Entries by Erika Graham

Why

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 (NIV) My kids’ favorite word as toddlers was why.  Their curious little minds were like sponges, and they eagerly wanted to know the answers to everything.  There were times I was so worn by their why’s I’d count down the minutes until my husband […]

Friendship

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” Proverbs 17:17 “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31 (NIV)   I was sitting with my daughter recently talking about the journey she’s […]

A Legacy of Life Well Lived

Legacy is a loaded word for me now.  Becoming a widow at 35 years old made me acutely aware of the increased need to leave a legacy for my kids, while fiercely protecting and even nurturing my late husband’s legacy.   In the beginning it was hard.  My husband died by suicide in a very public manner. The fear and shame of that fact drove me […]

Joy & Loss

“I will convert their weeping into laughter, lavishing comfort, invading their grief with joy.” Jeremiah 31:13 (The Message) Where joy and loss collide. That’s where I find myself these days.  I’m beyond the intense grief.  I’m beyond the deep pain.  There is joy.  There is healing.  We’ve grown and changed in so many ways.  God […]

Kit’s Favorite

Today, we join Kit for her pick in “Our Favorites” series.   It’s perfect timing for this post at this time of year when so many are saying good-bye to their kids and launching them off into the world.  We hope this blesses and encourages any of you who are experiencing an empty nest in one […]