Tuesday, September 20, 2005

They have switched out Beej's ventilator (technical difficulties), he's still on an oscillating ventilator but since the switch his SAT's have been hanging in the 90's, so we're grateful. He had a fever for a little bit this evening but it has now broken! A good way to end such a tense day. These times in which we can breathe a sigh of relief seem too few and far between but are definitely cherished by us all.

The many stories and prayers all of you have written out for us about BJ have been an amazing blessing for our whole family. For me, it has especially caused me to look at the relationship that I have with Beej. My little brother is an incredible young man of God and it breaks my heart that I have wasted so many opportunities to get to know him on the level several of you do. It's amazing how easy it is for each of us to get wrapped up in our own selfish worlds without even realizing it's happened, and it's sad how severe a situation it takes to bring us out of that little world. However, I take joy in knowing that my brother is a person who understands forgiveness and starting over with someone like no one else I know. I look forward to when I can begin to develop a true friendship with my brother who would pray with me and for me anytime I was hurting and extended me undeserved forgiveness more times than I would like to count, no matter how hard I pushed him away.

Thank you Jesus for putting such a passion in BJ for You. Thank You for bringing him this far through this battle. We pray that You will let us keep him here for awhile longer but ultimately our desire is for Your will to be fulfilled.

BJ's sister,


At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, I thank you that things have calmed down a bit and I thank you for your faithfulness. We continue to ask You to rid BJ's body of this infection. We ask You to strenghten his body. Thank you for Dr. Sichting and her sensitive and caring spirit. Please bless her.
Please grant this family rest tonight.
We love you our Heavenly Father.

Evansville, IN

At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're still praying in Chicago.

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying especially for you tonight. My heart is heavy for what you are going through and I wish that there was something that I could do to help you with this. Please know that there are so many of us moms out there that are crying with you and pleading with God to comfort you and to heal your son. I know that you know that God is our comforter and His arms are strong.
I pray for a peaceful nights sleep for you and that tomorrow, when the sun rises, you will be renewed and strenghthened to handle another day.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

I think that BJ has an incredible sister in you Whitney.

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whitney, How nice to hear such love for a brother from a sister. We all take our relationships for granted from time to time, but with the love of Jesus in us,all is forgiven and a new relationship begins with the love of Christ starting it out. With the love of Christ , a mom and dad and 2 loving sisters, BJ has it all to help him fight this!
My prayers are always with you and your family and it hasn't stopped nor will it even when BJ goes to his home in Monrovia. With His love, RC- Indianapolis
ps. I pray that you and your family has a very restful night and that BJ will to with all the numbers better than they are now.

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

praying for you tonight that you will have a restful, refreshing night! Keep looking up!

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Thanks for the update! I will keep praying!

At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend had this posted on her refrigerator - I asked her for a copy to remind me often...I hope it allows you a moment of peace and centered thoughts. I am unaware of its origin - knowing Eileen, she could have composed it! My apologies, or credit to whomever did!

Oh, God, give me grace for this day. Not for a lifetime, not for next week, not for tomorrow, just for today.
Direct my thoughts and bless them.
Direct my work and bless it.
Direct the things I say and give them blessing, too. Direct and bless everything that I think and speak and do, so that for this one day, just this one day, I have the gift of Grace that comes from your presence.

Wishing you a moment, and better yet, a day filled with God's Grace. Keeping your whole family and especially BJ close in my heart and my prayers.
Baltimore, MD

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

Thank you Jesus for calming the storm once again. You are so good at that!! God bless you Whitney, and the wisdom that you have received from Jesus regarding your brother. We all have to learn that, over and over sometimes, and forget that we are here on Earth to love with God's love and not our love. It is hard, I know.
Still praying and sending love to you all! Have a wonderful and sleep filled night!

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

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

South Carolina is still praying hard... and will continue to... When I think of the times I have been able to get to know BJ, I smile. Whether It was in the praise band, a guitar lesson or just hanging out in the church after service, he ALWAYS left an impression on me as a man truly on fire for God, and I was right... because he is proving it daily.

love you guys,


Columbia, South Carolina

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am still praying!!

Hannibal, Mo

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

God uses everything for His glory. BJ is blessed to have a sister who is humbled during this journey that you all on. The Higgins family has been a blessing to many of us.
God's mercy as you all rest tonight and God's healing for BJ throughout the night.
Lela, Concord, CA

At 10:58 PM, Blogger Nicia said...

