Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Medical ping pong seems to be going on with BJ's SAT's (blood oxygenation). They spent much of the night in the 80's. Then after the morning chest x-ray, they jumped to 98. They have started to drop back to the low 90's. His color is a little better this morning. He is on dopamine for low blood pressure...which is still pretty low.
It is uncertain if he will be proned (turned to his tummy) today. There is discussion of propping his left side up because of that lung position. We'll tell you more when we find out...Dr. shift change is upcoming.

You have truly helped to hold us up through this journey. Thank you for your love and concern.

Lord you are our portion and strength!

BJ's dad


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

Praying for a good day, good numbers, and rain!

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord let it rain

At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for a good day, that numbers will improve, kidneys will begin to function, and wisdom for the medical staff.

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just offering a constant prayer for BJ, his staff, and all of his family. As Bill said in church this past Sunday, we can't wait until BJ comes and gives us his testimony!
Love to you all!
Kim Donahue

At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray YAH, our heavenly father, by the precious blood of Yahshua our redeemer, that you will heal BJ from any unclean thing this day.

You have glorified your name, and will do so again though your son.

Let your name be glorified in all the earth.


At 8:21 AM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Hear the Word of the Lord....

Going to War
1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. 2 When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. 3 He shall say: "Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. 4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.

Father God, once again we go to your Holy Word for Wisdom and we claim victory for our brother BJ.
We know it is You who go into battle for us. Manytimes, Father, becasue we have feet of clay we grow weary but steadfast nonetheless. I pray the blood of your Son Jesus Christ cover BJ today so the evil one cannot touch him. Annoint the doctors and nurses with wisdom from Thee Most High God. We pray for BJ's SAT numbers to remain stable in the 90's. We pray for his blood pressure to stablize strong throughout the day. Please Lord God move your Holy Spirit over BJ and breath new life into hisd Kidneys that they may function as they were created to do. Protect BJ from any further infection or complication this day. Thank you again for fighting this battle for BJ and we all pray with hearts of expectation believing you for complete and total healing for our brother BJ. Bring peace and calm to Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney today. All these thing we pray in the authority of your only Son, Yahshua, Jesus the Christ, the Annointed One ..Amen...
We love you....Phil & Paula

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for increasing B'J's numbers. We ask that you would restore the function of his kidney's and stop any new infections the enemy may be trying to use to come against him. Thank you that you are the Great Physician and no infection, disease or pestilence is greater than Your name. We continue to plead the blood of Christ over BJ's body and declare that no weapon formed against him shall prosper. We love you and give you all the glory. In the matchless name of Jesus. Amen

Will continue to pray throughout the day.

In Him
Dawn D.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent & Deanna -

We are praying hard for BJ's numbers to go up and for his body to fight off whatever infection(s) he may be battling. We pray that your strength be renewed and your minds comforted. We love you all so much & we miss you tons. We can't wait to give you a hug someday soon.

Jes, Todd & Andrew

At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna,
Praying today for Dr. "S", the nurses, and Rain!!!!
I pray that B.J. continues to fight off the infection and for his continued improving health.
Your friend and Brother in Christ!
Matt L.

At 8:30 AM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Praying every minute of every hour of every day. God brings BJ to my mind consistently no matter what I'm trying to do at the church where I work. Thank you Lord for your goodness to us. Protect BJ from all sides and take care of his blood pressure, lungs, kidneys, everything as they are totally in Your control. Lead the medical personnel to the right decisions as the needs arise.
We love You, Jesus.
Awe Star Mom, Tulsa

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for good numbers, his lung to heal and for those kidneys to "let go." God, bless the wonderful medical staff who have ministered physically and spiritually to the Higgins' family. Will keep checking as always. Thank you so very much for all updates.

We love you all,
Brenda F.

At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for each of you.
Lisa R.

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God used BJ to lead me "Don't Waste Your Life." As I read, I am most thankful I was made aware of this book. BJ hasn't wasted his life...I believe many lives are being drawn closer to our Savior during this time. My prayer is that He will continue to meet each need and surround all of you with His loving arms. I, for one,am standing in the gap. Lord, thank you for hearing my prayer. I give all the glory to You.

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, we lift up the medical personnel this morning. Lead them to make the right decisions on today's treatment. Enlighten them...encourage them too.

We pray we will see signs of healing today Lord!


At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying all throughout the day and spreading the need for prayer. There's so much hope and faith in our prayers. May God continue to support you and your family!

