Monday, October 03, 2005

Hello Family!

It's been a while for me on this, and I have missed you all. Whitney and I are at home with mom and dad right now, spending time with family, playing with cousins, and working through things. Tomorrow we will go pick up BJ's remains.

There's a sentence I never thought I'd have to type.

All of this is very... many things. There are so many aspects to dealing with BJ being gone, the pain and the joy, and everything in between in different measures. Thank you so much for your continued faithfulness in praying for us. God has taught me so much about prayer and many other things through seeing His Body live them out.

Currently, Whit and I are taking this week home before we make any decisions about going back to work (for her) and school (for me). Please continue to pray that we will let the Lord guide all of us as we have many decisions to make.

Love to you all, my dearly beloved family!
Lauren

92 Comments:

At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm aching to talk to you, Lauren!
Love!

tirby

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Toodie Schaper said...

Dear Ones,

Tonight I was driving home around 9:00 and the Lord just impressed me strongly to pray for all of you. I was thinking about all of the emotions you must be going through. I find myself thinking about all of you constantly and am so glad I have faces with the names now. I have checked the blog at least 5 times today, just reading what you all have posted and the comments from others. I wore my prayforbj('s prayer and passion) shirt today and was able to tell at least 3 people about it and urged them to check out the website. This thing just keeps on growning. To God be the glory. I will continue lifting you before the throne of grace as you work through everything. I will especially be praying for you tomorrow as you pick up BJ's remains. May God wrap you in His mercy and grace as you do.

Love to each and every one of you.

Toodie

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger *kim said...

lauren and whitney, i'll be praying for God to show you what direction to take. lauren, know that we miss you very much, but we only want what is best for you. and if that isn't coming back to school, we will just have to come see you alot. :) whitney, you are welcome here anytime!!!

much love *kim

 
At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Lauren said...

I feel for you! May the Lord be watching over you.
Lots of love,
Lauren Szabo
Encinitas,CA

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger Scott Harris said...

I want to talk to y'all... just because... I haven't been able to talk to any of y'all since I left August 6th... I'll call sometime this week... whenever my schoolwork lets me... I'm still praying for y'all!

 
At 11:09 PM, Anonymous the fillios said...

lauren,

I know there are a lot of people praying for you, and our little family is just another group of faces in the crowd, but if it will encourage you at all, we haven't ceased to lift you up, individually, to our dear Father for your many needs.

You are very special, very loved, and we'll strive to be faithful to lift you up.

It is also our prayer that this painful time will also be comforting and special to you in the long run.

In His Love,

Jamie

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lauren for sharing with us. Have been thinking of you all so much today as I remember it was just a week ago that everything changed for you all. I know having you and Whitney around is a great comfort this week for your mom and dad.
Prayers and peace to you all,
Jerry and DeAnn

 
At 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins,
Just wanted to let you know that when I told my little boy that BJ passed away , he asked why. I told him, he had done everything on this earth that Jesus wanted him to do and that Jesus was ready for BJ to go and see him in Heaven. Every single time he prays now, the first thing he says is, "Dear God, thank you for BJ" Praying that someday my son will grow up to be like BJ.
Because of HIM
A sister in Christ,
Nicole, Alaska

 
At 12:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is so great to hear from you again, lauren. please know that those of us who have joined your family online have continued to lift you and your sister up without ceasing. thank you for updating us on how we can better pray for you. it is so good that you guys are taking the time to work through some things now and support each other. i know that god will continue to bless your family abundantly and enable you to build each other up. i will continue to pray for your family tonight and tomorrow as you go through one more step in the process of grieving bj's earthly body. thank you for being willing to share tonight. we will continue to pray that you will know god's wisdom and peace. god bless.

 
At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Annie Cain, Peru '04 said...

We talked in a bible study I go to about how all things in life lead to go. And about how Jesus had to go through the worst death to be able to get to the best goodness; Heaven and to be with His Father again. It made me think of BJ and how sick he got and how all things do lead to goodness because at the end of it all, He is with his Heavenly Father. We also talked about how Jesus must have felt that day he arose and knew the resurrection was that day. That also made me think of BJ and how he must have felt when he knew he was getting to be with his Father. Anyway, I just wanted to share that with your family. I am continuing to pray with you all!

