Monday, September 19, 2005

His SAT's bottomed out at 80, then rose some to the mid 80's, due to increased ventilator pressure, and increased oxygen percentage on the ventilator. His blood pressure has dropped too low, and they started him on a med to increase it. The x-ray showed no air pockets. They are thinking a new infection is trying to take hold.

Lord, He is yours, please give them the wisdom to know how to combat this. What they don't know, You do, so deliver Him yet again, if it is Your will. In Jesus Name, and by His blood...

BJ's dad

52 Comments:

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just lift up BJ right now that the Lord will take away any possible infection that may be present and give the doctors and nurses wisdom as to what they need to do. Continually in prayer for BJ and the family thru the night.
You are in our hearts and prayers, Lisa in Kansas City

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord,
please be with BJ right now and stop another infection from coming. Be with his family as they go through this time. Please let his SATs rise back up. Let your will be done, let him be able to bring you glory.
Amen.

sarah tabb
knightstown, IN

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger Heather said...

God we give BJ's life to you. You know how to stop the problems that he is having now. Stop the new problems. If he is developing a new infection show the doctors how to get ahead of it.

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for BJ,that there is not another infection and that this is a treatable set back. We continue to pray for your strength as you face a long night. We love you guys and wish we could be there to give some kind of comfort and support. We will pray without ceasing. Take care.

Love, Nancy

 
At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We pray, Lord, for VICTORY in Jesus, our Savior, forever.

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger Kim Mierau said...

God, we are humbled every day by the new and different ways you hold on to BJ, by the ways you deliver him and watch over him. we ask now that your grip be even more firm, that your power be spread over him. keep him safe, Lord, from any infection or complication that may try to find its way into his body. give him strength to fight this, God. we know that this is in your will and that you are watching over BJ and caring for him. we give him to you, God, and ask for you to touch his life right now, to keep him strong and hold him steady. be with the doctors and nurses - give them wisdom and fresh insight. guide their hands and their minds. be with the higgenses - give them peace and strength, bind them up and support them. let them feel your presence in new and powerful ways today. we love you, Lord, and we thank you for your greatness. amen.

 
At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent and Deanna,
I just got off the phone with Aunt Maralyn and know how important it is to have the prayers keep coming. I just wanted you to know how much you all are in our hearts here in Wisconsin. We think of you always. Please know that we love you and our prayers are constant.

Vickie
Cedarburg, Wisconsin

 
At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almighty God, Sovereign Lord-- watch over BJ through the night and please, please keep any new infections away. We ask you to protect him, to preserve his life so that he can continue to tell of Your wondrous works. We continue entrusting him to Your care and ask You to grant his parents and sisters rest and Your perfect peace. We stand firmly against Satan and resist anything he is trying to throw against this precious boy. He does not belong anywhere near BJ--we stand against him in Your name, in Your power, and because of Your Son's shed blood. Oh God, we are crying out to You as our only Source of hope. Show us Your glory, Father. . .show us Your glory!


Pieper family
Charleston SC

 
At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for God to give the doctors guidance in what to do to combat this present situation and to give BJ strength. We all love you and are keeping you in our constant prayers.
Laura Floyd

 
At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray for BJ tonight and ask that any possible infection trying to come into BJ's body go away.
With love,
Lauren
Encinitas,CA

 
At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying for a good and restfull night for bj and family. and a night with good SATS.

you are always in my heart and prayers.

good night and God bless

 
At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord and Savior,
Please do not let another infection take hold of BJ!! Please please protect his body and help him to stablize again!! Help his SATs to go back in the 90s and for his blood pressure to go back to normal! Please protect him!
Amen

 
At 11:09 PM, Blogger a schmaltzee life said...

Hi guys...

first i better tell mom to go to sleep....she is sitting up over this site...checking constantly on you guys...we all love you and wish we were closer!

here is a verse....my words seem empty...but I know God's words are more powerful and comforting than anything.

"When I said, My foot is slipping, your love, O Lord, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought
joy to my soul...
But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge!"
Psalm...94:18, 19 & 22

with much love...marla & gang

brad...keep us posted...i told mom you would be sure to call her with any other updates (even in the nite)...hugs to you to!

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just came back from the "catching a vision" class so hopefully God will show me a way to help BJ.

John 14:13,14

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.

You may ask me for anything in my name and i will do it.

