Saturday, September 24, 2005

Good evening.

All of BJ's tests came back about the same as they have been, or slightly better. (His blood gas- same. CO2 gas- a little better. PH- a little better.)

His stats remain the same, and he's still fever-free. There is some active bleeding in the sites where Beej's chest tubes were.

We continue to wait, as BJ's progress in the next day or two will tell us if he is going to get better. He must make significant improvements soon.

All in all, it's been a very discouraging weekend, and we're tired. Thank you all for your continued support through this up-and-down journey, especially during the low points. Our Father God, the presence of family, and your prayers sustain us.

In Christ's Love,
Lauren

86 Comments:

At 7:17 PM, Anonymous heather schaper said...

Family,
I find myself constantly thinking of y'all. Especially Beej. Like everything reminds me of him...he really means the world to me. I will never give up on praying for him, or for you. I love you...and am so thankful that the Lord placed you in my life. Y'all have impacted me more greatly than you will ever know.

Heather

 
At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying through the night!
Angela

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Beverly LaRue said...

I am lifting BJ and all of you up to God, The Great Physician, in my prayers.

In Christ's Love,

Bev

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying with you
May the comfort of our prayers suround you BJ and your family.
Lisa Gresh/Meils and Family

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Tonna M said...

This is one of Carman's songs:

There is a God

93 million miles from the blistering surface of the sun hangs the planet earth.
A rotating sphere perfectly suspended in the center of the universe. The ultimate creation from an infinite mind. An unbelievably intricate complex design. A supernatural testimony, an irrefutable sign that there is a God.

The size, position and angle of the earth is a scientific phenomenon to see.
A few degrees closer to the sun we'd disintegrate, a few degrees further, we'd freeze.
The axis of the earth is titled at a perfect 23 degree angle and it's no mistake that it is.
This allows equal global distribution to the rays of the sun making it possible for the food chain to exist.

Or take for example the combination of nitrogen and oxygen in the atmosphere we breathe every day. It just happens to be the exact mix that life needs to prosper, it doesn't happen on any other planet that way.

You see, the Bible says the invisible things of God are seen through His creation, to believe this is not hair. If there's a design, there's a designer, if there's a plan, there's a planner and if there's a miracle, there is a God.

CHORUS:
There is a hope, there is a light
There is an answer to all answers
There is a flame that burns in the night
And I know, I know, I know there is a God

The Scripture says the heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of His hands. If we allow our minds to drink in all the truth that surrounds us, creation itself will help us understand.

Did you know the moon controls the tides, it's the maid that cleans the oceans. Even the waves don't crash the shores in vain. The tides drag impurities from the depths of the sea, it's nature's constant recycling chain.

It simply boggles the mind to think that the stars will rotate with such exact precision that it's true. That the atomic clock with an error factor of less than three seconds per millenium is set by the way we move.

Though they silently orbit, the sun, the moon, the stars are like celestial evangelists above. Who circle the earth every 24 hours shouting in every language that there is a God.

Atheism is the wedge under the foundation of our faith, trying to topple our relationship with Christ. When the fool said in his heart, there is no God, he rejects the truth God painted on the canvas of the night. Atheism has never created an artistic masterpiece, never healed a fatal disease or calmed a fear. Atheism has never given answers to our existence, peace to a troubled mind or even dried a tear.

For it's God who created heaven and earth and flung the stars in space and breathed in the handful of dirt and it became a man. It's God who sits on the circle of the earth and measures the mountains in a scale, and holds the seven seas in the palm of His hand. It's God who sent His only begotten Son to the cross of Calvary to save our souls from Hell and the grave. It's God who creates, God who delivers, God who heals and God who is worthy of a thunderous ovation of praise.

CHORUS(2x)

There is a God, there is a God
And I know, I know, I know there is a God


And this is BJ's God. He knows the hairs on his head and He has set the beat of his heart. He is the one who controls the storm that rages in BJ's body and He is the one who can calm it.

 
At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

Praying for you tonight!!!

Kim
Hannibal, Mo
HLG

 
At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction . . .we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, you also joining in helping through your prayers, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed upon us through the prayers of many."