 
At 12:25 AM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Lauren and Whitney,
I continue to pray for you all throughout my day. I miss you guys so much even though I didn't really get to talk to you two on Friday and only had an hour with you all. I guess I just miss being around you all because of your faith and peace through all of this and because it was and is such an encouragment to me. You all have blessed me in so many ways and I wish I could spend more time with you all and just hang out. I love you guys so much!

Your sister in Christ,
Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

I watched the unsung hero segment on the web today, what a blessing. Also managed to see the video of the service.It truely blessed me to be able to listen to it on Friday but to actually see it, all I can say is WOW. God is so good. It was evident that it was a "God" service and so wonderful to see the glory directed to our heavenly Father. I have to admit when they showed the film clip of BJ's photo's and had that beautiful song Held playing in the background, I lost it, and the tears flowed once again.

I was so dissapointed that we don't receive channel 4 news here, I would have loved to have seen it. Brooke did you make the initial contact with the tv station? I'd be interested to know how you went about it as there is a station here that does "interest" stories, and I'm sure they would find the life of BJ more than interesting.
Lauren, you Whitney and of course your mum and dad remain in my prayers. I pray that the Lord would be your ever present comfort and strength, guiding and leading every step you take. My heart aches for you all, but we know that God is a great God, and a God of comfort.
BJ's entries from his journal and his walk with the Lord have had me re-thinking my own walk. I stepped back and asked myself if I was satisfied with where I was in my walk, and my answer was no.I will never be satisfied. I just recently finished reading Tommy Tenny's book God Chasers and what an impact that has had, but I digress. I have a new hunger for the Lord and a deeper love for Him. Both my husband and I know what our ministry is, we just wait on the Lord for the doors to open.
I believe that BJ will impact many generations to come, the young have an example to follow and a role model to liken themselves to,the youth can identify with him, and those of us that are older have an open example of what true love, faith and trust in the Lord truely is.
Brent and Deanna I continue to lift you both up, both as a couple and as individuals. May God bless you both as you enter into your new ministry, may He give you His widsom and His words to speak to the parents of our future missionaries.
How blessed you are to have children who have been brought up with the Word of God and the love of parents who follow after their heavenly Father. I have 4 children and unfortunately none of them are what we would consider saved. I pray that through BJ's example that their lives will be changed and turn around to serve our Lord. I'm sorry I've once again rambled.

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee, OK

 
At 12:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For anyone interested in seeing the news coverage in OKC, go to http://www.kfor.com/ and click on the 10pm news. It's at about the 9:05 mark.

 
At 1:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for Him to whisper to you all. For the comfort when the noise of visitors is gone. For the pain when you pick up his remains. For direction and guidance. And for you to be able to sit and be still or go like Abraham. For the healing to begin and His touch to be tender and to the depths of your souls.

Someone else who doesn't know but loves you,

Heather Bennett in Carlsbad, CA

 
At 1:33 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

The Lyne and Schmaltz families arrived home safely.
We miss you and wish we could have stayed longer.
What a wonderful "CELEBRATION" OF BJ's life we were priviledged to experience with you.
We love you all so much and are continuing to pray that our Heavenly Father will sustain you in these days, months and years to come.
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad, Ca

 
At 2:13 AM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

I just watched the item on http://www.kfor.com on BJ. What a great report. Thanks for sharing the link with us all.

In His Love
Linda Ronne

 
At 2:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is early and I know the Lord woke me to say a prayer for you all. You will be in my heart and prayers all day today. This time is important to be around each other for support. May you all have peace today and have some joy! rc indianapolis

 
At 2:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow....I just watched the story on http://www.kfor.com/.......wow.....The more I hear of BJ, the more I love this kid. I'm just in shock and awe of way God used him and allowed him to have the heart he did. WOW

 
At 4:57 AM, Anonymous Steve and Barbara said...

Lauren,
We are praying for you and your family for strength and direction.

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 righteous right hand".

Youngstown, OH

 
At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you to find rest, comfort, encouragment and direction. I only met you Thursday night, but know that I've not stopped praying for you and your family. God will help you find your way.

God Bless,
Greenfield, Indiana

 
At 6:55 AM, Blogger Matt Snow said...

Best friend,

We will certainly pray for the decisions you and Whitney need to make. These are decisions that no one ever prepares themselves to make or ones that you can find an answer for in any other book than the Bible. Seek what God wants you to do. BJ did and you know that is what Bj would want you to do.

