Thursday, September 25, 2008


My children a long time ago...


Sometime after midnight tonight, Whitney and Jared arrive. Lauren has to work tomorrow, while Deanna and I will not be. Lauren will join us in the evening. We are looking forward to this time together.

Lauren is making her debut performance (she has sung at church events of all kinds, but this is different) Saturday night at a local venue. She and several others will be playing their music at a place called Studio 47. We are very excited and anxious to see what the Lord has ahead of her. This night will be her, her original songs and a piano. The poster for the event reflects the line, "featuring: Lauren Higgins."

Last night before going to bed, I was thrilled to see that our book was ranked #1 in two categories and #30 in a third, on amazon.com. I cannot recall if it has ever been ranked so high, and I feel certain the Lord is gently showing us His love during this time.

Please understand, the selling of the book for us, has everything to do with the Lord conintuing to use BJ's testimony. Books usually have a 6 month run if you are lucky. I am told most never sell more than a few hundred copies. We are blessed to be in the second print run, and are praying the Lord will continue to use this far beyond the 9 month mark we are currently at.

Marti recently sent us a photo of our book on the bestsellers stand at a national Christian booksellers event. This occurred while I was in Peru this past summer. We are so thankful that the Lord has continued to see fit to impact others lives through BJ's. We know we are blessed beyond our expectations. To be completely honest, we have dreams that far surpass even where it is.

As a family, we cannot thank each of you enough for the endless visits to this site, prayer support, emails and phone calls that we have received in support of this journey. We know that what the Lord has done and is doing is significant and it has been our pleasure to have you walk with us through this time.

We do not pretend to know what is ahead at this point. We will continue to seek after Him and desire to be found constantly, instantly obedient to His direction.

For most, tomorrow is just another day of the week. A good day for many, as it is Friday. For us, it will be a day never forgotten...an unexpected day. Even at the end, I was sure the Lord was going to do something magnanimous. He did.

It just took us a long while to understand how incredible an event it is to be able to "go home to be with Him." What God has done would be significantly cheapened, had we manufactured it.

This is all about Him and His glory. This is about the impact simple servants of the Most High God, can have, if we are faithful.

One of my friends was telling me last night that his University professor was yelling at him in class yesterday. Screaming that God does not exist!

Psalm 14:1 says, "The fool says in his heart, their is no God. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good."

A well eduacated, intelligent professor who teaches our children, would be considered wise in our world. They would be considered to be doing a good work by teaching/instructing.

That professor is a fool according to Scripture. It's always easier to believe the world. The results seem more tangible.

I'll stay with wisdom of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Call me a fool, I don't care. Like Paul, if I am out of my mind, it is for His sake. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. I would rather have a reward delayed, than receive instant gratification, and have that be it, for eternity.

I love you, Jesus. Thank you for first loving me...just as I am.

brent

7 Comments:

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

May I be a fool with you, dad? Moment by moment the days seem endless but in the light of eternity, just the blink of an eye. Praying for the Spirit to comfort in ways only He can.
\0/

 
At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want to be a fool with you too!

 
At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call me CRAZY . . .

 
At 6:55 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Thinking of you all today, and everyday. Hard to believe it's been 3 years.

 
At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I were with you today - know that i am in my prayers and my heart. Actually, I'd really like to be with BJ today seeing what he is taking in.

Melissa, thinking of all that you and the medical team did with such care. Thanks to all of you for ushering him into Christ's arms with love and respect.

Thanks also to the thousands who prayed, brought food, gave blood, gas cards, love and support in so many ways. You were truly the hands (and heart) of our Father during dark days.

Bro Brad

 
At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Barbara Cross said...

Praying for your family today. May God continue to surround you with love, comfort, precious memories and a vision for the future.

Love to all,

Barbara

 
At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just want you all to know that we are thinking of you all today and praying for you. We care about you and your family and wish you comfort and peace today.

Johnny, Laura, and Aubrie

 

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