2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (NASB)

I think this is the NT version of the Higgins' heartcry. Family, we continue to pray to the God of all comfort, the one who raises the dead, who delivers from great peril. . .May He bring you abundant rest tonight and in the hours to come. We are praying, praying, praying for BJ and for each one of you. . .and another Sunday tomorrow where many more can hear and pray together--no calendar coincidence, I know! We surround you with our prayers,

in the love of Christ,

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

 
At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Kelsey Stein said...

BJ's Family,
I am a former student of Mrs.Higgins, I have been reading the blog for a while now. This story has really made me understand that life can change very quickly and its really hard sometimes. I just want you to remember that God does everything for a reason, but we don't always know what that reason is. You have the whole Stein family praying for you and many others. I pray for a miracle. BJ has changed so many peoples lives through his belief in Jesus and is willingness to serve. He has accomplished so much for Christ in his 15 almost 16 years. You should be very proud I know Heaven is. Our prayers are with you!
<3 Kelsey Stein <3

 
At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, and girls,

We are praying that God lifts up BJ and makes him whole. We pray that this is God's will that BJ be healed so he can continue in bringing the message of God's love and salvation through his Son, Jesus Christ. We pray that God will continue to wrap the Higgins family in the warmth and comfort of his love. It is amazing how the last 40 days have touched us and so many others.

The Thielen Family
Carmel IN

 
At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Sean said...

I will pray for you!

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 Peter:12,13 Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Praying and praying more.......
Ed, Carmel

 
At 7:38 PM, Anonymous the fillios said...

Lauren, Whitney, Deanne and Brent,

As I was praying through the Psalms, with you and BJ in mind, how wonderful the following passage is...I've included the commentary on it, because if it weren't for that - I might have missed the verses' application to this wonderful group of pray-ers that has assembled in intercession for you.


Psalm 148:5-14

"Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for He commanded and they were created.
He set them in place for ever and ever;
he gave a decree that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,

you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,

kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
young men and maidens,
old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

He has raised up for his people a horn,
the praise of all his saints,
of Israel, the people close to His heart.

Praise the Lord."

Commentary:
All creation is like a majestic symphony or a great choir of many harmonious parts that together offer up songs of praise. Each part (independent, yet part of the whole) is caught up and carried along in the swelling tides of praise. This is a picture of how believers should praise God - individually, yet as part of the great choir of believers worldwide. Are you singing your part well in the worldwide choir of praise?


Me - Isn't that wonderful?

Sometimes I'm a little off-key, sometimes the corner of my collar is sticking up funny outside my robe, and sometimes I come running into choir practice late and all out of breath . . . but I'm so thankful God listens to me anyway, and allows me to stay in the choir with all my buddies.

What a privilege it is to sing with you!

You are so very loved.
Jamie

 
At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and praying for you through the night. May you feel the peaceful presence of our dear Holy Father.
Peace and Love to you BJ and to your wonderful enduring family.

donna
carmel

 
At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie Meils-
Im praying strongly and everyone
else is to.Thankyou for the up
dates. I hope that BJ has a
boring night. I love you all
so much.Have a nice night.
YOUR SISTER IN
CHRIST
JULIE MEILS

 
At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we can't see His hand, we know we can trust His heart.

I know you know.
Praying with you through the ups & downs... God is faithful and worthy of our trust.

Love you & praising God for being good, even when we can't understand...
Bev Olonoh
Indy

 
At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for bj and for everyone involved. God can do many things and is faithful to his servants. keep praying i know God will see bj through this.

all my love
Chrissy

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray God will continue to be your peace and joy despite the discouraging times. Come on, BJ! We're praying for you!

Stephanie in Shawnee, OK

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Corrie Fillio said...

yay!
constantly praying for you guys,
corrie

 
At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're still carrying Bj to Jesus!
love
Brittany

 
At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for God to do something amazing.

 
At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of the outcome, BJ's life HAS and IS making a difference...even now... Stay strong, and look for God's direction on BJ's care. You are loved.

