Monday, September 19, 2005

BJ is on his back again, swelling looks a little better. They gave him an ultrasound to check out his abdomen and an xray to make sure his bones aren't infected. He still has a high white blood cell count, though it has come down significantly since that first week. He is still very sick, but his numbers remain stable, and they are watching him closely. So, we continue to wait.

Father, our son is in Your strong, yet gentle and capable hands. There is no safer place for him to be! Please continue to sustain us and renew our hope. Fill our anxious thoughts with peace that only You can give. Our cry is for You to restore his health and bring his stats up as the ventilator settings are turned down. Let his bodily functions work the way You designed them to. Bring him back to us Jesus and help us as we wait. Our prayer is for healing as You will it.

BJ's mom


At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying! Y'all are always in my prayers and in my heart!


At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That prayer is the cry of my heart! Y'all have been on my mind non-stop today. Everywhere I look I'm reminded of BJ in some way. He's definately covered in prayer. I can't wait to get my "prayforbj" tshirt so I can wear it and tell others what it means.
Always praying,
Mary from Houston!

At 4:23 PM, Blogger natenamy said...

Just wanted to let you know that we are still praying for BJ, for the doctors, and for all of you as you play the "waiting game" and the "rain game" (sorry Beej).
We love you loads!
Hugs and kisses,
Nate and Amy

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

this is so incredibly, I cant wait to get paid so i can get one of those prayforbj t-shirts am so excited.
Well your always in my prayers
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

At 4:24 PM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

That was a wonderful prayer from a wonderful mother. God please let BJ's kidneys "rain" and his cell count get back to a more normal number. Thank you for all you have done...miracles daily. We love you and we love the Beej....and we know your timing is perfect...Please bless Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and's so hard to wait. Thank you Jesus...for the awesome work you are doing in so many lives through this...including mine. We praise you for your loving care. Lisa (aunt)

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and Deanna,

I don't write in very often, but I check this blog just about every day, if not more than once a day. Please know that BJ and your family is constantly in my thoughts and prayers. I will continue to pray for BJ's healing and for the Lord to blanket you with peace and comfort during this time.

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is soo amazing that through everything for the most part bj's numbers stay consistant, that really shows the effects of prayer and that God's hand is on bj! Continuing to pray!

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

Amen to your prayer Deanna.

To the Lord we cry and are delivered. In Him we trust and are never dissapointed. Psalm 22

We wait and pray with you, anxious to see the Lord's will worked out, trusting that it will be good and that He will carry us through it.

Rachel Long
Tulsa, OK

At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This morning during my quiet time I found myself thinking of BJ as I so often do... and my cry out to God, instead of being "Why BJ?" suddenly became "Why not me?!" ...... How I wish my faith in Christ was so grounded that I could go through something of this caliber! Something along those lines....

"It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations [strugglings in BJ's case!], but are we going on with Him through His temptations [strugglings]?" -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Thank you BJ for encouraging me in my walk with Christ!! How I long for your faith! How I long to have the faith to get past MY struggles to the point of reaching His! You have forever changed my life!

Jordan @ Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Mo

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. My name is Bonnie and I am 16 years old. I live in Florida and I found this website through the Mercy Me website this afternoon. I just wanted to let you know that you all inspire me. I am in awe of BJ's faith and trust in the Lord, and I strive to be someone that has that much faith for the Lord. I will be praying for your son, and for your family through these tough times.

God Bless,
Bonnie G.

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still Praying!

