Friday, September 23, 2005

His numbers are not great, but stable for now. The surgeon will at 2pm try to insert a new chest tube into BJ's left chest cavity. One of three things will happen: 1.He will not be able to get into the chest cavity because the ventilator will have his lungs fully expanded to the chest wall. 2. He will find the pocket of fluid and be able to drain it. 3. He will get into the chest cavity and not be able to drain it because of clotted fluids.

This does not yet address the infection which they believe is associated with his hip lesion. We have not been updated on that yet.

We rest in the peace of Christ, that what He has ordained to happen, will happen. We are at peace with this.

dad

76 Comments:

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

amen,
Indy

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

STill calling, emailing and asking the Body of Christ to rise up and pray for BJ this morning.
Walker

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger . said...

Still praying....

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger aC Biblestudy said...

Will be praying for God to work through the surgeon as skillfully as only He can and also for the infection to be contained and put down.

The faith of your family continues to amaze. That is absolutely right, whatever happens, happens. God is in it and He's not even close to being out of control of what's taking place.

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Praying for wisdom and God's hands to guide the doctors. Please grant BJ your grace, protection and healing. Give power and comfort to BJ, your willing servant, and give comforting peace to his family.
Asking these things believing that our God is able to do all things. Your will is our will dear Father.
Praying and loving you,
Lynn

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Father i praise you for the peace you are sustaining so many of us. Lord i pray that our eyes are completely focused on you but that in this we do not stop praying. Because Lord, we have seen so much already and we know you can do so much more! I believe you can father! Even when the words seem hard to come from our mouths, i pray that our hearts cry "blessed be your name"...be his strength lord. I ask all this in your name Jesus...you told me to ask. So i am. And so are so many. do the unthinkable. Amen
Tara Case
Yukon, Oklahoma

 
At 11:29 AM, Blogger isaiah said...

Holding you-

 
At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord we are asking that the infection that is running throughout his body be revealed so that he may be healed. Please guide the doctors & nurses to help them determine what this is. Touch BJ Lord with your loving hands. Myself & another girl who works with me are consistently praying for BJ & his family.

Trina Bliss
Cleveland, TN

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Dennis said...

Thank You, Father God, for the peace You give us when we abide under the shadow of Your wing. And though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, even there Your hand will lead us and give us peace. We walk by faith and not by sight. We hold up the shield of faith today for our family at St. V's. Keep BJs family and friends close to your side as You shepherd them in the valley of the shadow. Let Your arms enfold them close to Your heart.

 
At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FBC Rolling Hills, Tulsa, (Sierra Olmstead's church), praying for you BJ.

 
At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will pray for wisdom and expertise for the doctors, calm for BJ and family, and the peace of our Lord which you are now feeling.

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

Lisa's comments and prayer say it all for me too.
Brent, you are one very special nephew. You are such a good father and we know the Lord is sustaining you. I certainly don't intend to leave the rest of your family. Deanna, Lauren and Whitney you are spcial and have withstood this time tremendously. Brad, you have kept us informed when the website doesn't tell all.
We are crying and praying for all of you. I wish I could be there to just hold you and tell all of you in person how much I love you and care.
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad,CA

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been praying at least three times every day for BJ. I can really see his christlike lifestyle and he has inspired me in my christian walk. I pray that he will continue to get well.

 
At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again from Panama, I want to let know the BJ's family and himself, that we are praying, and we are telling people from different churchs across the country to pray for a miracle, and healing over BJ's in His will! You have a family in Christ, that are praying for you!!!!
In Christ,
SeLeGNa!... selegnadiaz@yahoo.com

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger Bro. Kenny said...

May God continue to sustain you in His amazing mercy.

Kenny Cargill

 
At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, I stand in agreement with those who are praying for BJ and we lift him up to You for complete healing and restoration in his body, for it is by Your stripes, BJ is healed. Show us miracles, signs and wonders in his life. We pray for Your favor and divine power to free BJ from every disease. We thank You for the power of Your Word. To You be the glory! Amen!

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger aC Biblestudy said...

I keep reading that BJ's birthday is on Oct. 1st. Then I got to thinking; you know what probably the greatest birthday present BJ could recieve on his birthday this year would be? For God to work a(nother) miracle and be well enough to be released from the hospital and get to go home.

