Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Surgery is complete. 1 hour from closure, his neck shows only minimal bleeding...Thank you Lord! His chest tube is in, and already his collapsed lung has reopened...My God is AWESOME!! Attempts to suture his leg tube have uncertain results at present.

They have decided not to use the adult ventilator just yet, but may do so if his bleeding is not resolved. The fluid around his fomerly collapsed lung looked bloody, but is primarly fluid...a good sign...the same goes for that in his abdomen. Early indicators that his internal bleeding is slowing (yes Dr. Sichting, I am portraying you nicely).

Thank you for your continued prayer support


At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glory to God!!

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

Praise the Lord!!

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

Through Prayer All things are possible!!!

At 2:26 PM, Blogger bwhitely said...

Thank you Lord! - Thanks too, Brent for the name of the Dr. - any other info like that, Dr's. names, nurses, equipment names, procedures - we can take to the Lord.

Love and prayers continued!

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are a popular young man.
Almost 4400 people have made a visit to your site. You are receiving prayer throughout our Nation.

May God Bless you!

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continued prayers and praise. You are right what a totally AWESOME God.

Rich and Melanie Carpenter

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

Dear Higgin's Family

WE continue to press on in our prayers and fasting! We will not slacken nor let up presenting BJ's name before our Heavenly Father. My God use this to enlarge His Kingdom and bring unity to the church. May what God is doing in BJ's life bring other to salvation when they see what a mighty God he serves!
your humble servant,
Walker Moore

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God! He is with you all, holding you by your right hands. Keep up your strength.

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ones,
What an Awesome God we serve. Praise be to Jesus for the way He is working. We continue to "pray without ceasing".

Eph. 3:20-21 Now unto HIM that is able to do EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto HIM be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen


Elsie Jay

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Barbara Ann said...

I am pumped at how awesome our God is!! Keep on!

Still Praying,
Barbara Ann

At 2:37 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Our God is an awesome God!!
On our knees in KC!!

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Tara Case said...

HEY FAMILY!!! PRAISE THE LORD!AHH! Our God is so faithful! I was just driving home from work and was praying! My Gosh i am so pumped!!!! Keep praying everyone!!! Know im still here!!! Dad your awesome! Girls--ugh! i love you all!

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Matt Snow said...

Higgins family,

It is great to hear everything seems to be working in a positive direction. God is certainly good!

We continue to pray for BJ as well as your strength and health.

The Snow's

At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The students of FBC Grapevine, TX are praying for you and your family.
Chad Johnston,
Student Minister

At 2:49 PM, Blogger ron and vee ann said...

We are so happy to hear of imporvement. God is a very awesome God. Our prayers continue

Ron and Vee Ann

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You almighty God! That is a praise Jesus. Give all the praise to our Father in Heaven. Thank you God for allowing us to be a part of this young mans healing....

God is awesome!!!!!!!!

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Praise Jesus! What good news! Keep your chins up - we'll be praying tonight at Northside. We love you guys.

Jes, Todd & Andrew

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

Thank you, Jesus!

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise our God!! This is wonderfull news!
BJ -
I'm so happy that you're doing okay! I hope that you aren't too bored out of your skull when you aren't resting! (not that resting is bad - it's great!) hey i bet you could even order your PARENTS around! (i wish i could do that! that would be SO cool!) I love you!
your younger sis in Him

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father, please bless this family with continued healing!! Praise God for seeing BJ through his surgery! Praise Jesus for this website and communication to spread your word and share your miracles. I am diligently praying for all of you --

At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you God!!

At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord!! :-) Miracles surround us everyday all the day long! God is amazing!
All my love,

At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased to hear that BJ continues to improve. What an emotional roller coaster for all of you. I continue to pray for BJ's healing and for each of you that God will give you what you need each day (encouragment, rest, sleep) whatever it might be. I'm am happy to know that you have a wonderful support system through your brothers & sisters at Northside. Above all else we continue to praise The Healer for what He is doing. He is exalted.

Susie in Evansville

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Steph said...

praise GOD I greatly thank him....

Everybody is still praying at school .. Oh and Drake says hi to yal

In CHRIST love ,

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Yay!! Glad to hear the good report!! Fasting and praying today. God bless!

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!!

Continually Praying, and adding to the number of whom are praying daily!

Jordan-OCC, Joplin, Missouri

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monrovia high school is praying!

At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Life Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma is praying. We will report the latest update this evening at prayer meeting. God bless and thank you for your witness to the world.

At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! I will continue lifting prayers for all of you!

"I am confident of this, I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
Psalm 28:13

At 3:28 PM, Blogger natenamy said...