At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are agreeing with you and continue to lift you up to the throne room of God.
Youngstown, Ohio

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name's Taylor and I'm from Oklahoma. I heard about BJ through my youth pastor's daughter. She went to Peru with him this summer, and asked that we would pray for him. I am in awe of how, through everything your family's been through, that you are still glorifying God for the positive things. Our Youth group's praying for you, and we will continue to do so. Your family has certainly been an inspiration to so many people through this horrible time.
God Bless,

At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray and pray. . .and thank you, Brent, for addressing the "GO" issue! I have seen the awesome work God did in and through my daughters' lives because of their obedience to follow Him. We have wanted to encourage the rest of our children toward active participation in misssions if at all possible--and we can't say enough good things about Awe Star! However, my son (just turned 14) is asthmatic. After all that's happened to BJ, I began to wonder if we needed to rethink. . .duh! Thanks for reminding me of what's truly important, Brent. Certainly God cares even more about my Andrew (and your BJ) than his parents do. . .and I'm sure He can help us make wise, right, and obedient decisions. The reality is that there are some mission trips that won't be appropriate for Andrew and others, but there are others that will. Having faith is NOT being foolhardy (as in not having a doctor check him over or not taking his asthma medications), but it is trusting that God is a very big God!

We all want to see that rain, Lord, but we trust your timing. Please encourage BJ's family in special ways as they wait. Strengthen all of them during this journey, God, and reward their faithfulness moment by moment. Amen.

love in Christ,

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

October 1, is BJ sixteenth birthday. Why don’t we “bloggers” set a goal on that day BJ receives 1,000 birthday cards. The address we need to send it to is:

BJ Higgins
St Vincent’s Hospital
2001 W86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Get your youth groups, families, senior adults group join us in

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie Meils-
Hey Family
My prayers are always with u
4ever and ever well u get the
extra love!!!
Julie Meils

At 5:20 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Deanna.....I was ttrying to visualize our great God healing BJ and what came to mind was the Miracle scene from the Pageant. I think back so those years Deanna when you would sing.."There is Strength in the Name of the Lord." and then Jesus would heal the numerous people brought to His attention. Then at the very end of the scene Jesus would bring the little girl back to life. Even though I couldn't always see you during that number I could always hear your beautiful yet gentle voice. Little did you know that today you would be bringing your child to the Master for healing. You and Brent have always been such vivid examples to so many of us of gentle yet steadfast followers of Christ. I pray as your mind takes you back to the Pageant and to the healing power of our Lord, that you Brent, Lauren and Whitney will draw strength from the TRUTH of that scene. I ask along with your prayer that if it be His will that as you and Brent bring BJ craddled in your arms to the Master, that HE supernaturally would restore BJ completely, lacking in nothing. I pray not only is he restored but his life be forever annointed to reach the multitudes with the saving knowledge of Christ. Deanna and Brent please forgive me if I tend to run on but I believe with all my heart that BJ is not where he is by accident. This is all part of God's divine plan. I am humbled & priviledged to share with this online family something only our God can do. I believe I speak for everyone when I claim the blood of Jesus Christ touch and Heal your son and our brother BJ. Not just I, but collectively, We ask BELIEVING !! Thank you, Yahshua, for what you are about to do in BJ's life so that YOU may be glorified. We Love you

At 5:22 PM, Blogger . said...

Still praying in Marion....

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Jacktopher Meils said...

Where do you want BJ's birthday presents? If you would please, say it in the next blog or just have someone call me.

Jack Meils

At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Small Group meets tonight and we will spend time in prayer for BJ and the whole family and medical staff. We love you guys and look forward to the day when BJ is better!

Evekyn Gilliland

At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in agreement with Mom's prayer...Thank you, Father, God... jc in lv

At 5:32 PM, Blogger pickelclaw said...

i'm not sure if you can answer this, but i always thought that white blood cells helped fight infections. so how could a high amount of wbc be bad?

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for BJ and your family. It is my desire that he gets well very soon. I heard of Bj from my daugther Rickie Cate and having had met Whitney, Bj seems so much more like family. May God continue to Bless you.
Edith Moore-Maryville, Tn

At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have recieved an email today from Cesor from Lima , Peru who says he will pray for Bj. I had shared with many about BJ and then I recieved the email.
I just want you to know our family is praying for you and BJ. We are praying that God will reach into BJ's body and squeeze those kidneys and get them to work on their own.WE are also praying for those white blood cells to even out to where they are suppose to be. We know Bj is still very sick but God has done so much and will contiue to do so.
Our GOd is a Great Physician!! He created BJ and he knows every part of BJ so he is in the best of HANDS!
Will contiue to pray.