I know it's a huge leap but we serve a huge God so why not? Why not pray that if it be God's will BJ makes such a huge recovery, that all the infection(s) would be knocked out, and be well enough that he can walk out of the hospital in 7 days?

Something to think about. God can do this and more if He's so a mind to. Do we have enough faith to back Him up on this one?

 
At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for you, BJ.

 
At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are praying with you
Please Lord hear our prayers
Help the surgeon today
Comfort the higgins family and all care givers there helping as they do there work. There work is so challenging, give them strength
And dear Lord show the help of your healing hand.
Dear Lord we pray
Lisa Gresh/Meils and family
Indianapolis, IN

 
At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, The saints are praying. The doctors are doing what you have given them the ability to do. We now wait on you to do what only you can do. We pray for BJ's complete healing, that he may return to his service for you here on this earth. Please give Brent, Deanna & the girls your strength and mercy.
Praying from Indy.

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger mother, Aldersgate Free Methodist Church, Indpls said...

I do not know BJ. I heard his name spoken by Nancy Hannum as she stood before our congregation to read the morning scripture about three weeks ago. While she gave the good news of her granddaughter Shelby's progress, she paused...barely holding back tears she told us of a wonderful family she and Larry had met while visiting Shelby and about BJ's fight.

I guess I just wanted you to know that many, many people in our church have been praying for BJ as we did for little Shelby.

I found this site through Shelby's website and will follow BJ's progress and of course keep praying, praying, praying........Tara Noble

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger Stay-C said...

Wow Lord, we need you to intervene on BJs behalf today!! Today is a rough day Lord Jesus, please rain down your mercies upon BJs body. Give his parents strength and understanding as a bad morning has coming after so many better days. Help the surgeon to find the fluid and sources of alarm, Lord and rid it from BJs body Father. Yahweh, we just ask you to rid his body of this infection, touch his hip Lord and heal him. We believe in you Lord, and trust you.

Stacey Thomas
Mobile, Alabama

 
At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are unified in PRAYER across the nations to do as the Lord calls us to do ... EXHORT - ENCOURAGE - PRAY!!! We lift you up on high and PRAISE THE FATHER for your faithfulness! Thank you, Higgins Family, for sharing this experience with is (although we know it is hard at times)! You have been a HUGE encouragement to this walk of FAITH - Luke 9:23 - I pray that you will choose in every moment to take up your cross and follow with a "reckless abondon" of what this world holds dear! This life is a BLINK OF AN EYE compared to ETERNITY in heaven with our Savior!

In His service,

Laurel, San Diego

 
At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cloud of Witness out of Jenks OK is praying for you BJ and your family...

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray that God's Will and plan for BJ, will be a full, speedy and miraculous recovery so that he can go on to touch the lives and hearts of others through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Elaine, High Point, NC

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger DeSpain Family said...

Dear Higgins Family,

We have been lifting BJ and your family up in prayer ever since we were informed of his illness. We have asked for Christ to lay His healing hand on BJ and rid him of this infection.

Much love,

The DeSpain Family
Hoover, Alabama

 
At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is so heavy for you. I will continue to pray for Bj, your family, and the entire staff caring for your wonderful son.

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger DeSpain Family said...

Dear Higgins Family

We are praying to Our Father in Heaven to touch BJ's body and rid him of this infection. We ask for peace and comfort to your family during this trying time. May God continue to bless you.

The DeSpain's
Hoover, Alabama

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

LORD, I SIT HERE AT THE COMPUTER AND LAY MY HANDS ON IT AS I READ THE PRAYERS OF YOUR SAINTS. I AM PRAYING IN AGREEMENT WITH EACH ONE OF THEM. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO FOR BJ AND HIS FAMILY. IN JESUS SWEET NAME. AMEN.

 
At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family is in my prayers. It is wonderful to see the spirit of God at work in all the comments and prayers on this site.

A ZMS parent

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

Standing in the gap with my brothers and sisters in Christ for you . . .. praying, praying, praying - Please, Lord!

Lynn
Macon, GA

 
At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you in Winston-Salem.