Brent , Deanna, Lauren, Whitney, and BJ--
Praise God! We are so glad to have checked the blog and found out the good news. I continue to be reminded and amazed at how awesome our God is and how wonderfully He provides for us. Praying for rest for all of you tonight. Wishing that we could be at Northside tonight, but we will be there in thought and prayer. We love you. BJ, hang in there buddy, keep resting and we'll keep praying.
Lots of love to ALL of you.
Hugs and kisses,
Nate and Amy

At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is amazing!!! Continuing to pray for BJ and family for a successful recovery !!

At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Higgins Family,

Debbie and I have been traveling along the Maine coast most of the day and have been in and out of cell phone contact. We just got onto my brother-in-law's computer to check on BJ's progress and we offer our "Praise The Lord" with all the rest after reading about BJ's improvement and positive responses to surgery and elective decisions the doctors and hospital staff are making.

God Is Good ALL The Time &

Our Love and Continued Prayers,

Tommy & Debbie Linder

At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,
I have been doing my best to keep up on BJ's condition. It seems as if things are constantly up and down, but knowing things are constantly in God's hands brings a steady peace to the whole situation. I am praying both for BJ's condition, but also your sanity. I hope you continue to feel uplifted and at peace over the next months ahead. While I am currently out of the area, feel free to send me any particular prayer request or request in general. Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God and may the peace that transcends all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord" In Christ

At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that BJ's trial is already bearing fruit. I see in MY 16-year-old (who is praying for BJ) a renewed determination to follow God--no matter what!

Thank you BJ and Higgins family for your faithful trust in God in this time of testing! We're still praying!

At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God! I have been checking your website often for updates. I posted your website on our local (Owosso, MI)classified website. I'm sure BJ, as well as your family, is receiving many prayers. I just learned about BJ a few days ago and he has been in my thoughts and prayers ever since. He is really being lifted up. I will continue to pray for his healing and peace for your whole family during this very trying time. From what I've read BJ is an incredible young man and an inspiration to everyone. May God bless your family. Terri Hetfield

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Jeannie Hilfiker said...

Brent and Deanna,
My heart has ached for you.
I have prayed for rest of your weary soul and peace of mind. I realized last night that God was asking for more of me, so today I fast and pray.
Deepest Love jeannie
PS hungy is a powerful reminder to pray

At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good afternoon, I just want let you know that I'm still praying. keep your faith even more in the L-rd. (Julio M, from Trujillo-Peru)

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, we are freshman at HLG and we just wanted to let you know we are praying for B.J. Also, we have started a thing in our dorm room called Johanna and Karissa's Prayer Wall and B.J. was our first name on the wall. Please let us know how things go because we also have a God Answer's Prayer Wall and we pray his name will be on there soon. Thank you, B.J., for all of the stong christian background we have heard about you and that really encourages us to get out more to spread God's word. We are praying strong for B.J. here at HLG and we stongly believe in God's will.

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the family of B.J., my heart and prays are with you. In Mark 5:25-34 speaks of a woman who had a been bleeding for twelve years. And while she spent al her money seeking a cure, her condition only grew worse. The good new she heard of Jesus the great healer and believed and was healed. He will meet your needs too. I am so sorry for your suffering. Just know we are out here and praying for you to the one true God, who knows all our needs.

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing is too difficult for our GOD. All glory and honor to HIM, the GREAT PHYSICIAN. We will be lifting BJ up tonight in our Bible Study group.

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins family,

How great is our God! We praise Him for BJs progress, as we continue to lift you all in our continuous prayers.

Jena & Charlie

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God! I am so excited that BJ is doing better! I learned on a recent mission trip not to assume I know how God will work and wait to see how well it goes; but to go in knowing that He will do great things, and anticipating watching the creativity of how He does it! May God continue to reveal His artwork to you. BJ, you and your family will continue to be in my prayers.

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has brought me back to God, My daughter was on the trip to Peru with BJ. I want to serve our lord as I should and this has been a guide for me to pray more and get back to god and church.. Thnak You God , you are Truely and AWESONE GOD!!! Taras Mom

At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for complete healing and we have an Awesome God to do that and so many prayers to Him for you BJ

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ your So awsome 4416 people have
been to your web page Oh and I know
that your going to come out alive God has shown my mom through much prayer and fasting so stay strong .God has already given us victory now we wait . ILOVEYOU .

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for He is GOOD!

"He brought me out to a wide-open place; He rescued me because He delighted in me" Psalm 18:19

Still praying -
- Cherie

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bubba hope you get well I'm praying for you at Monrovia.