Brent and Deanna, we will be praying for you as you continue to support your daughters and work through the many details. May God continue to surround you with supporting and loving people.

Thinking Upward!

The Snow's

 
At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, Lauren.

In His faithful way, God had already reminded us to pray about your school and job situations. Your activities of the past few weeks have certainly taken their rightful priority. I know "normal" won't seem the same ever again, but you are showing true wisdom as you wait, watch, and pray together.

Praying that God blesses you especially today with the reminder that your sweet BJ is "absent from the body, present with the LORD!"

We have watched the "Unsung Heroes" video several times and sent the link to our "Uncle Frank" in Quito so their family can watch and remember. Checking out the OKC one next. . .can you just imagine BJ laughing at how much publicity GOD is getting for Himself through all this?

love and prayers in pink,

Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

 
At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE YOUR FAMILY!!!
YOU MEAN ALOT 2 ME!!!
IM ALWAYS PRAYING 4
YOUR FAMILY!!!
Julie Meils

 
At 7:38 AM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Dear Family-
Today is back to school for me! and I just wanted to tell you all i love you hope you have a blessed day! I pray that the Lord allows me to share about everything that has gone on the past week. I know he will. Know im praying for you! Love ya!
Tara Case

 
At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been in prayer for your family often. God Bless - Ben Parker

 
At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Sarah Netherton said...

Whitney & Lauren,
Your strength and faith amaze me! You continue to be an inspiration to me and I'm sure many others. BJ is so proud of you, I am sure of that and he was very blessed to have two sisters that loved him and love the Lord very much!n Your posts are so eloquent and I pray that you both are able to keep writing to us!!!

Will be praying for you all today as you have a very difficult task ahead of you and important decisions to be made.

Love and prayers,
Baby Jayden's Aunt Sarah
Greensburg, IN

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger Phil said...

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At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Sally said...

Hi - I came upon BJ's story a month or so ago on Mercy Me's website. I am so impressed with this young mans life and how he used it for the lord. It really has insipired me. I am feeling so much sadness for your family as you miss and grieve your precious BJ. We all know that he is in the best place - his eternal life. We will all have the pleasure of meeting this terrific young man someday. May god bless you and comfort you in your loss, and may we all strive to be more like BJ everyday.

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

The Renfroes are home in North Carolina again.
We are so blessed to have been able to be with you and be a part of all that has transpired over the last few days. God's presence was so very real in the beautiful
"Celebration" service. Only God could have had BJ put together that great medley of songs himself. What a beautiful sight to see so many young people come forward to dedicate their lives for God's service!
Thank you for the blessing of the family time on Saturday. The tree planting, the video, the words from BJ's journal, the visiting with all our family, and your beautiful praise in singing will be memories we'll never forget. I stand in awe at the way God is working and know He will continue to work.
Thanks, Lauren and Whitney, for giving the kids the rides. The boys had so much fun, and Angela thinks you are awesome.
Our prayers are with all of you in the many decisions you face, as well as for needed comfort and peace through all the days ahead. We love you all so much and are truly blessed to be able to call you "family."
Tracy Leaf and Toodie and Heather Schaper, it was so great to meet you. Thanks for coming to me and identifying yourselves. Your encouragement meant a lot. May God bless you as you have been a blessing.

Much love,

Beth

 
At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren and Whitney,
I, too, lost a brother. I was 13 and he was 18. He had been sick from birth with a congenital heart defect, but had lived a pretty full life for a boy with no left ventricle and he was with our family longer than medically possible (for the world's standards, but God is a God of many possibilities!) I hurt for you both, but know that God is Faithful! Have a peace and be there for each other and your parents. That's what God made families for....
Barbara Anderson
Fort Wayne

 
At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Kailey (Gulf Shores,AL) said...

Still praying for you.

In Christ,
Kailey<><

 
At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Kim said...

I am praying for ya still. Love ya family.

Kim
Hannibal, Mo
HLG

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger Jim Bohanon said...

My prayers are still with your family. We know BJ is in a better place, with no pain...but those close to him are grieving at the loss. I lost a brother when I was 14, so I know how that feels. But God really is faithful to bring emotional healing.

