Monday, September 19, 2005

If this is a joke, it's only a little's raining outside, but not in room 2001. They are preparing to hook him back up to the Cvvh machine. They plan to use a lower rate of fluid removal to try to fool his kidneys into believing they are already doing some of the work.

Overnight, which was quiet and peaceful, he was removed from the Nitric Oxide machine (it was being used to open the alveoli in his lungs). His Sat's dropped initially, but rebounded back into the 90's. Thank you Jesus, for one more machine GONE!!!

They are planning to turn him back over this morning. We look forward to that because his face gets so swollen when he's on his tummy. We know it's only cosmetic, but it's what we see.

Lord God, bless these faithful ones with your abundance today!

BJ's dad


At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's not a joke....I was watching the weatherman this morning and it is supposed to rain all day.....I'm almost positive it will rain, not just outside. I'm praying hard, and doing my "rain dance"!
I'll continue to check updates throughout the day!
May God keep you all under his umbrella!
Love, Your Friend!
Matt L.

At 8:59 AM, Blogger David Post said...

We sent rain your way but we only wanted it in the room. Yesterday at church I had a bunch of people ask about BJ and are continuing to pray for his kidneys to work.

Thank you Lord for all you have done so far. We give you total glory for what you have done in BJ's life and through this situation. Please let his kidneys start working. We want it to rain in the room as well as outside. We beg you father to come and rain on this situation. We praise you for who you are and what you are doing to glorify yourself. Please bring yourself more glory.

David Post

At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning to you all!! We were out of town for the weekend but were able to keep up with BJ's progress with updates from our son Brett. We'll be praying for rain today!! :)
Always in our prayers!
The Shaws

At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be praying that everything goes a-ok!
In Him,
Ellie Fillio

At 9:00 AM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Hear the power of Our GOD.....

Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts,
"Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you."
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
Hear the words of Moses !!

"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." .

Do you hear that Brent and Deanna, Lauren and Whitney?
"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be stil. Watch your God work through the doctors and nurses today. Sense the moving of the Holy Spirit in BJ's room even now as I pray. There are times when He requires action from us and there are times He says be still. I am believing God today for a miracle. Can I do that for you? I bedlieve He is going to move over and through BJ this day. Watch what our gracious and Holy God is about to do in BJ"s life !
Again today I approach the Throne and ask for our brother BJ to be delivered. Breath life into BJ's kidneys even as I pray. Make it so Lord Jesus.

During an illness of this magnitude you really find out who your friends are, who are willing to stand and pray with you. It is a priviledge to call you friend.
Love you all !!! Phil & Paula

At 9:01 AM, Blogger aC Biblestudy said...

Praise God! One more machine gone is a definate improvement and encouragment. I'll be praying for his kidneys to kick in & pass it along to our Biblestudy group as well.

At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Higgins...sorry this is one post late, but I thought you might be interested to know that we have had experience with Doctor Belcher. About a year or so ago, Eric had mononucleosis about 4 years ago and we were referred to him.

Therese used to work on the diabetic unit at Methodist and had occasion to deal with many, many doctors. She was very impressed with Dr. Belcher's "bedside manner" and follow-up, as was our pediatrician.

We continue to pray for rain in Room 2001.

Love you all,

The Davids

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...




At 9:07 AM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

Thank you, Jesus, that one more machine is no longer needed! Now, please bring "rain" to Room 2001 at St. V's. I really understand what it means now to "pray without ceasing" - thank you, BJ - and thank you, Lord, for leading me to this place to witness your miracles and the overwhelming power of your Love through the Body of Christ who gather here to pray for your young warrior and his family.

May you all be blessed with a peaceful day!

In Him,
Lynn Andrews
Macon, GA

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God, one more machine gone. Dear Lord, thank you for that, and we pray that the rain will move inside room 2001 today. Thank you for the amazing staff and for the wonderful care they have given BJ and his family.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Coop said...

I just thought of the words of the old hymn "there shall be showers of blessings" The north campus was pretty pink yesterday with t-shirts scattered throughout the auditorium. It is such a privilege to be able to help to bare one anothers burdens.


At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent & Deanna,

We will be praying hard for those kidneys today. The kidneys are the first to be effected by all the lifesaving measures that happened to BJ, they will probably be the last to return. Praying for his continued improvement with his pulmonary status and general recovery. We also continue to lift you and the kids up for continued strength and endurance.
We really miss seeing you at church and Bible study. It's not the same without all of you. Miss you and love you all.

