Friday, September 23, 2005

Beloved of the Lord,

We have been sitting in room 2001 and listening to Whitney play the guitar and sing "How Deep the Father's Love". The Peace of Christ is overwhelming at times, and then at others we are overcome with emotion. Emotion over what He has done through Beej, over what He has done in this hospital stay, over what He has done thru you, over what He will yet do. I won't lie, there is a huge lump in my body that prevents me from taking a deep breath. I don't want more pain for BJ, but we do want what Jesus wants. With that in mind, You know of surgery at 2pm. Then after 5pm, there may be another procedure to clean out the deep hip lesion, now believed to be the source of infection. We have heard 2 or 3 opinions from different Doctors about what should be done, could be done, what will help, what may not...We are seeking the Lord's wisdom in doing the right things for Beej, and yet...in all ways, it is up to our Lord.

For now, he is hanging in there with significant support...more than he has had to have in awhile. He has never left the Fathers hands, and he never will. I love you, Jesus.

dad

230 Comments:

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying and praying.

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today is day 40. That is a number of God's. I believe we will see God's mercy today.

 
At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing.
We are with you.
Please whisper in BJ's ear
"We Love You"
Your fiends and Family
Lisa Gresh
Jack Meils
Julie Meils
and Grandma Shirley

 
At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

amen...peace be with you

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing to lift all of you up in prayer. May you all continue to find strength thru Jesus Christ during this incredibly crucial time.

Keeping the faith and loving our Lord and Savior.

Julie in Westfield, IN

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts are always with your family and I have started praying because of BJ. Just seeing your family witness the way you do and learning about God through BJ's journaling, has made my life different. Different in a good way I believe. God is doing great things while BJ lays there. I will pray that God shift all those great things to BJ today and give him the step forward he so deserves.

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have naught but my destitution
To plead for me with Thee.

And in my poverty I put forward that destitution as my plea.

I have no power save to knock at Thy door,

And if I be turned away, at what door shall I knock?

Or on whom shall I call, crying his name,

If Thy generosity is refused to Thy destitute one?

Far be it from Thy generosity to drive the disobedient one to despair!

Generosity is more freehanded than that.

In lowly wretchedness I have come to Thy door,

Knowing that degradation there finds help.

In full abandon I put my trust in Thee,

Stretching out my hands to Thee, a pleading beggar

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your words continue to amaze and shame me...your strength and faith our inspiring during this dark time...i know that just reading your words i will be a better person, which may seem odd. B.J. is so lucky to have you all in his life as you all are to know him...what an incredible story. I am brought to tears and pray that you all continue to feel the comfort of the Lord.
lesley in Z'ville

 
At 1:42 PM, Blogger Christina said...

God is with you! Cling to Him. He is loving God. We pray that the Lord will heal BJ and restore him to health. I pray for you and Deanne and your daughters as you trust in Him and stand by BJ. God is good!

Believing in God's love and mercy,

Christina

 
At 1:42 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

Jesus you promised that you will be with him...and that is our hope!
Walker

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying, on my knees, for Beej, for your family, and for wisdom and guidance for the medical staff. Lord, have mercy on the wonderful boy....please....Amen.

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger aC Biblestudy said...

You have Jesus' promise. He'll never leave you nor forsake you.

I'll be in prayer @ 2:00PM

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God please show BJ & his family your grace & love. Guide the doctor while he performs the procedure here in just a few minutes. Praying consistently....

Trina Bliss
Cleveland, TN

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our daughter is at Indian Wesleyan and has sent out your prayer requests. More prayer warriors are being added as you read this and BJ's is now known to many who would have never had the chance.
Blessings
Rita
Pewaukee Wisconsin

 
At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord - what you have allowed each of us to experience through the activities in Room 2001 is, quite frankly, beyond my comprehension. We have been up, we have been down, encouraged, and discouraged. But through it all, we have been in You.

Only you Lord know what lies ahead. We continue to call upon you to work a healing miracle in BJ today. In your name Lord we ask for that.

Help us to feel your presence right now Father as we look to You for everything.

Amen.

Indy

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

Amen

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

We are still praying in Carlsbad. I will be away from home all afternoon and evening. I'm not sure how I will manage not being able to go to the website. I will have to rely on Gregg, Marla or Brad for updates. Be assured you will be on my mind and in my prayers all day.
Love you
Aunt Maralyn

 
At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had this scripture posted on my computer screen for a while.
It is Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path.
When life is heavy I read this verse.
Cathy M.

 
At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, in 10 minutes BJ will once again endure another surgery/procedure. We ask you to strengthen his body, to sustain him through this process, to guide the surgeon in all that he does. We beg for mercy for BJ that he might fight away this infection once again. Please strengthen his family during this difficult time. We pray that you will comfort all of us pulling for BJ to make it through this so that he may one day go out and serve you here in the world. Help us to accept your will, Father, even if it is contrary to our desires; help us to trust in the slow work of your hands; help us to find rest and peace in your arms. Your sister in Christ, Tina from Cedarburg

 
At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am talking to Corine DeBaun on phone
She has NO Blogg WE are praying with you
Lisa Gresh/Meils
INdpls. IN

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

Father, I am at a loss....You are in control, You know Your will. Let it be done. We love You .

Still praying for you, Brent and Deanna.

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying and praying today, as always for healing for BJ, for strength for Brent & Deanna, and sisters. May the peace of Jesus envelope you while you are waiting on these procedures. I know this has to be very hard on you, but I know your faith is strong. God, please be with all of BJ's caregivers, leading them, guiding them to do exactally what you know needs to be done. I beleive in God's mercy, and only he knows the plan he has for BJ. Thank you for sharing day to day and hour to hour BJ's progress. It helps us all to pray more specifally each time we hear from you. love, Charlene, Martinsville, IN

 
At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your love and willingness to share BJ's life and current situation as you walk through the valley is a testimony to everyone that reads this blogger!
I would like to think that as BJ lays there, he and God are actually having a pow-wow about whether he stays here, and what role God will have him play in the future should he stay. Man, wouldn't that be a testimony to the world when he gets up and walks out of that hospital cheating death just like Lazarus did!
Keep the faith because the Creator of all the universe holds BJ in the palm of His hand!
Praying for all of you...