After your initial time of grieving, I pray that God will give you a clear path for what you should do next.

Many, many will continue to pray for your family. BJ has glorified our Lord in ways I cannot imagine for a 15 year old...and so has your family.

 
At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Kim said...

I just watched the Oklahoma story of BJ. It was great. His testimony is getting around now. PTL!!!

Kim
Hannibal, Mo
HLG

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Higgins family, I just watched the news clip that was on the Oklahoma news station regarding BJ and I'm moved to tears yet again. BJ's message reaches across so many miles even after his death. Think of all the people who saw that news segment, logged onto his website and are being touched by BJ even after his passing. Our God is an amazing God!!

Lauren and Whitney, losing a sibling is so very difficult. My life was forever changed 24 years ago, as will your lives be. I will keep an extra special place in my heart for you both as you struggle with the thoughts and emotions that I know you are now experiencing! God bless you all!

 
At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone please post how to see the Unsung Heroes segment?? I can't find it!

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger Nic and Jen said...

We will be praying for you on this hard day. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Jennifer and Nic

 
At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Bonnie said...

Lauren, you have such a sweet heart. I will be praying for you and Whit. At the calling, I wish I knew what to say to you guys. I had so much to say, I just couldn't get it out. Just know that the strength that your family is showing has inspired me, because I know it is from the Lord. Whit- I love you, hun. I've been thinking about you alot and praying for you and your family. Love, Bonnie (Wes' sis)

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Jeannie Hilfiker said...

Lauren & Whitney
I am prayer that God will guide you as you learn how to carry on.
May you soon know peace.
Jeannie

 
At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You continue to be in our daily prayers! (October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I am seeing PINK everywhere and I always think of your family when I do!)

SuzAnne Keith
Indianapolis, IN

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger *kim said...

i found the unsung hero video clip here: http://fox59.trb.com/community/news/wxin-unsungheroes,0,5658243.htmlstory?coll=wxin-evening-news-4
hope that works for you!

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger Christina said...

Whitney and Lauren: Thank you for sharing your prayer request with us. Know that we are going to pray for you. You all have so blessed me.

In His love,

Christina

 
At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,
I just watched the Unsung Heroes clip on BJ and what a smile it brought to my face! God certainly knew what an extraordinary son BJ was and God has certainly used BJ's illness and passing to bring honor and glory to our Lord!
I'm sorry I was not able to stay for the Praise and Celebration service on Friday but talking to Jes and listening to the webcast brought tears of sadness and joy to my heart. As a mother, my heart aches for you Deanna as only a mother's heart can and I lift you up in prayer. For Brent, what an example of a Godly father you are to your family! May God bless you in a mighty way as you continue to serve Him. Girls, you have such sweet spirits and I know that you have been a Godsend to your parents and it is so obvious how much you all love each other and the Lord.
I know yesterday was not an easy day for you. I was so touched to see the nurses at the Memorial Service and that speaks so highly of the respect and love they have for you guys. I certainly have a high esteem for St. Vincent's hospital. I wish I could have met your family but did not want to impose on them. Thank you once again for allowing all of us to grieve and celebrate at the same time with you.
God bless you as we all continue to keep you in our prayers for a long time to come.
Love to you all,
Jean Peters and you know where I'm from now! :)

 
At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Higgins Family,
I am so amazed how BJ's story is making it to the news channels! I knew the Lord was working through him but it is awesome to see how big it is! I wish I could have met him! What a blessing!
I will be praying for the girls and your family. Let the Lord lead. You are an amazing family!!
In His Love,
Tammy Engel
St George, Utah

 
At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren and Whitney,
Praying for you as you make some tough decisions. I trust the Lord will guide and direct. He has this whole thing worked out.

Lots of Love,
Indianapolis

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Lauren and Whitney,

The road is long, sometimes painful, sometimes joyful and yes all those in between.
I know the pain of losing a sibling.
Making decisions on what next.
All the emotions that you've never known before.
Just listen closely to the Father. Now is when Our Gracious Father will hold you tightest and carry you until your ready to step out again. He will Love you like you have never felt before.

I will continue to pray for each of you daily.
with all my love and prayers Tracy

Cousin Beth it was wonderful to meet you and some of the other bloggers. I will continue to pray for the rest of your families as well.
With Love from KC-Tracy

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Kendall said...