At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B. J., Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney, I have finally figured out how to use this comment section--I am a little computer illiterate. I have been checking this site several times daily so that I may join in lifting B.J. and his needs to our Mighty Father along with all the multitudes across the world. I am so in awe of the response of so many people that none of you have even met, but that love our Lord as much as you all do. I have been so touched and moved to tears so many times as I read the comments. This is definitely a teaching experience for all of us in the power of prayer and a visible evidence of what will happen if we all fall on our knees before our Father and pray in HIs will. Thank you for sharing with us so diligently and know that you are in our prayers unceasingly. We love you all. Hang tough B.J.

At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bubba= BJ

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm soooo amazed at our AWESOME God. He is so mighty and powerful. How wonderful it is to know that He is using BJ in mighty ways.

Still Praying,

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I praise the Lord for you BJ. That you are staying strong and beleiving and having faith in the Great God that we serve. The Lord is working through you and is touching lives everywhere. I pray that you will be a peace and have a joy in knowing God, I also pray for your family as they try to accept and take all this in.

At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

I can't (and won't) stop praying until BJ is out of the hospital!

Much Love To You,


At 5:17 PM, Blogger tochina4emma said...

We continue to pray for BJ's healing and for his family.
Last night we prayed for him at our youth prayer meeting.

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God hears the cries of His children and knows the end from the beginning. He saw all these trials and He planned all these healings. I pray that BJ's body grows strong. May the Lord show His great power through BJ's healing. Our God is in control. We love you and won't stop praying.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Fireboy said...

There are about fourteen people praying for you in Paragon, Indiana! We're overjoyed to see that things have improved!

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Calvary United Methodist Church in Fayetteville PA is praying for you BJ!

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for BJ in Moultrie, GA!

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so awesome

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank Jesus for hearing our prayers! We will not stop praying! Add my friend's church in this area of California that's praying for BJ and some people I've met in college!!! Do not loose heart, the Lord is our help!
-Brittany A.

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


My dear brother you are in my prayers. We serve the God of miracles. He will be faithful to order all of our days. Praise Him for his tender mercies! He is using you to touch so many lives, even in this difficult season.

All my love in Christ!

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Kaeli Cockrell said...

Our God is an awesome God!!! He reigns from Heaven Above, With wisdom, power, and love,
Our God is an awesome God.
I love the way God works. He is so mighty. I am always praying for u and bj U are such a strong and loved man. You are so lucky to have such a great family. You understand the ways of life. I wil always pray for you.

I love you all
Love in Jesus name,

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying in Kentucky!!!!!
Thank you Lord for showing your power!

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want you to know I'm praying for BJ. Tonight, I'm going to tell my youth group and ask them for their prayers as well.

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With God's help you're gonna win this fight BJ!! It's tough to keep a good man down!!

Still praying for you...

Lee Stevenson
Toronto, Canada

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God! He is so good!! We are praying for you, BJ, in Mukwonago, WI.

Gerry & Wenda Krupp and Our Savior's Wesleyan Church

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traci and I continue to lift BJ, your family and all the doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists up in prayer daily. We are confident that the love and power of Jesus Christ will heal BJ.

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

Ok, so I don't know BJ, but I am from Hanibal LaGrange College, and we had a prayer meeting for him last night. I'm sure you already know this, but he is loved, and missed. Like I said, I don't know him, but because of our common bond in Christ, I know BJ's heart. Earlier this year, I lost my room mate to a car accident. If I could ask God for anything for you it would be that you don't have to go through the pain of losing BJ. But more importantly...that God's will be done in BJ's and your lives. In 1 Cor. 10:13 (and this is taken out of context a little, but it still applies...) it says, "...he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." Ok, so maybe it's talking about temptation, but I think that this also applies to sorrow and pain. God will provide you a way out so you can stand up under whatever the devil throws at you and BJ. I love you, but most of all God loves you and his plan is flawless. We may not think so sometimes, but trust in His flawless plan.

At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family on both sides of the country are praying for you! Stay strong!! God loves you!

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Karen Vesely said...

San Clemente, California is STILL praying for BJ. Last night the Lord woke me up 3 times to pray for him. God is so good!
Keep up the good work, family,
Of BELIEVING.... God sees you, and knows how very much you need HIM!

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey BJ you dont know me and I dont know you but I have been asked to pray for you for a while now. I have even posted in my dorm hall prayer board, at Ozark Christian College in Joplin MO. God is using you right now, Look how many people are crying out to the Lord for your health. one though for every one. This is a passage taken from Fresh Wind Fresh Fire. the Old Testament when people " called" upon God. It means "to Cry out, to implore aid" This is the essence of true prayer that touches God...."Call upon Me in the day of trouble" God says in Psalm 50:15. " I will deliver you , and you will honor me."

