Tuesday, September 13, 2005

BJ's numbers have begun to drop, and we don't know why. They are working to correct it but are unsure what they are dealing with. His Sat's have dropped into the 70's and his Blood Pressure is high. They thought it may be that his lungs were filling with fluid as the cvvh machine clotted off again. They are preparing to do an x-ray to check. Meanwhile they restarted the cvvh, and it immediately clotted. This is spiritual war...

Please pray that they can this under control quickly!!!

Bj's dad


At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying, the lord has a mighty hand.
Protect BJ,give him strength.

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

I'm praying. God is an awesome God.
Bloomington IN

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Jeannie Hilfiker said...

Praying and Sending out to the warriors

At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 1:59 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

We are rallying the troops!

At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying! This is spiritual war, but we are not without weapons. We love you, and are reminded of how much the Father loves you. I am reminded of Romans 8, where nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ. May His love and grace be seen and praised by us His friends.

BJ, don't fear, there are many battling for you, and there is One who loves you who has never left your side.

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying, Lord protect Bj,give him the breath of life.
Praying with the warriors..
Praying for the doctors to restore normal levels for BJ..
We love you,
Lora J

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

Praying in Zionsville.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

Exodus 14:14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. This scripture came to mind just now. The Lord lead me there in the not so distant past...in my trials...and He lead me there for BJ and for you all. Lord we pray that you will continue to hold BJ, Brent, Deanna and the girls in your arms of comfort. Please help his SATS to come back up and help the Medical staff to know what to do to help. We love you and know it is your battle to win, not ours. Please give them knowledge and direction. Thank you Jesus for all you are doing, and have done for BJ. ...Lisa (Aunt)

At 2:06 PM, Blogger Carrieanney said...

Lord Jesus, I bind the devil in Your holy name! I claim Your victory over these numbers that are causing worry. Lord, I pray for your peace to wash over BJ and his family as they await answers and procedures. It is only in You, Lord, that we trust. I pray for your wisdom to direct the medical staff when decisions need to be made. Most of all, Lord, I pray for Your will to be done - for Your glory! Your power alone can bring strength and healing. We love You and praise You, Lord! Amen.

We're still praying for you all!

Another one of His children,
Carrie G.
Xenia, OH

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

Dear Ones,
We're praying and putting on the armor.


Elsie Jay

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

We just prayed...mommy & 5 children on our knees...funny, one of the children said, "Ok, hit 'refresh'" when we finished praying. I guess we love to see God work FAST - that is what happened on Sat, but it doesn't always happen that way, does it?! All in His perfect timing, we pray it is quickly taken care of! He is in control!!

Much Love,
The McMahans
Hudson, OH

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

I pray that BJ can come out of this Father and that your will be done. I pray that you will heal him miraculously.

Still praying for you.

Hannibal, Mo

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

Lord God, once again we ask you to intervene. We pray that BJ's blood pressure would move to an acceptable level as well as his SATs. Father please make his blood just the right consistency so it doesn't clot too much and isn't too thin. Please help those drs. to know what they need to do next. Please give peace, Your peace to Brent and Deanna. We know this is a spiritual battle and we Praise you because YOU ARE THE VICTOR. Halleluhjah.
We pray in one accord in the name of Jesus. Amen

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent & Deanna -
I am praying for BJ RIGHT NOW! My kids are making "apple man" and we just signed a class picture for you so you can see the sweet faces who ask about BJ each morning. We love you all!

Jes, Todd & Andrew Y.

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are standing in the breech...praying together, asking God for His mercies and His will to be done.

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Estoy orando con fuerza para que todo vuelva a la normalidad

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying fervantly here,
No weapon formed against BJ shall prosper,
Greater is He that is in BJ than he that is in the world.
Lord YOU ARE greater than any illness or any warfare, we come together again Lord and lift BJ up to You, we ask You Lord to place a hedge of protection around BJ, surround him with Your angels, both guardian angels and warring angels. Lord Your Word tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 -14
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not of evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
12. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.
13. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me (as a vital necessity) and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
14. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity and gather you from all the nations and all the places to which I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.

