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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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 a blessing to each medical person I encountered. I believe he answered that prayer and it was made easier by the terrific attention

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 Psalm 73. I am comforted to know that even the writers of scripture were human and struggled at times, just like I do. It begins with a declaration of God’s goodness. Psalm

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 felt a bit discouraged. I’m sure you can relate sometimes, whatever your own objectives may be. At times we are determined to change our eating and exercise habits only to find

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...

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...

Four Things You Must Be Thankful For!

It's Thanksgiving and we are all being reminded to be thankful to the Lord for our many blessings. However, there are some times in our lives when it's easier than others. If you have recently gotten good news or have welcomed a new child or grandchild, it's easy to...

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...

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....

Obedience Brings Joy

If I really believed this, wouldn’t I be quicker to obey? But sometimes the right thing to do is also the hard thing. And I just don't want to! A while ago I was at a conference and heard a story told by one of the worship leaders. He was on his way home after a busy...

What’s In My Heart?

The world is all about appearances. If you have a talent or a skill, that's great, but in order to become truly famous, you have to have the right packaging to go along with it. Nobody ugly or awkward makes it onto the celebrity A-list, that's just the way our culture...

Your Face Matters

In Jean Fleming’s book Pursue the Intentional Life, she talks about the “Ministry of the Countenance,” which means that the way your face looks is important! It can either be a blessing or a discouragement to others. She says: Those of us who know God, who have been...

Is It Okay To Be Angry With God?

Are you angry with God? Has He allowed things into your life that you believe are unfair, unwarranted, unjust? Has He failed to protect you from harm or taken precious ones from you? Do you think it’s acceptable for us to be angry with or toward God? Many of us would...

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...

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