Saturday, September 24, 2005

We continue to play the waiting game. They will do another blood gas test at 4. These haven't been excellent, so please pray that they will begin to show significant improvement. When the doctors changed BJ's chest dressing they were able to pull off more fluid from the wound (from his surgery to remove chest tubes yesterday). Dr. Williams said anywhere they can get fluid from is good.

BJ's SAT numbers are hovering around the high 80s/low 90s, and his blood pressure has been pretty steady. "Stable" is okay right now... But we really need a miracle. Please pray for our patience during this maddening time of waiting! Mostly, just please continue to come before the Father on BJ's behalf.

Love in Christ,


At 3:37 PM, Blogger . said...

Still praying....

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are still praying and thinking of all of you throughout the day.

Love, Nancy

At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying continuously...

At 3:42 PM, Blogger LAMommyof3 said...

Continuing to pray for your family...

Heather, Luling, LA

At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying......


At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still praying for a miracle and patience and strength for your family

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of BJ and family. In my prayers constantly.
Greenwood, IN

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

on my knees

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Mom, Dad, and my 2 sisters in Christ...thank you for being an encouragement to me! I feel so weak in myself and so strong in the Lord and with you all. I know its a rough day but i am continuing to pray and cry...its ok. I think we just have to be honest with the Lord...even when it sucks at time. But i know our God is still bigger than that! Just know i love you all and I am still fighting for Bj!
Tara Case
Yukon, Oklahoma

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still kneeling with you. you are not alone and we won't stop holding the line.
christy in okc

At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lisa Gresh/Meils and Family

At 3:50 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Psalm 139
1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.
5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to [b] me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you

Wow a God such as this can certainly heal my brother BJ.....We are still believing and waiting on a Holy God. We love you.

Phil & Paula

At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for a miracle!


At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what it is like to have a very sick brother in the hospital and feel helpless. I will be praying for BJ and your family.


At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is a God of miracles. We do not hesitate to beseech Him for more.

in His MATCHLESS Name,

Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

"Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindictation;
And let them say continually, 'The Lord be magnified,
Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.'" Psalm 35:27

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing in prayer...

Marion, IN

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay strong and follow our

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merciful Savior,
I want to ask you yet again for another miracle. Please let BJ's numbers skyrocket up today! Please let his blood gases get better and let his SATs hit 100 today. We need a miracle today, now I am asking you for one! Heal my brother! Amen

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren, Thank you so much for your updates. They mean so much. I know there are people all over the map who keep checking the website throughout the day, as we do, for a ray of hope that our prayers for healing are being answered. Please share with your family that we are constantly thinking of all of you and praying for victories large and small and for peace and patience and comfort as you wait there at BJ's side. Betsy Fladung

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and Deanna, just remember you all are in our prayers - we're waiting for the miracle with you.
the Shrewsburys

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just received my beautiful pink, t-shirt! It brought tears to my eyes because I realize what a struggle you are all facing right now and the waiting must be driving you crazy.

Praying and praying for a miracle. No matter what happens, I will treasure my t-shirt and all that it means forever.


At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you're getting restless... as are MANY of us. Yet, you continueo to rely on God! You're brothers and sisters here at HLG continue to pray and lift you all up (BJ, family, friends, doctors...).

Patients my friends... the time will come when God will reveal his plans!!

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need you to bring your healing touch to BJ's body. We know that you can. Please let BJ receive your healing touch today. In the name of the great healer Jesus we pray.

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an inspiration it is to read from BJ's journal entries! I wish they were published because I would be buying them today. I feel as though each one was written specifically for me! Your family has been such a testimony through this whole ordeal. Ya'll must be incredibly nurturing and godly to have such a mature and mission-minded young son. Thank you for sharing BJ's story with us and allowing us the privilege of praying with you. God is faithful to answer in His timing and His will. HE NEVER FAILS whatever the outcome!

Still praying in Mississippi!

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for BJ and for all of you...

Karen Lockwood
Piedmont, OK

At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for all of you. God, please a strong sense of your presence.

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for BJ to stablize. We know the power of prayer.

At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying.
Madison is welcome to visit if she likes.
Lisa R.

