Is It Ever Good to Look Back? – Grace & Truth Link-Up

January 11, 2019

Do you ever take time to look back at your past? Do you find value in it? After all, history tends to repeat itself if left alone.

Do you ever take time to look back at your past? Do you find value in it? I am a big proponent for looking back and pondering the past, especially this time of year when attempting to set new goals. After all, history tends to repeat itself if left alone.

We must never solely look at where we are today but must consider where we have been and where we want to go.

However, sometimes God asks us to forge forward and not look back. Do you know when it is good to look back and when it is not?

Barbara Harper linked up a fantastic article last week addressing this topic. She eloquently explained the reasons for when we should look back and when we should not. I loved the examples given straight out of the Bible.


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“A Time to Look Back, a Time Not to Look Back”

By Barbara Harper

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Barbara, thank you for linking up with Grace & Truth. Grab a button and link back – I am sure your readers would love to celebrate with you!

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  1. Reply

    Crystal Twaddell

    Thanks for featuring, Maree. I left a comment on Barbara’s post and appreciate this call to remembering is a way that moves us forward in hope.

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      Maree Dee

      Crystal – I am so glad you went to her post and read. It is one that has been sticking with me all week. Blessings, Maree

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    Lauren Sparks

    Much wisdom.

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      Maree Dee

      Lauren – Thank you for stopping by. Maree

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    Tea With Jennifer

    I’m always amazed when God does a theme with His bloggers! Ages & stages aligns with your post above again Maree! 😀

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      I too love it when that happens. Thank you for pointing it out. I will go and read Ages and stages. Maree

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    Michele Morin

    I appreciate the wisdom of this featured post. There’s a time to look back and learn, and there’s a time to look forward and embrace grace.

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      Maree Dee

      Michele – Yes, I agree. I learned a great deal from Babara’s post. Blessings, Maree

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    Patsy Burnette

    Thanks Barbara for reporting that the Linky wasn’t working. I’m all new to this Link-up thing. Clearly, new! This is my first link-up and I posted mine in the comments.

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      Maree Dee

      Hi Patsy – I am sorry the link-up wasn’t working this morning. It is all set to go. I don’t see your post in the comments. Maree

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    Patsy Burnette

    …But it’s not just about slowing down. It’s not only about being grateful. It’s even more about being intentional. It’s about praying for, seeking out and anticipating divine opportunities―the opportunities to share the love of Christ. To share my story all wrapped up in His, and His all wrapped up in mine. To smile at the check out girl and leave her with an encouraging word about God’s goodness. To help the elderly lady at the library get to her car in the rain and remind her “God loves you”. To meet the mail man at the box with a note of gratitude and an invitation to church.

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      Maree Dee

      Patsy – Your comment somehow got stuck in spam. I am so glad I found it. I love all of your ideas on how to be intentional. Thank you for sharing. Maree

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    Patsy Burnette

    Living intentionally begins simply with everyday choices. This lifestyle is a topic that has really been on my mind lately. It’s at the heart of these last two blog posts. I’ve got a lot on my plate right now. I’m sure you do as well. If we’re not careful, all that stuff cluttering our minds will takeover our world. That clutter will make things complicated where there could be, and should be, simple. The journey can become just a hop from one task to another, from one to-do list item to the next. We find no time to look around for the goodness of God and divine opportunities that lie in our path.

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      Maree Dee

      Patsy – You are so right the stuff cluttering our minds will take over our minds if we are not careful. I have been living my life too much on an agenda. Trying hard this year to do it differently. Blessings, Maree

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    Barbara H.

    Thank you so much for featuring my post, Maree. I’m thankful it was a blessing to you, and I hope it will be to others as well.

    It looks like today’s linky is not working – it says “Linky Tools subscription expired. List not available.”

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      Maree Dee

      Barbara – It was an honor to feature you. You wrote a great post. I am sure it will bless others.

      Thank you for letting us know the link-up wasn’t working. It is all set to go. I hope you will add a new post for the week. Maree

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