 
At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my bible study today it just so happens to be about Jahovah-Rapha- THE HEALER. Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." May He be with you all today and be the healer of your brokenhearts and BJ's wounds.

Praying in Zionsville, Christie

 
At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying that God's will be done.

Kim
Hannibal, MO
HLG

 
At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is breaking for your family. I sit with tears in my eyes and await this upcoming decision. As I read "between" the lines it is easy to see that you all are on the verge of a very difficult time...may God Bless you during this. My thoughts and continous prayers go out to you.

 
At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI BJ I SO SORRY YOU HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH A HARD TIME ,BUT SOMETIMES GOD ALLOWS US TO GO THROUGH THINGS LIKE THIS TO GET CHRISTIANS ATTENTION TO SEE HOW MANY WILL STAND IN AGREEMENT WITH YOUR PARENTS ABOUT YOUR HEALING.GOD HAS PROMISED HEALING FOR THE CHILDREN OF GOD THAT HAS FAITH TO BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE STRIPES OF JESUS CHRIST, I HAVE FAITH IN JESUS AND IN HIM TO BRING COMPLETE HEALING TO YOU, I STAND ON MATT 18:19 IF TWO OR MORE AGREE IT SHALL BE DONE. GOD SAID I AM THE GOD THAT HEALS YOU THATS HIS PERSONAL PROMISE TO YOU BJ AND TO ALL OF US THAT BELIEVE, THERES A LOT OF PRAYER WARRIORS OUT HERE THAT BELIEVE THE POWER OF THE LORD JESUS AND HIS ABILITY TO COMPELY MAKE YOU WHOLE, HIS WORD SAYS BY MY STRIPES YOU ARE HEALED ,WE AS PRAYER PARTNERS NEED TO RECEIVE THIS HEALING FOR YOU BY OUR FAITH JOINED WITH YOUR PARENTS FAITH AND THE POWER OF THE PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT ,AND THE CHURCH SAID IT IS DONE. GOD ALLOWS US TO GO THROUGH A TEST FOR US TO GIVE A TESTAMONY PRAISE GOD FOR YOUR HEALING
ANDREA

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, we come before now Lord, 2pm and lift up the medical team and BJs body Lord. We ask for complete success because that is what our flesh wants, yet Lord we ask that YOUR WILL be done. We see so much that BJ has to offer the world and we want him to be able to do that here on earth. We ask for a miracle Lord. Lord Jesus touch the family and their support team. Give them peace. Thank you that you are providing this time for me to pray and be apart of this unity. May I be dilegent in my work when I am done praying at this time.
Our God is an awesome God, He reign from Heaven above, our God is an Awesome God.
Continuing to pray silently,
Lela, Concord, CA

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ESTAMOS ORANDO FUERTEMENTE A DIOS PARA QUE DE FUERZA A BJ EN LOS PROCEDIMIENTOS QUIRURGICOS QUE LE HARAN ESTA TARDE.
TITO SEVILLA

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Thank you Brent for your honest heart that is so full of God's grace. I love you all and am praying for you continually. May the hands of the Father and His wonderful grace wrap you in his strong arms. May He give clear direction and wisdom to you and the medical staff to know how to execute His perfect will. Praying and believing that He is in total control and He will deliver BJ today.
My Love,
Lynn

 
At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been praying for your family and B.J. I'm not all that computer savy so this is the first time for me to comment, but I have been praying since I first heard of your son. Our daughter has been on 3 Awestar mission trips in the past. I read what you post from your son's journal and I'm reminded of the awsome zeal for the Lord's work my daughter has after following the Lord's call on her life to go on mission. I don't pretend to understand what your family is going through during this time but I am sure of the fact that God holds your family through this storm. This is so evident in your daily journaling. You have been a blessing to me as I see your faith in our God in regards for His will for your son. Only in the family of God can strangers have such comman ground of faith and prayer.
Penny B. Rio Rancho, NM

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

Heavenly Father, guide the hands and minds of those working on BJ at this time. Comfort this family. Thy will be done. We love and praise you.

Ed, Carmel, IN

 
At 2:13 PM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

God can do anything but fail...

Father please sustain this family. Give them strength and wisdom. Spare their suffering, grant them mercy through YOUR WILL.

Oh, Father, they are scared. Please calm their fears, settle their hearts, grant them the most powerful peace that only YOU can.

We know that you are with BJ every step of the way, we know that he is in YOUR HANDS, YOUR CARE, yet our hearts break for this family. Dear God, HOLD THEM CLOSE.

In Jesus Holy name....Amen

Won't stop praying....promise!

Love you,
Debbie

 
At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH GOD HOW WE LEAN ON YOU IN OUR TIME OF NEED. ONLY YOU DEAR FATHER CAN SUPPLY AND MEET WHAT WE NEED.
HOLD US OH SOO CLOSE NOW FATHER. LET YOUR GENTLE HANDS CONSOLE US.
LET YOUR LOVE SURROUND AND ENGULF US NOW AS OUR HEARTS, MINDS, AND BODIES FEEL NO MORE WE CAN TAKE.

BE THE ROCK I NEED

TIFFANY WILLIAMS
HOUSE OF GOD INDPLS, IN
WESLEY CATE'S NEIGHBOR

 
At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ,

We prayed for you today, Sept. 23, 2pm. We are asking God for His perfect will to be done in and through your life. What a mighty God we serve. He is faithful, loving, kind, always on time, never late or early, He does not turn His back on His children nor does He leave them alone.

May the God of peace fill you will hope as you trust in Him.

Love,
Corey and Bonnie Webb
Cibolo, Texas
Everyday Christian Fellowship

 
At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying, praying, praying for so many aspects of all that is going on with BJ and all of you.

King of Kings, Lord of Lords, & Prince of Peace...may He be intimately all of these to you during these next few hours.

McMahans

 
At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am continuing to pray for BJ and your family. God Bless you all.

Alicia Fischer
Nineveh, IN

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger toddyoumans said...

We're praying for you even now as BJ is in surgery. May God hold you all close this afternoon.

