Monday, September 26, 2005

He is hooked back up to dialysis. We are waiting to see how this impacts his blood pressure. Initially, dialysis will lower the bp. His bp is low already. If acid in his blood due to kidney malfunction is the issue, then dialysis should correct the problem. If infection is the issue, dialysis will have less impact.

Medically speaking it is looking grim. His skin is mottled, and his extremities are discolored. We would like it if the Lord would take any decision making out of our hands.

We have been playing worship music...Billy and Cindy Foote's "NOT A god." They led worship at his mission training, and he listened to them a great deal after arriving home. They truly blessed his heart.

We do not know the timing or the outcome, but we continue to push on. We pray that BJ not suffer, and that Jesus Name be Glorified in these hours.

Beej's dad

20 Comments:

At 1:56 AM, Blogger Christina said...

Thank you for the update. Know that we are all praying. God be with you!

In His love,

Christina

 
At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we continue to pray, even at this hour. bless your hearts.

lord, we pray that you please honor the requests of your obedient Higgins family and make clear what your will is for BJ so they are required minimal decision making. we have not stopped believing that you can perform a miracle, and we trust that your timing is perfect.
comfort brent and his sweet family tonight as they rally at the foot of your throne, broken and running on empty. thank you for their leadership, love and example of faith in you. we know that you are able to fill them and give them rest. we intervene and pray on their behalf, lord.
please allow bj to know your peace at this hour and allow his body rest and respite from pain or suffering.
we praise you, our perfect, unchanging god.

 
At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to uphold you all in prayer. May the Presence of God be in that room with BJ and you each, and may His peace reign. God, we continue to ask for a miracle, for the return of a full and abundant life for BJ.

Andrea
Sydney, Australia

 
At 2:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying, may the Lord bring BJ comfort and bring you peace. I will continue to pray for all of you and look for updates....You are not alone, BJ is not alone. The Lord is with all of you, He loves all of you....

 
At 2:13 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

The Potter's Hand
By Darlene Zschech

Beautiful Lord, Wonderful Savior
I know for sure all of my days are in your hand,
Crafted into Your perfect plan.
You gently call me into Your presence,
Guiding me by Your Holy Spirit
Teach me dear Lord to live all my life through your eyes.
I'm captured by Your Holy calling,
Set me apart, I know You're drawing me to Yourself.
Lead me Lord I pray.

CHORUS:

Take me, mold me,
Use me, fill me.
I give my life to the Potter's hand.
Call me, guide me,
Lead me , walk beside me.
I give my life to the Potter's hand.

Lord I have no doubt this is BJ's prayer. Please heal him to be used by you in a mighty way just as he is being used right now to draw us all into your presence.
Thank you, Lord Jesus! Amen and amen!
Lynn

 
At 2:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,

I can't imagine how exhausted you must be. I am so inspired continuously by your passion for the Lord and His divine wisdom. I pray that he may use BJ in whatever way he must, and that we are all willing and able to accept the outcome. As the tears stream down my face as I think about the suffering you all have endured these past 43 days, I also recall how many thousands of people you have touched in some way, and how many thousands BJ is bringing to Christ through his physical challenges. I love you all so much and it pains me to see you hurt and ache for BJ to recover. I pray that God's will for him is our will for him...but in the case that God has bigger plans for BJ, I pray that we can accept it. I wish I could be there to hug you all and hold you tight, and maybe even sing with you so that God can be glorified in our times of trial and tribulation. Here's the best I can do for now:

MY JESUS, MY SAVIOUR,
Lord, there is none like You.
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter,
Tower of refuge and strength,
Let every breath, all that I am,
Never cease to worship You.

Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King.
Mountains bow down
And the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands.
Forever I'll love You, forever I'll stand.
Nothing compares to the
Promise I have in You.

I pray that you may sleep in the comfort in the arms of angels as God works his wonders on BJ.

God bless,
Kateri

Bloomington, IN.

 
At 2:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LORD, hear their prayers.

 
At 2:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant sleep, I cant get Bj of my mind. I will stay awake and continue to pray....God bless you... and comfort BJ...

 
At 2:33 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Thank you and AMEN Kateri. I am singing and praying along with you. Praise to the Lord....
May His love and grace surround you all tonight.
Lynn

 
At 2:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta keep singing,
I gotta keep praising Your name,
You're the one that's keeping my heart beating.
I gotta keep singing,
I gotta keep praising Your name,
That's the only way that I'll find healing.
Mercyme

 
At 2:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know that you and your precious son are being lifted up. Praying...