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young." Isaiah 40:11
We continue to pray for you all. We praise Him for carrying you through the night and look expectantly as how He will work today! May you sense His tight embrace as He lovingly holds you tightly to His chest, rest be still and listen to the comforting heart beat of the Father. Love you all - the Potter/Parker clan

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart & soul are praying for all of you. Please let this be a good day for BJ. I pray for BJ's family and especially for BJ. May God wrap you all in his loving and healing arms today and always.

At 8:45 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
St Vincent’s Hospital
2001 W86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Get your youth groups, families, senior adults group join us in

At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Heavenly Father
I come to you again this morning lifting up our precious servant BJ in prayer to you, Lord, asking that you will lay your healing hands upon him.

May Brent& Deanna be provided with your peace and comfort throughout the day Lord....

May the girls be able to do their studies....

I pray this in Jesus precious name, Amen.

Your Sister in Christ,

At 8:52 AM, Blogger ron and vee ann said...

Good morning,

We haven't talk to you lately but be assured we are constantly praying for all of you! One thing about teaching school is that I can check the website every passing period. Several other ppeople in my school are doing the same thing and praying constantly. They have gotten their local churches here to pray also. It is also nice to look through the message and see all the ones from the rest of our family. We are really blessed to have the family we do. I got to thinking about all the Christmas plays we used to put on for our parents when we were little. It looks like our next generation is taking off doing God's work.
Well, back to administering the wonderful ISTEP tests.
We love you guys!
Cousins Vee Ann and Ron

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rebecca Littell said...
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.


At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayed throughout the night, for some reason, I woke up every 2 hours so I used that opportunity to pray. Will continue to pray that there is no new infection and that the low sats are just a fluke thing. Praying for good levels and reports today and for your continued strength throughout this.
Love you all and miss you.

Love, Nancy

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This favorite hymn keeps running through my mind as I pray for BJ and for your family:

Day by day, and with each passing moment
Strength I find to meet my trials here.
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best.
Lovingly its part of pain or pleasure
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour.
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid.
"As your days, your strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Your promises, O Lord,
Taht I lose not faith's sweet consolation
Offered me within Your holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a Father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the Promised Land. ("Day by Day," text by Carolina Sandell Berg; translated by andrew L. Skoog).

We are grateful to share in your journey moment by moment and day by day. Praying MUCH for kidney function, no infection, SATs to stabilize at a wonderful level, and "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,"

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

At 8:56 AM, Blogger isaiah said...

In the light of healing Love, BJ is suspended, cradled within the arms of loving Spirit, making all things work together for good. For family and friends, doctors, nurses and staff, as well as those here on this forum- the mystery in which we find ourselves bound together shines in illuminating light so that in due time every answer will be revealed and every heart witness to God’s Divine Order. As we hold BJ in thought, prayer, and meditation we are reminded that BJ is perfect now as he was created- it is only his body that is suffering. BJ is not his body- his soul shines through and we are witness to this perfection. As we affirm complete healing for BJ’s body we give thanks knowing no matter whatever the outcome-BJ will ultimately be healed.

The light of God surrounds BJ
The love of God enfolds BJ
The power of God protects BJ and
The presence of God watches over BJ-
Wherever BJ is, God is- and all is well.

Hilton Head Island, SC

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I woke up thinking of BJ and knowing i needed to check the website early today. It looks as though there are many others who are feeling the same today. I give thanks to our God for His sustaining power this far, for the family's vigilant strength, for the testimonty to the doctors, nurses, families, and people around the world. I ask again today for BJ's complete healing and God's name to spread all the while.

Christy Brown

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

Lord Jesus, heal our sweet BJ. Let his kidneys work well, protect him from any infections, and heal his lungs. Let his numbers get back to normal, and bless his blood pressure Lord. Let only Your Will be done in this precious disciples life. Bless the doctors and nurses with wisdom, and guide their hands. Bless the family with courage, strength, faith, and hope in YOu and all that YOu are doing. You are mighty, and worthy of our praise. You alone are Holy! Let Your light shine in that room, and in that hospital. In Jesus' Name I pray....Amen.

God bless you today. Will be in constant prayer.

You know, I read a comment from a gentleman yesterday that said that he had wavered in his praying because of BJ doing so well, and also in other areas of his life. And that the Lord dislikes that and that is why we are told to pray without ceasing. I am so sorry that I am guilty of that too, dealing with stuff at home, and not focusing on a brother in need as I should have been. Forgive me Father! What a lesson I have learned....that my problems and my pity party for myself over the last couple of days is so stupid and unnecessary and that I need to learn from BJ even more about dying to self and living for Christ alone!! I am so blessed to have the opportunity to get to know him through this, and to know his faith and courage and to see how God is using him. Thank you BJ for all the lessons you are teaching me! YOu are an angel!