"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep,
to gain what he cannot lose."

Still praying in Ecuador,
Chris Irwin

At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a beautiful creation in Christ, Whitney, and I've always felt you had a big heart for others and for worship. Keep looking to the future with hope and faith. Praying just for you right now . . Love, Carla S.

At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord we lift Dr. Sichting to you along with all of the medical staff and support staff that have been a part of BJ's care.
I'm sure as a professional that is looked upon "for answers" that this has been a weary journey for Dr. S as well. Lord, give her strength. May she know that she is using the knowledge and gifts that you have given her to glorify you. Give her comfort when she becomes discouraged.
Thank you Lord,
Lela, Concord, CA

At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, You are our strong tower. We run to you and are safe. Please give the Higgins family rest and peace tonight.

We continue to pray through the night for all of you, the doctors, the night nurses, and all who are caring for you - physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We will not stop praying on your behalf.

Hudson, OH

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

Whitney, how special to have you give the update. You are a very special young lady and this Aunt is proud of you. I too trust you have many more years to "love on" your brother.
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad, Ca

At 11:31 PM, Blogger Brian said...

My mind continues to race at trying to imagine what God's will is behind this. Ultimately, something we'll only know as it continues to unfold, but I look forward in eagerness. God is glorified in the process, however, and not in the goal, and that is extremely evident right now. I continue to fall to my knees in prayer for BJ, knowing that with every new post/update, God's glory is being seen. My praise to God to such a faithful family - one that desires, ultimately, nothing more than to see His will be done. Not only is it evident that BJ was prepared for this, but your entire family was. Thank you Jesus, for such an incredible example...

Denver, CO

At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying hard in Texas!

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

As I do not have children yet, I cannot imagine what it must be like to love a child and have to watch them suffer. However, I have two sisters whom I deeply love and adore. My heart breaks for you Lauren and Whitney, as you have to watch your sweet brother suffer...just know that BJ is working in many lives as he is lying there in the hospital. I for one have been touched by his devotion, and God has worked through this situation in my life, bringing me closer to him and renewing my Christian strength. From one sister in Christ to another....
Praying for BJ,
Z-ville, IN

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Thank you Lord for stability tonight. Please continue to be with BJ and heal his precious body.

Thank you Father for Whittney who has a tender heart and a deep love for you. Thank you for the love she has for her brother and we pray for many times to enjoy one another in the future. Just as BJ, she has a heart that praises you. Give her your peaceful rest tonight. Help her to know how very much she is loved.

Father I ask you to also be with Lauren at school. Help her to be able to stay focused and to complete all assignments in a timely manner. It has got to be so hard for her and I just ask for your special blessings and encouragement for her. I love her, Lord, and ask these things in your name.

Father, please be with Brent and Deanna tonight and give them a good night's rest. How weary they must be. Please give them an extra dose of your unwavering love and grace. They are so totally devoted to you and love you above all. Thank you for their willingness to share their pain with us in a way that allows us to share their hurt and pray for their needs and the specific needs of BJ.

Thank you Lord for what you are going to do for BJ tonight. May it be a night of rest and healing. Please help his kidneys to work and the infections to be removed. Keep his stats strong and his numbers up. Thank you Lord!

Love in His name,

At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whitney thank you for sharing your heart with us, your honesty, how refreshing it is to witness.
Abba Father we come to You Lord, praising Your holy name,worshipping You Lord.
Thank You for a breathe of relief at the end of a long and stressful day for BJ's family. Lord I once again come to You with all confidence and ask that You would continue to reveal Your divine healing hand in and through BJ's body Lord. Lord You know what needs to be done to bring BJ back to full health, and I ask that in Your timing that it would be done, if it be Your will Lord. Forgive us Lord for asking selfishly, but we desire to see BJ well healthy and healed, continuing in all that You have called and chosen him for.
Lord continue to give rest to BJ's family, peace, comfort and strength. Lord wisdom for the doctors and staff caring for BJ, rest and refreshing. I thank You and Praise You Lord.
I ask in the precious name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ... Amen and Amen

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee, OK

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

BJ talked to me about you a lot. He did pray for you constantly! I really hope that you do get know BJ like I do. He has honestly been the biggest blessing in my life. He's going to be so happy to have a true friendship with you when he wakes up! I really wish that I could have gotten to spend more time with you when I was in Indiana. Oh well...there's always next time. I was really happy to see that you had updated the site. You are also in my prayers.

