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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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. (I’m too impatient to list the rest… 🙂
In John 10:10, Jesus said that he came to bring us life, and life to

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 to tell them off, to give them a piece of my mind. According to author and counselor David Powlinson, the definition of anger is simple:

I’m against that +

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 saved from destruction and eternal lostness, who carry around in our bodies the treasure of the gospel and the Holy Spirit Himself, should radiate something of that

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

3 Reasons To Give Up

Over the past few weeks, I've suffered several disappointments in my writing endeavors. Nothing devastating, but a few answers were "no" that I hoped would be "yes." I've wondered if the course I'm set on is the right one. I've wondered if I should make changes. I've...

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’s Good Enough?

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...

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...

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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