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the Love from your brothers and sisters surround you.
We are with you
All that are not typing are still praying and holding you up.
We love you BJ

lkg/m
Indpls., IN

 
At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN!!!!

 
At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is a MIRACLE WORKER!!!!!! and we are praying that the LORD does a supernatural healing!

 
At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're on our knees here at HLG.

Merciful Father,
Please let the procedure at 2 go smoothly. Please help the doctors be able to get into his chest cavity and be able to drain the fluids. Please help his numbers to come up and stablize at a high level. Please help his hip lesion to heal. Knock this infection out right now! Let your glory and your power be shown today!
Amen

 
At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for you all. God is the only one that can be responsible for the miracles we have already seen. Many of the stories in the Bible where although day 40 was significant and came with blessing it also came with great trial. May this be a day of fighting the good fight. I hold up your arms as you battle this. (Exodus 31)

 
At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord,

Guide the surgeon's hands during this difficult procedure this afternoon. May Your light shine brightly in Room 2001 so that everyone in the room will know that You are in control. We thank you for BJ and the peace you have given his family.

Amen

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger Katie Kermeen Swisher said...

Lord, continue to hold BJ and his family in your arms. We pray diligently that your will be done in this, and that no matter what happens, your glory will be seen. We thank you for BJ's life. For his boldness and obedience to you. Father, he is so awesome! He is truely an example of how we all should live for You. God, I just ask that help us to keep our minds and hearts set on You during this time. Thank you for the prayerful support that has poured out on this family. In Jesus name, Amen.

Katie
Asbury Theological Seminary
Wilmore, KY

 
At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MANY IN TULSA OK ARE SO AWARE OF YOUR NEED OF THE SURROUNDING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT THIS POINT IN TIME.
JUST REMEMBER YOUR SON'S EYES SHOW A STRONG SPIRIT OF BEING ALIVE.

WHILE IT IS IN GOD'S HANDS; IT IS WITHIN THE HEART OF EACH OF US TO THE SEE THE SPIRIT OF GOD. THE EYES OF YOUR SON SHOWS SO MUCH THE SPIRIT OF PEACE AND SECURITY. HE IS AT PEACE WITH WHOSE HE IS.

I PRAY MORE FOR YOU MOM & DAD. A GIFT OF LIFE IS NOT EASY TO GIVE OR RELEASE BACK TO WHOM IT WAS GIVEN. NO WORDS CAN PUT YOU IN ACCEPTANCE BUT ONLY TIME WHICH SHOULD BRING REUNION. AN OLDER BROTHER WHO CARES

 
At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Family in Christ - we stand firm as a BODY to lift your arms in your time of need! Our precious Lord has GREAT things in store for those who are CALLED according to HIS purpose! I pray for PEACE as the mystery of His purpose may never TRULY unfold - which He tells us in Deut. 29:29 that the secrets belong to Him. His ways are HIGHER than ours ... I am praying for FAITH and HOPE as ya'll continue to encourage this body of believers in the midst of your trials! LORD BLESS YOU!

~Laurel, San Diego

 
At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father we continue to seek your healing abilities, we ask that you guide the doctor as he releases fluid. Father we know your love for BJ is greater then we understand. We ask you to place peace and compfort on Brent,Deanna,Lauren, and whitney. Lord give BJ the stength to heal and to overcome the infection in his body.
In your name we Pray, Amen
We love you all,
Lora J

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger ron and vee ann said...

Good afternoon family,

After reading what our cousin Beth wrote yesterday (she definitely has her father in her), it made me think of a book I had read several years ago which totally changed how I pray. The book was "On Angels Wings" by Patti Davis (once she started liking her family again.) She wrote about her father, Ronald Reagan. The part of the book that has stuck with me is that she told how her father was not fond of flying. However, he never prayed specifically for safe landing, safe trip, etc. He would say that was not for him to ask. All he would pray for whenever he had to fly was "God's will". Like I said, that changed how I have prayed ever since. Beth's words yesterday brought that chapter of the book back to me.
We wish we were there to be of more support but rest assured we are praying "God's will be done".

Love you all,
Cousins Vee Ann and Ron

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing in prayer.
Mark
Hudson, Oh

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

Will be praying at 2:00.