 
At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren, Your words touched me so deeply tonight. I can feel the tug at your heartstrings and can't imagine the depth of your worry. Be Not Afraid, He is in control and will make BJ right in His will. We do not now know what that is, other than miracle after miracle have been witnessed thus far . . . not just for BJ, but for thousands ... the miracle of the number of people that your family has ministered to through this painful and emotional roller coaster. So many of us have been up and down with you all. I, myself, have never been more prayful about anything as much as I have for your BJ. You all have touched so many people with your faithfulness, strength and spirit. Let us lift you all now in this hour of your need; be at peace, be restful for His arms are holding you through this rough time. Lean on the prayers of others. Know that we who have been touched by you, are wanting so much for you to be supported and loved by us. We really love you all and want so much for BJ to come through this . . . with God as our witness, our Creator and our Light of Life. BJ, keep fighting. We need you in our world today to continue to spread the Word and Life of Christ. Much Love and Compassion.
Westfield, IN

 
At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The community of Zionsville, which includes parents and students of Deanna's music classes at PVE, are praying for BJ and for his family. It is so amazing to hear about BJ's faith and how he has witnessed to so many people. We all pray that if it is His will, that God heals BJ so that he can continue to witness to others.

 
At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Milton Baumgardner said...

Dear Higgins family,
As I read the update about BJ my heart went out to you. My mind was immediately reminded of the verse that says My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. I cannot begin to say that I understand your pain, but I do feel for you.
I continue to ask our God to do a miracle and heal and restore BJ.
Rest in the knowledge that even now and all throughout the night and day tomorrow you and BJ are being covered in prayer.
Milton Baumgardner
Monroe City, MO

 
At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing to lift BJ and the rest of y'all involved.Continue to stay strong and rely on God.


April C.

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for you all tonight - praying for rest, for peace, for comfort for your tired bodies and discouraged hearts. We are asking God to please do a miracle in BJ's body tonight.
Jeff and Cheryl Mansell
Hilliard, Ohio

 
At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing to keep your family and BJ in our prayers. Your faith is an inspiration to many. -Fishers,IN

 
At 8:22 PM, Blogger Marcia said...

Can't Live A Day - Avalon

I could live life alone
And never feel the longings of my heart
The healing warmth of someone's arms
And I could live without dreams
And never know the thrill of what could be
With every star so far and out of reach
I could live with many things
And I could carry, but...

I couldn't face my life tomorrow
Without Your hope in my heart I know
I can't live a day without You
Lord, there's no night and there's now morning
Without Your loving arms to hold me
You're the heartbeat of all I do
I can't live a day without you

I could travel the world
See all the wonders beautiful to me
They'd only make me think of You
And I could have all life offers
Riches that were far beyond compare
To grant my wish without a care
Oh, I could do anything
And I could carry on, oh yes
But if you weren't in at all...

Jesus, I live because You live
You're like the air I breathe
Oh Jesus, oh, I have because You give
You're everything to me
Oh...

I couldn't face my life tomorrow
Without Your hope in my heart I know
I can't live a day without You
Lord, there's no night and there's now morning
Without Your loving arms to hold me
You're the heartbeat of all I do
I can't live a day without you

**************

Praying that all of you find rest in the arms of Jesus tonight. Your brothers and sisters will continue to stand in the gap.

Still praying....

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous l said...

Stay strong! We're praying!
Love of lots,
Lauren

Encinitas,CA

 
At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys have been in my prayers ever since I first heard about BJ yesterday. Even though I have never met you all, my heart is with you. I'm going to put BJ on our prayer list at church tomorrow so that the people of Little Chapel Church in Raleigh, IL will be doing war on BJ's behalf. May God give you the strength, peace and encouragement that you need and only He can give.

Sarah

 
At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Donna Stein said...

"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart." Ps.27:13-14.
What promises we can claim as He alone is our sustainer, our hope and our refuge.

I began praying for B.J. weeks ago, as a nurse at St. V's in surgery--not even knowing who your family was, or even B.J.'s name. I would ask each time I worked, how the young missionary was doing. The story of his love and service to the Lord has reached every corner of the hospital.
Weeks later, I find a letter in my kid's backpack with a web site of their music teacher's ill son. I in turn went to the web to find that the boy I had been praying for all this time, now had a name.I check on him, and pray for him as I check the website several times a day. As his parents, oh how your hearts must rejoice as you reflect on how God has begun a good work in B.J. and how his love for God is reflected in his obedience. B.J.'s good work for the Lord has continued, even during his hospitalization. God is being glorified through B.J.'s life. As a Christian, a mom and a nurse, I have been touched by B.J.'s life and I have never had the privledge of knowing him.
My other two children, Courtney and Ryan Stein, currently have Mrs. Higgins. They too, send their love and their prayers.

