Trophy of Grace Has Gone to be With Jesus
It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.
On Tuesday, March 19th, our dear sweet Trophy of Grace (Lisa Colon) Â left this dark world and is now with the Lover of her soul – Jesus Christ.
I rejoice because Lisa is now free of pain, anguish, sorrow, and trials. She is whole and is surrounded by Love. The love of those she knew who have left before her, and the most amazing love of God. We who remain cannot fathom that Love, but Lisa now understands it and is a part of it!
I weep because I miss Trophy of Grace. I know Iâ€™ll see her again, but I still had so many talks to have with her, and tears to cry, and laughter to enjoy, hugs to receive, and counsel to give and take. We had years left to become even better friends. Ah Lisa – yes! We all miss you so much already!
Isn’t God our Healer?
That is what I want to talk about. In order to do that I need to share a story about Jennie, Wendy, and Lisa, three very dear friends and women of God.
Jennie was a volunteer for the foundation HopeKids – an organization that provides hope in Jesus for kids with cancer. She and her best friend Amy Oldham moved up from Arizona to start a chapter in Utah. Both of their families were heavily involved in providing this great ministry to those who struggle with this debilitating disease. Ironically, Jennie has fought lung cancer for the last two years. It was an aggressive cancer that would require chemo for the rest of her life, but it was under control. Â A young mom of forty, Jennie has five children and a wonderful husband who fought along beside her without tiring. She wrote wonderfully about her difficult journey in a blog called Living Out Our Hope. Her writing displayed wit and a complete trust in the Lord that would leave me laughing, crying and praising God – all at the same time.
Wendy is a powerful music teacher at our church and at an Elementary School. Like many of us here, Wendy had a tough life before finding Jesus. Her story before is one of a rough childhood and a life of Mormonism, now itâ€™s a story of freedom and healing. I am blessed to be a part of her journey. Wendy spent the school year directing and preparing a play which included a cast of 82 young actors and actresses.
And Lisaâ€¦ you know our Lisa. Her testimony is a beautiful proclamation of the Healing and Love of our God. When I went to visit her in Texas, WeUsed2bu was constantly on her mind. We talked endlessly about her vision for this ministry. How she loves those who are broken and hurting! Lisa wanted counseling centers opened throughout the United States to help women who struggle with the temptations of this world. She also gave of herself in jail ministry.Â Her journey is explained in detail in her blog Consecrated to Him. Lisa has also been blessed with a wonderful husband and has seven beautiful children.
Last Thursday, March 14th, the moms at our homeschool co-op got together to pray for Jennie. She was having a procedure done on her lungs due to some complications. Things were not going well. We prayed for healing and recovery.
When we were done, I went to Wendyâ€™s house because she had developed a kidney stone and the play was the next day. We prayed for healing and strength. Kidney stones take a long time to pass and she could not afford to be laid up.
When I got home, I opened my email and saw that our sweet Jennie had gone to meet her Savior. Later I learned that Wendy had been completely healed and went to the opera that night. Her play the next night was a huge success! And Tuesday, March 19th, our sweet Lisa has also gone.
To answer the question – Yes! God is our Healer! But He is also God. He is sovereign. Our Abba knew at the time we were created the days we would live on earth:
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (Psalm 139:16)
You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer. (Job 14:5)
When our work is done here, we will leave and go back to our Creator and enjoy true fellowship with Him. No more worries, sorrows or pain awaits us!
Jennie and Lisa accomplished their work on earth. They leave behind strong men of God and children who love the Lord. They both have touched many lives and I can just hear my Lover say to them, â€śWell done, good and faithful servant.â€ť (Matthew 25:14-30)
We rest assured that Lisa and Jennie are with God because they accepted Salvation through the work done by Jesus Christ on the cross. If you need more information about this hope that we have, read Trophy of Graceâ€™s article on Salvation: Be Saved Now.
Our time on earth seems like a long time, doesn’t it? But it is just a moment to God. Someday, my dear friends, if your hope is in God, you will experience true life in eternity surrounded by the Love of our Lord, and your friends and families.
WeUsed2bu and HopeKids will continue to grow and give hope to those who are despairing. Wendy will continue to be a light to children and to those around her. We will continue to make our days count. (Psalm 90:12)
Lisaâ€™s last writings are 31 days of encouragement starting November 1st. Some of her posts were written while she waited for her operation, and some were posted after. My prayer is that you will find encouragement and hope in her last words here on earth:Â Battling Worry: Words of Encouragement â€“ For Such A Time As This.
We mourn the passing of these two great women, we will miss them. They will always be a part of us. We will cry, we will laugh, and we will remember. Their work moves forward, and we are blessed to be a part of their vision.
Goodbye, my Lisa – until we meet again and join with you in that great dance with the One Who we love the most!
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God…I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits meâ€”the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:6-7)
We want to hear from you – how has Trophy of Grace touched your life? What memories has she left with you? Do you have any questions? Encouraging words?
Feel free to leave your thoughts, as we celebrate the life of Lisa – Trophy of Grace.