Todd, Jes & Andrew Y.

 
At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just received your request from Glenda Hoyle. Please rest assured of our prayers. I have a 15 year-old grandson so I can relate to his youth. We live in Nebraska but thank God He is not limited to geography.

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger David Post said...

We are on our knees right now. We know this must be a tough day for all of you. We will continue to pray for you and BJ. We won't stop standing in the gap for you.

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Bro. Kenny said...

I am praying and will not stop. lord have mercy on these parents and save BJ.

Kenny Cargill
Bullard, TX

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Lynn Newkirk said...

I am pryaing ever so hard. Please Dear Lord Lift up BJ through these next few surgeries. Lift up the Higgians family to through these very rough times. We need you now Dear Lord. We love you much.
Praying so praying so.
By His Grace
Lynn
Indy

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

Know that we are still praying strong.
We are there with you in spirit feel us all holding you.
D.J. - Tulsa, Ok

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger . said...

FORTY DAYS...

of rain and rising water in the Flood

Moses spent fasting before God on the mountain (twice)

the Israelite spies explored the land of Canaan

Goliath taunted the armies of Israel

Elijah traveled on the food the angel brought him

the people of Nineveh were given to turn to God

Jesus fasted in the desert and was tempted

the disciples saw Jesus after the resurrection

FORTY DAYS...

We continue to pray.

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

Brent, Deanna,
I continue to Intensly Pray through this day!
Your Friend!
Matt L.

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

My heart breaks for you all, as the tears flow I am reminded of the woman with the issue of blood who reached out and touched the hem of Jesus robe and by faith she was healed.
Lord we come to You now and lift BJ up to You, by faith we the body of Christ reach out on behalf of BJ and touch the hem of Your garment. We ask for Your will to be done in BJ and we selfishly ask that it would be to keep him here with his family. Lord we love You and we look to You for comfort and guidance. Give the doctors wisdom and peace Lord. Flood room 2001 with Your presence Lord, for we know where Your presence is, there is healing. We give You all the glory and honor Lord. In Jesus name.. Amen and Amen

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee, Ok

Praying without ceasing

 
At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Youth Group, Family, and Friends continue to pray for BJ. The Bible says that if 3 or more are gathered in the name of Christ, then He will hear them. God may not always answer our prayers exactly the way we would like for him to, but we have to know that whatever happens is for his ultimate plan and glory. God may be using this as a tool to get everyone to trust him and have faith in him, because it is in his hands. We will never stop praying for BJ. HANG IN THERE BJ! With God's help, you can make it! We don't even know you, but we all love you and your family. May God Bless you always!

 
At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Falling on my face before the Lord - to #1 PRAISE HIM, to #2 CRY OUT FOR YOU ALL and to #3 TO PRAISE HIM FOR ALL HE WILL CONTINUE TO DO! Glory be to God the Father for your hearts and PEACE in the unknown :) You are being lifted up to our Glorious God! It reminds me of the song from Natalie Grant "Held". Let me tell you, since my Gramma's death in April, I have listened to that song hundreds of times and cried because of the aches in my heart - but, God comes ever so near to me (James 4:8) and changes my ache to PRAISES that He has given us things and people we could never deserve without His GRACE and MERCY! Love to you all and to all on this blog - the Lord inhabits the PRAISES of His people! Let's rock His socks off :)

Dying to live~

Laurel Lynn, San Diego

 
At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Precious Family, We are all praying and crying and waiting with you. . .thank you, Lord, that You stand there with the doctors as they perform these procedures AND there with BJ as he undergoes them AND with Brent, Deanna, Whitney and Lauren as they pray and wait AND with this community of faith that knows no boundaries of geography or language. . .how like You, God, to bring Your people together in such an amazing way as we pray for miraculous healing and continual grace--grace that is healing and cleansing--Lord, apply Your grace to ALL of BJ's wounds! It is truly by Your stripes that we are healed! We praise You and bless You,

under Your mercy,

Pieper Family
praying always in Charleston, SC

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

Dear Father,

Sustain your child, BJ, through this afternoon of procedures. Bless the efforts of the medical staff to do a mighty work.

Comfort Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney through it all.

Hear our prayers! We praise you and thank you for providing for us.

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give his only Son
And make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns his face away
As wounds that mar the chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I can not give an answer
But this I know will all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Mark
Hudson, OH

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart."
9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips,
as you know, O LORD.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;
may your love and your truth always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me;
O LORD, come quickly to help me.
14 May all who seek to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"
be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
"The LORD be exalted!"
17 Yet I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, do not delay

Dear family I don't know why I sense fear when the presence of the Lord couldn't be more obvious. It is almost like child birth. The greatest pain and most frequent pain come right BEFORE deivery and then the pain turns into joy. I pray that is what is happening with BJ. I pray the Lord is about to deliver him and satan knows that so he is doing his best to bring fear and discouragement to the family. I am confident you are strong in the Lord and as you have said you are at peace with BJ being in the Fathers hands. I pray the Creator of Heaven and Earth will ease your pain and in a way only He can bring you peace. I remain in constant prayer.

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 2:40 and i just read this update. I will certainly be praying for BJ's surgery!
God, we ask that you would be with BJ today! Please keep him and maintain his body. Give the doctors and nurses wisdom and diligence as they proceed. We commit BJ's well-being to you, knowing that you are our Loving Father and Faithful Savior. Thank you Jesus.

 
At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Family, we love you. We are praying in the name of Jesus. He is the beautiful, wonderful Savior. May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with us all.

 
At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

My whole heart is with you all...praying, praying, praying...

 
At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

with all the deployments and infedelity going on here at fort, carson, colorado, it's hard for us to see any good outside of here. but i have shared with the ladies bible study that i attend how much BJ needs our parayers, it kind of makes everything seem a little smaller. please know that there are some serious prayer warriors here and he is well covered. God, let them feel an overwhelming sense of peace.

 
At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still praying for BJ... praying and praying!

My Theology class also prayed for him today.

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

Praying without ceasing.
Hang in there.

Philip.

 
At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm on my knees for you all. still praying in KC..

