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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looking for 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 still not very good at this, but here are three things I’m working

winter scene, bleak landscape

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 disappointed in myself. But I’ve got to be careful to not let my thoughts and feelings run riot, or move away from truth. [bctt tweet=” When I

believing lies or truth

No one thinks they are believing lies.

Of course what you are thinking is correct and true information, otherwise you wouldn’t think it, right?
But many of us are believing lies without even realizing it. They become ingrained in our regular thought processes and feel “true.”  And the enemy loves this; in fact, it’s one of his best strategies. He’s the first and biggest liar and he wants us to believe the things he whispers

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How Careful Are We?

We must be careful with dangerous weapons, and our words must be used with care or they will inflict much harm.

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Fighting Unbelief: 3 Points To Remember

I was praying the other day, laying out my requests before the Lord. I was telling him of the difficult situations and seemingly insurmountable obstacles facing me and those I care about. And then I found myself wondering how God could ever work out His good purposes...

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