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the Lord bless and keep you,
may His face shine upon you, and be gracious, and give you peace"
I pray for patience and Jesus' everlasting peace and comfort for you all! I will keep you in my prayers- :)

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must tell you that I went on an overnight trip with the university's rowing team last night. It was hard not to know what was going on, as you are often on my mind. Tara, though gave me an update last night. One of the most rewarding parts of my trip this weekend happened last night. I was wearing my pray for bj shirt and one of the girls in my room asked what that was. I got to tell her about BJ's great faith and love for the Lord, and his family's faith and willingness to share him with us, as well as all of those who faithfully pray for you. I don't know this girl well, but it certainly opened the door for Christ to move in her life. I continue to pray for you, BJ and you, family. This is a hard time and is like an endurance race. Let us press on faithfully. Sometimes when it hurts the most or when we seem farthest from the finish is when we have almost beaten the competitor, if we give that last hard push, victory is in sight. May God continue to be your strength and comfort and may He continue to use each of you for His glory. I continue to pray.

At 4:22 PM, Blogger jen gamez said...

I just want you all to know that I am praying for B.J. and your family. I am a nurse in Santa Barbara Ca. I have been reading B.J.'s journal entries and they have been convicting, encouraging and inspiring! No matter what happens with B.J. this young man has probably touched more lives with his Christian influence than many have their entire lives....and I have a feeling he will continue to do so no matter what his earthly outcome will be! Hold tight to your Faith! Thank you for posting this site....and I will pray pray pray! Gods Peace Jen Gamez

At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psalm 126:4 "May we be refreshed as by streams in the desert".

Continuing to pray...

Youngstown, OH

At 4:30 PM, Blogger jen gamez said...

I am a nurse in Santa Barbara Ca. and I am praying for B.J. and the fam. I have read B.J.'s journal entries and they have been convicting, inspiring and encourging. Thank you for sharing this site. B.J. has probably touched more lives and been a good Christian influence and teacher in his 16 years than many in a lifetime....and I have a feeling he will continue to be no matter what his earthly outcome. Gods Peace be with you and know I am praying as so many are.

At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my thoughts and prayers go out to BJ and family. God Bless you all.

At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I was reading my Bible this morning and found some verses that God really spoke to me trough. I'm claiming them for myself and praying them for you.

Proverbs 3:24-26
24. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF SUDDEN FEAR Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
26. FOR THE LORD WILL BE YOUR CONFIDENCE And will keep your foot form being caught.

I love you guys so much. I'm continuing to wage spiritual warfare for BJ and for you guys.

Beej- I love you so much, you're an awsome bother in Christ. We'll keep tusting in Him together, OK?

Love in Christ,

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Jeannie Hilfiker said...

God please restore your servent Bj, heal him.
John &jeannie

At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


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


At 4:41 PM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Lauren-Girl, your on my heart! I am about to leave for work but i just wanted to tell you that i love you sister. I know i tell you all that a lot but im hoping that the lord will bring something out of it! ::hugs:: Yes, thats what i want to do! Just hug you girls! Its rough right now but just as Kristen said, we are pushing on to the finish line...the Lord is moving. BJ played the song, "Im falling on my knees offering all of me, Jesus your all this heart if living for...". He is all we need and all we have to hold on to. His truth and promises. I love you sister!
Tara Case
Yukon, OKlahoma

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lifting BJ and family to our precious Lord and Savior.

Praise God, Amen.

Ed, Carmel

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Cori said...

People in Panama City Florida are praying!

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ praying praying praying for you and your family

At 4:56 PM, Blogger . said...

Kindness - Todd Agnew

Open up the skies of mercy
Rain down Your cleansing flood
Healing waters rise around us
Hear our cries, Lord, let ‘em rise

It’s your kindness, Lord, that leads us to repentance
Your favor, Lord, is our desire
It’s your beauty, Lord, that makes us stand in silence
And your love, your better than life

We can feel your mercy falling
You are turning our hearts back again
Hear our praises rise to heaven
Draw us near, Lord, meet us here

It’s your kindness, Lord, that leads us to repentance
Your favor, Lord, is our desire
It’s your beauty, Lord, that makes us stand in silence
And your love, your better than life

Open up the skies of mercy
Rain down Your cleansing flood
Healing waters rise around us
Hear our cries, Lord, let ‘em rise


Still praying in Marion, IN.....