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is with with you, just as he said in Dueteronomy 31:6 .. he will never leave, nor forsake you. God has used BJ to touch so many lives, and still is. But I pray right now that we will see God glorifired through BJ today, and God will show us the incredible things he can do.

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

Still Praying for you.

Tammy
St George Utah

 
At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you all as you go through this. BJ is in the right hands - the Lord's. I will pray for you all.

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

I pray that the Lord continue's to keep your family within his arms. I will continue to pray for BJ.

Cheryl Lindsley - Wildomar CA

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

Prayers going up for BJ, you and your family.

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

BJ and his family are in our thoughts
and prayers. Our prayers will be that
our Lord and Savior, Jesus, will heal
BJ's body.

May it be in His perfect will.

Tim Crawley & Family

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

The Jarrells of Spring Hill, FL will be praying with you.

 
At 3:01 PM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

Still praying, plus another MercyMe email has just reached my in-box so I anticipate a huge flood of prayers to reach the throne room of grace. Thank You Lord that You keep us on our knees both physical and spiritual on behalf of BJ and his dear family. Give them peace Lord, as only You can, continue to guide the skilled hands of the surgeons, breath Your breathe of life in and over Bj, in Jesus name I pray... Amena and Amen

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee,Ok

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

One day I decided to quit...I quit my job, my
relationship, my spirituality... I wanted to quit my
life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to
quit?" His answer surprised me...
"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the
bamboo?"
"Yes", I replied.
"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took
very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them
water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its
brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came
from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the
bamboo. In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant
and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo
seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo." He said.
"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo
seed. But I would not quit.
In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo
see. I would not quit." He said.
"Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the
earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and
insignificant...But just 6 months later the bamboo
rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five
years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and
gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give
any of my creations a challenge it could not handle."
He said to me.
"Did you know, my child, that all this time you have
been struggling, you have actually been growing
roots?"
"I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on
you."
"Don't compare yourself to others." He said. "The
bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they
both make the forest beautiful."
"Your time will come", God said to me. "You will rise
high"
"How high should I rise?" I asked.
"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.
"As high as it can?" I questioned
"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as
you can."
I left the forest and bring back this story. I hope
these words can help you see that God will never give
up on you.
He will never give up on you!

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

May the lord give you the strength and clarity at this most trying time. Know that His will is never wrong.

In His name

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

My prayers and the prayers of my family, are with you all at this time,I pray the Lord be with you and with BJ and the doctors as you wait.I pray the Lord bring comfort and give you peace during this difficult time,Debbie
New Brunswick,Canada

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger Derek Tucker said...

Hello Brent, Deanna, Lauren, Whitney and BJ,
Your strength and endurance during this time is an incredible inspiration. I know that I have questioned, and I'm sure you have to, about why things happen how they do. Your constant faith in God having a plan is an incredible encouragement for me. I will continue to pray for you all, as will our family and church family.
I do not want to talk about myself but I want to let y'all know about our situation here in Texas. We are experiencing something totally new for me. As you probably know, hurricane Rita is coming for the Texas coast. Here in Deer Park we are about 50 miles from the ocean but closer to Galveston bay, as well as the Houston Ship Channell. There has been a massive evacuation of the Houston area but we have decided to stay here and stick things out, as it appears that the hurricane will hit slightly East of us. Several days ago I was extremely concerned about staying here and did not want to at all. I felt terrible about the thought of being in the middle of a huge storm with no help or outside contact with anyone. However, Yesterday morning I woke up with an incredible peace about staying. Long story short, we are prepared and expecting power to go out sometime during the night or early morning hours. I hope and pray we will be able to know more about BJ soon. We will no doubt pray and pray and pray for him and everything that he is going through.
I did not tell you these things to get attention on ourselves or for anyone to worry, I am sure that we will be ok. We have taken all precausions necessary to be safe (boarded up the house, water, flashlights, lamps, canned food etc.). I am looking forward to when electricity goes out, we will then have to eat all the food in our freezer!! So don't worry but if you'd like to pray for us, as well as everyone else in the storm, that'd be great.
I would be lying if I said I never doubt why God does certain things, or allow certain things that people have to go through. But I have learned through y'all and a few other situations that we cannot dwell on the negative. Instead I have learned that I must cling and attempt to hold tightly to the hope that only comes from Jesus Christ. I appreciate your faithfulness in teaching me this lesson and so much more. Perhaps I will need the lesson of hope and faith in the next few days. We will always be praying for you. I love each one of you so much and I long to see you again and be able to be there for you.

In God's AMAZING AND NEVER-ENDING LOVE,
Derek (BJ's cousin)
Deer Park, Texas

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord in all your ways and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger Amanda Andrews said...

Higgins Family,
we are thinking of you and praying for you on this really tuff day. hang in there; God is working. Everything will be okay. We love you all.
love, Mark and Amanda Andrews
Mooresville, IN

 
At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying that no matter the outcome that the Lord would be glorified through this.

I am also praying that the Lords will, would be for complete and total healing, I know He can do it I have seen His healing hand in my life and that of others around me.

In Christ!!!
Kelly
Tucson, Arizona
Keep your eyes on the Son!!!

 
At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read this for the first time, and am now praying for God's peace and understanding for all of you. And relief from the pain for BJ. And in all things, God's will be done.

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

Wishing all of you Christ's peace...

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

Our God is good! He is faithful to give us just enough strength to get through one moment at a time. I pray for your strength as you are going through this ordeal. I pray that God would allow BJ to stay with us and be able to tell about this incredible chapter in his life. God's will is perfect but being the selfish type, I ask God that it be His will to heal BJ. Keep your head up, looking to Jesus. He has a plan.

Glenna Scott
Catoosa, OK

 
At 3:08 PM, Blogger Amy said...

i am recent graduate of IWU who has heard about Bj from friends...currently doing missions in Romania.

i am lifting up Bj right now. Lord, be Glorified.
In Him,
Amy
Bucharest, Romania

 
At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for your family and BJ

 
At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following your story and praying for BJ and your entire family for some time now. As a mother of three kids, my heart goes out to you for all your going through. Our God is an awesome God and I'm praying that His perfect will be done in your situation.

