Thursday, September 15, 2005

Tonight, BJ's temperature was under 95. He received new blood products and this contributed to his low body temp. He is covered with something called a "Bair Hug"
An apparatus to warm him. His numbers remain good, and we are encouraged and Praising the Lord!

As we start to look ahead, here are some things that will take place. Once BJ is stable and can be removed from the oscillating ventilator, he will be put back on the regular ventilator. If stable then, he will have a tracheotomy. This will be connected directly through the ventilator. Around that time, they can reduce sedation and allow him to start to become more conscious. Somewhere in all of this, he will likely have another bronchoscopy of his left lung, to look at the abnormality they found previously, but could not identify. They will likely biopsy it to see what it is, and if it is what caused his condition, or a result of being in this condition. We still do not know what caused his illness. But we give all Praise and Honor to our God, that He is being glorified through it!!! We are also very grateful that He has performed multiple miracles in the process!!!

We are humbled at your continued prayer support, and extremely grateful to all of you who blog, and all who do not but still pray.


Beej's dad

please continue to leave your name, city, state or country if you would please


At 9:56 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

Still praying for you. I pray that you can rest tonight in the comfort of the Father's hand.

At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the detailed update & plan of attack in the future. It is an honor & blessing to be able to join in praying for your family.

May tonight be a night of rest for all of you...we will pray in that way.

To God be the Glory!

At 10:00 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

G'night and pray the Holy Spirit watches over you all this night as you sleep !!! Pray tomorrow is a restful and healing day.....

3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. 8God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Maranatha......Phil & Paula

At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Higgins,
Thank you for keeping us informed on the events of BJ's future. my prayers are with you again tonight.

In Christ,
Ben Hackler

At 10:01 PM, Blogger The Bishop said...

I just learned about BJ's condition from my friend, Lance. I will be praying fervently for his miraculous recovery.

At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Whitney and Lauren,

Know that we are constantly holding you all up in our prayers. We want you to know how much we appreciate being kept informed on how BJ is doing and also how and what to pray for. Thank you for being such awesome examples of what true believer look like when they are going through a storm. Your faith and godliness is a challenge to us all.

Thank You Father for blessing BJ today. For allowing his kidneys to begin to "leak" and for the blessing of being able to turn him off his back and onto his stomach so that he can begin to heal there as well. We believe that You have many other miracles in store for this dynamic young man both in the hospital and out of it. Father, if you have said that BJ is to go to Africa next year then we know that this is only a storm that he must pass through to get to the other side. Thank You for declaring the end from the beginning that we might have a promise upon which we can rest our hope for the future. We love you and glorify you because You are more than worthy.

Continuing to pray!!!!!!
In Christ's love
Dawn D.

At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa! Another really big day!

Catheter in - fluids out! Leak on, Brother BJ, leak on! Skin treatment will commence soon, and he gets to sleep on his tummy!That's a lot for one day, but not for our God! I mean, He's got a track record of accomplishing quite a lot in a seven day period, Amen? Today has to have been relieving and quite encouraging. The fact that BJ posted such strong stats through it all is something that really, really encourages me.

Don't worry: everyone is in this for the long haul. We know there will be prayer concerns for every step along the way. God will bless you with support that has endurance!

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney - please don't be shy with expressing any needs you have, physical, emotional, spiritual, etc., to those God is placing around you. We are all here together, in the situations God has placed us, to be of service to each other with the talents, histories and resources God has entrusted to us for the purpose of encouraging and upholding each other. What's ours is yours. Remember, it would be a privilege for any of us to share anything we can with is the way our Lord intended for us to support each other! You would do no less for anyone else!

I'm sure you have been touched in so very many ways during the last 32 days or so, and I hope you are writing some of it down. What a record of blessings that must be!

We will keep praying for a comforting night of stability for BJ, and of rejuvenating rest for all of you.

It is such a privilege to pray for each of you!

In His Love,

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

We're constantly checking the updates and always praying, too, even though we don't post comments every day...

