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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angry old folks

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 answer is yes and no. 🙂 How’s that for clarity??

The Yes part

I believe we all have emotionally sensitive spots within us. You may call

a field's edge; being content
I met a new friend this week. She is immensely talented and gifted. She has had great influence, and been active in a variety of areas. I loved hearing about her experiences, but it could have been easy for me to compare myself and feel inferior to her.
what am I believing? lies or truth
That’s often my first reaction when I hear of
sharp knife, be careful
A few months ago, my sister-in-law took me to a shooting range and I fired a gun for the first time. She gave me a quick lesson in handling the gun before we left, and before I was allowed to shoot, I was required to watch a 30 minute video of rules and safety tips.

3 Things You May Not Know About Bitterness

Here are 3 things you may not know, if you have not been a student of bitterness. #1 It’s a secondary infection. Bitterness doesn’t just happen overnight. It settles in after we’ve had another ailment - like pneumonia settles in after a cold or the flu. The first...

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?

What If The Shoe’s On The Other Foot?

What if someone is harboring bitterness – against you? If they are angry with you and unwilling to discuss or reconcile, what then? What if you have tried to understand and apologize for what you’ve done to offend them, and they only heap more accusations on you? This...

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....

Who Are You Believing Lies About?

How can we determine whether we are believing lies or not? By concentrating on the truth found in God’s Word.

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...

Gaining Perspective

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...

How Can I Know God’s Will?

Have you ever felt paralyzed by indecision? When there are choices before you, how do you know what God's will is?  I find it hard to know what's best, especially when the choices are all good things. Knowing God's will in any uncertain situation seems elusive and...

What’s Good Enough?

I'm reading through 2 Kings in my annual Bible reading plan. It's a history book, a listing of Israel's kings and the good and bad things they did. Many of Israel and Judah's kings were evil, but there were a few who acted rightly. Scripture, however, always qualifies...

A New Year of Fresh Beginnings

Author Donald S. Whitney did a guest blog post on crossway.org in which he listed ten questions to ponder in the new year: The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in...

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