Melody
Dacula, GA

 
At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my thoughts and prayers are with youll i havent been keeping track with whats going on but i understand that B.J. is in a great need of prayer and needs all the prayer hey can get. tell B.J. to hold in there and everything will be all right for he is in gods hands and there is no better place to be
Dexter
evans, Ga

 
At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father,
I just lift this family up to you Lord. Give them peace. I know you are constantly with BJ and his family and I know their prayers don't fall on deaf ears Lord, give each of them strength.
In Your name...

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you and your family, your dad said it best, you are in the Fathers hands. You are a testimony in Faith and opbedience.
You and your family are in our prayers.

Your brothers and sisters in Christ....

Salinas Calvary Chaper

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my heart is breaking as I think of my own children. I am praying for Bj and his family. Thank you Jesus for never leaving us. We need you now. Jesus give comfort to these parents. Jesus give comfort to Bj.

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AS I sit in my office praying the sun just peeked through the clouds.
I am taking that as a sign from God that everything is ok.
Love and Prayers,
Cheryl Lewis

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger ~*~Chelsea~*~ said...

You in my thoughts and prayers

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

Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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

Keep Praying! BJ has been in my prayers for weeks now, and i have shared his testimony with my Youth Group! He's an extradonary kid! and what a witness his life and illness has been. God is in control! Lord Please be with BJ and his family!

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger ~*~Chelsea~*~ said...

youre in my prayers.....

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ has touched the lives of so many...praying continually for healing and God's peace.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for BJ and your entire family. May the Lord bless you all in this very trying time. God Bless each and everyone of you.

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEALING COMES THROUGH OUR LORD CHRIST JESUS IF WE ONLY BELIEVE.
MAY GOD KEEP YOU ALL IN HIS LOVING HANDS.

PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOU...

HAMPSTEAD, NC

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Karen Vesely said...

I am headed to San Diego to a christian writer's conference right now and I want to let you know I will pray the whole way down while driving. If I can, I will try to sheare the prayer requests for BJ also.
WE BELEIVE GOD CAN DO ANYTHING...
Our hearts are with you,
Karen Vesely
San Clemente, CA

 
At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you. It is great to see what strong faith your family has. Miracles happen all the time and for such a special young man whose life has been spent helping others, one will happen for him. I believe God has wonderful things planned for BJ.

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your updates & sections of BJ's journal have touched the depths of my soul! Thank you for sharing your son & his courageous family with me.

Continued prayer,
Marilyn
Cleveland, TN

 
At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lift you all in prayer. How great thou art! May God fill you with His peace and understanding.

Pam Ingles
Fullerton, California

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger Carrieanney said...

May the peace of our Lord be with you in your hour of need. He is so faithful!

We're still praying!!!

In love,
Carrie G.
Xenia, OH

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

I am so sorry to hear about what is going on with BJ and his family. I am saying a prayer for all of you. In reading about BJ, he sounds like an awesome guy. I pray that Gods will will be done.

Ron

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

BJ,
May the Lord be with you, your family & friends, & the medical staff.

J.T.
Laurel, MD

 
At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying
We are with you

Love from your
Brothers and Sisters
Indianapolis, IN

 
At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for B.J.!

 
At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for BJ and you guys as well. Your strength in all this has amazed me. I am asking everyone here at IU and abroad that I can to be praying for you all as well. My heart breaks for what you all are going through.
In Christ,
david fladung

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger . said...

Wonderful, Merciful Saviour
(Dawn Rodgers, Eric Wyse)

Wonderful, merciful Saviour
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would've thought that a Lamb could
Rescue the souls of men
Oh, You rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost our way
Oh, we've hopelessly lost the way

You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we're falling before Your throne

You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

 
At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been praying for BJ since I first heard of his plight about 3 weeks ago. I have no doubt that BJ will be completely healed! God be with you and your family.

 
At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I envision BJ being immersed in a pool of brilliant, white transformative light...as if all angels were in "liquid" form. He is immersed in this healing light and is swimming freely in it. He's laughing...filled with joy...pain-free...and knows nothing but Love. His body is remembering what it's like to be healthy and whole again. He is transformed. He is God's perfect body! Halleluiah! :) Swim and laugh BJ....

 
At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with BJ, the family, the doctors, friends... all involved. God will do His thing as always. God Bless ~ Raleigh, NC

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

I'm praying and praying for BJ and all the lives he has touched. Thank you for sharing such a moving, and somewhat heartbreaking story. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Continue to have faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. May God bless you all.

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

I am in Auburn, AL praying for BJ and I know God can heal his body of this infection. Please have comfort knowing that individuals across the nation are praying for him to be healed by God. Thank you for keeping us updated on his experiences. I pray for blessing to be on your family.

 
At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying to our loving and merciful Healer.

Nissi from Long Island

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

My heart continues to go out to you all. Heavenly Father I pray that you wrap your loving arms around the family and friends of BJ so that they can be the support for him that he needs. I ask that you grant them peace in knowing You have a perfect plan and will not abandon them.
I ask these things in Your precious Son's name. Amen

Ruth G
Romeoville, Illinois

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

Psalm 106:4-5, "Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your
people,
come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the
prosperity of your
chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join
your
inheritance in giving praise." (NIV)

 
At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am agreeing with you in prayer for wisdom, strengh and BJ's speedy recovery. Believing for God's best in everyone's life.

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

May you be filled with peace. We are still praying for all of you. Keep looking up.

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

 
At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is and always will be an awesome God. May His perfect peace be with you all. .

