A country music widow reflects on the lessons she learned from her late husband Instagram/@helenelizabethstrickland

It is commonly thought that with age comes wisdom, but some people just seem to be born with wisdom. Or perhaps it’s a God thing. That could be the case with the late frontman for Backroad Anthem, Craig Strickland.

Although we lost Craig much too early when the singer passed away during a winter hunting trip, his wisdom is living on through his beloved wife, Helen. Now, two years after his untimely passing, she’s sharing some of his insights and the lessons she takes from them in a new post on her blog, and they are very fitting for everyone.

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For the first lesson, she remembers a favorite quote of Craig’s: “I’ve come to realize that relationships are the only things we can take with us to heaven.”

Helen then goes on to explain that on their first date Craig asked her to share her personal testimony with him. She says, “Yes, at the time it seemed a little scary to me too … until I started to understand what he was really asking me in posing this question. Craig wanted to know that I was going to go to heaven, where relationships with loved ones never end. He cared about that more than anything else. In his eyes, my relationship with Christ was the most important relationship he needed to be solidified before we could move further.”

The other lessons that Helen gleaned from her life with Craig might be more familiar to those who study the Bible. One is to do all things for the glory of God and another is to never live in fear. Sharing scripture from Colossians (“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ”) and from 2 Timothy (“For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power love, and self-discipline”), Helen goes on to share how Craig lived his life according to these verses.

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“Craig did not live with a spirit of fear,” she writes. “He believed in boldness and courage, especially when it comes to chasing a goal or a dream that God brought into your path. Yes, he knew it might be difficult to achieve. And yes, he knew he might fail. But being scared to fail wasn’t how Craig lived. Instead, he trusted that it would happen, he prayed boldly that it would be God’s will and then worked hard to achieve it. If it didn’t happen, then he knew God would direct his path elsewhere.”

As Helen continues to boldly pursue new goals and dreams without her beloved husband by her side, we wish her peace, happiness and success. And with the foundation of hope and inspiration that Craig has provided her, those seem certain to come her way.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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