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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The world is all about appearances. If you have a talent or a skill, that's great, but in order to become truly famous, you have to have the right packaging to go along with it. Nobody ugly or awkward makes it onto the celebrity A-list, that's just the way our culture operates. Some people are even famous for nothing, they just had the right connections and the proper looks. God, however, is the exact opposite.
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. But for many years I often ruined vacations. When our kids were little, occasionally we would have them stay with grandparents and I would accompany
I'm reading through 2 Kings in my annual Bible reading plan. It's a history book, a listing of Israel's kings and the good and bad things they did. Many of Israel and Judah's kings were evil, but there were a few who acted rightly. Scripture, however, always qualifies their behavior as not being fully righteous like King David. Why? Because they didn't go all the way in repentance. They may have taken some steps to

4 Lessons I Learned From Pain

I have had pain on my mind quite a bit. I haven't posted lately because three weeks ago I had knee replacement surgery which has necessarily caused pain to be my fairly constant companion. Before I went to the hospital I asked the Lord to help me. My desire was to be...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Understanding Anger

The last time I became angry was when I witnessed someone act inappropriately. At least, that was my take on the situation. They spoke critically to a friend of mine. I thought their action was unwarranted and really not their business anyway. I struggled with wanting...
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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...
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Thankless or Thankful?

One spring day we had a flood in our house. It wasn’t the basement, as so many have suffered through, but the upstairs bathroom. A drain pipe broke and water was pouring through the ceiling to the floor below. We caught it right away and my handy husband was able to...
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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,...
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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...
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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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