Love, Nancy

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wondrous thing each "disconnect" is! God is showing His provision fully, unwrapping it slowly so we won't miss noticing any wrinkle of the wrapping which is His continued gift of healing.

I regret to inform you that as of now, BJ has been placed on temporary probation from his academic career at Urination U. So far, his work is incomplete. However, perhaps with the proper incentives, he'll be able to fulFILL his requirements.

Actually, we continue to pray for each area of concern for BJ, as well as his emotional reactions to being in recovery when he is able.

What an amazing journey so far. We cannot cease to hold you all up before the Holy Throne of God for daily renewal, guidance and strength.

In Him,

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps God is using the
"outer rain" as a reminder to trust Him for the "inner rain" as well! The first prayer request on our kids' lips this morning at Bible time was BJ. They are starting to come to the site when I do to check on their friend. Thanks for teaching their buddy Thomas (Lamca) the sword fight, BJ. I had to go out and buy PVC pipe for Kristen and Katherine to recreate the sword fights here when they got back from their Awe Star summer!

Interesting story--our church is in a beach community, and there is a boat next to the main road that people use as sort of a personal billboard. It's painted over and over again with all sorts of messages for birthdays, anniversaries, even once "Will You Marry Me?" Yesterday, Andrew noticed that the boat said, "Come back, BJ" and of course he thought it referred to "our" BJ! God can use all sorts of ways to remind us to pray. . .and we are. We pray that God will quickly bring those kidneys back to full function so we can praise Him yet more and more! We continue to pray for the doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel and for lots of great days this week!

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so encouraged that over the course of the past few days, there have been improvements in BJ's condition! :) It makes me feel good to read that your spirits seem uplifted and positive. I think about you guys and pray for BJ almost all the time. Seriously, I cannot tell you what this has done for my faith. I'm blown away. Our God is awesome!

At 9:20 AM, Blogger the leaf family said...

good morning Higgins,From KC
Its so wonderful to hear 1 more machine gone and a peaceful night.. We will continue to pray for those things..
We have all heard when it rains it pours and that is what we'll pray for today..
I'm so thankful to know that our God has such a great sense of humor!!

We love and miss you all,
The Leaf's
Can't wait to get our shirts....

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for one more machine being removed and the quite peaceful night. Now we are binding our prayers together for the kidneys to start working and not only start but to work in the order they we intended to work. I pray all you guys have a blessed day.
Love in Christ,
Mike & Nancy Napier

At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raining in IL today too - praying you will have a spiritual downpour (from sermon is a good thing!) and physical one in room 2001. Praying for that all day today.

In His Love,
Hudson, Oh via IL

At 9:28 AM, Blogger laura said...


Thank you so very much for keeping us up to date every step of the way. We are continually praying for your family. I can't wait until I receive my shirt, I don't think I have been so excited to wear a shirt before in my life. LOL! God Bless you guys and have a great day, even in the rain.

At 9:37 AM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

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

Yes!! May God bless you with the kidneys doing their job without any assistance from another machine. From reading all the journal does appear that BJ is on the mend. Hope the docs ruled out leptospirosis. I know you grow weary of this medical dance...two steps forward, one step back. Praying for a giant leap forward to day.

At 9:43 AM, Blogger mediakath said...

Just wanted you to know that our adult Sunday school class at Church at the Crossing prayed for BJ yesterday...and will continue to do so. He deserves God's best! Best wishes and prayers to you...

At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have worked in miraculous ways through BJ's sickness. You have done a miracle in how far you that brought many machines that you have brought him off and have kept him stable. For that I thank you. Right now I just want to come before you and ask that you let it rain in room 2001 today! Please...let it pour.

At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Phil: Because we're joined together in prayer, should we then All be called the "church of bladderday saints"?

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning,

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney, you are constantly in our prayers. I can't image how difficult this could have been without the Rock of Our Lord. I'm glad that He has so wonderfully prepared your spirits for the spiritual battle that you were going to have to face. It is such a blessing to know that all of those times you spent worshipping in church gave you the foundation to be able to worship during one of the most intense storms that a believer can face. Whitney, I can visualize you with your eyes closed and your hands raised as you sang with all of your heart and soul. Thank you all for being such incredible witnesses of faith and for giving each of us an example of "counting it all joy." I can't wait to see how He is going to use this victory(and it will be a complete victory encompassing BJ's complete and total healing!!) to witness to the world.