Matt. . Lake City, FL

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

Psa 55:1 Hear my prayer, O God; don't turn away from my plea!
Psa 55:2 Listen to me and answer me; I am worn out by my worries.
Psa 55:3 I am terrified by the threats of my enemies, crushed by the oppression of the wicked. They bring trouble on me; they are angry with me and hate me.
Psa 55:4 I am terrified, and the terrors of death crush me.
Psa 55:5 I am gripped by fear and trembling; I am overcome with horror.
Psa 55:6 I wish I had wings like a dove. I would fly away and find rest.
Psa 55:7 I would fly far away and make my home in the desert.
Psa 55:8 I would hurry and find myself a shelter from the raging wind and the storm.
Psa 55:9 Confuse the speech of my enemies, O Lord! I see violence and riots in the city,
Psa 55:10 surrounding it day and night, filling it with crime and trouble.
Psa 55:11 There is destruction everywhere; the streets are full of oppression and fraud.
Psa 55:12 If it were an enemy making fun of me, I could endure it; if it were an opponent boasting over me, I could hide myself from him.
Psa 55:13 But it is you, my companion, my colleague and close friend.
Psa 55:14 We had intimate talks with each other and worshiped together in the Temple.
Psa 55:15 May my enemies die before their time; may they go down alive into the world of the dead! Evil is in their homes and in their hearts.
Psa 55:16 But I call to the LORD God for help, and he will save me.
Psa 55:17 Morning, noon, and night my complaints and groans go up to him, and he will hear my voice.
Psa 55:18 He will bring me safely back from the battles that I fight against so many enemies.
Psa 55:19 God, who has ruled from eternity, will hear me and defeat them; for they refuse to change, and they do not fear him.
Psa 55:20 My former companion attacked his friends; he broke his promises.
Psa 55:21 His words were smoother than cream, but there was hatred in his heart; his words were as soothing as oil, but they cut like sharp swords.
Psa 55:22 Leave your troubles with the LORD, and he will defend you; he never lets honest people be defeated.
Psa 55:23 But you, O God, will bring those murderers and liars to their graves before half their life is over. As for me, I will trust in you.

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

Both of our prayer groups are praying for BJ.
Phil & Betsy

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

Psa 54:7 You have rescued me from all my troubles

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

Praying that God's presence is with all of you every minute.

 
At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psa 54:4 But God is my helper. The Lord is my defender.

 
At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying..............
I have a 15 year old son myself. I can only imagine your emotions and I'm so struck by your faith. Continue to lean on our Heavenly Father.

Christine in Strong, Maine

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

Lord, please be with BJ. I know he is in Your hands. Please just be with the doctors and give them wisdom and guidance. Be with his family and give them comfort. My heart cries out to You for his healing.

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

As always, I am praying for you and your entire family.

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

May you feel the heartbeat of the Father as He holds you close at this time.

 
At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With such a good day yesterday I believe the enemy has sent his all-out forces against BJ. BUT - OUR GOD IS MUCH BIGGER AND MIGHTIER THAN THE ENEMY!!! Read 2 Kings 6 - specifically vs 16-18. Do not fear, for those who are with BJ are more than those who are with them (the enemy)."

I will be continually praying for BJ. Stay faith filled!

Diana (St. Louis, MO)

 
At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LORD protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.
Pslam 27:1

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isa 43:2 When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.

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

Lord, I come to you in the name of Jesus and stand in agreement with all the prayers that are going up for BJ. I ask that you would move in this hour of need.

In Christ Alone,
STORM
Bentonville, AR

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Please Lord Jesus I ask in your name Lord God that you will heal BJ and keep his family in your loving arms.

Karen Nelsen
Omaha, NE

 
At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm at work and want you to know that I am lifting you all up and I know that God is faithful and that His will will be done.

 
At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying.
Kristy Roberts

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger Daniel Martin said...

Hey Higgins's!

We are praying for you! God is faithful...I know ya'll know this, but good to hear.

Also, if there is anything I can do from Dallas...let me know.

-daniel martin

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

Heavenly Father, we all gather at Your feet now, knelt in worship, praise, thanksgiving, and honor. Hear our prayers today, Lord. You are worthy of all of it. We trust in Your will - that You would be glorified above all - that people would come to know You through BJ's struggles.

Continuing to pray for you as the day progresses, trusting God for every moment that passes...

Brian
Denver, CO

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger Matt Snow said...

On my knees....

Thinking Upward!

The Snow's

 
At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God wrap you in His loving arms at this time while you wait during BJ's surgery. May God grant you an overwhelming peace like you've never experienced before. I want to thank you for taking us along on this journey with BJ. His testimonies and willingness to be your servant regardless of what he had to endure for the cause of Christ has been something amazing for those of us who have been privileged to be a part of and we thank you! We will continue to pray for the right procedures to be done and decisions to be made. Lord, please be with the surgeons at this time and guide them as only you can do. Your will be done.
Send the right people to minister to Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney at this time.
Love and prayers,
The Peters in Santa Claus

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

This is a prayer I received from a friend today. It blessed me, I hope it blesses you.
It shall be well with you this year. No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not succeed. You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year. For the remaining months of the year, your problems will enter call blocking, your enemies will have network problems and their bad wishes for you will enter into voicemail and you will only get them as missed calls. All your agonies will be divrted and victory and prosperity will be your incoming calls. Heavens have confirmed today the end of yuor sufferings, sorrows, and pains because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. HE has taken away the hardships and given you JOY. HE will never let you down. I knocked at heavens door this morning, GOD asked me...My child, what can I do for you? And I said, FATHER, please protect and bless BJ. GOD smiled and answered...Request granted.
Love from Arkansas

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I asked God to give me direction as to what to pray for you and this came to mind..
The Lord is my shepard; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. he restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk throught the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the prescence of my enemies; you anonit my head with oil. My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwel in the house of the Lord Forever.
I feel this applies to whatever is God's will for BJ. You are all in my prayers...

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying in pennsylvania

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But by the grace of God, there go I. God bless you and keep you, praying for you in Alabama

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please Lord Jesus I ask in your name Lord God that you heal BJ and keep his family in your loving arms.

 
At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace be with you all. Your faith is overwhelming and it brings me to tears each time I check on BJ. Our prayers are with you. And thank you....
In His Name,

 
At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will keep praying for BJ.

People who care in La Vista, Nebraska

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

Dear Lord, I know that You are at BJ's side. He has never been alone throughout this entire journey. You are carrying him, and he would not have it any other way. Please Lord, we are not ready to let him go. His family is not reasdy to let him go. Please bring healing to BJ's body. Please bring peace to his family. Lord, they have hurt, and they have suffered, and I lift all of them up to You. Amen

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

My family will be praying for yours.