Praying without ceasing...again

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Lynn Newkirk said...

Praying still in Indy. Praying for a great healing to come forth. And Lord give Strength to the Higgins family and all the Medical staff involved.
"The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen:
Phillipians 4:23
By His Grace,
in Indy

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

Heavenly Father you spoke this world into existence. Your breath blew the first wind into our world. If it is your will Father, please breathe upon BJ your healing breath. Father, let his numbers remain steady, let his body let go of the fluid filling it and let any new infection be suddenly and miraculously gone. May the doctors be blessed with wisdom beyond their own understanding, may the nurses have eyes and ears that are tuned into your leading Father and may you continue to hold the Higgins family under your wings (Ps 91). Father I thank you for hearing all of our prayers.
Katie B's mom

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've prayed during the night and off and on this morning. God is with you all. I'm praying for a turn around in BJ's condition today. I'm praying for sustaining peace for your family today.

Lynne H. Albanese Gray, Ga.

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, please be with BJ. Help his numbers to stabilize, help his kidneys to function, and please just help him to have a good day. Please be with his family today that they may feel a special renewal and refreshing. Thanks for the example they are to all of us in this hard time. Please be with the doctors and all of the other medical staff. Give them wisdom and guidance. Thanks for all that they have done for BJ and his family. Thank You that You, O Lord, are mighty and strong. Thanks You for all of the awesome things that you have done and are still yet to do in BJ's life. I praise You, Jesus. Amen.

Christa - Ewing, MO
HLG Student

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...

Praying for Strength, rest, a renewed spirit and healing.
Ana <>< HLG, Hannibal, MO

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Father, you know every need and the exact timing that is needed. Please bring BJ's numbers where they need to be and prevent any new infections from being introduced. Stabilize his blood pressure and please allow his kidneys to begin their function once again.

Father give each staff member clarity, wisdom and new ideas. Perhaps something they would not have thought of or tried before/yet. Bless them Father as they tend to this family. Bless their homes and families as well. Each of them has a need that is unknown to us, but you know and I ask that you would watch over each of them and grant them provisions.

We know that all is in your hands, Lord and like BJ we want to surrender all to you. Comfort comes from knowing that YOU are listening, YOU know our hearts, and YOU, OUR MIGHTY GOD HAVE A PLAN.

You are the Alpha and Omega. Praise you Jesus. Amen.

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Thank you in advance Lord for what you are going to accomplish today. Please be with your servant, BJ, his precious family and the gifted medical staff you have in place around BJ. May this be a day of healing and progress. In your name, Jesus, please bind satan and allow your pure light of love and grace to bathe BJ's room with your presence.

Please cause his kidneys to function again, keep his stats high and stable, his blood pressure strong and stable, prevent further bleeding, strengthen his lungs and remove any infections from his body. These requests are many, but you, Lord, are an awesome God and are more than able to accomplish them with the touch of your hand. I pray these things believing in the holy name of our Father.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers are constant for BJ, his family, and the staff of professionals. Time passes quickly for some, but draggs on agonizingly for others. BJ has given so much to those who know him and have been touched by his remarkable strength. It is fitting that we offer our strength to him at his hour of need. If there is indeed strength in numbers, our prayers are being answered by giving him more time to fight this test. Thy will be done.

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying much for all the details of the day . . . Sats, kidney function.
Cheryl, Ohio

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise Jesus for the increase in numbers!
Continually praying in Kansas City!
Stacy D.

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for the witness of BJ and his family. I pray for your continued strength and for comfort and peace. Lord, I pray for your continuing touch on BJ.

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

It was a night of little sleep but lots of prayer.
We had thunder, lightning and rain in the night. This is almost unheard of here for this time of year. We rarely get lightning and thunder at any time. The lightning show was a reminder of our POWERFUL GOD. The Gaither song came back to me again "Because He Lives I can face tomorrow" You have lots of tomorrows to face but with God's help you will make it through. You are always on my mind. In fact I get very little done that requires my mind as it is already occupied, but my house is clean!!!!!!
Praying on,
Aunt Maralyn

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking for "Paula" who said she just returned from "Catching a Vision"!! Higgins family...you will enjoy how small God's world is. "Catching a Vision" is a Bible study my mom, Barb Widdoes, put together with Katie Williams - an incredible praying woman of God who was heard on Moody & specifically in OH on WCRF for years.

She & her husband were a major part in bringing Billy Graham to OH in 66. My mom was the chairman for "Just Give Me Jesus" & Katie was the co-chairman to bring Anne Graham-Lotz to Cleveland...then the follow-up "Passionate Pursuit". Katie passed away recently and now my mom & her daughter, Christie, are bringing her prayer study to churches all over Cleveland...I think the "Paula" must be in one of the studies!!!! God is so great to watch as He brings His people together!!

