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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Pride Vs. Joy

Pride Vs. Joy

About twelve years ago our church had a ladies' retreat. I'm on the ministry team and I helped with planning and led the worship as I normally do. Our speaker's topic was joy. She told us God is a joyful God, that He has joy in us and desires for us to have His joy....

Remember!

Remember!

In my read-through-the-Bible plan I am currently in Deuteronomy. God gives rules and regulations for living and worshipping, but one command that's repeated over and over is "Remember." God is prescribing certain practices for His people so they will not forget Him....

Lessons In Faith And Perseverance

Lessons In Faith And Perseverance

It's been a rough few weeks. I took a trip to visit my elderly parents after Dad asked me to come and get involved in their finances and bill paying. Sixteen months ago I urged them to consider moving out of my childhood home as I witnessed their decline. They refused...

4 Things To Remember When You Blow It! (Again)

I've failed. Again. Can you relate? And in an area that I thought I had overcome. But it seems that some weeds of bitterness remain, even now. Thoughts I hadn't completely gotten rid of. They popped up in some casual conversation with a friend. I was horrified and...

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...

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...

All About Love

(Reposted from December...) We are full into the busy season of Christmas. Last night we hosted our third Christmas party. This coming week the college students will be coming home and many are making plans to travel to loved ones. There are goodies to bake and...

God is Good. Period.

I had a week where everything seemed to be going wrong. Bad news hit me wherever I turned, and I was struggling to look for the good and be thankful. Every email, and every conversation sent me further into despair. Where did my faith go? I had just gotten home from a...

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...

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.

Yes I Will

I heard a song today by Vertical Worship called "Yes, I Will" and the chorus says: Yes I will, lift You high in the lowest valley Yes I will, bless Your name Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy For all my days, oh yes I will I thought, what a wonderful...

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...

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...

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