Hi – I’m Linda Graf. I’m a musician, a mentor and a mother. My two grown children and my husband David are my greatest blessings! I’ve been the Worship Ministries Director at my church since 1999 and am also passionate about ministering to women.

Being an author was never one of my aspirations, but during my journey from bitterness to joy in Christ, I was compelled to write about it.  I published Bitter Truth: My Story of Bitterness, Grace and Repentance in 2014 and have been blogging and speaking about it ever since. My earnest desire is that others would also break free if they are entangled by sin or not living in the fullness of joy that’s possible in Jesus.

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I‘ve started reading through the Bible again at the beginning of a new year and find myself once again in Genesis. It’s amazing that God created so vast an expanse as our universe, yet only took two chapters in His Word to describe it.  I almost laughed at Genesis 1:16 which describes the creation of the sun and moon and then, almost as an afterthought: “He also made the stars.” Have you looked up at

I was pondering what New Year’s resolutions I would make. It’s that time, right? But there is a tension between control and choice. We all want control: over ourselves, over how others treat us or react to us, over our circumstances. But in truth, we actually have very little control. But we do have choices. We can choose to exercise and practice healthy eating in the hope of living a long life. But ultimately, it’s

I was watching a sappy Christmas movie on TV. I’m not proud of it, but I admit that I’ve watched a few. In this one, the main character reconciled with a long-lost family member and they all went on to celebrate a happy Christmas together. The producers of the movie were sending the message: “Christmas is all about family.” But what about people who don’t have many family members? What about those whose family live far

God’s In The Details

I've started reading through the Bible again at the beginning of a new year and find myself once again in Genesis. It's amazing that God created so vast an expanse as our universe, yet only took two chapters in His Word to describe it.  I almost laughed at Genesis...

3 Joy Blockers

For many years I would have told you I was a Christian but did not know what it was to have joy. How is that possible? Christians are supposed to have joy. After all, it’s a fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5: 22-23, along with love, peace, patience, etc....

Obedience Brings Joy

If I really believed this, wouldn’t I be quicker to obey? But sometimes the right thing to do is also the hard thing. And I just don't want to! A while ago I was at a conference and heard a story told by one of the worship leaders. He was on his way home after a busy...

Walking With A Bitter Friend

I can think of few things more draining than hanging out with someone who is mired in bitterness. When I remember where I was, back in that pit, I am still amazed and grateful for the ones who listened to me and my kind husband who loved and encouraged me. But I also...

Will I Trust God or Not?

My dear husband travels often for business, usually flying out several times a month. He has been doing this for years and I'm used to it. It's not a hardship for me, although it was more challenging when we had small children. I was thinking about this recently and...

The Journey Through Forgiveness

Everyone agrees that forgiveness is a good thing. But getting there is often a long, difficult journey. Maybe little things are easy to forgive, maybe people who don’t struggle with bitterness can just put things behind them and forgive easily. But for those of us who...

Is It Okay To Be Angry With God?

Are you angry with God? Has He allowed things into your life that you believe are unfair, unwarranted, unjust? Has He failed to protect you from harm or taken precious ones from you? Do you think it’s acceptable for us to be angry with or toward God? Many of us would...

Expectations: 3 Ways They Can Backfire

It's summertime, and many are planning vacations, visits with friends or family. It's time for road trips or camping or visits to the beach. My husband and I are planning a trip at the end of the summer and I'm looking forward to a short getaway with a close friend....

5 Godly Ways to Deal With Anger

Lately I’ve been reading about anger. Since it is the doorway, the starting point for bitterness, it’s helpful to understand it. It is interesting to read different opinions on anger from both worldly and godly perspectives and I’ll be sharing more of that in...

The Foolishness of our Wisdom

I think I am pretty smart. Not a genius or anything, but I can analyze a problem and usually come up with a solution. If I can't, I know where to find someone who can. It's common sense, practical wisdom: how to survive in the world. Most people who grow to adulthood...

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