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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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 felt a bit discouraged. I’m sure you can relate sometimes, whatever your own objectives may be. At times we are determined to change our eating and exercise habits only to find

Last year our Women’s Ministry group did an excellent study on the book of Genesis. We used “The Promised One: Seeing Jesus in Genesis” by Nancy Guthrie, which I highly recommend. Here’s something that jumped out at me anew from these familiar stories.

THE LINEAGE OF JESUS THE MESSIAH CAME THROUGH JACOB’S SON JUDAH. THERE WERE 12 SONS BUT JUDAH WAS THE ONE GOD USED TO BRING HIS SON TO EARTH.

Why didn’t God pick Joseph? Joseph is the

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 repair the bathroom pipe quickly. What if no one were home when it happened? What if the water had continued to pour through, damaging carpets, furniture,

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Gaining Perspective

It’s the story of a man's journey through extreme highs and lows. It describes his struggle against various temptations; envying others who are prosperous and carefree.  He is grappling with self-pity, despair, and the temptation to give up. This is all recounted in...

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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