We love all of you very much, and wish we were there again to hug you in person...

Love, Jolene

FYI: Dan and 3 other ministers went to New Orleans to see where our area churches will be best able to help out in the near future--planning to send work teams to help rebuild. He says the devastation is really unbelievable! Also, they are taking pictures of the houses of some of the evacuees who are here in Deer Park who have no idea how their property fared, and will show the homeowners the photos when they get back in town (tomorrow night).

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Jane Dickerson said...

When I found out I had breast cancer a friend commited to pray for me every time she put her bra on or off. So I'm committing to pray for BJ's kidneys every time I'm blessed to be able to go pee! Praise God that they are beginning to work. Have a restful night.


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

Spanish Translation
Traduccion en Espanol

Buenas noches, el temperatura de BJ ha bajado a 95. He recibido nuevos productos de sangre y por eso a bajado su temperatura. Lo han cubrido con algo que se llama un "Bair Hug". Es una apparaato para que no tiene frio. Los numeros son buenos, y esto nos da esperanza y damos gracias al Senor!

Al mirar al futuro, hay unas cosas que va pasaar. Cuando BJ esta estable, y lo sacan del ventilador que mueva, tienen que ponerlo en un ventilador normal. Si esta bien alli, despues va tener que tener un "tracheotomy" (un tubo en su garganta). Lo van a conectar en el ventilador. En ese tiempo puedan sacar lo de los medicinas que le pone a dormir para que esta un poco despierto. En este tiempo tambien tiene que tener otro "bronchoscopy" de su pulmon izquierda, porque encontraron algo alli pero no saben que. Quieren hacer un examen con esto abnormalidad a ver si esto es algo que a causado la problema o si es causo de que esta en este condicion. Todavia no saben que es la razon de su infermidad. Pero damo Gloria y Honor a nuestro Dios, que entre esto esta glorificado! Estamos tan agradecidos que Dios ha hecho muchos milagros en este processo!!!

Estamos humildes por sus oraciones, y muy agradecidos a todos quien nos escriba, y los que no escriban pero estan orando.

Buenas noches,
El papa de BJ.

Tulsa, OK

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Carrieanney said...

Praise the Lord!!!! It is so wonderful to be looking ahead!

Lord God, I thank You for Your love and mercy that has been poured out on BJ and his family. I pray for BJ's body to continue to heal and strengthen. I pray for peace for the family. I pray for wisdom for the doctors and other medical staff. Father, I thank You for providing so many godly men and women on the medical staff at the hospital. I pray for those who do not know You - that they would see You working in BJ's life and recognize their own need for You. I give You all the glory, Lord!! Amen.

We're still praying - and I ordered a t-shirt to spread the word!!

Your fellow believer,
Carrie G.
Xenia, OH

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

Goodnight Higgins family,

You continue in our thoughts and prayers. It is good to see a plan laid out in front of you for the upcoming events for BJ. We will be praying for each of these steps to recovery. We will get him home yet, hopefully in time to see some autumn colors around your house. It is always so pretty out that way. Hope everyone has a restful night and be ready for another day.
Love to all.

Love, Nancy

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

We are continuing to pray for BJ at this time. Also I wanted to let you know that Jayden's funeral services are Sunday 3-8 and Monday at 11. Pray for us at these times as these will be the hardest for his mommy and daddy and family to say goodbye. Thank you so much for your support and for sharing us with all of your friends. I just read through all of the blogs for Jayden and it is truly amazing how many people were praying for him at one time! Thanks,

The Jayden Hurst family

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent: iPod: Natalie Grant: Awaken: Held

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

Wow. What a difference a day makes. What a difference OUR GOD makes!

Thank you, Walker, David and Awe Star, for whatever miracles you performed to make the T-Shirts a "go." We already knew you were AWEsome--but that's just above and beyond. . .