Your sister in Christ,
Hannibal, MO
(Peru '05)

At 12:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although the computer is at rest, Our Prayers will continue through the night. Thank you for sharing. Whitney, you are wonderful sister.
We are praying please Lord help BJ's strength build and we pray his body is healed for your faithful servant;
BJ. For BJ we pray.
Dear Lord please hear our prayers!!!
Amen. And we praise our Lord and give Thanks for our blessings Great doctors,nurses and medical staff, we give thanks.
Please dear Lord Hear our prayers.
Please dear Lord Lend your hand.
Please dear Lord answer our prayer
In Jesus name we are praying.


At 1:12 AM, Blogger Betty Pavez said...

We are praying for you in Garden Grove, CA. Keep the faith, do not let go. Jesus reigns!

Thanks for the updates, I check on BJ everyday - I pray for you and your family for strength and hope in Jesus.

At 1:16 AM, Blogger a schmaltzee life said...

Hey Whit...

Wow...I hope my girls grow to be so vulnerable...honest...real...
you have set such a great example for us all...and given a great reminder to savor each moment of this life we are given.

Mom said that you were singing to BJ... keep it up... I bet your singing just brightens up the place. If I'm ever sick will you come sing for me... I would love it!

We had Bible-Study tonight and one of our gals...Lauren...shared that her high of the week...was seeing a blog that someone wrote in Hungarian...she is Hungarian...and was gonna have her dad read it to her....go figure!!!

hugs to you all...with much love!!!
marla & gang
your carlsbad family!

At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Let's pray, Dear Father, we come before you now and we want to thank you and praise you for everything to do and have done for us. We just want to lift up B.J. and his family to u tonight and ask that you will heal bj's body, God we ask that you will fully restore his body quickly and peacefully. Father, you alone know what lies ahead and we have to be faithful and listen to what you have in store for us. We ask that you will comfort the higgins family in the way that only you can, Father. We love you and ask that u will see that this family has everything met and that they totally surrender to you oh God, let them leave everything to you father. We are praying for you throughout the day. Thank you so very much for sharing your each and every thought.

With Love,


At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Encouraging Word:

God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God.

Romans 8:28

At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Job 29:19 "For I am like a tree whose roots reach the water, whose brances are refreshed with the dew".

May today be a day of refreshing for all of you. You are in my heart and on my mind.

Praying in Youngstown, OH

At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you Whitney, for sharing your heart with us. Looking back we can all see where opportunity has knocked on the door of our hearts and we have turned a deaf ear. Thank you, Lord, God, that we can learn and grow from our past and move into a bright and glorious future with you.... bless the Higgins family in an extra special way today and forever. Touch BJ with your hands that heal. Victory is yours, Father, God!!! lovingly from LV

At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

May God greatly increase your Faith today. May today be a better day in BJ's road to recovery. No unexpected detours. God bless the medical team, give them wisdom! And Lord, continue the healing so that BJ can continue to glorify you.
Still Praying in GA

At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was special to hear form Whitney. The sis/bro relationship is a wonderful, sometimes complicated thing. That's the way it is with a lot of relationships in this world. But praise God for family! Thanks for being vulnerable before us. We are praying for each of you. BJ have a strong day in the Lord. Praying for rain and no more fevers. In Christ,

Lynne Hutto Albanese Gray, Ga.

At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, God, for bringing BJ through yet another very difficult day. We praise the angels that you have put into BJ's path, such as Dr. Sichting, for protection, for comfort and for strength.

Thank you,Whitney, for sharing such a personal insight and perhaps a struggle you have been feeling. I think it is a good reminder to all of us that we often take for granted those that are closest to us and don't always recognize their unique gifts and talents when dealing with each other in the day to day world of being a family. We all get caught up in what's going on with our own lives, our own schedules, and perhaps forget to take the time to truly "be" with the ones we love. Bless you Whitney and I pray that you will be able to share this one on one with BJ someday soon.

I pray Lord, that somehow the family of BJ was able to rest last night in your awesome presence. Renew then and strengthen them this morning to face whatever the day may hold.

Prayers and love to you all.

At 7:22 AM, Blogger . said...

He is able--more than able--
To accomplish what concerns me today
He is able--more than able--
To handle anything that comes my way
He is able--more than able--
To do much more than I could ever dream
He is able--more than able--
To make me what He wants me to be


Good morning!

