Couch

“I am in Leviticus now, which has a reputation for being difficult, with all of the rules and regulations and diseases and sacrifices. It is not easy to read, but . . . it has caused me to long more for Jesus. I want to hop right into its pages, in the midst of that ancient story and encourage the children of Israel. I wish to cheer a people who must have been so tired, to hang in there and trust God: a Savior is coming. He will be the consummate High Priest, sweeping away all of our sins upon himself; the once-and-for-all-sacrifice.”

“This Is Not Unprecedented” by Garrett Raburn

“Christianity offers a more reality-matching viewpoint than the illusion of newness: that “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10). The core human experience doesn’t change, despite its endless re-packagings and fresh presentations. Our highest highs and lowest lows have been lived before. We are not pioneers in pain, pioneers in crisis, or pioneers in heroic or cowardly responses.”

“Don’t Ever Give Up” by Timothy Willard

“Today, you might be in the middle of a few years of hard work, of toil, of disappointment, of loss, of loneliness, and you might feel like no one cares, or that your efforts have gone unnoticed. But don’t believe it, my friend. Don’t believe the voices of doubt that climb inside your head. Don’t believe the whispers of people who only want to bring you down so they can feel raised up. Don’t believe the lies of the world that limit you, seek to silence you, attempt to discourage you.”



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Denise J. Hughes

Denise J. Hughes

Denise writes about “the quiet life.” It’s a vision for living counter-culturally in a loud and restless world. Denise lives in North Carolina with her husband and three kids.