I see from the blogs that many share my "addiction," which I genuinely believe is an addiction to fervent prayer, of needing to check on BJ early in the morning, late at night, and frequently in between. BJ, when you read these one day soon, I trust that (once you finish blushing about discussions of your bodily functions) God will remind you of what an incredible future and hope He has planned for you. That "incredi-map" will definitely show the many hearts and lives He has touched so intensely with the burden to pray, and pray, and pray for you!

Please know, dear Higgins family, that we are praying for you as well. May God bind up your wounds and heal your broken spirits and give you hope when things look bleak and shine light in, around and through you. May He fulfill spoken and unspoken requests. And tonight. . .may He give you peaceful, very peaceful, REST

and love in Him,

Marti and the Pieper Family
Charleston, SC
(lifting up Jayden's family, too)

At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing to pray in Mississippi...all through the days and all through the nights when I wake up multiple times. We serve a great and mighty God!

At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. Just had to add that "Held" is an absolutely amazing song. . .Awe Star people from 2003 may remember God allowing my Kristen to use her sign language in Peru. A few weeks ago, on the Sunday before she left for college, she signed "Held" in our church service! Beautiful!

Good night again,

Marti Pieper
held in Charleston, SC

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates. I find myself checking this site all the time. You guys are in my prayers throughout the days and nights. It is great to be able to say things are improving. But as we know God holds the future. I hope you are able to rest and feel a little more at peace tonight. My prayers are with you always. This whole situation has really made my relationship with God grow. I find myself with the Bible in my car and reading before I go into work. Thank you for sharing this experience with all of us.

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

Oh I forgot to say I am going to wear my prayforbj shirt to Andrews school tomorrow (Heritage Christian) so you can be sure that more people will join in as prayer warriors.
Goodnight, Tammy

At 11:19 PM, Blogger . said...

Praise God for continued progress!

Rest well.

"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety." - Psalm 4:8

Still praying....

Marion, IN

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

Were with you all the way, continuous prayer for your family, that god will continue to heal BJ.
I think it is obvious the warriors will not stop asking for gods protection and healing powers over his precious son.
thanks for the updates, they are very helpful in seeing the power of prayer. We pray for a restful night for all of you..We pray for kidneys to function on there own.. praying for the lungs to heal and the unknown to go away..
We love you all,
Lora J and gang

At 11:47 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Thanks for the updates and the information about the future plan for BJ's recovery. I am still praying for him. I find myself checking updates every few minutes.

Perry, IL

At 11:51 PM, Blogger Karen Vesely said...

California is STILL praying for BJ!! We will continue to faithfully pray for him until he is healed.
Thank you for the picture of his future and all he has ahead of him.
God has much in store for your family as you walk down the road of BJ's recovery. I think I speak for many...we want to support BJ as much as we can.
When I first wrote I told you about my experience with bacterial pneumonia (caught after a plane trip to Italy)over the last year...nothing near as intense as BJ's, but me, my hubbie and 4 boys have all grown so much through the process.
To this day, my recovery is going well.It has been over a year and I am just getting off of all my meds, and over and over again I realize what a miracle the Lord did in my life AND in the lives of my family.
I have had many people tell me that our words (my husband, boys and I), our stories, have touched them in such a powerful way to bless the name of Jesus.
I wrote this before but I think it is worth saying again...
Just remember this, family:
Choose to believe when you become weary that HIS strength
is enough for you. Don't try to do more or be more that you BJ's weakness, in your weakness, God is made strong.
My heart goes out to you.
Remember, we're gonna teach him to surf!!!
God Bless You,
Karen Vesely
San Clemente,CA

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

I love you Beej! I've been thinking about you A LOT today! You are always in my heart and in my prayers. I miss you buddy!


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

And praying for Jayden's family too. God bless them and keep them, and give them peace even when they don't understand. This kind of peace only comes from God. To God be the glory!

At 12:12 AM, Blogger sweetsimplicity715 said...

I just happened to come across this sight and it touched my heart. I just want to let you know that I am praying for BJ and your family. God Bless
Sam from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

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

Dear God,
Please give BJ's family rest tonight and continue to bless him with your healing for BJ. I pray that you keep healing BJ and that you also be with Jayden's family. In your name I pray.