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray constantly. Can't seem to get you all out of our minds. We're grateful.

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you as I cry out to God to save this precious one. One who belongs to Him. One who is still so young and ready to serve Him. He gave so much, His all that we be healed. He will care for us. Always....
God is able to care for all that are His and He will be the lifter of our heads and will fill our hearts with His fullness and peace.

At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent,Deanna and family
You have been on my mind contantly today and I want you to know I am praying for B.J. and each of you.
Lots of Love and prayers,
Diana Nikou

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also was a missionary in Peru this summer...I can't thank you enough for your son's service to this country. Praying continously...seeking God's purpose and plan...Dios te bendiga

At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

always praying...

At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prayed for B.J. today. I prayed for the power of prayer and our united faith in the risen Christ to do a mighty work on his behalf. Elijah was a man with a nature just like ours, and I am encouraged at what he was able to accomplish through faith and prayer. God can work through us as well!!

At 5:15 PM, Blogger David Post said...

Walker and I have arrived here in Little Rock and are getting more churches on board with praying for BJ. Father, We ask that your will be done. We know what we want in our flesh but we want what is best for You and BJ. Please allow us to have the comfort and peace about whatever you want to do in this situation. I thank you for allowing me to play small part in BJ's life and pray that if it is Your will then BJ will start breathing on his own and that he will have many more years of preaching your name and allowing more people to know who you are through you speaking through him. We thank you for the work you have already done in this situation and we pray that in everything you get all the glory. Amen

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for BJ and your entire family. Will keep checking site regularly for updates and specific prayer needs.

Please know how many are praying for you!

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Praying for a miracle, for God's healing hand for BJ and comfort and guidance for the family and medical personnel.

Awe Star Mom, Tulsa

At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying in Florence Kentucky!

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying for a gullywash, of blessings for you and your family

God is awesome,
praying in Krum, Texas

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just learned of your situation and promise to pray to our Faithful Lord.

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying with each moment. We won't give up!!

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father we lift up BJ to you for healing strength that only you can bring.
Rex & Kristy

At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a spirit of heaviness, I'm putting on a garment of PRAISE!!! God inhabits the praises of His people... praying and praising in Las Vegas...

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are such a great sister to BJ. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts this whole day. I pray that the Lord gives you all peace and understanding during these still very trying times. God Bless You All...

Hampstead, NC

At 5:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received an email from 'MercyMe' asking for prayer for BJ. I have read all I can about BJs' mission here on earth and and what a servant of Christ you have raised! His life is such a witness and a mighty testimony on the rewards of total obedience and a life of total surrender. My fervent prayers are with BJ and I also lift your family in prayer and ask for Gods' sustaining grace and His ever-ending mercy to envelope you. We will pray without ceasing...

Kim in MA

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Guys! It is Patty from FBC... I am continually praying for BJ and your family as you guys are undertaking the most unimaginable thing thus far in your life. I am indeed confident that God will pull him through. Beej is very strong-willed and I know he has the endurance to come away from this the same BJ we all know and have grown to love. I will continue praying and will look for more updates later.
All my love in GOD's glory,

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thy will be done as you embrace BJ and give his family more courage and faith than ever before.
Continuing to pray for you BJ and for your family.
Peace and Love

donna in carmel.

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will pray for BJ as always, harder even. I am confident God will deliver BJ through this. He is in control. Prayin' in pink still.

In Christ,
Ben Hackler

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ, Resonating with the very meaningful words from a post earlier today from Linda Tollison Shaw, I am compelled to pray. I'm praying fervently for you and your family, AND growing in my prayer life as a direct result of your influence (as well as your entire family). Began reading through all the updates and comments on Monday of this week, thinking I would get a quick overview of your situation. With young children, yes, my time to do this is a bit "choppy", but I did not expect to be reading back posts still today. Your journaled words are compelling to me, as I see they are to others. I thank you for recording your journey so far. Through the worshipful, God-anointed words you have helped drive me back to that place of hungering for more in my relationship with God. Thank you, BJ.