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear BJ,

Wow. I'm praying for you! All of us here at Monrovia are..we miss you and hope you have a quick recovery. Bj you have influenced so many lives-I look up to as a fellow Christian! Love In Christ~Aubrey Rhyner (from Monrovia)

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear BJ,
I am praying for you. May the Lord help you in your recovery. I will continue to pray. "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strenght. They will soar on wings like eagles;they will run and not graw weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 (one of my favorite Bible verses)

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ and family,

You don't know me, but i have heard so much about you. Logan (he played Jesus on your Peru trip) is my best friend and he has told me about you and what you have been through. I pray for you all the time, as I am sure many people do. I admire you and your family for being so brave through this and putting absolute trust in our Almighty God. I am glad to hear that things are looking up for you...God really does answer prayers! I hope God continues to work miracles in your life, and that, upmost,His will be done in this situation. God Bless You,
Jessica Schreifels
Ogden, Utah

At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so Good.

We will continue to lift BJ, your family and the Medical staff up in our prayers. We love you guys.

The Luedke's

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful, wonderful news!

We continue to keep BJ in our thoughts and prayers.

What a wonderful witness your family is to the power of the Lord. I am so impressed by your unselfishness in connecting with other families at the hospital and seeking prayers for other children in the PICU. The Lord is doing a massive work through BJ's life.

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

Amazing Service. Stay Strong.

In Him
Jonathan Haag

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that you keep your head up through all of this and know GOD is with you always!! know that GOD loves you!!! i hope youget through this well and dont have any problems! GOD LOVES YOU NEVER FORGIT THAT!!

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

I am from Sunnycrest baptist church , youth ministry! and i want you to know bj that we are praying for you all the time and we hope that you keep getting better!! God Loves You!!

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

Praise the Lord! Everyone in this household are praying for you and your family BJ! I am so glad that you are making a turn for the best! I am continuing in prayer for you!

With love in Him,
Tiffany Jessie
Awe Star Panama Team 2005

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm from Sunnycrest Baptist Youth in Marion, IN. (we sent you cards about a week ago...) I just wanted to let you know how much BJ has been in my prayers and on my heart and mind this past week. I've never worried so much over someone I've never met... God's power is forever unmatched and His plan for BJ is even greater. I'm glad BJ is doing better, and I know God will continue to do work in his (and your) life. God loves him because he's faithful, and he's a true inspiration to other believers like me. I'll keep praying for BJ, my brother, and for you to feel God's loving, merciful arms around you.

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

We are praying for you at Emmaus Baptist Church in Okc, Ok. By his stripes we are healed.

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am overcome with relief and gratitude for all that God has done.

At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying at the camp!!
Lights are burning at your house.... can't wait for all of you to return. God will keep you strong! We love you!

At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God!!

I just keep repeating "God is in control...."

you and your family are in my prayers always.

love and prayers from
mooresville, indiana

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wes again, just so you know the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs is praying for BJ. Plus they are putting a link to this website on theres.

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is good ALL THE TIME!!!

At 9:59 PM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Higgins Family,
You were prayed for tonight by the Celebration Singers of First Baptist Church Tulsa, OK tonight. You have been on my mind 24/7. Even in the night when I awake I say a prayer for you. Please know that the prayers are not going to stop until BJ is whole again and the entire family is at peace. I pray a special prayer for the medical personnel caring for BJ. They carry a heavy burden and I'm sure are weary also. Stay strong and try to stay rested. You updates are unbelievable and greatly appreciated. It lets us know exactly how to pray for each moment of time.

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about you and was so touched and I started spreading the word telling people to pray for you. May God help you through your struggles and keep you safe and healthy.

In God's Name, Amen

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Jacktopher Meils said...

What an amazing service. Can you even begin to count the blessings??

Im still praying for BJ and the family. You guys mean a lot to me, and as I've said in the past, don't be afraid to ask if you need anything..You've always been there for me, so if you need anything I will gladly return the favor.

Jack Meils

At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family is in my prayers. I attend Hannibal-LaGrange College.

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

BJ -
I'm so amazed by your strength and faith in the Lord. Your a great example to anyone who is going through what you are. You and your family are in all our thoughts and prayers.

Lauren - You and your family have been so strong through your brothers illness and all of us are praying for you.

With Love,
ali and the ward family

At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oklahoma is praying!!!

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A girl in a small Colorado town is lifting you up to our Father!