Donna Stein

 
At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to lift BJ and the rest of your family up in prayer. May God comfort all of you during this roller coaster ride you are on and bring healing to BJ. God Bless you all.

The Trask Family

 
At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for your family
Rhome, Tx

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Hang in there guys. Praying for all of you...

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your prayer warriors and still praying. God is in control!

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you all know that you and your family are in my prayers. I am thankful that you and your family understand that God is in control over everything that is happening, however I know how difficult this must be for all of you and I continue to pray for your strength through this time.
In Christ's love,
Brooke Rice
Oklahoma City, OK

 
At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Family, We are still praying for your family and of course BJ. I can't begin to know how you are feeling at this time. I know that this has been a very long journey. I just pray for a good night for both you and BJ tonight and tomorrow will be a new day.

 
At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear family:

May God comfort you and give you strength tonight.

Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found
surely when the mighty waters rise
they will not reach him

psalm 32:6

in Christs' unfailing love

Paula

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Higgins:

We just tucked our sweet girls in bed and listened to their prayers. Jamie ended her prayer with "Thank you for making BJ feel better tonight."

The world resounds with prayers for your strength and comfort and for your son's healing. Your students, friends and parents in zionsville stand with you. Be encouraged. Be strengthened.

trudy icenogle

 
At 9:04 PM, Anonymous marissa balog said...

I have had bj on my mind all day since i read this mornings post, we even prayed in the car. I hope for him to get better i really want to talk to him just about everything hes done. Someday i will! Until then,
marissa

 
At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Toodie Schaper said...

Dear Higgins,

My heart is breaking for you and my tears are falling but I am continuing to lift you all up to the Lord. I will be praying through the night. May you feel His loving arms around you and may He grant the miracle we are praying for if that is His perfect will.

With love,
Toodie

 
At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Jim and Brenda said...

Dear Higgins Family,
We continue to lift BJ up in our prayers. We are praying for signs of improvement. We are praying for you guys to get some rest tonight. Praise God for his faithfulness and mercy to us.
Jim and Brenda May (Texas)

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I heard about BJ from prating for Shelby. My family has also been threw rough times. We almost lost my husband, due to a severe brain bleed. GOD IS AWESOME! He pulled our family through that and I believe he is with you now. I will keep praying that GODS will be done.Sending love from NJ.

 
At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still praying, still in awe of the way Jesus has used BJ's life.
Mark
Hudson, Oh

 
At 9:18 PM, Anonymous A PVUE Friend said...

Deanna, I hope you can get some much needed rest tonight. I will go to sleep praying for you and your family - especially a miracle for B.J. It means a lot to everyone that we can all check on B.J. on this website and help pray you through this. I think about you constantly and have prayed more in the past month than ever before.
Love from Zionsville,
A PVUE Friend

 
At 9:19 PM, Anonymous kristen (Stillwater, OK) said...

Lauren, Whitney, Mom, Dad, and family,
Barbara Ann and I were just speaking of how well you all have done with this. I have a brother that is BJ's age. I love him very much, even more so now that we don't see each other every day. He has grown so much in the Lord in the last year and I can't wait to see what God is going to do in his life. He regularly challenges me to seek God more and become stronger in my faith. I am sure that you feel the same about BJ. You all have been so wonderful in sharing him with us. I am inspired by your faith and by your love. I know that this has been a hard weekend. Our God is amazing and I continue to lift you to the Lord as you face what seems another night of waiting. May God continue to use you in ways that are beyond your imagination. May He bless you with some restful and restorative sleep tonight, even as He works in BJ. I have never met you, but I love you! Once again my prayers continue.

 
At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Cindy & Mike McCoun said...

We are praying for God's healing touch through Christ, our Savior. Peace be with each of you.

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger Barbara Ann said...

Precious Father,

Thank you that you know us. Thank you that you know ALL. Thank you that in the midst of struggles and trying times, you are the one that gives us so much encouragement. I just love that! I pray for my brother here. I pray that God you would continue to take control and just move in the way that YOU want to move. Help us to be okay with that way. God I pray for BJs family. I pray for patience and endurance for them to keep on keeping on. Help them to continue to fight the good fight. I pray that you would encouarge them and lift them up right at this very moment in time. I pray that you would help my brother to keep fighting. Give him the strength that he needs to fight! I love you Daddy. Thanks for being who you are. Thanks for being so real.

