Hi – I’m Linda Graf. I wrote a book about my journey to freedom and abundant life, it’s called Bitter Truth: My Story of Bitterness, Grace and Repentance. Why? Because I was trapped in anger, self-pity and bitterness for years and didn’t know why or what to do about it. If you have similar struggles, I want to encourage you.  There is hope, healing and freedom to be found in Jesus.  Sign up to receive regular updates and my Forgiveness Cheat Sheet: 6 Things to Remember When You Can’t Get Past The Hurt.
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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 weekend of ministry. He was dead tired and wanted

I was praying the other day, laying out my requests before the Lord. I was telling him of the difficult situations and seemingly insurmountable obstacles facing me and those I care about. And then I found myself wondering how God could ever work out His good purposes in these tough instances. I was thinking things are hopeless, essentially doubting God. Have you ever found yourself there, even while you are praying?  I asked the Lord

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

The Ripple Effect

Our denomination’s founder, Dr. A.B. Simpson, was the speaker at a summer camp in the early 1900's. One day during lunch, a young waiter spilled hot soup on him.  The young man was horrified by his clumsiness and apologized profusely, but Dr. Simpson responded with...

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 In My Heart?

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...

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....

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’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...

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...

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...

3 Things Not To Do When You Receive An Apology

Life is messy. Conflict is unavoidable and gets complicated. We say harsh words or fail to live up to a commitment we made. Sometimes you need to apologize and ask forgiveness, other times you are the recipient of an apology. How should we respond to an apology? I'm...

Worry or Trust?

I'm not normally a fearful person or a worrier. Doing anything new causes a certain amount of uncertainty in me, and I suffer some angst when I don't know what the future holds, but no more than I believe most people feel. But because of my recent surgery, my body...

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