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

I will keep you in prayer. A song you may want to check out is on www.steadfasttinsoldier.net click on the media link and listen to All I need. I believe this will speak to your hearts.

God Bless

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lifting BJ and his family up in prayer....Joyce

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's at times like these that all I can do is hold on to my Jesus with all the strength that He gives me at the moment. Thankfully, I know that what He gives me will be enough. Thank you, family for being a wonderful example of that faith that I need to have.

Dear God,
Oh, our God, it's hard to express what we're feeling right now, but we know You understand. Thank you for being our hope, our shield and our guide through out these 40 days.
We come before You now on our knees at Your feet, acknowledging that You deserve all the glory. It's here that we ask that You do what You know is best.
We also stand with confidence, knowing that when You look at us You see not our sinful selves, but Your Son Jesus. It is with this powerful authority that we say that Satan will not use this sickness to do his will, but that this situation will scream and cry out Your praises.
But we also come to You and crawl into your lap, as your children and rest in Your peace. And here in Your love, we beg for the healing of our brother. You know what's wrong, and You know how to fix it. We ask that You do that now, on this day.
We love You for all You have done for us. Thank You our Lord and our God.
It's in Jesus name we pray,
Amen

The yearnings of our hearts won't stop. We will ever be in prayer.

Love in Christ,
Kayla
Dallas, TX

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger Donna Monnin said...

Praying for you from Mechanicsville Virginia! Love you all!

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you Brother. Praying that the surgerys go well. STAY STRONG.

Your Brother in Christ
Jonathan Haag

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that I was praying for you BJ. I know the Lord is good and always able. He will do what's best for you. Proverbs 3:5-6

Jon

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

They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They will soar as with wings of eagles. They will run and not grow faint. They will walk and not grow weary. Isaiah 40:31

The Lord is with you and your family, I feel His spirit as I write this. You are deeply loved and prayed for.

Heavenly Father, we lift BJ to you right now in unity and ask for Your Will, ask for Your Healing. We ask Lord for your peace, your comfort, your strength. We release BJ to Your Glory, for Your Glory. We trust You and praise You Father.

In Jesus Mighty Name! Amen.

Your sister in Christ.

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying in Anderson, IN

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family's prayers to you. God grant you healing and the strength to shine!

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know I am praying for BJ and you his family. Recently I had a young nephew who OD'd. The Dr.s basically said he will not survive, he has no functions. However thru the prayers of many and the wonderful Grace of God, he is now out of the hospital, walking, talking, etc. Yes, he has some ill effects but I just wanted to let you know GOd hears our prayers, and I know the prayers of many are going out for him. May the Grace of God be upon you. Keep up the faith.

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Donna Monnin said...

God's love is all around you. Love to you all from Mechanicsville, Virginia.

 
At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers for BJ and everyone who comes into his reach through the love of Christ, may the Doctors healing knowledge reach out for BJ
and comfort his family in this uncertain time.
Rockin' the gates of Heaven for BJ

 
At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, I cry out to You....bring healing and comfort to this family. Only You can carry BJ thru all of this. You are in total control, and for that I praise You.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger In Transition said...

I am praying for healing in the name of Jesus and pleading the blood of the Lamb over him and your family.
Johnne

 
At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father,
We pray for your healing hands to touch BJ and remove this infection from his body. We ask that you give this family and friends of his hope and comfort with your loving arms. Father, we mostly want your will to be done with BJ and we hope that you can keep him with us and use him to further your kingdom. He is needed here Father, he has such a love of witnessing and he has so much to teach us! God with all due respect, we need him here more than ever! A miracle is need and a miracle is what I pray for! I am asking you this in the name of Jesus Christ, your son, my savior!
AMEN!

 
At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TCS is praying for God to bless and care for BJ. Praying also for family and staff to remain strong during this time.

 
At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ Familia
Tessalonicenses 5
15Tenham cuidado para que ninguém retribua o mal com o mal, mas sejam sempre bondosos uns para com os outros e para com todos.

16 Alegrem-se sempre.

17 Orem continuamente.

18 Dêem graças em todas as circunstâncias, pois esta é a vontade de Deus para vocês em Cristo Jesus.


Jaime,
San Palo, Brazil

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger BlondeBlogger said...

Our family is praying hard for you, B.J.! May God bless you with healing and comfort, and may our whole family rest in his peace and strength.

 
At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Cor. 2:16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." Father, you know the plans you have for BJ -- plans for good and not for evil. Please enlighten these precious parents' hearts and minds by your Spirit to know the way they should go and the decisions they must make, and give them your peace.

Still praying with you.
The Christensens
Kansas City, MO

 
At 3:56 PM, Blogger BlondeBlogger said...

Meant to say "your" family....sorry!

 
At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for all of you, and may God bless a family that clearly has so much faith and trust in Him.

 
At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Family is in prayer for you and yours. We stand in firm belief of the testimony we have read on your website. Your faith is an inspiration, and God's will and work will be done through your story, and through the amazing way you give our Heavenly Father, and His Precious Son the honor and glory, even in your dark moments. We send our love and prayers--
The Akers' Family--
Aric and Cheri
Ashlyn, Cameron, Amanda and Graham
Forney, Texas

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

Praying for your family. May the Lord bless you in a mighty way. And may BJ be healed, all for God's glory. Praying and praying.

 
At 3:57 PM, Blogger Nicia said...

Still praying in Ecuador.

God, you know what we want...

And what we really want is what you want.

We rest in you and ask you to make your will known.

Chris Irwin
Guayaquil, Ecuador

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got home and checked on BJ. I pray he came through the surgery OK and the procedure on his hip will be successful to rid him of infection. Stay strong! As we all have to do remember, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I have clung to this verse for the past 18 months myself and we know that you guys and BJ do to.

God Bless!
Evelyn, Indy

 
At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father, I lift BJ's name up to you today......please guide his doctors and nurses with knowledge and strength and if it be Your Will, please spare BJ and keep him here on Earth so he can continue his ministry and spread Your Word throughout the world in Your name.

In Jesus' Precious Name, Amen

Annette & Matt Davis
Waco, Texas

 
At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your family.