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Ron Osborne said...

We are all praying for BJ and family. Our church is praying for him each time that we are assembled. We also have information and a link on our website:

Dr. Ron Osborne
Senior Pastor
Keck Avenue Baptist Church
Evansville, IN

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Ron Osborne said...

BJ and Family:
We are all praying for you daily. Our church is praying for you each time we meet together. We even have a link to this site on our website:

Dr. Ron Osborne
Senior Pastor
Keck Avenue Baptist Church
Evansville, IN

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

That was an amazing service and I know many people were just moved in the strength of your family and how the church and people all around the world have come together to pray for BJ! God can and is working a miracle and I know Bj would be soo happy for all of us to come together like this. Still praying,

At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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

I will be praying for your son

At 1:00 AM, Blogger pickelclaw said...


At 3:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad he's getting better! I'm still praying for you and keep asking my Japanese friends to pray for you. I know so many people are praying for BJ and he's gonna be fine soon!


At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise our wonderful God!
Creedmoor Road Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC is praying for you. Our teens have heard about you and are also keeping you in their prayers. Praise God for your good news!

At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God!!
God is so great and he will take care ALWAYS!!!!!
Miss you Brent, praying for BJ and Deanna and girls.

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are all praying for ya BJ! God is Good!

At 8:46 AM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Paula, Allison and I are in continual prayer for you. My several illnesses and especially my most recent back surgery has reminded me of my priorities. And now BJ, with his tremendous heart for the Lord has once again convicted me that as believers we cannot live our lives as "usual". I truly believe BJ's illness will be instrumental in not hundreds but thousands coming into His Kingdom. I wish I could ease your pain but perhaps these words of encouragement will help from Psalm 37......
Psalm 37
Of David.
1 [a] Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great peace.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;

13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.

15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;

17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

18 The days of the blameless are known to the LORD,
and their inheritance will endure forever.

19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:
The LORD's enemies will be like the beauty of the fields,
they will vanish—vanish like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;

22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be cut off.

23 If the LORD delights in a man's way,
he makes his steps firm;

24 though he stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.

26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be blessed.

27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.

28 For the LORD loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
They will be protected forever,
but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;

29 the righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.

30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks what is just.

31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his feet do not slip.

32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
seeking their very lives;

33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

34 Wait for the LORD
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a green tree in its native soil,

36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
there is a future [b] for the man of peace.

38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
the future [c] of the wicked will be cut off.

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

40 The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

I know Julie in Cedarville and Michael in Purdue are having many join them in prayer as well. We love you all !!!!!

The Ackermans

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Dear BJ,
As your first Sunday School teacher, I sang to you and prayed for you as we rocked. As your third grade school teacher, I watched you grow and was amazed at the daily witness you were to the kids in our class as you brought your Bible to school every day and witnessed for the Lord on the bus and the playground. Now as a Godly young man I am blessed by your continued love and witness for the Lord even as you are so very ill. My precious BJ, please know that I love you and I am continually praying for you. Our God is a mighty God and He will be praised through all you are going through.

Brent and Deanna, please know that you too are in my prayers. God is gracious and His power is being revealed through you. May His comfort and grace give you peace in this life's storm. God is your refruge and strength.

Lauren and Whitney, you are in my prayers as well. I can't begin to imagine how hard it is to focus on you classes with BJ so sick. Know that the love and strength of the Father and all your friends are with you. You both are precious examples of Godly love and devotion. May God grant you peace in knowing that He is in control and is in the process of healing BJ.

Praise the Lord for all He is doing and will continue to do for BJ and you his precious family.
In His love,
Lynn Dailey

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Lord & Saviour is Listening!
Praise God!

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Praise God!!!!!! He is so AWSOME!!!!!!
we will pray for B.J.'s internal bleeding!
GOD IS THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Love your sister in Christ,

At 11:55 PM, Blogger Alison Mayes said...

Oh Praise to be the Sovereign Lord and His will in our lives. I had the privilege of talking with BJ before and meeting your family and I truly believe that your family is truly living out the gospel in such a trying time in your life. You have my diligent prayers for BJ and your family.

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BJ and family,
I pray that Jesus will uphold you all and fill you with His strength and heartbeat. May he refresh you all with His amazing repleneshing oil. "Be all that they need right now Jesus and may Your perfect plans for BJ and all of his family come forth. May nothing stand in the way or hinder the destiny and calling You have upon BJ Lord Jesus. Holy Spirit rise up and swell within BJ's heart as he is lying on that hospital bed with You. Share Your unspeakable joy with him. We trust wherever You are leading Father. Have Your way."

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