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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Great Expectations

Today is Valentine’s Day and if you have a significant other, you may have some expectations of romance or hopes for what will happen on this day. You may expect a sweet card, some candy, or even a romantic proposal of marriage.  But what if it doesn’t happen as you hope? Our expectations are usually a bad thing. At least they are when we project them onto others. I assume or wish that someone will

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Looking For Good

I just returned from a long weekend on the east coast where I traveled to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. When I’m asked how it went, I struggle with exactly what to say. Like many situations in life, it was a mixture of highs and lows, a blend of happiness and disappointment. There were some very enjoyable moments and some really stressful ones. But what I choose to focus on is how I’m going

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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

4 Things To Remember When Things Aren’t Going Your Way

We have all had those days. Frustrations, delays, difficulties. Traffic makes you late, the wi-fi is down, someone gets the flu and cancels. In these instances, I often sigh dramatically, “the universe is plotting against me!” But sometimes the problems are far more...

A New Year of Fresh Beginnings

Author Donald S. Whitney did a guest blog post on crossway.org in which he listed ten questions to ponder in the new year: The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in...

3 Things You May Not Know About Bitterness

Here are 3 things you may not know, if you have not been a student of bitterness. #1 It’s a secondary infection. Bitterness doesn’t just happen overnight. It settles in after we’ve had another ailment - like pneumonia settles in after a cold or the flu. The first...

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....

Leaving a Legacy of Faith

This is the story of my grandmother, who left me a priceless legacy of faith.  She was born Gladys Jane McKee on April 1, 1906 in a small town in Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of four children. She lived to be 84 and died of cancer in 1990. I loved her dearly,...

Your Face Matters

In Jean Fleming’s book Pursue the Intentional Life, she talks about the “Ministry of the Countenance,” which means that the way your face looks is important! It can either be a blessing or a discouragement to others. She says: Those of us who know God, who have been...

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...

What Is Christmas Really About?

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...

What If The Shoe’s On The Other Foot?

What if someone is harboring bitterness – against you? If they are angry with you and unwilling to discuss or reconcile, what then? What if you have tried to understand and apologize for what you’ve done to offend them, and they only heap more accusations on you? This...

Control Versus Choice

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...

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