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

We are praying for you BJ!

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

May you know that no matter what God is with you! He will never leave you! IF ever that becomes to hard to see lean on someone else for the moment and they will carry you to Jesus!

Carry You To Jesus by Steven Curtis Chapman

I will not pretend to feel the pain you’re going through
I know I cannot comprehend the hurt you’ve known
And I used to think it mattered if I understood
But now I just don’t know

Well, I’ll admit sometimes I still wish I knew what to say
And I keep looking for a way to fix it all
But we know we’re at the mercy of God’s higher ways
And our ways are so small

But I will carry you to Jesus
He is everything you need
I will carry you to Jesus on my knees

It’s such a privilege for me to give this gift to you
All I’d ever hope you’d give me in return
Is to know that you’ll be there to do the same for me
When the tables turn

And if you need to cry go on and I, I will cry along with you, yeah
I’ve given you what I have but still I know the best thing I can do
Is just pray for you

I’ll carry you
I’ll take you to Jesus on my knees

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Safe in the Arms of Jesus"
still praying for you...

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are all praying for the best--- after all, with God all things are possible....

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
Thank you for allowing God to use this most difficult time in your lives to show other believers what it looks like to walk by faith. You will never know how many people's walk with our Savior has been deepened and strengthened by your being willing to share this story. You are precious and you are loved!

Zephaniah 3:17
"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

We continue to lift you all up to our Lord and Savior.

Your sister in Christ,
Lori....Everett, Washington

 
At 4:10 PM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Father, hear the cries of all of the prayer warriors standing with BJ and his family.

We pray because WE BELIEVE IN YOU, YOUR POWER, YOUR WISDOM AND YOUR MIGHTY GRACE.

Deanna, Brent, Lauren & Whitney you are loved by us beyond words, and by our Lord beyond measure.

Love you,
Debbie

 
At 4:10 PM, Blogger David Post said...

As of now 400 people have blogged on this site today. I know the family appreciates all the words and prayers that being lifted up for BJ and them.

 
At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every 30 mins the oven timer goes off & we go to our knees again for BJ...

Wow!! Look at the body of Christ joining you in prayer...He continually amazes us!!

To God be the Glory!

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

Lord,you reign above all things! We have seen and heard of your power before over and over again. Lord show it again! Please, if it would bring you the most glory, heal Bj. Thank you Jesus for hearing us...
We are still praying
love
Brittany Allen
and family and church

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

I continue to faithfully keep BJ and his loved ones in my prayers. God is the great physician and healer. By steadfast faith, the prayers of all the saints will be heard by His goodness, His love, His mercy, and His grace.

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

I am praying. God is in control and has all authority!
Vicksburg,MS

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

may you and your family continue to have the faith to come through this. I am praying for his recovery.

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

Still praying.

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

i'm praying for you all as well as many on the oklahoma baptist university campus.

 
At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just checked the website and saw that BJ is scheduled for surgery, and it is now 4:00PM but I am praying for the surgeon's hands to be guided by GOD and the precense of our Lord to be felt by everyone in the room, including BJ and comfort be to Brent Sr., Deanna, Lauren, Whitney and the extended family as you wait for news.

SuzAnne Keith
Indianapolis, IN

 
At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are prayers are with BJ.

 
At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear friends-My words are inadequate, but the Holy Spirit intercedes, and I continue to pray.
Love,
Carla S.

 
At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Is In Control
Twila Paris

God is in Control
This is no time for fear
This I a time for faith and determination
Don’t lose the vision here
Carried away by the motion

Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him
We know, ohh, God is in control
Ohh, God is in control

History marches on
There is a bottom line drawn across the ages
Culture can make its plan
Oh but the line never changes
No matter how the deception may fly
There is one thing that has always been true
It will be true forever

Repeat chorus

He has never let you down
Why start to worry now
Why start to worry now
He is still the Lord of all we see
And he is still the loving Father
Watching over you and me

Watching over you
Watching over me
Watching over everything
Watching over you

Watching over me
Every little sparrow
Every little king
Ohh, every little king

Repeat chorus

 
At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found out about BJ from the MercyMe newsletter that I just received for the first time. I'm praying for BJ, and have asked friends, family, and Church to pray as well. Prayer is the strongest medicine. God's will be done.

 
At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let the family know that we are praying for BJ. May God Bless you all

 
At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are with you
We pray on this 40th day
take BJ"S infections away.
We are hopeful all is smooth with the doctors and nurses in their demanding jobs. God Bless them All!!!
We are all praying for your strength and comfort
God Bless all of you
and your faith

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

Dear Higgins Family,

My heart continues to feel deeply for you and all that you are going through...

I continue to lift up BJ and your family in prayer....

I know the Lord & BJ are having a wonderful one on one visit at this time....

Keeping each one of you close to my heart.

Your Sister in Christ,
Mary

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless all of you. Am keeping you and BJ lifted up.

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you B.J. and with your dear parents. May God bless this precious family and heal his servant B.J. by the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Leslie Pippin
Tulsa, Oklahoma

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoughts & prayers are with you & your family BJ.

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

BJ is in my prayers tonight. I hope that he will be able to pull through this with the prayers of many throughout the world..I will ask those close to me to pray as well.

Crystal R.
Portland, OR

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

BJ is in my prayers. May God hold you and your family safely in His arms. There is nothing the Lord can't do.

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

Psalms 46:1-2
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

God Bless and Keep you in his loving Arms, <><

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will keep you in our prayers! Hang in there!
Love in Christ,
The Staten Family
Trinity Christian Fellowship
Virginia Beach, VA

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh God, we continue to pray for BJ's complete healing, for your Guiding Hand for the surgeons and doctors, for strength and perseverance for BJ's family, for your Presence to be hovering over all, to be felt by all of the nurses and therapists and all of the staff expending so much care for BJ. You are our Healer, by Your stripes we are healed, and so we ask for healing for BJ. Draw everyone involved closer to you. Thank you, Jesus, for hearing our prayers.

Andrea
Sydney, Australia

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for supernatural wisdom and discernment
Sherrie Boerne, Texas

 

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