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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5 Reasons Self-Pity Is BAD

These days, I am fearful when I hear self-pitying thoughts roll around in my mind or words come out of my mouth. Why? Because I know the dangerous path it will lead me to.

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...

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...

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...

Who is Your Best Friend?

Recently I was at a planning meeting with a group of friends. We went around the table and shared what the Lord had been teaching each of us lately. It varied widely; from books we had read to themes we were studying and experiences we’d had. For some it was a...

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....

The Weekend I Went Away to College

I remember sitting in the back of my parents' van that Friday morning with a queasy sick stomach. I had never lived away from home and I was afraid. Of everything. We arrived at school and my parents helped me load my stuff into the tiny dorm room. The sign on the...

What I Wish I’d Known

We were on vacation with my parents at the beach and enjoying a seafood meal in a nice restaurant. My parents were all about the fine dining, and when we were with them, we ate well! Unfortunately, these meals sometimes turned into unpleasant arguments about the past....

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...

What To Avoid During The Pandemic

We are in unprecedented times here in the springtime of 2020. We wouldn’t have dreamed a year ago of a nationwide quarantine because of a worldwide pandemic. I believe our lives and culture will manifest permanent changes in years to come, just like our world after...

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