We thank you for all that You have already done. Thank you for each miracle that you have performed along the way. We bless you for your faithfulness in hearing the voices of your children. We boldly ask that you would also restore the function to BJ's kidneys. Let them "rain". Father, we love you and we honor you. Thank you for the doctor's, nurses and staff that you have provided specifically to care for BJ. You in your sovereignty have positioned the perfect staff to accomplish the ends that will bring glory unto Yourself. We ask also that you will bless each of the family's, their health, their possessions, their finances. Let this be a time when they can fully recognize the hand of a Mighty and Loving God that they may be either drawn into a new relationship with you or the one that they have will be deepened. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. We bless Your Holy Name.

Will continue to pray throughout the day!!!!

In Christ's love
Your sister,
Dawn D.

At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good to see the humor here today! I have to say that the first thing I thought of this morning when I heard it thunder is with all those prayers going up for "rain", God got confused. But we know that God doesn't get confused & he has a perfect plan & timing for everything in BJ's life, even down to those kidneys working again! We'll be praying for that today & for the continued progress! God's blessings to you all today!


At 10:08 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent & Deanna -
We are definitely praying for it to RAIN DOWN in room 2001!!! We are so glad to hear that BJ was removed from his nitric oxide machine - WOOHOO! :) God is so good - We love you all so much & we do miss seeing you guys so much.

Still praying,
Jes, Todd & Andrew Y.

P.S. I think I would pay money to get to laugh while Matt L. is doing his "rain dance!!!"

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Good morning!
What wonderful news...another machine gone! I am praying that this will be the God ordained day for BJ's kidneys to begin functioning completely.

Lord thank you for all the precious medical staff that you have placed over BJ. Thank you for their knowledge, skill, determination and gentleness. Continue to use them to bring Glory to yourself.

Father be with Lauren today as she is back in classes. Father help her to be able to focus and get necessary things accomplished. Thank your for her friends who are so supportive of her. Please meet her every need today.

Lord Jesus, I praise you in advance for the many steps of healing that You will accomplish today. In your holy name, bind satan from room 2001 and may the pure light of your love fill every corner, every machine, every person who enters, and most of all bathe Beej with the light of your healing power.

Thank you, Father! I love you and praise you for what you are doing.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger kelly said...

Although I don't know you, I got the prayer request from the Mercy Me website, I have been praying for BJ to recover so he can continue to spread the word of God as he so obviously had a passion for. What an incredible young man. I thank God that he and his parents have so many faithful friends that will continue to pour out their earnest prayers until BJ is fully recovered. I also include you, his parents in my prayers to be lifted up, stengthened and encouraged at a time when you cannot do it yourself.

May God Bless You,

Kelly Marlborough
Lees Summit, Missouri

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren and Whitney- I was so glad to see at church yesterday! I usually sit on the side near Whitney - I love to hear you sing all the songs and am encouraged by your willing and earnest heart when you sing praise songs.
BJ(his family and the medical staff) is continually in our prayers and we do not miss an opportunity to pray for him as a family.
Thank you for sharing so much of yourselves and your strong faith through the website each day-it has encouraged me in my daily life.

SuzAnne Keith
Indianapolis, IN

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Lord for another machine gone, Lord we ask that this would be the day that the kidney's would begin to function again. Continue to be with BJ and his family giving them comfort, rest, peace and strength. We praise You Lord and give You all the glory. In Jesus name Amen and Amen

In His Name
Linda Ronne,Shawnee, OK

This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Nicia said...

Still praying here in Ecuador. Yesterday preached in the Torre Fuerte church and shared BJ's story enlisting their prayers as well.

God bless and hang in there.
Chris Irwin
Guayaquil, Ecuador

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear God,
We just ask one thing today . . . PLEASE let there be a sign that BJ's kidneys will function! We KNOW that you can do this!!

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's also been raining here in Wisconsin...may it continue to do so as it travels east!

May God strengthen all of you through another day. I pray that this will be a day filled with all good news, a joyful relief from the roller coaster of events over these last few weeks for all of you. May the removal of one more machine be just the start of a grand day, worthy of rejoicing. Lord, be with the medical team as they work together to heal your son, BJ. Guide them in the path they should take and the decisions they should make that will bring BJ closer to healing. May there be songs of praise and thanksgiving for everyone in BJ's room.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Praise You Father for progress this far!

As I read this morning I'm especially thankful for the gifts of humor that have been shared.