Love, Paula

 
At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God we just come to you this evening and we rest in your promise we find in Psalm 121:3,7 & 8 that says "He will not let you (BJ) be defeated. He who guards you never sleeps (isn't it great he is watching over you all night long BJ!) The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard you as you come and go, both now and forever!" God we know you are watching over BJ and nothing is catching you by surprise tonight, we just pray for your touch on BJ's life tonight and that whatever is causing the complications God, we know YOU are ABLE to overcome them and we give you praise! Amen.
The Rice's
Oklahoma City, OK

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

Just finished praying for BJ and for your family. Prayers continue. Keep the faith, God is in control. We don't know why this is happening but we know that God will see you through whatever may come.
Hugs,
Carol
Arlington, TX

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

Lord,
We ask you for your help again. Lift up BJ yet again from this infection and allow him to get strong again. Also, I pray that you give his family strength during these trying times. By the Grace of Your Son Jesus.
Amen.

Andrew Macejak, Hannibal, MO

 
At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father,
I come before you knowing you are a loving Father. You are God Almighty, our Savior, Comforter, Shepherd, Counselor, Rock, Shield, Defender, High Tower and High Priest. You are all knowing, all powerful and onmipresent. Thank you that we bring anything and everything to you in prayer. Please watch over your son, BJ. I pray for protection from another infection. Keep him strong, Father. I pray for his SATs to rise. Father, the drs. and nurses need your guidance as this is such a delicate balancing situation. Wrap your Heavenly arms around Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney. Help them as the minutes, hours and days pass. Give them continued patience, emotional and physical strength on this journey.
May they feel the love of their brothers and sister around the world.
Father we are praying, waiting, and watching,

We love you and praise you for what you have done for us and for BJ.
AMEN

We are with you
Love,
Brenda F.

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

To all of BJ's family:
Just posted previous note and just wanted to tell you guys that I DO know what it is like to sit and watch that SAT monitor all day and all night. I did it with my precious micro-preemie for 156 days. It is almost mesmorizing, isn't it? And, every dip down makes your stomach just tie up in knots. The frustration, the anxiety, the feeling of helplessness. Take care of yourselves and each other through this grueling journey. Not many of us can identify with what you are going through, but I definitely can. The prayers of many carried us through, even today some 18 months later the prayers of strangers still carry us. We will carry you guys now with our prayers. I pray for the doctors to make accurate diagnoses, and for strength and peace to be within all of you. The power of prayer is very very strong. We are transfering our collective strength to you, now. Even as you think you cannot put one foot in front of the other any more, we are all with you guys spiritually, as is our Heavenly Father who is the Almighty giver of strength. Hang in there!
Carol
Arlington, TX

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

Lord, we come to you and ask for healing for you faithful servant BJ. We know that there is much power in your name.
Amen


Misti

 
At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm Matt, and I attend Hannibal-LaGrange College. I'm praying for BJ tonight.

 
At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, I pray for BJ that you would be his strength. That you would heal Him, that you would drive out the infection. God be with his family. May you be also their strength and comfort. Father may we trust you in our times of trial.

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

Jesus, Your Name is so good. I know that You answer our prayers, and that this situation is in Your hands. I pray that You would heal BJ. I pray that You would fight the infection for him, heal his kidneys and lungs, and restore his blood pressure, SATs, and blood gas levels. Thank you for his doctors--please guide them and teach them what to do. (By the way, I just think it's so cool that they know the human body better than most other people, and that You can show them even more--the God of the universe sits down with doctors and teaches them even more about one of His creations!)

I plead with You, Jesus, to heal BJ...I know that whatever You do, You will do it with BJ and his family's best interests in mind. I know You love them, and I don't have to be afraid for them. But I do grieve with them, Lord, and so, again I pray for You to heal BJ. I love You and I thank You...I know You are present and at work through the darkest hours.

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

we are lifting bj and your family to God tonight. I pray that any infection that is trying to invade bj's body will be stopped and that our precious Father will give you peace through the night. May you feel HIs comforting arms around you as you wait.
You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing the updates with us and allowing us to hold all of you up in prayer. It has truly been a blessing to me and has grown my prayer life in ways I never expected.
In His love,
Stacy in Kansas City, Mo

 
At 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Press on!

Lord Jesus, we come to you alone in this time. We ask for your hand to continue to move in BJ's body. We ask for the doctors to be seeking your wisdom. Above all else, we just ask for you to be our Rock. Without your work on the cross we have no other place to stand. We love you.

Praying in Jesus's name,
Charissa

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

Father, we lift BJ up to you. We ask you to heal him. Father, give his body to fight off any infections. Give the doctors the knowledge to fight this. Keep this family (higgins) together. Father, we lift up Your name.

Dan Gabbard

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

your thoghts and prayers are with us each and every day

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

I have been and will continue to pray for BJ and family. Our youth, church family and many others are praying as well. I know of prayers being lifted up for you all in Hawaii, Brazil and other states that have received word about BJ! God is good!
Jenny--Bristow, OK

 
At 1:04 AM, Blogger stephsmiles said...

