Monday, November 21, 2005

Yesterday we had the opportunity to spend time with our daughters, my brother, and our church family at First Baptist Church of Mooresville for Thanksgiving Dinner. It was a precious time of food and fellowship. What a blessing!

Lauren escaped unnoticed, at one point, so I went to find her. It did not take long as I quickly heard the passionate way she was playing the piano in the sanctuary. I arrived to hear her lifting her praises to the Lord...alone, in the dark. I paused at the front for a time, and then joined her. It was sweet communion with our Lord, to be able to sing love songs to Him. She is so blessed and gifted.

This week as we travel to Louisiana, Lauren and Whitney will be leading worship for our team of 35(ish) people. I cannot wait as Lauren plays keyboard (Yes, even on the bus) and Whitney plays guitar, to give praise offerings to our Father in Heaven! We are heading to Slidell (sp?), across the lake from New Orleans. We will join family from Texas and our team will aid in the relief effort with other brothers and sisters in Christ.

We are excited about being there, and look forward...selfishly...to the distraction of serving. This is an opportunity Beej would want to take part in. I am glad we will be together in this way.

This morning, Deanna conveyed to me how sad it is that she never has to clean toothpaste splatter off of the mirror anymore. I don't think I ever thought she would say anything like that. I mean, pools of congealed hair gel on the vanity... globs of dried toothpaste in the sink... damp, crumpled towels piled wherever he was when it fell out of his hand... stinky sox under the couch, kitchen table or his bed. I never expected to think that the lack of these things would be anything but, well, great! After all, that's why we tried to get him to stop doing these things.

My how perspective changes. It is amazing to stop and consider what you would be willing to put up with, when it's no longer an option.

As Thanksgiving day draws near, we are each incredibly grateful to our Lord and Savior, for the years of precious time we were afforded with Beej. He touched us so deeply, and he made a difference in the lives of so many. How can we not be thankful for a life that was so well lived! Praise Jesus, that we had him for almost 16 years. Thanksgiving without him will be different, but we are blessed and even more thankful!

dad

25 Comments:

At 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad you attended the thanksgiving dinner @ FBC. it was great to see you there. so many of us truly miss you and want the chance to get to know you better. i will pray for your safe travel.

FBC Mooresville

 
At 7:10 AM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

You're bringing tears once again. Praying always for God's strength and blessing on you!
Love,
Beth

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

As I read today's post, tears sprang immediately to my eyes and I was about to write something very similar to Cousin Beth's posting. . . but I will instead tell you that, in addition to encouraging me in my walk with Christ, www.prayforbj.com has helped me as a parent not to major on the minors. This week, God, help me see Your life in and through each one of my children and recognize the amazing power of the eternal over the annoying problems of the temporal. Yes, God, I'll continue training them to CLEAN UP THAT TOOTHPASTE--but may I do it with the same grace, mercy, and love which you daily show me.

Praying for you, Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney as you travel with your team--can't help but wish I was along for the ride and the ministry! I will support you in pink as you go and come and go again. . .Cousin Beth, we are praying for your family and your church family as well.

 
At 7:42 AM, Anonymous marissa balog said...

Lauren is an amazing singer and I think it is awesome that she would just slip away and play the piano and praise the Lord, it sounds like it was a real time of worship. I am praying for your day!

 
At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Toodie Schaper said...

Once again I, too, have tears running down my cheeks. This is a reminder to me to rethink my priorities and then praise God for the little things that could bug me but I still have the opportunity to not let them. Because of this blog I will make the choice today to thank God and be grateful.

I am praying for God's blessings on you this week as you travel together and serve. You are never out of my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Toodie

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger *kim said...

Can't wait to hear about your trip! Praying for you!! Love *Kim

 
At 8:35 AM, Anonymous April said...

I will be praying as you all travel to La. I know that y'all will be a blessing to all who come in contact with you.
Yesterday during sundayschool my teacher spoke of BJ. I was a little schocked because I didn't think he knew anything but what I told him about the situation. It was amazing to see how God spoke to him through the life of BJ and this web site. We were in Romans 8 and duing one point I thought of BJ and how the life that he lived was, to no shock, in line with the Word. But I found is so neat that my teacher mentioned BJ's life.
Continue pressing on.

