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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faith, trusting God

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 national conference where I’d been blessed, encouraged, and yet saddened. My thoughts kept returning

contemplative woman

I claim the title “Queen of Self-Pity.” I’m quite proficient at it and spent years perfecting the art. I spent loads of time indulging my hurt feelings and wasted untold hours rehearsing the sad details of my life. In fact, I used to tell friends that all I wanted to hear from them was “poor Linda.” (Shaking my head here…) These days, I am fearful when I hear self-pitying thoughts roll around in my

women praying together

Are you plagued by regular, annoying sins that often seem to creep up on you? Do you find yourself doing the same things over and over? Sometimes we call these “besetting” sins. One definition of besetting is: constantly assailing or obsessing, as with temptation. besetting sinIt’s when you turn to that sinful action in a moment of stress, or erupt

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...

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...

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...

A Book You Should Read: “The Little Things”

I recently read "The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat The Small Stuff" by Andy Andrews after it was recommended in an article I read. While the author is a Christian, it's not a Christian book per se. It's a fast and enjoyable read. It is full of wisdom, and...

Choosing To Be Offended…Or Not

Are you easily offended? I used to be. Thankfully I'm not as much anymore. What's the difference?  I don't allow it as often. But you might say, "How can you choose not to be offended? What if you can't help it? Doesn't it just happen automatically?" I believe the...

Do You Need Healing?

Are you plagued by regular, annoying sins that often seem to creep up on you? Do you find yourself doing the same things over and over? Sometimes we call these "besetting" sins. One definition of besetting is: constantly assailing or obsessing, as with temptation....

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...

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...

5 Godly Ways to Deal With Anger

Lately I’ve been reading about anger. Since it is the doorway, the starting point for bitterness, it’s helpful to understand it. It is interesting to read different opinions on anger from both worldly and godly perspectives and I’ll be sharing more of that in...

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