Lord,
Let the Higgins family rest in you tonight, and receive physical rest as well. Lay your hand on BJ and help him to know the depth of your love, and that of others. Please continue to be with the doctors and guide their thinking. Give them wisdom and strength as well. We love you Lord,
Amen

Still praying in Australia,
Stephanie Hull

 
At 1:05 AM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...

Father, as I come before you now-my hands lifted high and on my face at your feet, I lay BJ and his broken body at your throne of healing. I ask that you will provide wisdom for the doctors and a peace that passes all understanding to BJ's family. Your will is not always what we may have chosen but I ask that as we delight ourselves in you that you alone will be glorified and that your will be carried out to perfection. We can always ask why but I think that the answer to that lies in you alone-whether you are testing faith or drawing someone to yourself or working in the hearts of those praying during this time my request is that in my fervent prayers that you will be glorified through being continually faithful. I ask that you will instruct BJ even while he is sleeping and wrap your arms around his dear faithful family. Father, I delight in knowing that you ALREADY know what is going to happen and I praise you for that. The cry of my heart is that your will be made complete. I love you my Jesus, my Savior, my Friend. Faithfully yours, Anna<><
HLG, Hannibal, MO

 
At 1:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, may the breath that spoke the world into existence and parted the red sea, banish this disease from your child's body. Bring fresh life into all parts of him. Continue to wrap your strong and gentle arms around ALL those who know and love BJ. Keep your spirit close to them and gird their minds with your truth and joy. Give the doctors clarity of mind...may the enemy not have ONE stronghold. God, thank you that you are already being glorified through this circumstance, b/c the peace that BJ's parents have can only come from you. Thank you for this person and family who I have not even met, because they are a testament to me of your love, and a living symbol of your character.

brian erickson, hamilton, VA

 
At 1:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Lord, we surrender to you and your will. The wisdom you have given to BJ is still with him Lord, so we pray for the future opportunities for BJ to share with the world (in person) your love, salvation , and eternal life with you. These physical hurdles are hard to comprehend, but we remain steadfast in our prayers for complete healing. We pray for answers to come from the CDC (soon) and direction for his treatment.
Lord, I selfishly, would like to meet BJ here on this earth someday Lord. May that be you will.
Jesus, you are Lord over all. Praise your Holy Name.
Please keep the Higgins in your merciful arms and comforting spririt.
Lela, Concord, CA

 
At 1:22 AM, Blogger Alair Bear said...

Lord Jesus...
We come before you knowing that you have the whole world in your hands right now...and that means BJ and every detail of who he is. We cry out to you and claim the healing power of Jesus to work a miracle in BJ's life...you rose from the dead and so you can do the same for BJ. We choose to bless your name Lord and praise you in the midst of this, because your Word says that you inhabit the praises of your people. So would you fill BJ's room tonight with your presence and Holy Spirit would you cover BJ and his family in your incredible peace.
BJ, you and your family have impacted my life and have taught me to live my life fearlessly for Christ...thank you!

 
At 1:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Lord, that You are the God of creation, and that BJ IS Your creation. I come against satan and bind his hands and feet from any further illness in BJ's body. This body is not yours, he is blood bought,the blood of Jesus Christ. He belongs to the Lord. You have no authority over him or his family or anyone caring for him, you forget where you stand, UNDER Our FEET.

Lord I ask for sweet rest and peace in You tonight for BJ's family, that You would continue to be with BJ, breathing Your precious Spirit into every fiber of his body. Give the doctors and staff godly wisdom, be their hands Lord, refresh them Lord to continue with their care of BJ.
May Your name be glorified Lord, we give You all honor and praises.

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee,OK

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

Father, again we plead for deliverance from this new threat. Please calm our fears and give great comfort and assurance to BJ's family.

Patricia
Fort Wayne

 
At 5:30 AM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney,

As I was praying late last night and early this morning, God kept bringing the words of 2 Cor. 4:9 to my mind. I quote verses 7-9: "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." (You may want to read on.)
Know that we remain very concerned and are praying much for all of you, as well as for BJ. God is holding him and knows exactly what the doctors don't. So wish I could remove the burdens you are carrying.
I find it interesting that God has been impressing certain burdens on me before I hear about them from you. The Holy Spirit is so faithful. We love you.

Praying always,
Beth

 
At 5:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father,
I pray that you would just touch BJ right now as he lay in his bed. May your Holy Spirit cover him as a blanket would would cover him. Touch his lungs, his kidneys, and every cell of his body. Father, I pray that you would give wisdom where wisdom is needed. Lead each person involved in his care and strengthen each one of them. He is yours and you know our hearts cry. Please touch his family today. Give each of them the strength they need for they must be weary. Lift them up and touch them I pray. We give everything to You.
In Jesus Name...amen.