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

Praying for BJ and your family. Please give him strength and healing. Stephanie Thielen

 
At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

40 days Lord! May this me a miraculous day for your Glory. You are the author and finisher.
Praise your Holy Name.
Hold onto the family tight Lord, they are fragile too. Oh how we all wish we could be there to add that physical bond of comfort.
We stand united against you Satan, our God will be victorious.
By His abundant Power and Grace,
Lela, Concord, CA

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger Kálmán and Julcsi said...

I just heard what happened. It is almost 8 pm here in Budapest, Hungary. I pray that the Wonderful Creator of the Universe, the Giver of Life, our gracious Jesus may be with all of you at this time and give you the Peace only He can give.

With the wisdom and faith you have given me Lord, I ask that You may flood the body, mind and heart of BJ with Your Holy Spirit to restore him for Your glory!
Please, be with your child and with his family now.
Your will be done, Abba!

 
At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for continuosly sharing encouraging words from BJ's journal. Know that your continuous posting, reports, strength and faith are even more encouraging. I am praying for BJ's healing, obviously, but for Christ's continued presence, peace and love to surround you and your family. Whether you feel it at all times or not, Christ's presence in and with you is evident by your words.
Chris
Orange, CA

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

working over in NICU today and following BJ's progress online. Know that my thoughts and prayers are always with you

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

Father God,
I praise you for the peace that is with BJ's family. If it is your will pull BJ through once more. I pray that glory will be lifted to you in this. Father continue to lead the doctors as they care for BJ and keep the evil one from coming near to BJ, his family and Doctors. It is in your will we place BJ.
In Christ's Holy Name - Amen

Higgins Family - Through tears I'm lifting your family up in prayer and praise to our Lord!

-Cherie
Indinapolis

 
At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

amen....GOD will lead BJ to where he wants him to go...you all are in my prayers

andrew macejak
Hannibal,MO
HLG

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THERE'S A LIFTING OF THE HANDS,
THERE'S A LIFTING OF THE HEARTS,
THERE'S A LIFTING OF THE EYES,

BEYOND HILLS TO WHERE OUR HELP COMES FROM; WE REALIZE WHERE OUR HELP COMES FROM

GOD WE LOOK TO YOU KNOWING THAT YOU ARE OUR HELP. THINGS ARE UNEXPLAINABLE AND QUESTIONS ARE UNANSWERED BUT YOU KNOW ALL. COME NOW DEAR FATHER AND SEE ABOUT BJ AND THE FAMILY. GOD WE COME TO YOU AND YOU ONLY. GOD HEAR OUR CRY!

 
At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Gracious Heavenly Father, We bind satan of all power and infulence on BJ's body. We loose your power, Holy Spirit to work your miracle in BJ's body right now. We pray that you would build a hedge of protection around him and his family, knowing that nothing takes You by surprise. We know that You are well able to do exceedingly more than we can even imagine, and thank You ahead of time for the miracle You are going to perform for Your glory, and we look forward to the miracles you will perform through BJ's ministry. We believe that this experience will be a springboard into a dynamic ministry that will see many lives changed, many bodies healed, and many people won to the kingdom - all for Your glory Lord! We give You all the praise and the glory for You are worthy. We take a moment, Lord, just to praise You. We know that the battle is not ours but Yours, and we acknowledge that You alone are able to change this situation. We ask You to brag on yourself today by showing the world what great care You take of Your people. We already give You all of the glory as we believe for Your miracle in BJ's life right now. In Jesus precious name we pray - amen!

-Ann Vikse, Catoosa, OK (a friend who helped BJ's friend Sierra Olmstead go on the same mission trip to Peru)

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger Joshua McMillin said...

Lord,
Help BJ to Recover today. Protect him and watch over him. Wrap up his family in a big bear hug to let them know you are close!! In Jesus name... Amen

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning, new every morning
Great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord,
Great is Thy faithfulness.

Lord, we trust Your love and Your faithfulness. Breathe new life into BJ.

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have called prayer chains to pray for BJ, wisdom the doctors and his family.
Rex, Kristy and Suzanne Roberts

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Christina said...

I am on my knees!

