Saturday, September 17, 2005

(Yes, Dr. B.W.)

BJ, part boy, part man, has successfully been turned, no bleeding, and stats remaining between 92 and 95, so they are continuing to turn the vent pressures down. Blood gases are looking good, PO2 is 81 and PC02 at 45, PH 7.34. Woohoo. His swelling is down a bit and I think he looks beautiful! They feel they have a handle on the infections. We have lots of reasons to rejoice this quiet, wondrous day - #34!

They've cleaned him up nicely, his beard trimmed up a bit, so I ran my hand over his beard thinking it was more dried blood and it was stitches (right at his neck), and it startled me. The wounds are looking better, healing is happening! Chapter 2 in this journey is looking up - we are definitely encouraged. Our Lord Jesus has been so merciful through this whole ordeal. I don't understand how people can not seek the Savior.

Many have said they don't know what to say. When I hear that, I in turn don't know how to answer. But I can thank you for the blogs and the cards and the outpouring of love we have felt. The prayers of God's people are so very precious to Him and to us. Thank you so much for caring and being interested in our journey. We know we have a long way to go, but we take one day at a time, and miraculously enough, God is faithful and gives us strength. We are so blessed to have gained so many new friends through this! We have never felt alone. The depth of the prayers on this website are an inspiration. Though I was hesitant at first to let this be created for us, I am so very relieved that we have it. It is a comfort and a joy, thanks to all of you who check it!

Deanna (BJ's mom)

86 Comments:

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks mom
Big john

 
At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks God!!! You are awesome.

 
At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God!!! That is so wonderful to hear. I will continue to pray.
I am very glad that you have created this site. It has touched my heart to hear BJ's story. God Bless!!

Robin
Ogden, Utah

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

I am so glad to here that BJ was turned with no problem. I don't know BJ but i know some of his friends and i have been praying for him since day one. I will continue to pray for him and i will pray for you ( his family) he seems to have an amazing support system that God has blessed him with.

Melanie
Hannibal, MO

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger Stay-C said...

WHOO HOO thanks Lord you rock!!

Stacey
Mobile, AL

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Isn't He Wonderful.......Wonderful...Isn't He.......Wonderful....Almighty God.....Isn't He......Isn't He......Isn't He !!!!!

Psalm 18
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:
1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn [a] of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

5 The cords of the grave [b] coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.

7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.

8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.

9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

13 The LORD thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded. [c]

14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies ,
great bolts of lightning and routed them.

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, O LORD,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I have not done evil by turning from my God.

22 All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.

23 I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.

24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

27 You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop [d] ;
with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield
for all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God besides the LORD ?
And who is the Rock except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.

33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he enables me to stand on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You give me your shield of victory,
and your right hand sustains me;
you stoop down to make me great.

36 You broaden the path beneath me,
so that my ankles do not turn.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.

39 You armed me with strength for battle;
you made my adversaries bow at my feet.

40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the LORD, but he did not answer.

42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind;
I poured them out like mud in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
you have made me the head of nations;
people I did not know are subject to me.

44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me;
foreigners cringe before me.

45 They all lose heart;
they come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!

47 He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,

48 who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from violent men you rescued me.

49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD;
I will sing praises to your name.

50 He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,
to David and his descendants forever.

We are one with you and Love you
Phil & Paula

 
At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping us informed on BJ's progress. God definitley has something great in store for BJ and the rest of your family. It is awesome to see that your family is relying heavily on God rather than blaming him as so many others do in times like these. Certainly, if you look at the footprints right now there is only one set, that of our Savior carrying you, your family and BJ through this chapter of your book of life.

Thank you for sharing your faith and trust in God for anyone who comes across BJ's Blog here. You are an inspiration to others and I am sure some have been drawn closer to God; or at least really thinking about their walk in life right now. May God continue to bless BJ, you and the rest of your family.

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lisa Gresh and I are talking on the phone and noticed the update! GO GOD!!!! It is so good to share the good news, Thanks God.... Jimmy in Las Vegas (Lisa, too!!!)

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

Deanna, It was wonderful to read your account of BJ's great Saturday! Being a mom myself, it's a blessing to hear your perspective of how your son is doing. I have a son named John. That mother son bond is special. Praise the Lord for healing! We're continuing to pray in Gray.

Lynne Hutto Albanese
Gray,Ga.