Youngstown, OH

 
At 5:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As sons and daughters of the Most High, Father, God, we approach your throne boldly and praise you for your Word that sustains us in our time of need.We declare we desire and request your grace on our lives and specifically the life of our friend and brother BJ. Let a mighty shout of glory be heard as you perform great and mighty deeds for your people in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. We again are humbled as you allow us to partner with you and each other, standing firmly on your Word. You have great plans for your people, and we are eternally greatful that you are mindful of us. We give thanks for BJ's healing, his physical restoration today. It is in our weakness your strenghth and power are know beyond a shadow of doubt. Thank you for making yourself known. In these seemingly dire circumstances we know you are in control. May the peace that is beyond measure, be a tangible commodity, overflowing to all that are connected by your holy spirit, today and forever. Jimmy in LV,NV

 
At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you today!!!

 
At 6:37 AM, 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
C/o PICU
St Vincent’s Hospital
2001 W86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Get your youth groups, families, senior adults group join us in
Project “HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ.”

 
At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As for me, I shall call upon God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, and He will hear my voice. He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, for they are many who strive with me. God will hear and answer them" Ps 55: 16-19a, "Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken." Ps 55:22

Lord, you are God and we are not. Your ways are far above our understanding. You are awesome, You are most powerful, Most High. You are sovereign, You are in control. Lord you call us to pray. We cry out morning, noon, & night for BJ. We want peace that only You provide as you gain the glory in this situation. In faith we ask for complete healing for BJ. I know the answer may be no, in a while, or yes - in any case I pray for You to be glorified in our responses to You. We continue to implore You on behalf of BJ, Brent, Deanna, and the girls for a continued ministry here. Lord, thank you for encouraging us in so many ways to pray often. I Praise You that You desire an intimate, personal relationship with us. We want to be on our knees and constantly, consistently at your feet all the time. We seek You and know that You promise to draw us near and reveal Yourself to us. Be near today, Oh Lord.

 
At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord,
Please protect BJ right now. I pray that no new infection take hold. He has had so many invasive things done to his body that it would be easy for a Staph infection to take hold - God, You are the Great Physician. Please remove any infection. In Your name!

 
At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying really hard today. STAY STRONG.

IN HIM
Jonathan Haag

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger . said...

Good morning! I'll put BJ on the prayer chain at CWC again this morning.

Still praying....

 
At 7:16 AM, Blogger . said...

...We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.

2 Chronicles 20:12b

 
At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God woke me much more and much longer last night than He has since I've been praying for BJ. So good to read the prayers and see how God was prompting everyone to pray morning, noon, and night as well as all the times in between. Know, Higgins family, that you are surrounded by a blanket of prayer. May that bring you the peace that passes understanding,
as you travel moment by moment,day by day,

in His loving care,

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

 
At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear God I pray that the family can feel your arms holding them. I pray that the doctors will have wisdom with all they do and God I pray that you will give BJ the strength to fight.

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Good Morning BJ..
Praying for you here in KC all day.....
Our Love Tracy

 
At 7:44 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Praying for a better update this am! My thoughts are with you all right now. BJ is a fighter as we have seen over and over!

 
At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord,

Please push any infections out of BJ's body. Please give the doctors and nurses wisdom. Please give him family comfort during this tough time and let them feel love all over the world. God use this experience as a testament to your unfailing love for us and as a testimony to the life that your servant BJ has led.

I ask all of this in the wonderful name of Jesus! Amen.

Josh Suiter - New Albany, Indiana

 
At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, my heart is heavy for BJ, his family, the medical team and all of us around the world who have been praying for BJ's recovery. We know we must continue to be faithful to your timing, to your purpose and to your gracious wisdom, but we struggle today Lord. Help lift us up into your presence,into your loving arms may we feel your love and comfort surrounding us, and especially BJ. Strengthen his body to fight whatever it is that is once again attacking him. Be with his physicians, guide them and lead them toward the cause of BJ's suffering. We know all things rest in your hands, Lord, so help us to accept whatever that may be. However, know that we deeply want your son, BJ, to be with us, to continue be an amazing example of your love, of how do be a faithful servant, and how to trust in the slow work of God. We ask these things through the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 
At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord,
I lift up this precious family to you this morning. You are our comfort and our rock. I ask Lord, that you be with each person on the medical staff. Lord, may each one of them allow your hand to be right in the mix of all they do. And, may they feel your presence all around in BJ's room. We love you Lord and thank you for all you have done and for all that you are about to do.

Amen

 

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