Its because of you that we are here,
Barbara Ann

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger Barbara Ann said...

Precious Father,

Thank you that you know us. Thank you that you know ALL. Thank you that in the midst of struggles and trying times, you are the one that gives us so much encouragement. I just love that! I pray for my brother here. I pray that God you would continue to take control and just move in the way that YOU want to move. Help us to be okay with that way. God I pray for BJs family. I pray for patience and endurance for them to keep on keeping on. Help them to continue to fight the good fight. I pray that you would encouarge them and lift them up right at this very moment in time. I pray that you would help my brother to keep fighting. Give him the strength that he needs to fight! I love you Daddy. Thanks for being who you are. Thanks for being so real.

Its because of you that we are here,
Barbara Ann

 
At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God give Brent, Deanna & girls strength, Hold them close.
Father hear our cries.
john & jeannie

 
At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Family,

What you are going through is a very heartrending trial and testing of your faith by the enemy, but our God is faithful and He alone is the perfect healer (although He does work through doctors and caring nurses too). I am praying for all of you and especially your dear, sweet BJ, who has devoted his life in service to God in the past and now needs His intervention in this health crisis. May our merciful and loving God hear the prayers of His children on behalf of this child of grace and may you be encouraged in the love of Christ and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. I ask that you will also feel the Lord's presence with you and surrounding you during this difficult time. With love in Christ, Denise M.

 
At 9:26 PM, Anonymous S & C said...

You are very much in our prayers and on our minds

 
At 9:27 PM, Anonymous David fladung said...

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

- Psalm 55:22

I am praying that God sustains you and holds you close as you look to Him for BJ's future.

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
We just pray God will surround your family this evening in his love and comfort. We pray for peace throughout this night and in the critical days ahead.
God we beg you for a miracle right now in BJ's life, a miracle of significant improvement in each and every area right now that is so critical. God we know that you are the great physician and healer. Lord I cannot even imagine what this family is going through and the emotions of this roller coaster, but you do Lord, so please give them exactly what they need at this very moment and throughout the night. Lord help pass the time quickly as they wait for new reports and updates as the nurses continually evaluate and assess BJ's condition. In Isaiah 40, your word says you give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak,even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint. Lord we pray for strength for BJ's family as they are weary after 40 days of the ups and downs, God we pray for stength in BJ's body. Our HOPE is in you Lord that we will all get to witness the miracle of healing, Lord your word also says in the next chapter (41) So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. God please take away thoughts of fear or "what if's" but let this family rest in you tonight. Amen
The Rice's
Okc,OK

 
At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for you all. We love you all.
Hang in there.

Philip.

 
At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,
Our hearts are so heavy tonight for your family. We pray for rest, strength to face a new day and most of all if it be the Lord's will that we will have a miracle tomorrow in BJ's body. God hear our cries as we so want BJ to be physically healed to carry on your work. You have touched so many lives through your precious child BJ and we know that his family lifts your name on high. We do ask for healing for BJ in whatever way you intend for that to be. Lord, help us all to accept what your will is for BJ's life. We know that he will be out of pain and suffering and he has endured that for many days now. His journal entries just prove to all of us that never got the privilege to meet BJ that he is just as sincere as you all have said and that he loves our Jesus, Lord and Savior more than life itself. We would love to just put our arms around your family and love you. Know that many prayers are being said tonight and many churches will be lifting your family up tomorrow.
Jes and Todd send their love to you again as I have kept them up to date all day.
Love and prayers,
Jean Peters in Santa Claus

 
At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Deanna and Brent, we are literally here at the hospital right above you lifting you up. Throughout the night and day you have been on our hearts. We are pleading with our Father to spare your precious son and leave him here on earth with all of you.
It was our honor to embrace you and pray with you last night. It was so significant to us what an INSTANT bond we all have because of Jesus! Your faith and endurance under trial has helped to hold us up as well. You are inspiring many literally around the world to seek the face of God. May you feel His loving presence.
Peace,
Love, The Nelsons

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord - send comfort in these next hours. Your will be done.

