In 2008, I thought I had it all. I had an amazing husband and two perfectly healthy, energetic boys. I was an attorney in an international law firm with a fancy office. I loved living in Arizona in my dream house and driving with the top down in my awesome red convertible. You get the picture. Sounds like I really did have it all, right? I thought so too, until April 25, 2008, when we lost our three-year-old son, Austin, to strep throat. My perfect little world came crashing down.
I realized that I had nothing. I finally understood that everything in my life could be taken from me at any moment – even my husband and my children. Despite outward success, I had achieved nothing because I had no relationship with God. He was no part of my life. Even though I had ignored God most of my life, He stepped in to save me. God used losing Austin to call me to a different life.
A few days after Austin died, I gave my life to Jesus. I acknowledged Him as Lord of my life. A local church wrapped their arms around me and my family. The pastor, his wife, his family, along with the wonderful people I met there, showed me the joy, love, hope, and peace of a Christian life. A friend gave me my first Bible, and my journey began as a Christ-follower.
I began studying my Bible like my life depended on it (and it probably did at that point). Sitting with my Bible brought me an overwhelming source of peace, hope, and strength. My growing relationship with God and my Bible were the only way I could choose joy over the unimaginable despair and pain of losing a child.
It is my deepest desire to help other women discover that the Bible holds such tremendous power for their lives, too. I hope that this website, blog, and ministry will help others use the Bible to face every trouble or triumph in their lives. It is my prayer that I can help others not only study the Bible, but come to truly love the Word of God.
The picture above is me and our son, Ethan, who is living proof that God has blessed me and my husband. The picture below is one of my favorites of Austin. It was taken about a week before he died and captures his super-big personality. God is good and Heaven is waiting! If I can pray for you, answer any questions you have, or if you are interested in having me speak to your group, please email me at KimErickson@LoveMyWord.com. I would love to connect with you.