In His love,

Christina

 
At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are the most faithful people I have seen. I am in pure amazement at your faith and your ability to truly give control over to God. A student in my bible study, Danielle Sampson, shared with us your story and gave us the website. We were talking about faith and God has made it evident to me that you are all the definition of faith. Thank you for loving the Lord and through this, sharing Him!! My prayers are with you all!!
Colleen Byers, Jr @ Ohio Wesleyan University

 
At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna, your Pleasant View "family" is praying for BJ and your family. We all constantly check this website and you are always on our minds.
Prayers and love,
PVE
Zionsville, IN

 
At 1:23 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

Praying for the 2:00 o'clock hour!
your servant,
Walker

 
At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

on my knees.

Jill
Chattnooga

 
At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear Lord
We pray for Doctors to find pocket of fluid. We pray the precise timing is successful. Dear Lord we pray.
We are praying for BJ's strength.
We bow down and worship only you
We give you all our praise
You feel our sorrow and our pain
You are in our hearts and in our soul, You're always with us
You bring us comfort
You're our saviour
Dear Lord we pray

Amen

Lisa Gresh/Meils and FAmily
Indianapolis, IN

 
At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have been in my prayers! And will continue to be! It is so awesome to know that our Heavenly Father is in total control! He has you in His hands and will never let you go!
Your sister in Christ,
Catherine Rossi<><
Columbus, GA

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear God,

Please be with BJ today. Lord I pray that Your healing hand will be upon him today and i pray the surgeons will find the fluid pocket. I pray today will be the day things start to turn around for BJ and that his healing will begin today. I love you Father, and I know You will do whatever will bring Your Mighty Name the most glory. But I ask that what will bring Your Name the most glory would be BJ's miraculous recovery.

Your Child,
Rach

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2PM Prayer vigil

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have the best doctors around and we are prayng for them as they are about to do surgery. LORD lift up BJ and you know are hearts . We know that you know what is about to happen and we just ask for your will to be done.

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger Becca of The Sonflowerz said...

Hi BJ's family,

I want you all to know that you have friends in Christ in Colorado Springs, CO praying for BJ and you all. We found out about BJ through Mercy Me, and have since been lifting him up in prayer daily. We also sent you the Sonflowerz' new worship CD as some encouragement. I hope you received it and are enjoying it. Many blessings and love from your family in Christ,

Becca
-The Sonflowerz
www.Sonflowerz.com

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

Brent Deanna & Girls, I pray you will find peace and comfort in your Heavenly Father today. Your faith is strong, yet I know the waiting is so hard. I ask God to guide the surgeons hands during the surgery, and to stop this new infection in it's tracks. I again just lift up BJ into the hands of Jesus. Praise his Holy Name!

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that files by day, nor the plague that destroys at midday. Psalm 91:4,5&6

 
At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a note; we are praying for you and your family in this hard time:
1) God will intervene
2) Give the doctor's wisdom
3) Give the family grace

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

Praying in Shawnee, OK. I don't have the words to express, but know I'm gonna wear out the carpet for BJ and his family.

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee, OK

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

ESTAMOS ORANDO PARA QUE DIOS ESTE EN CONTROL DEL CIRUJANO QUE A LAS 2PM ESTARA TRABAJANDO EN EL CUERPO DE BJ. DEPENDEMOS UNICAMENTE DE DIOS Y EL HACE SIEMPRE LO MEJOR PARA SUS HIJOS.
"SEÑOR DA FUERZA A LA FAMILIA DE BJ. Y MUESTRANOS TU PODER Y GLORIA EN EL CUERPO DE BJ, ESPERAMOS EN TI Y TU HARAS LO MEJOR."
MUCHAS BENDICIONES
TITO SEVILLA
TRUJILLO PERU

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

We continue to pray all afternoon for healing for BJ, wisdom for the medical staff, skill for the doctor's hands, and peace for the family. Thanking God that He is in control.
Kansas City

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

We're praying for you B.J.

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

CUIDATE MUCH BRENT JUNIOR And MANDALE GREETINGS To DAVID JUNIOR CUIDATE IN The CIRUGIA.
GOOD BYE ¡GOD BLESS YOU! AMEN

 
At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jesus said he who believes will not be left behind...come on people keep praying.....prayer works,don't give in to satan...

 

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