Indy

 
At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im constantly thinking of
you. My family and I will
continue 2 pray for your
family and the docktors.
Love always
your sister
in CHRIST
Julie Meils

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Bro. Kenny said...

I will continue to pray. Oour storm has subsided and there is peace. May the Lord bring you peace as well.

Kenny Cargill
Bullard, TX

 
At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking of you all again tonight.I mentioned I would ask for prayer for BJ on Weds. I forgot tomorrow is Sun. Will ask for prayer for him in the a.m.
New Hope,Muskogee will be praying for you. In the meantime, here is my prayer for him now.
Heavenly Father, all power comes from Thee, all grace and wonder beyond our wildest imaginings. I ask now,knowing that Thy will for us is perfect, grant healing for Thy servant BJ. I know that if he could, he would add, but not my will, only Thine be done. Also, Father, grant peace and comfort for his family such as only you can provide. These things we ask in the name of Thy beloved Son, Jesus. May the Lord bless and keep you all. In His love, Glenda Voigt, Muskogee, OK

 
At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing to pray!! May the Father's presence sustain and strenghten you through these next hours. Know that you are loved by many who will continue to stand with you during these low points.

In Him
The Dickersons

 
At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have faith and our
lord will glorifi himself
i hope u have a peace full
night in with the good and
out with the bad.
STAY STRONG!!!!!!!

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

Psalm 4:8 "In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for thou alone, O Lord, dost make me to dwell in safety."

 
At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Ben Smith from Indiana Wesleyan University. We are all praying for BJ here. Also, my roomates girlfriend has a whole church in Pennsylvania praying for BJ. They will continue to pray until this ordeal has been resolved. May God continue to be with you.

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAYYING CONSTANTLY!!!
Have a peacefull night!!!

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

STILL PRAYING!!!

 
At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Janette Henning said...

Dear Precious Higgin's family,

I have been blessed by all of your entries and especially BJ’s journals – thank you. He is an amazing man of God – a mighty warrior in God’s Kingdom! We continue to pray fervently for God’s healing and Devine intervention. I am also praying for you to have a fresh wind of strength so you can enjoy every minute with BJ.

I pray God might use my daughter's words to stregthen you.

Melissa Camp’s journal.
Melissa, seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. Seek first is priority #1. What God has called you to do is the Kingdom and the other things are things. Trust God, Seek God, Devote yourself to God, Seek first His Kingdom. You’ll be mindful of heaven and that will be your treasure. Eternity is where the focus should be. Everything else is things. Set your mind on things above. Think about sitting in the presence of the Lord forever and all other trials and worries seem to be nothing.

Praying Fervently and focused on Heaven!
Janette Henning
The Vine Church
Encinitas, CA

 
At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are very loved by us.
Have a peacefull night!!!

 
At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll keep praying.
Drew

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

Still praying in Troy Illinois

 
At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord God, our Strength and Hope, you made us, and we are yours. We depend on you and cast all our cares on you. Father, please carry Brent, Deanna, Lauren, Whitney, and BJ peacefully through the coming night. Please show your strength and might in a physical healing of BJ in the coming hours. You are faithful and we are grateful.
Leaning fully on you because of your sacrifice for us,
Amen
Carla S.

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous PJ said...

Your parent's strength, love and faith reflect their strength, love, and faith in Christ.
To Mr. and Mrs. Higgins: you are the epitome of true parents, and true believers, thank you, and keep your head held high in full knowledge that the Lord is doing mighty works through you and your son.

Praying for you all.
Peter

 
At 10:17 PM, Anonymous BreathOfHeaven said...

Higgins family,

Just wanted to let you know I am praying for BJ and all of you, that you may be comforted during this difficult time. I know In my heart that God will take care of BJ. I have people all over the world praying for yall through 2 different christian chatlines, christianworld and thechristianchat. You have been lifted high in prayer this evening as we devoted an hour in prayer. They all send their love and want you to know they are continuing to pray.

 
At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Vicki J, Indy said...

Higgins Family, I love you all and continue to lift you, BJ, and all the medical staff in prayer. I know that the Lord has sustained you with His strength alone, as you must be exhausted both physically and emotionally. It has been such a blessing to all of us around the world though, to see that your spiritual strength has always come from our
Father. Thank you for your faithfulness to our Lord. HE loves you and will continue to hold you in His arms. Praying through the night, Vicki J

 
At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Stacy said...