Still praying in Marion, IN....

At 7:29 AM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Good Morning Higgins,
I am thinking of you all this morning. Whitney it was wonderful to hear your words this morning.. I will be praying for all of you today. Of course cheking in every chance I get.
Whitney, BJ is very blessed to have sisters such as you and Lauren.
On our knees all day in KC..
Love Tracy

At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless
we are praying

At 7:53 AM, Blogger The Piechockis said...

Higgins Family,

I check the site throughout the day and pray for you often. So many times I am moved to tears and am speechless. I thank you all for sharing your hearts so intimately so that we may know specifically how to pray for you.

We love you all very much.

Colleen Noblesville, IN

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

Whitney, Thank you for your openness and for the reminder to cherish our family members. Even those of us who don't know your family personally can tell of your love for the Lord and for each other. Keep singing and praising and know that we are lifting ALL of you up to the Father as you pass through these waters. . .

in His love,

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren, I'm praying for you and your entire family...that you all recieve understanding and peace at this moment. LORD please be with BJ in his struggles. Empower him with strength to fight this and let your great peace shine warmly on him like the rays of your beautiful sun.

At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Higgins, We're praying and hoping that your son gets better.

The Stanczykiewicz's

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

This family is such a blessing. My sister-in-law works and IWU, and I'm not sure how someone there got my e-mail to send me an update, but I'm sure that it was a message from God to add one more Christian to the prayer list. While I don't know any of you in this life, I hope to meet you in heaven. Please know that another someone is praying for BJ's recovery and his outstanding testimony in the making!
Greenwood, IN

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

Praising God in Zionsville

At 9:06 AM, Blogger Laurie said...

My daughter is a nurse at St. Vincents who has been praying for BJ and your family, and she has asked our family to pray for BJ. She directed me to this website and I have been so blessed by what the family has shared and by BJ's testimony through his journal writings. God is using this situation to bring others to His Kingdom--BJ's suffering is not in vain! God used our little baby grandson in a similar way as he clung on to life for nearly 4 months. God chose to let him live and God is continuing to use him and the testimony of his parents as they struggle with continuing health issues... But we serve an awesome God, no matter what the circumstances and from what I have read about BJ, I think he would express the same sentiments.

Oh, Lord, I just lift BJ up to you today, as well as his parents, grandparents and siblings and ask that you give them a good day. That you will send along side them people who offer words of encouragement. I just pray for continued healing of BJ and wisdom for the doctors and nurses as they care for BJ's needs. I am claiming Your promises that you gave us in scripture and rejoice in the victory that is going to occur in this battle, both physically and spiritually. Thank you Jesus for this family and for BJ. You are awesome God!

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Laurie said...

My daughter is a nurse at St. Vincents who has been praying for BJ & your family and has asked that our family pray for BJ as well. She directed me to this website and I'm so privileged and blessed to have read about BJ and his testimony, as well as the words of his family and friends. God is using this horrible situation to bring glory to his Kingdom just as BJ desires.
We went through a similar situation earlier this year when our 1st grandson clung to life for nearly 4 months. God chose to let him live and what a testimony His struggle and the suffering of his parents has been to others. People have come to know Christ because of a little baby!! HIs life continues to minister to others as he has ongoing health issues, but God is an awesome God in all circumstances and from what I've read about BJ--he would express those same sentiments.

Lord, I lift up BJ & his family today and pray that they have a good day today. I pray for BJ's healing and for wisdom for the doctors and nurses as they work to meet BJ's needs. I claim Your promises that you lay out in scripture for us, and I claim victory, in the name of Jesus, over both the spritual and physical battles occuring in the lives of this family. Thank you for what you are going to do for this family! You are still a God of miracles--You are in the miracle business--I've witnessed it first hand--and I thank you! You are Awesome God!!


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

still praying for you in Louisville, TN. Whitney, I am praying that you also have the opportunity to find the relationship you are now striving for. How blessed you are in knowing this! We can go through life and take our loved ones for granted because they know we will be there. That is part of love. He will be so proud that he can count on you! We love you Whitney! We will continue praying for you and your family for strength and healing for BJ!

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from Down Under, no not Australia, NZ the real downunder! Hi Pray for BJ I was surfing blogs (as you do) looking for prayer for life information when I came across your site. While this post wasn't an exact match I enjoyed reading your posts. Thanks for the read, I'll visit again some time. take care.


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