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Julietopher Meils said...

hi family
we are still prayin
with all of our
hearts.LOVE YOU

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

Yes, dear Jesus, please bring BJ back to his precious family - they need him, Lord, and he has so much work left to do for You. All of us need him too - he has taught us so much through his suffering and so many of your children have come together here to unite as one voice believing in your Grace and asking for your healing hand to restore our brother, BJ. Please hold him gently, Lord, and restore his kidneys to perfect working order. Rid his body of the infection that has ravaged it and make him whole again - all for your Glory, Lord. Amen.

And, yes, Phil - you do speak for me -I ask BELIEVING!

Deanna, you are a beautiful mother and I echo your prayer to the depths of my soul.

Continuing to pray without ceasing . .

Love in Christ,
Lynn Andrews
Macon, GA

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are still praying for bj, our thoughts and prayers are with him and your family

your neighbors
dowden family

monrovia, indiana

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

Once again we have been so blessed by BJ's writings, as well as all of yours!
We were able to wear our "Pray for BJ" shirts for the first time yesterday evening, and of course we had to wear them again today. I love being able to tell what it means when people ask. What a wonderful opportunity to witness!
Something else very exciting happened at our house last night. Our kids have all given their hearts to the Lord, but David has really struggled with obeying, attitudes, and really committing. It seemed like it was a form for him where he prayed, but had trouble meaning what he prayed. We have been concerned for some time. Last night after we got home from church, he came to us on his own, crying, and said he wanted to ask Jesus to forgive him, that He wanted Him to live in His heart, that he really wanted to be different. We sensed a true remorse in his spirit as we all got on our knees and he prayed for forgiveness. It was an awesome family time! I know that all that's going on with BJ and the many conversations we've had as a family lately have really made him think. It's definitely made an impact on him. Thank you for ministering to my kids! Oh, that my David would someday be half the man that BJ is already.
Know that we're really praying about those kidneys.

Love you much,


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

still praying!

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

BJ is in my prayers every day. I really hope he pulls through, he's made so much progress! I'm also praying for you, the family. It can't be easy to watch the one you love suffer. So *HUGS* and prayers to you all. God is gracious, and I hope and pray that you will feel peace and love.
God bles you.

Just a girl from Canada

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continually praying! We love BJ, even though we don't know him personally. Mikey talks about him always.

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know that I am praying for B.J., your family, all the doctors and nurses and everyone that is in contact with your family either through the postings or visiting. The website address was given at Gabrielle Wilds CarePage. Gabrielle had a similar case, though she was never on ECMO. So many prayer warriors helped Gabrielle and her family make it through. Gabrielle's mother asked that the prayer warriors pray B.J. back to health, just as they did Gabrielle. I pray that God's Glory is shown every day! My daughter's youth group was just talking about tough questions last night. One girl asked "Why do bad things happen in this world?" Her answer was that God uses bad things to bring people together and bring them closer to God. B.J. learned that through his mission trip. You can tell that through his journal entries. It is a constant blessing to me and others to read of how God is working through B.J. I am sure that God is sitting right beside B.J. holding him, teaching him and giving him rest. I pray that B.J.'s body gets stronger each and every day and that his kidneys start functioning on their own. To God be the Glory!

Hilliard (Columbus suburb), OH

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey I hope thtat you get better as the days go on i am still thinking of you everyday even though you dont know me. I hope that the lord will bless you in the most awesome way! Amanda Toy from sunnycrestt baptist church

At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

October 1, is BJ sixteenth birthday. Why don’t we “bloggers” set a goal on that day BJ receives 1,000 birthday cards. The address we need to send it to is:

BJ Higgins
St Vincent’s Hospital
2001 W86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Get your youth groups, families, senior adults group join us in

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Continuing to bring BJ before God's glorious throne. All afternoon I have been singing...
"Showers of blessings, Showers of blessings we need. Mercy drops 'round us are falling, but for the showers we plead." Hopefully, BJ's kidneys will soon begin working and the swelling and pressure will be relieved.
We love you all dearly,


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