Thursday, September 22, 2005

Good afternoon!

Hello students in Denison, Tx...thank you for your prayer support and desire to see BJ improve! We trust that you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior. If you do not, please leave me a blog, and I will tell you how to know Him!

My heart is full today as you all continue to pour out your love and support to us...especially for Beej! He was successfully turned to his stomach, without issue (he is connected to so many iv lines that it can be a challenge). His numbers remain stable. I positioned my i-pod next to him (Thanks so much Jim, and Church at BattleCreek) and played his favorite music for just him. How interesting to watch his blood pressure come down as it appears he is more relaxed!

Our Lord has blessed us with peace for each moment, and surrounded us with "such a great cloud of witnesses"... you, the body of Christ. We are Thankful for how He is providing for us, and ministering to us. Know that we read your blogs, and are very moved by them! It has been such a welcome relief to find refuge in such a place, in such a time as this. Thank you so much!

Mary in Seaport, Tx...thank you! You don't know how much that means to leave before Rita gets there...we are praying for you and others in her path!!!

Deepest appreciation,

BJ's dad


At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would have thought that one person getting so sick would turn out to be such a great ministry to so, so many people! It has been such a blessing to me personally to read of all the people across the world praying for BJ, and the BJ's words you have posted. Thank you so much Higgins family for sharing this trying time with us. We are keeping our prayers going for BJ and your family. Your family is so special. I went to Northside, and loved it when Deanna would sing, such a beautiful voice, and watching Brent watching his wife with such a smile on his face, was wonderful!

At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bj's family, You all have been in my thoughts and prayers for weeks now. My son has been with Awestar to Peru many times and met your son last summer. I pray that God will hold you in his arms and comfort and strenghthen you all. I pray God will heal BJ and he will continue to be used of God. He sounds like an awesome young man.
May God give you grace for each moment as you walk this road. In Christ's love.

At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,

As I check this website daily I continue to be encouraged by BJ's progress, and the power that prayer has over the lives of God's people. Tonight I will begin a new journey in my relationship with Jesus; starting an Alpha course here in Toronto. I will ask those in attendance to pray for BJ and your family. As a former police officer I have seen many of life's struggles and challenges. I pray and encourage you to hold each other close and love one another in word and deed. Beyond prayer, these are the things which help to get you through each day.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with BJ, your family and those around you who minister BJ's illness.

Lee Stevenson
Toronto, Canada

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still praying for y'all. I love you guys dearly! May God continue to grant you peace today!


At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just rcv'd the email yesterday about BJ, I have forwarded to everyone I know....I have a 15 yr old son and 2 girls 10 and daughter told her classmates at St. Michael's in Greenfield and they are praying for you and your family....Obviously, by your blogs, you have a tremendous faith and I'm sure that will get your family thru this crisis and be stronger than ever!! We are praying for you!! Peace be with you!!

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord,
Thank you that they were able to successfully turn BJ without any complications today. Thank you for stable SATs and BP. We are trusting you as we surrender completely to your will. All praise and glory to you Father. Amen

At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. May has been keeping us updated on BJ's conditions, and it is always encouraging to see how God keeps your family in such good spirts during such a dificult time. We will continue to pray for him. God bless yall. A TCS student

At 1:01 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
PS I think that day everyone should wear their “” T-shirts.

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Brent!
Hello Deanna!
I have thought about each of you today, as I have gone from job to job, office to office, etc. I continue to pray for each of you and the Doctors and Nurses. We miss you all, very much and can't wait for the day we are all able to worship together, again.
My girls continue to keep each of you in their daily prayers. We lift you all up to the Lord to receive his grace.
I'm glad to see B.J.'s stat's stable, I pray they continue to improve.
May God Bless each of you.
Your Friend, Your Brother in Christ!
Matt L.

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

Praise God for a successful turning and stable numbers. Lord continue to give them peace and strength as they each walk this path. We the body of Christ stand in the gap for BJ and his family and know that, You, Lord hear our prayers, our requests and our pleas on their behalf and we thank You and praise You for inclining Your ear to us Lord and answering so many of our prayers and requests. We bless Your hold name, we magnify You, we exhalt You Lord and we give You ALL the glory, All the honor and ALL the praise. For You alone are worthy.
In the sweet name of Jesus we pray
Amen and Amen

In His Love
Linda Ronne

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...




