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...

When I’m Stuck In The Comparison Trap

How do I think rightly and learn contentment when I’m tempted to compare myself with others?

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...

Funny Or Kind?

It's a new year and maybe you've made resolutions, or maybe just re-affirmed some you have made before. Many of us think about eating healthier and maintaining or starting an exercise regimen; some have financial or career goals. For the past decade I've been...

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...

Expectations: 3 Ways They Can Backfire

It's summertime, and many are planning vacations, visits with friends or family. It's time for road trips or camping or visits to the beach. My husband and I are planning a trip at the end of the summer and I'm looking forward to a short getaway with a close friend....

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...

How Will I React?

I write and speak about how I was freed from bitterness. The Lord did a work in my heart and my book tells the story of my journey from bitterness to repentance to abundant life. But it seems that I need to keep being reminded of this and re-learning the lessons over...

What Is Christmas Really About?

I was watching a sappy Christmas movie on TV. I'm not proud of it, but I admit that I've watched a few. In this one, the main character reconciled with a long-lost family member and they all went on to celebrate a happy Christmas together. The producers of the movie...

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...

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...

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