Lord we stand on this for BJ and his family, for Your Word is true and Your Word does not return to You void, but accomplishes what You send it to do.
We praise You Lord Jesus and thank You in advance for ALL that You have done and ALL that You will continue to do.

In His Love
Linda Ronne

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

i am in this battle right along side my brother, as we all are. the Lord will recieve all the glory, and he knows our hearts!

Holy are you Father, your love amazes me. God heal and restore my brother, your son. Father, love on him, bring those numbers back up. we know you are all powerful, andYou can restore him. Father, hear our pleas.
we love you Lord,
Hannibal, MO

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

Sammy and I are praying this afternoon. I'm glad to hear that Dr. Ruppel is there today. From our experience, he is a very compassionate and sensitive physician. Tell Dr. Ruppel that Sammy Harley said to take extra special care of his friend, BJ!

Our hearts are going out to you. I know how much it meant to see BJ's eyes open this morning. One of my very favorite pictures is a Polaroid a NICU nurse took early one morning when she caught Sam with his eyes open. I hadn't seen those eyes open in several days, and I treasured that picture until he was healing and healthy again. We pray that you will see BJ's eyes open and have those moments more often. Those moments are what help to get us through and give us glimpses of hope. Those moments are medicine for our hearts.

We will continue to watch for updates throughout the afternoon and evening.

Leslie Harley

At 2:28 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Father in the matchless name of JESUS your son we Cast out ALL evil spirits attacking BJ and attempting to cut short his life. Father, You and only you have the power of life and death and we now pray as the Body of Christ that satan take his hand and the hand of any evil spirits OFF BJ this very minute. We pray that You free BJ from whatever is attacking him THIS VERY MINUTE. You say in your Word that if where ever two or more agree here it shall be given. Father, we all agree here at this time and this place for you to deliver BJ. Thank you FATHER !!
WE RESIST all evil spirits !! Come OUT of that room !! This minute!!

8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

These are HIS words Brent and family..." will HIMSELF restore you and make you strong!!! Believe it family...CLAIM IT !! Hold ON TO IT !!!

We Love you............Phil and Paula

At 2:30 PM, Blogger . said...


At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in Cape Coral Florida and am keeping BJ in my thoughts--I came across this looking at the mercy me website. God will keep you strong--I am touched by how God is the God of his life--what a testimony to young people and older people alike.

At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know that I'm praying for the doctors and for BJ
-Laura Floyd

At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lord has just reminded me of a scripture I was reading yesterday.
Matthew 8: 2-3
2.And behold a leper came up to Him and, prostrating himself, worshiped Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me by curing me.
3. And He reached out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing, be cleansed by being cured. And instantly his leprosy was cured and cleansed.

Thank you Lord for this reminder..... Lord we come to You and worship You alone Lord, we prostrate ourselves before You Lord, and we ask You Lord, "If You are willing, You are able to cleanse and cure BJ?" We wait Lord for You to stretch out Your healing hand and cleanse and cure BJ.

In Jesus precious name we pray... Amen and Amen

In His Love
Linda Rone
Shawnee, Ok

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

Youngstown, Oh

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lisa R.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger . said...


At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


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

Praying right now!!

Brad & Stacy Daniel in KCMO
(friends of the Leaf family)

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God be praised through each step of BJ's recovery.

Concord Baptist Church
Jefferson City, MO

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Nicia said...

Continuing to pray for BJ and trusting God to be glorified in this situation. We know that God is more powerful than the greatest sickness, and more loving than the most loving parents.

Of this we can be sure, God loves BJ more than any of us and so we rest knowing that He has all things under His control.

Praying here in Guayaquil, Ecuador

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

We are praying for you and the family. Praying for God to touch by medicine, time, doctors and through His direct intervention.

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

Dear Jesus,
Please place your protective hand upon BJ. LORD, guide the doctors. You are sovereign, LORD of all creation. You control the heavens, the earth, all there is. Thank You Jesus!

At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As special as the Higgins are to us they are loved even more by our Father. I just wanted you to know that there are many of us out here reading the site and praying each day that you haven't heard from. Many of our friends are also praying. Someday you'll get to meet everyone who has been honored to pray through this with you. What a meeting that will be! B.J.'s dedication and your love is ministering to all of us.