Thank you Father for allowing these moments of smiling and laughter as this has been a very long road of intensity for the Higgins family and all who care for them. May these lighter side moments give them a time of refreshment.

Father, we know that the intensity and seriousness still exists, may we never forget how we have prayed and that we will never again be lax in our days of prayer and turning to you.

Today we're coming to you through a little joy and laughter, rather than tears. We're rejoicing in another machine being removed, we're rejoicing that the steps of progress seem to be coming a little closer together than further apart.

We're asking for Your continued bounty of joy for the Higgins family, Father. Let it rain, let it pour!! YOU ARE OUR MIGHTY GOD.

I pray that the swelling is reduced further today Father. It's still BJ and it's cosmetic, but you understand and I KNOW that you care about all of his healing and about Deanna, Brent , Lauren and Whitney. It would mean a lot.

Thank you Father for caring about all the great big stuff, the in between and the little stuff. Thank you most of all for caring about us. We love you.

Asking in Jesus great and powerful name, believing He will hear me.

Get the rain gear ready!!!!!

Love you guys,


At 10:43 AM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Hey family! Praise the lord that BJ is doing so well. It seems like i keep finding more and more people to tell and have them pray for him. I just wanted to tell you all that im still in the fight here! Have a blessed day!
Tara Case
Yukon, Ok

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, right now I lift up BJ and his family to you. Lord, I ask that you continue to have your hand on this family and just hold them in your loving arms. Father, please continue to give BJ, the healing touch he needs to get better and recover. Lord, please continue to give this family, strength, understanding, and patience, until this situation is over.
Lord, I just ask these things in Jesus Name right now. For you said that anything we ask in Jesus Name You will provide and I am believing you for that right now. Thank you Lord, for all you've done, are doing, and about to do. Amen.

At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray for a "machine free" day

At 10:56 AM, Blogger isaiah said...

Holding BJ, his family and friends, those here in pray and affirmation realizing the healing within BJ's body, Doctors Chaten, Metz, Ruppel, Sichting, and Williams, and Belcher as well as the nurses and staff, in the light of God's healing Love. There is sweet Spirit all about you right now. My all our eyes and hearts open to the fullness of this Love and alone passes all understanding.

The light of God surrounds you
the love of God enfolds you
the power of God protects you
and the presence of God watches over you-

Wherever you are, God is...and all is well.

Tommy Crenshaw
Hilton Head Island, SC

At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm between classes and I am so happy to hear that another machiene is gone. I will be earnestly praying for healing rain throughout the day.

April Cowan
Odessa, Tx

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

I love you all and am praying for BJ when I can today. My thoughts are always on how he is doing.

Peace to you all,

Riverside, CA
PERU 2004

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

I continue to pray for B.J. One of my precious little friends,Ashley Darnold from Oklahoma City, went to Peru with B.J. this summer and has asked us to pray. As a parent I lift you up to the Father for His comfort and peace on He can give.

Jo Anne

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

We continue to pray on BJ's half, representing him, to God especially when he can't speak for himself. Something God brought to my mind just now is that Larry and Terry have been teaching the Karamojong in Africa that "God is good all the time" and that "He always keeps his promises" and that "God is full of love and grace." Praise Him for continually hearing us, and for holding Bj in His hands. We cling to who God says he is! Still praying
Brittany A.
(the Allen family)

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna and family,
What a blessed day that you can get rid of one more machine. Deanna we continue to miss you at school, but at the same time you all are with us each moment in prayer. The rain jokes have to keep you uplifted. We love you all and pray that each day continues to bring you blessings. Our heavenly Father has performed miracles each of these 34 days! Praise Him!

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING OH THAT TODAY THEY MIGHT FALL...Keeping you in our thoughts and in our prayers!!!
In Christ~

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Texoma Christian School studends are praying for BJ. and your family. Stay strong in the knowledge of God. He hears our prayers.

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

It is once again so exciting to hear that BJ rebounds in miraculous ways! Praise Jesus! Continuing to pray for those kidneys!

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about what your family is going through. It sounds like bj is an extraordinary young man who loves the LORD. I believe that GOD has used bj in a mighty way. GOD has a purpose for each one of us and when that purpose is finished we get to be with the LORD. I know that sounds trite but my ultimate purpose is to eventually be with the LORD. GOD bless you all and I will pray daily for you and let my church know to pray, also. I will call klove and have them add you to the prayer request line. Hebrews 11:1 Linda

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