At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for BJ continually, but I wanted to say thank you to your family for the continual joy you demonstrate. A lot of people get confused with the differences between happiness and joy. Happiness is what leaves when life gets tough, while joy is what makes you praise God when the happiness leaves. Thanks for demonstrating that joy to so many people, including myself. We're spreading the word about BJ - and Christ!

Stephanie McFarlin
Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, OK

At 1:49 PM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

Thank you Lord that BJ is stable...sure will be glad when we can talk to him...and he responds. God you are so faithful. We praise you for all you are doing every minute of the day for my wonderful family in Indy. Please continue to sustain them and BJ...and bring healing in your perfect timing.

Beth...cousin....that was an awesome writing yesterday...Thank you.

Brent, Deanna, Whitney, and Lauren....Love you guys bunches...and praying. Lisa (aunt)

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

Praise the Lord for stable numbers! It is such a privilege to be a part of the "cloud of witnesses". Thank you for allowing us to be a part and to be blessed by praying for BJ and the family and watch as the body of Christ responds in prayer and encouraging words. And then to watch as God continues to answer those prayers. We will continue to pray for BJ's healing knowing that God is in control.
Kansas City

At 2:00 PM, Blogger . said...


I just put a post on my blog that's critical of iPods, this is a disclaimer: my gripe is with their indiscriminate, constant use--not ministry situations like this!

I am continuing to pray....


Hebrews 12:7-11

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!
10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

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

My daughter has the link to "pray for BJ" in her IM away message. Out of curiosity, I clicked onto the site a few days ago. You have been in my thoughts and prayers ever since. The term "pray for BJ" pops into my head off & on during the day, and I do just that. I also give thanks to your wonderful support system of loving friends, who must be feeding the pets, watering the plants picking up the mail and all the other mundane things we do everyday. Praying for BJ!!!!!!!

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,
I read about your son in the Baptist Messenger,in Oklahoma City.
Walker Moore writes a weekly artical in the Messenger and shared B.J. story.
I am the mother of two young boys. My heart feels your pain. I will remember B.J. in my prayers as I am sure many other Oklahoma Baptist will.

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

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! I am still prayerfully reading through BJ's last journal entry before he got sick. The implications of living/dying for Christ is such a challenging spiritual journey to be on! What a privilage to be able to live and die for Christ, considering what he did and still does for us. I'm so glad we have a Savior who understands the suffering we go through on this earth b/c He was willing to expeience it for us. How beautiful to know that through His stripes we are healed and that He is with BJ as BJ fellowships with Our Savior in His sufferings. I'm so glad that Jesus is continually talking to His Daddy for BJ and your family as you face this time.

Praying You Through,
Lynne in Gray, Ga. P.S. glad for the quiet day in room 2001

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

Thank you Father for providing great strength,peace and comfort for the Higgins family...

Thank you for BJ for he is such a good and faithful servant for you....

My prayer life is getting back where it SHOULD be and I am so greatful for my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus...

I just want to continue to ask you for a healing for your precious servant BJ whom has been on a mighty journey for you Lord....

May we all be blessed by your AWESOME POWER MIGHTY GOD.....

I Love you and thank you for allowing me to come to you in prayer....

In Jesus precious name, I pray,

Your Sister in Christ,

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

So very glad it's been a peaceful day so far for all of you. I'm so thankful BJ's stats are stable today and will continue to pray for God's healing touch. How you must ache to hold him and love on him! Soon . . . in God's time! I echo the sentiments of others here of being so thankful to be part of the "cloud of witnesses" - I can't explain it - but ever since I received the e-mail from Mercy Me -the Lord has firmly placed BJ and all of you in my heart. I continue to be uplifted and encouraged by BJ's writings and by the faith and love your family shares with us! Thank you for letting me be with you on this journey!

By the way, to BJ's mom - a little "tweaking" is always good! Love that movie - one of my favorite "chick flicks" as my husband calls them!

I pray that your day will continue to be filled with peace and rest and that BJ will feel God's loving arms holding him as he heals!

Love in Him,
Lynn Andrews
Macon, GA

At 3:07 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

I feel so blessed to be part of this "Cloud of witnesses." Thank you for sharing this blessing with us.
Praying for you all today..
We love you Tracy

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

We continue to pray for you hour by hour.

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

Amen, Lynn Andrews! Prayers flowing still from Hudson, Oh.