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

We have our whole church praying for BJ, Mom, & Dad. Blessed to do so! Mark in Encinitas, CA.

At 12:59 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Thank you so much for your continued updates and specifics that give us a direction for our prayers. As we pray specifically, may God continue to give complete healing. Father, please remove the mass from BJ's lung and keep all stats up and continue to strengthen his body and restore complete kidney functions.

Please give all a restful, uneventful night.

Thank you Lord for all the miricles you performed today. You humble us with your presence.

Love in the name of Jesus our Lord,

At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As is usual, I've read through the posts from others before I focus on what the Lord has for me concerning BJ (what to pray for), and this post below really touched my heart. Isn't our God so beautiful that He draws the heart of a sweet 10 year old to commit to pray for BJ. And it serves as a reminder to us, the body of Christ, to come to the Lord with faith like a child. Bless you Robert of Zionsville for showing us again what faith is. May the Lord bless you for your commitment to BJ.

I have prayed for B.J. every night and I am happy he is getting better.

Robert age:10

I was so happy to read the news of today and how God has blessed you all yet again.. Our God is wonderful, mighty, worthy, magnificent, there just aren't enough words to describe how we feel about our God. May He continue to bless BJ with His divine healing touch and for you, BJ's family, may He give you continued peace, strength, comfort and most importantly rest. I continue to pray for you all, like so may others I find myself checking the site time and time again throughout the day, to the point where I can't seem to concentrate on anything much else other than praying for all of you.
Thank you Awestar for the T-shirts, I've ordered for myself and my husband and we plan to wear them with pride, and pray that we too will have the opportunity to witness to others of the Miracles that the Lord has done in BJ and so many others across the globe.
I'd like to agree with the other person who stated that we are here not just for prayer, but for anything else that we can do to help you and to lessen your burden, all that's required from you is to ask, we love you, and are commited to stay by your side until you can stand alone.

In His Love
Linda Ronne

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

thank you for your continued updates on BJ.

I pray for God to give you rest, strength, and renewed spirit. You have been an amazing blessing. May God receive all the glory.

Union University Student
Jackson, TN

At 1:05 AM, Blogger Emily Jo said...

I am so blown away at the way this situation is bringing Christ followers together....even in this fragile state, BJ is moving mountains...rallying many to prayer, and causing the spiritually convinced and unconvinced to meet with their God, to contend, persevere, cry out, and boldly ask for the healing and comfort that only the great Physician can bring. I have never witnessed anything like this, and it brings such comfort and joy to join voices with the many who contend for BJ's life.
I pray to the God who can make the crooked places straight and the rough places smooth, to make BJ's next days just that....smooth and straight. the name of Jesus, leak, filter and cleanse. Lungs...breathe in the breath of Heaven. Blood....course like the wings of eagles. God, you are mighty and soverign, and I humbly and boldly pray for these things. Bring rest to BJ's family, and healing to his body. In Jesus' precious name. Amen

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. just look at your post. God is glorified though what you have gone though. it takes true faith from God to Glorify his name in these circum stances. your faith has strenthened my own. i will pray for you.but know this that this goes deeper than your son's illness your faith is an encouragement to many, God bless you ,and i mean that in the most sencere and real way posible.
Alan mobile,Al
james 1:3-11

At 5:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been praying ever since my sister Lori, from Indiana shared BJ's story with me. Obviously this isn't a story, it's a testimony! God is faithful and you have all been also, He will get the glory and your whole family will continue to be blessed. Phil. 1:6
David Kohout
Youngstown, Ohio

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psalm 55:22
"Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you: He will never allow the righteous to be shaken".