Lauren and Whitney,
I'm praying for the both of you through this hard time. I had sent BJ's story to some friends of mine who are over in China. They were sad to hear about BJ but so joyous in knowing where he is now. Praise God for BJ and his love for the Master. If there is anything I can do for the two of you, please let me know.

Kendall Potter
270-3124

 
At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying Lauren!
love
Brittany a.
-awe star missionary

 
At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that I have been thinking of you and praying for you NONSTOP! I just heard a beautiful song by Steven Curtis Chapman titled "With Hope." My prayer today is that your hearts will be filled with that hope. You will see BJ again! God gives us that hope as we release those we love to Him. My other prayer for each of you is that the Lord will guide your steps as to what you should do and when you should do it. He is so faithful! May you be blessed today and forever more! Please know that you are loved by so many people! I pray that this enables you to find strength for today.

Love,
Lori Burkert

 
At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins family,

We are all still praying for you. I think of you often throughout the day and am praying that the Lord lift you in this difficult time. We love you and miss you at the camp.

Colleen

 
At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just spoke with my daughter (Kristen, Peru '03) on the campus of Cal State University, Northridge. She watched the "Unsung Hero" clip last night and mentioned that she couldn't believe how quickly and far the "BJ story" is spreading--that a number of students there on the campus, just north of LA, know about him. (I guess that means they'll know what the pink shirt is that she'll start wearing when she opens her next care package from home!)

Her campus was closed one evening last week due to the terrible wildfires in that area. Wouldn't it be awesome if revival fires swept even MORE quickly? Hey, people--we prayed for rain. . .let's follow Elijah and ask God for fire as well!


Praying in Pink,

Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

 
At 1:05 PM, Anonymous cousin becky said...

Father,

Today I bring Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney to You. While they are rejoicing in Your amazing work in and through the life and death of BJ, they are hurting--a deep indescribable ache. While those of us who love them dearly would like to be able to say with absolute certainty that "we understand and know what they are feeling," the truth is that we don't. While we experience our own pain, You, and You alone, know exactly the strange mixture of emotions that are coursing through them--the joy, the sorrow, the numbness that seems to say that all of this is a dream. You know them inside and out and because of that You are abundantly able to provide comfort and healing, wisdom and guidance through all the details they now face. Be with them today in such a way that they tangibly feel Your loving, abiding presence embracing them and holding them in Your all-powerful arms. Give them rest, Father, and opportunities to let the emotions out in whatever way best expresses them. Allow them to take time to heal before being forced to make major decisions. Surround them with caring, supportive people who listen, who provide shoulders on which to cry, who speak Your words of peace and comfort and leave all the trite cliches unvoiced--cliches that we in our humanness are so prone to use. May they know with assurance that they are loved not only by family, friends, and even complete strangers, but also that they are loved supremely by the One who died for us all that we might have the eternal life which BJ now enjoys, unhindered by earthly cares. And it is in the name of Him, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we pray, for it is by His stripes that we are healed. Amen.

With much love and prayers for you today,
Becky
Wilmore, KY

 
At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,family. Just dropped in to say I love you and am praying for you. (But you know that, right?) I pray that through these hard decisions I know you have to make, God will be with you to guide you and shine the light on the path He wants you to take. Because of His faithfulness I know He will. You guys are such a blessing.

Love,
Kayla (Peru 2005)

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

Pray for boyfriends Mom. She is having surgery on her legs because she has verocose viens. She is in surgery right now. Her name is Donna Davis. Thank you!!!

Kim
Hannibal,Mo
HLG

 
At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

I meant my boyfirends mom. Sorry for the grammer mistake.

Kim

 
At 2:16 PM, Anonymous emily reagan - obu said...

Hey Lauren and Whitney!
You are both in my prayers as you seek God's guidance. To the entire Higgins family, you've been such an encouragement and inspiration to me. I pray that God would bless your family just as much as you have been a blessing to me.You are continually in my prayers that God would hold you and be your constant source of strength.
"Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." [Psalm 25:4-5]

 
At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still can not get on to the server to view the service. I will keep on trying. I didn't know if it was me or other people were having the same problem.

 
At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Rebecca Littell, Mooresville said...