Tim, Gale and Alicia

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

Continually praying for BJ! Our God is powerful and knows whats in store for BJ. Keep your faith alive.

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...


Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

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

Praying here in Indy. Stay strong!

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

Father, I just ask for Your healing hand to bring BJ's numbers back up to where they need to be! Please, Lord, bring him to a full recovery! We praise You, Father, that his family was able to have even a brief moment with him. We thank You that BJ was able to communicate with them.
We trust You in Your infinite and mighty wisdom. We love You Lord, first and foremost...

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

Praying, Keep trusting in God's Mighty Hand. Will call others.

Dawn D.

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

Praying in Utah.

St George,UT

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

´╗┐Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, And the
justice due me escapes the notice of my God"? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The
Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might
He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumblebadly, Ye t those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Is. 40:27-31

At 3:20 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Isaiah 40

21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

23 He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

24 No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

25 "To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.

26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and complain, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the LORD;
my cause is disregarded by my God"?

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

....and 41

10 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.

11 "All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.

12 Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.

13 For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

14 Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob,
O little Israel,
for I myself will help you," declares the LORD,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Hold on to these words!!!!!!!!!!

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

Praying in Zionsville and at Pleasant View.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

Isaiah 43:1b-3a says, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." (NLT)

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Coop said...


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

B.J. and the family is on my mind, in my heart and at the center of my prayers. The throne of grace is surrounded by His children that are lifting up the Higgins family this very hour. Please Lord, continue to perform your miracles in the life of this young man who loves you so much.

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

I pray God, that as the Great Physician, You will heal BJ. For Your name's sake, do it...

At 3:37 PM, Blogger natenamy said...

Father, we're asking for another miracle in room 2001 at St. Vincent's hospital right now. We don't know what is happening with BJ's body and why his numbers are dropping, but we trust that you have the ultimate control and power in this situation.
Lord, be with the doctors as they attempt to discover what is happening with BJ's body right now. Father, give them wisdom beyond their wisdom and insight beyond their insight.
Be with BJ through this, Father. Protect him. Hold him close to you. Please allow his blood to flow freely and not clot but also allow him not to have internal bleeding... This is such a balancing act, Father, but you have created BJ in your image and we can find strength in the fact that you know him, inside and out, better than any one else.
Draw close to Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney. Hold them close in Your loving arms. Give them peace that passes all understanding. Help them to feel held in your wide and mighty arms.
Thank you, Father, for loving us and for listening. Cast the evil away from room 2001 and let it shine brightly for You!
We give you all of the praise and the glory.

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

Praying for all of you. STAY STRONG.

Jonathan Haag

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

praying in kc-Tracy

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Fighting along side all of you!

Tara Case

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Brent and Deanna, Just got home from being out all day, rushed on to the computer to get the latest. I'm sorry it's been a rough day. I am praying that things turn around and BJ bounces back again as he has in the past. Keep your chins up and know that we are all praying fervently!!

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

Continuing to pray for BJ and for wisdom for the doctors.
Kansas City

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

I am praying for all of you!

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

I am praying too and we know He is listening!
-Kathryn, Fishers, IN

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

praying..hard. God is big..and faithful.

Kristin (peru 05)

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Bill P said...

I am praying for BJ's recovery. God be with him.

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

Praying without ceasing for BJ and your family.

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

Praying in Atherton, California.

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

Still praying...


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

Just letting you know we are praying night and day for B.J.

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

Praying for you, BJ, and your family too...
Praying that your numbers will get back to normal...
Praying lots and lots.

Much love and prayer,
~gizele r.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Steph said...

I am still praying .I am keeping a journal of prayers and notes.I hope to give them to him someday,Lord willing. GOD is so great.It is so good to hear you are talking to him .Praise GOD !!!!
I am thankful and want to share this Thursday night I stood in for BJ and mom = Tammy stood in for BJ'sParents you Brent and Deanna .
Then my church The Martinsvill full gospel church prayed over us in your place .It was incedible ,GOd was so present .I could feel him . Well got to go.


At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother's church in Northern Michigan has begun praying for BJ.

Father, You know every detail of BJ's condition, and we are asking for Your intervention here. We beg You to raise him up to full health and a long life of faithful service to You.

Fort Wayne, IN


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