April C.

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Piechockis said...

Higgins Family,

I spoke with Tracy last night and they moved into their new house this weekend in KC. She wanted me to let you know that she will be back online tomorrow and checking the blog again, but she hasn't stopped praying for your family. Looking forward to serving with you this week! See you all Wednesday.

Colleen

PS I will do my best to not let Mitchell raise his hand every 5 minutes to ask you 5 million questions during our devotion time.

 
At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Ben-Jammin said...

Higgins,
It was so nice to see you all at the dinner Yesterday. Seeing your smiling faces always brings a smile to mine. I cannot help but cry as I read these things. Those little things are the ones you miss the most. One thing I can remember are his sayings, which are numerous. They were at times annoying but they made BJ BJ.

In Christ,
Ben Hackler

 
At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's awesome to hear about what God is doing in your lives...keep on praising Him!
love and prayers
Brittany A

 
At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well put.
May I never want to complain about those experiences I've had with my boys, toothpaste, and socks especialy!
Oh how blessed to have you togeither this week as I'm sure you will be experiencing your first big holiday with BJ in Heaven with so much emotion.
Our family will continue praying.
Jack asked to go help south this week in Louisianna. And, Oh How I wished I could let him and I would love to go as well!! Other responsabilties prevent us from going at this time.
I pray you have a blessed trip and your daughters are certainly blessed with talents!!
I pray your experiences go well and may you impact many.
God Bless
Your sister
in Christ
Lisa
Indpls., IN

 
At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS
Last night Corine and I were standing in a line at a fundraiser.
A girl in front of us was wearing a T-shirt and the back said
"The Color Pink Has A Whole New
Meaning" I nudged Corine and said
"Read her shirt".
"Isn't that the truth?" !!
Love an Huggs to you All
Lisa

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justin's (my boyfriend) best friend is from Slidell! His parents, Roger and Lisa Meredith, are fantastic people who love to serve Jesus! I don't think they'll be in town, but they would surely come show support if they were!

God bless!!
Love, Kateri

 
At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Kelsey Barnett said...

After many people had finished eating at Church yesterday I saw Whitney sitting over at the table where you guys had eaten. I went and sat next to her a we talked a little. As Whitney got up to throw her plate away she also grabbed a few other people's trash to throw away for them. That simple act almost brought me to tears because it reminded me of this summer in Corbin. BJ would always grab all the trash he could to throw away for everyone. One day BJ did something and I said "BJ, what would we do without you?" He replied, "Well, for one thing you'd have to throw your own trash away." Yesterday I couldn't stop thinking of that as I took my trash to the trash can and threw it away.

I only knew BJ for about a year and I am always reminded of things that he did and said through simple things like that. I can't imagine all of the little things that bring back memories from your 15 years with him.

I love your family so much and it was great seeing you yesterday! I'll be praying for you as you head down south.

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is our family's first Thanksgiving without my Dad's mother and step father simultaneously. It's never easy. Blessed are we that God is always there to carry us when we cannot carry ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving, my prayers are with you and your family.

 
At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Brittany Di Salvo said...

There are a lot of times that I like to slip away too.. I'd do exactly what Lauren did, if only I could sing and play the piano. :)
Forgive me for only saying hello to you, dad, last night at Generations! Later on, and all day today, I've been wishing I would have run up and hugged you, or at least asked how you were doing.. but oh well. :)
All of you have been on my mind so much today. I'm praying as hard as I can for you, and I'm forever thankful for these blogs. Keep spreading the joy.

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger wakeboardbetty13 said...

I WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS AS I REALISE HOW DIFFICULT THE HOLIDAYS WILL BE WITHOUT SUCH A CHERISHED MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY. WE LOST MY GRANDMOTHER IN AUGUST UNEXPECTANTLY. AS I GRIEVE OVER OUR LOSS I WILL REMEMBER YOUR FAMILY AS WELL. GOD BLESS!!
ALLIE- CHARLOTTE, NC

 
At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

once angain u contiune to make me cry. u keep encoreging me to do things. like after u have lost a loved one, u want to help with hurricane relife. u always seem to amaze me. thank you.

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I give Thanks to all the boggers!!
What a "BLESSING" to be part of all our shared feelings, memories,
and prayers.
I wish everyone out there reading,
"A very HAPPY THANKSGIVIG"

With much gratitude
Your sister in Christ

Lisa
Indpls., IN

 
At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

 
At 8:05 PM, Blogger Justin Duke said...

Higgins',

It was good to see all of you at the T-giving Dinner Sunday. I heard about the singing in the sanctuary, it sounds like it was a very nice time. I hope that you all would be able to bless the church in that way one Sunday. I will be thinking of ya'll this week. Hope you have a GREAT THANKSGIVING!!! See you when you get back.

Justin Duke

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

Precious Higgins Family -

I have read the posts you have made to this site ever since friends of mine (Steve and Leslie Harley) mentioned BJ's illness on their son's website. I prayed diligently while BJ was fighting for his life and cried when I found out that you would no longer have his earthly body with you. Today, though, I post my first blog, no longer able to watch as an "outsider" as you four deal with so much pain. Today's post has left me in tears (seemingly like several others) and my heart hurts for you all. I have two young daughters and your loss has reminded me of all that I gain every day just by being in their presence. Thank you for sharing your heartache so openly for in it, I have glimpsed true faith in a Savior who I know holds you in His hand every minute of every day. I look so forward to meeting the amazing young man you raised one day when I reach my Home. I bet he'll know all of the coolest people in Heaven! May you never feel out of God's presence!

- A person changed by "knowing" you

 
At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Lauren said...

This makes me wonder what things I would be willing to put up with. What things, if taken away, would I miss in my daily routine? Thank you for this blog, it really makes me think about my life. You're in my prayers.
Love,
Lauren Szabo

 
At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A special thank you to Marti for reminding us to always "think pink!" It is neat how it is always before us now, reminding us of Beej, his life, and your wonderful family! Thank you!!

 
At 12:41 AM, Anonymous TITO SEVILLA said...

Es un gozo para mi leer siempre lo que ustedes nos comparten de como el Señor esta haciendo su obra en sus vidas y como los esta llevando cada dia a depender mas del Señor. Es verdad BJ estaria muy emosionado si seria parte de toda esta experiencia, pero su corta vida nos enseño y nos preparo para poder hacer cosas grandes para el Señor. Como Pastor aqui en el Peru, cada vez que recuerdo la obra de BJ me sigue dando animo para continuar trabajando y dando todo para la Gloria de Dios. Estas tres ultimas semanas mi salud no ha estado muy bien, pero he sentido la mano de Dios levantandome para continuar y no desmayar. Sus Vidas son una gran inspiracion para mi y la fortaleza que nos transmiten. Estamos orando mucho por cada uno de ustedes, en nuestra iglesia les recordamos y ellos les conocen por las fotos que traje del viaje que hice. OREN TAMBIEN POR LA OBRA EN EL PERU, para que mas creyentes sean como BJ con mucho amor para compartir del amor de Dios y que podamos ser obreros aprobados como nuestro gran hermano y amigo BJ.
Hermanos los tiempos son malos y hoy mas que nunca necesitamos seguir firmes en Cristo.
MUCHAS GRACIAS POR SUS REPORTES ME AYUDAN MUCHO Y DEVERAS LOS ADMIRO MUCHO. SALUDOS PARA TODA LA FAMILIA, PARA LOS HERMANOS EN LA FE Y TODOS LOS QUE LEEN CADA DIA LOS REPORTES QUE USTEDES HACEN.
QUE DIOS LES BENDIGA Y LOS FORTALEZCA MAS CADA DIA.
TITO SEVILLA Pastor del Peru

 

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