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

Jeremiah 29:11
I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and hope....
Thinking of you and lifting you before the throne!!!

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

I read about BJ in the Baptist Messenger today. I am so very sorry he has been sick so long. He is so young,. i will pray for his complete healing. May the God of hope fill you with peace as you trust in him. Prayfully

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

hello, im mikel-an and i live in evansville indiana. i am a close friend of Todd Burde, he is like a father to me. I just wanted to let you and your family know that your son holds a dear place in my heart. i have been on the missions feild and know the amazing works that can be done there. I am fervently parying for bj and the rest of your family.

At 4:00 PM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

Hi again family: I forgot to tell you that last night at our prayer meeting it was on friend Cinda had it and the last missionary she read to us about was was so neat...She read some of your updates from the last 2 days and part of what Walker wrote on why BJ. I was thrilled...God works in mysterious ways...Lisa

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

Hi family,
I must tell you how proud I am of you, your faith and determination. I know you know I have been in a place where holding on to hope seems beyond your capabilities, but with HIS help you do it, grow through it and see HIS will unfolding in a way that only a trial can show you. I marvel still at how HE works in us. Even though I have been through a different trial, I still question HIM. Isn't that the way children are - always questioning? I know HE has a purpose in it: some we can see right now, others we may not know until we stand before HIM. Continue in all you have learned and be blessed. You are a blessing to others!

Our choir is singing a song called "Even In the Valley"
Here are the words:

High upon this mountain the sun is shining bright, my heart is filled with gladness here above the cares of life. But I've just come through the valley of trouble, fear and pain. It was there I came to know my God enough to stand and say,

"Even in the valley, God is good. Even in the valley He is faithful and true. He carries His children through, like He said He would. Even in the valley, God is good."

The road of life has led you to a valley of defeat, you wonder if the Father has heard your desp'rate plea. But there is hope in that rugged place where tears of sorrow dwell. Can't you hear Him gently whispering, "I'm here and all is well"?

"Even in the valley, God is good. Even in the valley He is faithful and true. He carries His children through, like He said He would. Even in the valley, God is good."

I think of my sorrows, then I think of yours. I know God is at work in us to will and to do His good pleasure. I know He will work it all out for our good. Waiting is one of the hardest parts. I hope that I am not a poor comforter like Job's friends were. I love you and am proud to be your sister, sister-in-law, and aunt. Your faith is inspiring and I just wanted you to know it.


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

I will be praying for BJ and your family. Good Bless You.

Aly DeWitt
Kansas City, MO

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

Brent, Deanna and family,
How we can rejoice and praise our Lord for the wonderful things he provides. My faith is strengthened with each of your postings. We are so thankful each day for the little Miracles that He provides you with BJ. Our prayers continue for his healing and strength for you and wisdom for his caretakers. What a blessing they are to BJ and to you.
Jesus, our Good Shepherd, takes care of us all in our darkest days and fills them with hope and love. May you feel His loving arms around you all.

At 4:25 PM, Blogger isaiah said...

Holding you all in the light of God's healing grace.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we are praying for still more people facing storms as BJ's personal storm continues. Thankfully, the winds in room 2001 seem to have reduced at least a bit--although their predictability may match that of the various hurricanes!

Precious family, know that we are not letting up on our prayers regardless of peaceful or stormy days. God has been reminding me today to pray that you will remain close to Him and to one another through this time. So many areas of your lives (schedules--sleep--work--school--meals--ETC.!) must be so different right now, and I know that in the flesh you must be so very tired. We are praying for continued peace, joy and all the other fruit of the Spirit as you STAND strong through all the "tweaking,"

in Him,

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

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

We are praying too.
May God bless this day for your family and build BJ's strength
With all our love and prayers
L. Gresh/Meils and Family
Indpls., IN

At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I get encouraged just reading these wonderful notes to you. I'm sure it must give you a little boost every time you read the comments.

Your family encourages us to forget our tiny battles and "keep the Main Thing the main thing."

Many blessings to you.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Steph said...

Praise GOD!!!
GOD is great . He is wonderful and I love for BJ's good #'s and the turn. I continuosly pray.
I love you !!!

MONROVIA, Stephanie .T.

At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Beej -

You must be a huge threat to Satan for such an attack! The Lord is with you, though! Don't allow discouragement in! Fight this! We are praying and agreeing for your healing! This is a defining moment for you. Keep strong! Sincerely, Nicole San Diego


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