Lauren and Whitney,
I want you to know that the two of you have been anchors to your parents in these past 40+ days. I am sure that you have supported them in ways that you don't even realize. Our Heavenly Father has blessed your Mom and Dad with 3 wonderful kids who can most obviously show their love for the Lord and for family. I was 18 years old when I lost my dad suddenly to an illness. I know at the age both of you are, it is difficult in a somewhat different way. How wonderful it is to know that you both have Jesus to be your strength. As you know, we could continue to count our blessings beyond a number value but one great blessing is that as sisters you have each other. I am an only child and what a comfort it would have been to have a sister to share my sorrows and joys in my time of loss. I will continue to pray for each of you and ask the Lord to give you direction in your decision making and peace that flows like a river.

Rebecca Littell, Mooresville

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

always pray for you to go in the right direction
Melissa

 
At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

Your family has blessed my life beyond words! It gave me such joy to be able to see and meet you this past weekend. I love you guys so much and still constantly pray for you!
I wore my prayforbj tshirt today and got several stares. I know that people are interested and are checking this site, more than you'll ever know. You guys (and Beej) have changed the world with Christ leading the way!
I love y'all!
Mary Leestma
Houston, Texas

 
At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren,
My sister and nieces passed away my 3rd year in college. I remmeber the ache I had, but was amazed at the support I received from my friends once I came back. My professors were also very understanding. I pray when you return that your friends and teachers give you the support you need.
Kristina in Wilmore

 
At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Family

Know that you have continually been in our prayers and thoughts over the last few days. I was so thankful to be able to attend the celebration of BJ's life. The faith and courage that you all displayed was so inspiring that I couldn't express all that I wanted to say when I got the chance to hug you. You have all been such great examples of what it truly means to rejoice in the Lord always.

Anyway, as I sat in the service I heard the Holy Spirit whisper the scripture "Humble thyself under the mighty hand of the Lord and He will exalt you in due time." Immediately I understood what He was speaking to me. It was that BJ did just that!! He humbled his heart, his will, his very life before God and God was exalting him to the place of martyr. A martyr that not only youths could follow and use as an example as to how teenagers today can be totally sold out to God, but one that would also challenge the adults to look at their own walk. What a son and brother, you have much to be proud of.

Also, on the way home the story of Elijah was spinning around in my head. This was also another symbol the Holy Spirit used to demonstrate what BJ had done with his life. Remember in the Scriptures that Elijah told Elisha that if he saw him as he was leaving, or being taken up that he could have his mantle, and a double portion of his anointing.
Elisha was careful to watch and wait and as a result he received what he was promised. Though BJ didn't promise us anything in his own words, his mantle was passed on. God is being glorified because so many saw BJ's going up and as a result we have the opportunity to not only have one person with double the passion and anointing but perhaps thousands. Revival in the truest sense of the word. A passion for God and the drive and the desire to spread the word of the Kingdom, and storm the gates of hell. May our King be magnified!!!

Brent and Deanna,
Continue to hold you girls close for I know that they will be one of your greatest sources of comfort.

Lauren and Whitney,
You are both awesome young women of God. And I know that our Lord will lead you in the path that He desires for your life. Whatever that may be, you have two of the greatest parents who will be with you every step of the way.

You are all loved!
In Christ,
Dawn D.

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the celebration video up and running yet? does anyone have a link to it or is it not on the northside website any more?

 
At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you click on the live audio there are times you can access the video but currently only a few can access it at a time. I know they are working on upgrading so more can access but for now just click on the live audio link periodically and you should be able to access the video.
Stay Blessed!

 
At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family and I watch it last night, but had to wait until after 10pm our time, Mountain time. Just keep trying. It's worth it.

 
At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Marlene and Bill said...

Hi family,
Just to let you know we are hurting for you and our hearts are aching.. in Your pain we pray for peace and rest. We are so grateful to God that you are together and Whitney and Lauren God made you GOOD in his likeness... Take your time in HIM. May He continue to wrap his arms like a child around you and take care of you. May you feel HIS LOVE like you never have felt it before... we love you so much it hurts. Marlene and Bill

 
At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lauren and Whitney,

I keep wanting to type, "Oh thank you for sharing your thoughts...they are so personal and heart rendering", but it sounds so shallow. Please know that we continue to pray for you, especially my daughters, and that the decisions you make will be made with God's leading.

LB (Z'ville)

 
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