These are some word prayers I've whispered for you,your family and medical staff throughout this week:

joy, strength, peace, protection, comfort, grace, mercy, rest, awe.

I am praying for you...
Avon, IN

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, once again we realize that this is all in Your hands. We ask you to heal this young man who wants to serve you with his whole heart. Please restore him. Please continue to shower his parents and his sisters with your peace. Lord give them a spirit of satisfaction. How many times have I thought that the end was near, only to see You do a mighty work and that is that I'm asking for again. Lord we love you so much and I know this family wants you to be glorified....we all do, but we ask you to allow BJ more time on this earth.
Praying continually in Your name.

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will continue to come before our Lord on bended knees,lifting your precious family up to our heavenly Father asking for complete healing for B.J., and continued strength and comfort for your family and friends. I am honored and humbled to pray for such faithful servants of our Lord. May God be glorified~
In Jesus precious name,
Leslie Pippin
Tulsa, Oklahoma

At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying daily in Terre Haute.
Terre Haute, IN

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beej i read about you in the Baptist Messenger. I am praying for a quick, painless, full recovery for you. The Lord has you in his care. love Allison Smith and family.

At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna,& family,
We pray for all of you as we lift BJ up to the one who can perform miracles. We will continue to pray for all of you.

I wonder if I accidentally deleted the message I sent yesterday. It was a "Prayer of the Joyful Heart" that someone sent to me when I was first diagnosed with cancer. It has helped me tremendously to have it in my kitchen window (7yrs) where I can read it often. Here it is again in case I did delete it.

"God, You are at work, and You are in control. And Lord God, You know this is happening. You were there in the beginning, and You will bring everything that occurs to a conclusion that results in Your greater glory in the end."

We love all of you and will continue to lift BJ and all of you up in prayer. He is your strength and healer. God bless you all.

Martha & Phil in Marion

Martha & Phil in Marion

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

O Lord, please give strength to this family and this wonderful young man who is spreading your love. Lord we know that his health and well being is truly in your hands. We ask that you will touch this young man with your healing hands. Amen.


At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying...

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

praying for you all and encouraging everyone I know to do the same!

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you
Stuart, FL

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

Dear Ones, know that we are praying throughout this day with you. You are constantly on our minds, whether we are present with you or away. How our hearts ache for you; but there is One who aches even more for you - he is keeping your tears in a bottle, counting each one and He alone knows how He will choose to bring glory to Himself in this. One thing we do know for sure, God is being glorified and will continue to be lifted up before all men as you go through this valley. I read this in my bible study this morning and Beej came to my mind:

"Jesus Christ calls to himself those who are willing to be inwardly transformed by him, who desire an entirely new nature that is created in his own holy likeness. He calls to himself those who are willing to die with him in order to be raised with him, who are willing to relinquish slavery to their sin for slavery to his righteousness. And when men come to him on his terms, he changes their destiny from eternal death to eternal life."
Indeed, God is being glorified.
Ever before the throne in prayer, we love you - carol

At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ has grown in to such a powerful tool in the hands of our Mighty God! No wonder he's being attacked.

Praying in California.


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

Praying in pink,

Believing the promises,

Because of the Promiser!

He is Faithful--

Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

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

Praying for your family and the best for BJ.

"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God' will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Fort Atkinson, WI

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna and Girls,
Just know that our prayers are steady. I had notes written in my Bible from a sermon from Pastor Larry from 7/31/05 that I happened to turn to tonight and as so many have already said it without a doubt brought BJ right in the middle of it. My notes said, "Live a Generous Christian life. This is can be and should be a life of giving. 1st of all give your heart to Jesus. That stuck with me that Sunday morning and when I read some of BJ's journal that was posted today about one of his weeks, I thought WOW! BJ generously gave and gave and gave. He couldn't wait to talk to the next person about Jesus' love. BJ is half my age and teaching me through his journal how wonderful it is to share Jesus with others.
Still praying.

Rebecca and Matt

At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

our family will pray for you, too.

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Not all are true. Everyone has their own way of thinking but I think they have to reconsider. I like to argue for the most accurate results.


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