Dear Higgins family,

My heart breaks for you during this very trying time in your lives. We are continually praying for BJ and for you all. I wanted to share a song with you that ministered to me in a difficult time in my life, NOTHING compared to what you are dealing with, but I hope it ministers to you. It's a song by Dennis Jernigan.

Here are the words...
When I cannot feel, when my wounds don't heal
Lord I humbly kneel, hidden in You
Lord, You are my life so I don't mind to die
Just as long as I am hidden in You

If I could just sit with You a while, if You could just hold me
Nothing can touch me though I'm wounded, though I die
If I could just sit with You a while, I need You to hold me
Moment by moment, 'till forever passes by

When I know I've sinned and I should have been
Crying out, "My God," and hidden in You
Lord, I need You now more than I know how
And so I humbly bow, hidden in You

If I could just sit with You a while, if You could just hold me
Nothing can touch me though I'm wounded, though I die
If I could just sit with You a while, I need You to hold me
Moment by moment, 'till forever passes by

I pray for you tonight that you may rest your head in Jesus lap and let him hold you and minister to you. Praying for rest and peace for you tonight and continued prayer for BJ's healing.

Tulsa, OK

 
At 10:25 PM, Blogger Rollins said...

Brent, Deanna, and Girls-
I have been praying for Bj for the last month. I have been so inspired by your faith and love for the Lord. B.J.'s journals have been a true testimant for for his love in Christ. I pray tonight Lord that you heal BJ's body so that he may continue to witness to others Lord. He has truly opened my eyes as to where I need to be with the Lord.I know BJ's family is ready to accept your will Lord. I pray that that is to watch their son witness to many others Lord for your glory. Please work a miracle on BJ. You are all in my prayers throught the day.
Indy

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never met you...nor has many of the others who have been drawn to your lives...but I've thought about you all day...I was away from the web all day...came directly in to log in...to see how BJ was doing...and my wife knew what I was doing...and asked how BJ was...my constant prayers are with you,
Greenfield, Indiana

 
At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh God,

You are the Great Physician. You know the ins and outs of BJ's body. I pray that you intervene in His life...heal his body and use him to glorify you. As always, I pray that Your Will is done--but if I have ever prayed for a miracle, I pray for one now. Pour your love and strength into the Higgins family--remind them hourly of your unfailing love. Your mercies are fresh every morning oh God...Have mercy on this wonderful and amazing family.

God bless you and keep you all,
Susannah

 
At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Ashley Rockenbach, Riverside, CA said...

Dear Higgins Family,
I think it is such a good thing that you can share with us how you're feeling. After all, it is okay to feel overwhelming grief, exhaustion, and even anger--God knows and understands your pain. Thank you for being transparent--even in your lowest moments, you all have been such lights to us.

I am praying for you all, with much love.

 
At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying!!!

 
At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Riley said...

Keep staying strong, BJ. Everyone in the village of Zionsville is praying for you.

 
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you & with you.


Mississippi

 
At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father,
I pray that you will give Brent, Deanna, Whiteny and Lauren a peaceful and restful night. They so need some rest. Father, we are thankful for our Christian brothers and sisters around this world who are fervently praying. When one part of the world sleeps, other people are awake and going about their day are praying constantly.
Father, hold this family ever so tightly in your loving arms.
Please give them whatever they need each and every minute to meet their day.

Thank you for being our Abba,
Brenda F.

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whiteny, remember that you all are in the middle of this circle of prayer around the world.
Love you all very much....

 
At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some trust in horses, some in chariots, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. May his name be praised.

When we come to the end of our earthly resouces our Father's full giving is only begun. His love has no limit, his grace has no measure, his power has no boundary known unto man. For out of his infinite riches in Jesus he giveth and giveth and giveth again. I love that song.

Please calm our fears Lord and strenghen our faith as we trust in you for healing. Be near each family member this night. May the power of your love be their peace.

Carolyn

 
At 11:21 PM, Blogger Anthony Peggins said...

BJ

Here I am in yakima WA, know that I am taking time tonight to pray for you and I do ask God to continue to bless you and use you in so many lives even in the midst of your situation.

Anthony

 

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