 
At 2:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too join with you Kateri, that was the very song I was searching my song book for.
Praise His Holy Name.
Lord, we stand together for your glory.
Lela, Concord, CA

 
At 2:53 AM, Anonymous Steve and Barbara said...

I am with you in prayer. My heart aches that you and your family are suffering. I will be standing with you in prayer throughout the night.

Youngstown, OH

 
At 2:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is good all of the time. Whatever decision he makes about BJ's future is for the best. Thanks for being examples of having true faith in or Lord Jesus Christ.

Students at Purdue University are Praying for BJ.

 
At 2:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I can't sleep, I flipped open my Bible to feed on God's word. As further proof of how wonderous He is, I turned to this page in Jeremiah. Underlined smack dab in the middle of the page are these verses:

"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile."
- Jeremiah 29:11-14.

The Lord hears our pleas. He hears us crying to him with heavy hearts, begging for the life of this wonderful man of God that so many of us have known and loved over the years. He knows the plan for BJ, just as He knows the plans for each of our lives. Though his medical journey is far from over, these verses give me comfort that whatever happens is God's choice. He sees the whole tapestry; we are merely threads He weaves in and out to design a masterpiece. I know we all want to see the whole finished product - we will in heaven! If BJ gets up there before me, he will see the grand design - or what God has made so far, anyway - and what joy will that give him! Take comfort, my brothers and sisters, for God knows what he's doing upstairs. He sees the big picture.

I am learning slowly but surely that it is not in my hands to weave this tapestry, or even my part. I must surrender myself completely to Him; I must allow Him to guide my life. I must trust Him completely. BJ is brilliant... He already had that figured out.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." - Proverbs 2:15.

Heavenly Father, I surrender myself to you. Help me learn by BJ's example how to put my trust completely in you.

God bless, brothers and sisters.
Kateri

 
At 3:08 AM, Anonymous Baz said...

We are praying for you here in the Uk and all at Urgentprayer.co.uk.

God bless
Baz

 
At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Steve and Barbara said...

Isaiah 41:10
"Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My right hand"

May you feel the Lord's presence holding you up at this time.

Youngstown, OH

 
At 3:49 AM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Dear Jesus, still seeking YOUR WILL and direction.

Father, this journey has been so long for all. It is their heart's desire, understandably, that the desion making would not be placed in their hands. Please, God honor this request.

If it be YOUR WILL, though we not understand it and decisions need to be made by Brent and Deanna. HELP THEM OH GOD. Give them such clarity and peace of mind that they will understand they are only the vessle for the decision. Reveal all to them. The day, the hour is YOURS.

Father, in YOUR NAME, I bind satan from that room and from this family. They are so tired and weary, they need YOUR protection from confusing thoughts, guilt, or fears. Do not let satan have any foothold in this place!

Daddy, Daddy, Daddy...they have surrendered all, please hear this plea, take the decison making out of their hands.

God, please do not allow BJ to suffer. Give each one, Deanna, Brent, Whitney & Lauren what they need to go through these hours. They still long to glorify You no matter what. Strenghten them, comfort them, let each one feel Your very prescene in a new way, in a physical way, that would gran them peace and restoration.

Jesus, oh MIGHTY GOD OF GRACE, This "family" is in Your hands right now. Protect them. Amen.

Will keep praying, holding your hand (in my heart) through each step of the way.
Love you.
Debbie

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger KStew86 said...

That CD got me through a lot during my time on the mission field. It's my heart's cry for the lost and broken.

"Rescue the perishing. Care for the dying. Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave. Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen. Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
Rescue the perishing. Care for the dying. Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save. Church, OPEN YOUR EYES once more, and see what Christ died for. Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
Down in the human heart, crushed by the temptor, feeling lie buried that grace can restore. Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, chords that are broken, will vibrate once more.
As we're playing our songs, while we're singing them well, have we forgotten the lost, the reality of Hell. If we say we love God, wanna see His will done...will we offer our lives, or just the songs we have sung? Do we even care? When will we care...
To rescue the perishing, care for the dying. Jesus is merciful. Jesus will save. Church open your eyes once more and see what Christ died for. Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save."

Still praying and battling with and for your family.
Love you all, Kara

 
At 4:57 PM, Anonymous liz stum said...

thanks so much for the updates. it keeps me praying for bj and the higgins family. i hope b.j gets better. liz stum

 

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