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...

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...

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...

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...

Inward Vs. Outward Thinking

One of the chief prescriptions in overcoming bitterness is obtaining a transformed mind. This process, as described in Romans 12:2, is allowing God to change the way we think. It involves the practice of unselfish thinking. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this...

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...

Beware Of The Shower!

It was a lazy Saturday morning, and my husband and I slept in and were puttering around the house, as we had no set schedule for the day. After a few hours I decided to take a shower and dress, because I'm a fan of smelling good and being fully clothed is always a...

Boulder or Pebble?

When you get hit by a pebble, it stings a bit. It might even leave a mark if it's flying fast enough. The degree of pain inflicted depends on where it hits you. If it hits you in the leg, it will hurt far less than if it flies into your face. But still, it's a pebble....

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...

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...

The Ripple Effect

Our denomination’s founder, Dr. A.B. Simpson, was the speaker at a summer camp in the early 1900's. One day during lunch, a young waiter spilled hot soup on him.  The young man was horrified by his clumsiness and apologized profusely, but Dr. Simpson responded with...

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