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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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 possess at least a reasonable amount of this knowledge. We learn to figure things out. 1 Corinthians chapter 1 speaks of God’s wisdom versus man’s wisdom.

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 struggle in this area and find themselves stuck in patterns of unforgiveness, it often takes more time and effort to forgive. It’s true that any journey should reach an end point or goal

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 serious. An important relationship is in jeopardy or a family member gets a serious medical diagnosis. We face a financial hurdle that we don’t see any way around. We worry about the

Four Things You Must Be Thankful For!

It's Thanksgiving and we are all being reminded to be thankful to the Lord for our many blessings. However, there are some times in our lives when it's easier than others. If you have recently gotten good news or have welcomed a new child or grandchild, it's easy to...

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...

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...

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,...

Fighting Unbelief: 3 Points To Remember

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...

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...

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...

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...

When God’s Ways Don’t Make Sense To Us

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...

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