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A country music widow pays tribute to the husband she lost too soon Instagram/@helenelizabethstrickland
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It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since we lost country singer Craig Strickland. The lead singer of country band Backroad Anthem was out duck hunting when his boat capsized during severe storms on Dec. 27, 2015. His body was found near the lake on Jan. 4, 2016. He was just 29 years old.

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In the two years that have passed since Craig’s death, his wife, Helen, has relied on God to get her through. She posted a long note on Instagram to mark the two-year anniversary of the loss.

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Helen writes, “I honestly can’t believe it. It’s been hard, yet through it all I’ve learned and grown so close to God. To me having faith has never meant having a perfect life. It meant trusting God when life wasn’t perfect. Hope can be found in even the darkest of places when we choose to trust God with everything.”

Going on without her husband has taught Helen several lessons, too.

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She continues, “When we release our hold on trying to control our own lives, God can finally pick up the pieces of a broken heart and make you new again. And over the last two years I have thought deeply about what my reasoning for loving God is truly based on. And I’ve concluded that I love my Heavenly Father for no other reason but because he first loved me. He has blessed my life tremendously in ways I do not deserve. And therefore whatever he gives or takes away, or no matter what he needs my life to look like in order to tell his story, I will be willing to live that life for His name’s sake.”

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Though Craig is no longer with her, Helen still sees God using his life and untimely death to this day.

“Craig’s story continues to move people,” Helen says, “and bring them back to God, and I will humbly praise God for allowing me to be part of that story. Apart from Christ I see no way of overcoming a tragedy like losing the one you love. But I pray that Craig’s story, my story, and his family’s story will show you the hope you can have in Jesus. No matter the outcome of my life, I will choose to love Him and trust his plan for my life. And I know Craig would expect nothing less.”

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Helen closes out her note with a heartfelt message for her late husband. She says, “I love you Craig, thank you for blessing my life tremendously.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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