We will continue to pray each step of the way. You have a commited body of Christ standing behind you in prayer.
Gal 6:2 "Bear one another's burdens".
We are lifting you up!
May your day be blessed.
Youngstown, OH

At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Father, God, that we may partner with you and each other in prayer. I thank you, Jesus, that you sit at the right hand of the Father and interceed for Beej and us, his brothers and sisters in the Faith. We trust you with our future, because we've been redeemed by the most precious commodity in the universe, the Blood of the Lamb. You promised to finish the good work You started in us and You are faithful. Thank you for your continued touch on our lives, and the lives of those we are connected to by Your Holy Spirit. By the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimonies others will come to know you, their names being written in the Book of Life. All Honor, Glory and Praise belong to You. In our precious Lord and Saviors name be truly blessed today and forever. Jimmy Cameron Las Vegas, Nevada xxoo

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

Still praying for all you. STAY STRONG.

Jonathan Haag

At 7:08 AM, Blogger Jim Bohanon said...

We are still praying for BJ and will not stop. We thank God for a young man who has his priority on glorifying God instead of himself.

We know God is receiving His glory all over the world because of BJ.

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our God is and Awesome God. There is nothing that He doesn't know and that He cannot do. He knows what's causing this and He will heal, in His time. It is a promise in His Word and He never lies. I continue to pray and thank God for Beej's healing. Hallelujah!!Our God reigns! He is victorious!!


At 7:18 AM, Blogger tryoumans said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go up for you guys. Our small group met last night and amidst the discussion of how we can get out and minister to our community, my thoughts went to BJ and his dedication and willingness to be used by God. I pray that our group and our church can adopt his example of dying to self and living for the Kingdom.

I pray for all of you today and that BJ's condition continues to improve and that you all can have a little bit of a break and some peace.

Love to all,
Todd, Jes & Andrew Y.

At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless all of you as you trust our Lord. Our church is praying 24/7 this month (and possibly longer) Amazing things are happening. We will pray for BJ.

At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are still praying. . .when we lie down, when we rise up, and in between. . .

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

At 7:54 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Praise God for the work in his life.
Always Praying
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I`m praying for you.
We in Santa Catarina, Brazil, have the pleasure of having several american brothers. You are one of them. Keep your faith. Our God is greater than us and can make the miracle He wants to.

To God be the Glory!

Palhoça, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

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

Lord Jesus- You are LORD. You are the Alpha and Omega, creator and most of all SAVIOR! I pray right now for this young brother that you would continue to orchestrate complete healing. He has the promise that you are with him always. Praise you Jesus for that! In you holy and precious name JESUS, amen

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

May God's love warm you BJ
May His grace comfort your family.
Our best in Christ, Vicky and Jes

At 8:37 AM, Blogger . said...

Good morning!

Still praying in Marion, IN....

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I check this website and pray for BJ and your family daily. I am a nurse on another unit at St. Vincent and have passed this website on to many others. I feel God using this tragedy to someday be a wonderful testimony of your faith and his eternal grace and mercy! My prayer is that many non-believers are led to Christ through your suffering.
I came across this phrase and thought it seemed appropriate...

Difficulties to a Christian are only miracles that have not yet happened!

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10

Holly Dowler and family

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

BJ and you are in our prayers day and night. His picture is on our computer desktop so each time we see his smiling face we are reminded to pray. Thank you for the regular updates. Thank you, too, for the faith and strength in the Lord that you display with each entry. You challenge and encourage our faith as we see yours!

Sheryl, John and Paul Christensen
Kansas City, MO

At 10:21 AM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

Hi precious family: We continue to pray for the kidneys, the bleeding, swelling etc. Thank you Lord for all the miracles so far. As we wait upon you, we continue to ask for healing in BJs body and for his temperature to come to normal. You are an AWESOME God and we are a needy family. Also we pray for Jayden's family....for comfort, strength and love to heal their sorrows. We know Jayden is with you. Thank you Jesus for all you are and are doing. We LOVE you so much. Bless Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney today and thank you for the superb strength you are giving them through this. Amen. LOVE YOU GUYS....Lisa (aunt)

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

my heart goes out to you, and you are in my prayers daily.

Fort Worth

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To God be the glory!

Our Daddy is amazing. I pray He provides you with a restful night. You are continually in my prayers.



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