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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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....

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...

Great Expectations

Today is Valentine's Day and if you have a significant other, you may have some expectations of romance or hopes for what will happen on this day. You may expect a sweet card, some candy, or even a romantic proposal of marriage.  But what if it doesn't happen as you...

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...

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....

Leaving a Legacy of Faith

This is the story of my grandmother, who left me a priceless legacy of faith.  She was born Gladys Jane McKee on April 1, 1906 in a small town in Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of four children. She lived to be 84 and died of cancer in 1990. I loved her dearly,...

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