Continuing to pray for BJ - he will love hearing all the stories of how God brought people together to glorify Himself over him!

In His Name,

Tammy McMahan
Hudson, OH (via Downers Grove, IL)

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and Deanna, Our prayer group at Texoma Christian School (TCS) is praying for BJ and your family. My students also pray for BJ during our classes. We know God holds BJ in His hands. What better place to be!!
Brenda May
Sherman, TX

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord, Give BJ strength, guide doctors wisdom
with precise timing, and your healing hand.
In Jesus name, I pray for your faithful servant BJ,
Lisa Gresh/Meils

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

We are not forgetting nor ceasing to pray for BJ, for you guys, for the medical staff, for peace, for patience, for wisdom, for Jayden's family and for missions.

Thank you for continuing to post updates!

Rest in the Father.

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for no infection, increased and stable numbers, increased blood pressure, for his kidneys, for healing, and for strength and peace for your family! I'm fighting along with you, always!

(Peru '05)

At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our pastors group in Hannibal met again this morning and prayed for BJ around 8 this morning.

Al Groner
Hannibal, MO

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for BJ. High numbers and Gods Blessing for this young man and His family

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for being with BJ and hearing our prayers...Lord let it rain, and for the doctors and nurses that don't know you, I pray they will see your power and that you work as an active part of our lives.

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

The shirts were such a great idea. My roommate and I have already ordered ours. I can't wait to see what a difference they will make here at the University of Oklahoma! You guys are still in my prayers.
Norman, OK

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Father, i come to you ashamed in some ways. For not seeing the desperate need of EVERY day. I try and loosen up a bit yet Lord, thats not what you have called us to do. Forgive me as my heart faints before you. Lord i pray that you will sustain BJ's body and family. That his kidneys will begin to work as they should and his oxygen levels will remain high. I dont ask for myself, but for your glory. Peel my fingers from the earthy father and inject boldness in my confession, as i proclaim this awesome truth. Truth of you, truth of what your doing in BJ. I find myself fighting for words at times in what your doing...yet i have to tell people to just read about it all. Glorify yourself father as you continue to bring us further and further on our faces. How high can you be...how low can I go? Show me that please. In the name of Jesus Christ, i ask all these things. For your glory!Amen.

Tara Case
Yukon, Oklahoma

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Higgins Family,
You are precious, you are loved, & you are prayed for. In the tender name of Jesus, Amen.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger a schmaltzee life said...

howdy fam...

here is a prayer & scripture that the lady who oversees our prayer chain sent out... thought it might bless you guys!

“Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”

Psalm 91:14-16

Lord, we call upon Your word and Your faithfulness in that You would fulfill such in the life of this servant. May Your mercy shower down from heaven this night and may Your glory be reveal. Your will, we pray, be done. Into Your hands we commit the life You ordained before the foundations of the world. Abba, Abba, mercy, mercy, mercy please great and glorious King. Amen


i also got an email from a mom who said that she reads BJ's journal entries to her kids on the way to school...and that they have gotten their school to pray for bj...yeah!

so many Jesus lovers praying for their Jesus lovin' Buddy!

did you see that mom said her house was clean....like that is something amazing??? have you ever seen her house not clean???
now if my house was clean...that would be the story!!!

hugs to you all!!! marla & gang

ps...another little prayer worrier...tadee (2) was praying for bj in the back seat on the way home from taking landee & cladee to school.. i love how God works!!!

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys we are still keeping you in our prayers. Stay strong and hang tuff. I pray for his kidneys to start working, and for this infection to go far away.


Zionsville, In

At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad of BJ,
In Maryland we lift you and your family up in our prayers. We have an awesome God but we do not have answers for this..........thankfully HE is in control.

At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, praying for spiritual and physical strength, and that you would be glorified in BJ's life today.

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday: I received the message today that BJ passed away early this morning. Just want the family to know that I have been praying for BJ and trusting God that HIS will be done. I am so sad, but I know that God will tenderly care for the parents and family now and make them aware that the battle is not theirs but the Lord's. You have run a good race and put it all in God's hands, now trust Him to comfort and sustain you, Dear Ones, as only the Lord Jesus can do. May His Peace be Yours today.

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

Parents never expect to bury their children. I can't imagine the pain even though you know he is safe in the arms of his Lord. You are in my prayers as you walk through these next few days. May God's loving arms surround you as you comfort each other, and may his peace sustain you.


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