 
At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really happy to hear that everything turned out ok. I don't know BJ but I know that there are lots of people praying for him. I know a few people who went to Peru with him and BJ is on my prayer list. I will continue to pray for him. I know that God is watching over BJ and you (his family members).

Mallory
Hannibal, MO

 
At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen!!!! Praise God!!!!
Thanks for sharing Deana
May your day continue with Blessing
We are praying.
Lisa Gresh/Meils

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Lisa Sweeney said...

Lisa Sweeney here. I just heard about BJ this weekend and was immediately in prayer for BJ, you and the girls. You are such great examples of the incredible things God can do! We will be trying to get in touch with you in the next few days. Please remember we are here for you. If you need help with anything. Look us up were in the phone book. We will see you before the week is out.

We love you guys,

The Sweeney's

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Yay for BJ!! Still praying and hoping to be able to order shirts soon!

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

 
At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna --- It is so awesome to hear from you.. I feel so much Joy in this day as God is healing in HIS own time.. why should we expect anymore. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Ephesians 2 : 18

Give him a kiss for us....
love, Marlene

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

Keep the faith! You are doing an incredible job being there for BJ! Keep strong!!

Praying for you continuously -
Deanna

 
At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna-Glad things are stable today. My prayer group had prayer for your family this a.m.
Now, speaking as a MD, did they rule-out Hanta virus pulmonary syndrome? We see it in the southwest, but there are cases in South America, according to the CDC web site and some people got ill 2-5 weeks after exposure. It presents as an acute pulmonary infection which becomes very quickly critical.
I hope I'm not overstepping my boundries here, but as a physician, I can't help but think through all the possibilities as I would if BJ were my patient.
God's blessings on you today.
Brenda K Woods MD

 
At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still continuing to pray for BJ in Waco, TX along with many others.....

Annie Cain, Waco, TX

 
At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! Praise the Lord!

Thank you Lord that Your will for today so excites our heart's desire for BJ and the Higgins family. We praise You because You alone are worthy of honor, glory, & praise! We will continue to seek You for all our needs & those of BJ - because You are our strength.

McMahan Family
Hudson, OH

 
At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been such a blessing to pray for BJ and watch God work!! Thank you for sharing with all of us. We will continue to pray for God's miraculous healing and thank Him for all He has done so far.
Lisa
Kansas City

 
At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jesus for all the good things you are working in BJ's body. Please continue to heal him.
Cathy
Indianapolis, Indiana

 
At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Deanna
dbwoods@cableaz.com

 
At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to read your words, sister. It was good to hear your voice the other day. Our prayers are continuing for BJ, you, Brent and the girls. We are amazed at your strength and faith.
Blessings!
Dan
Deer Park

 
At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise be to our amazing God! I am so glad to hear of another uneventful day!

 
At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD!! I HOPE LAURENCAN COME TO BIBKE STUDY ON SUNDAY NIGHT!! STAY STRONG AND KEEP THE FAITH!! WE LOVE YOUU!!!

IN HIM

ALI <3

 
At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Jesus, Praise You Lord, Bless Your holy name, You are wonderful Lord and we love and adore You, You are all we need and desire.
Thank You Lord that You continue to hold BJ in Your divine healing hands, we praise You Lord that he was turned successfully without bleeding, thank You that his stats remain high, thank You that the staff are able to trurn down the vent pressure. Thank You Lord for ALL the good results and good reports today.
Bless your heart Deanna, of course you think BJ looks beautiful, he is your son. He's also beautiful in the eyes of Jesus.
Have they given you any indication as to what the infection is yet?
I am jumping up and down praising God that all the prayers have been heard and I will continue to remain in prayer for BJ and you his family until the day of complete health and healing has been achieved through our Great Physician.
You said that you were hesitant to create the blog site, but isn't it wonderful how the Lord turns what we think may not be such a good idea to something wonderful. He has brought the body of Christ to a more intimate relationship with Him, He has drawn us together to do what we are ALL called to do, pray for one another and bear one anothers burdens, and He has shown us all through your precious son what a true relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son is all about. Bless you for allowing us to be a part of this most difficult walk in your life.

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee,OK

 
At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna,
So glad to hear from BJ's Mom. Not that Brent wasn't doing a fantastic job, but just good to hear from you. God is good, and we shouldn't be amazed at what he does, but we still are! As this child said a few days ago, Yay God!
This site has been a complete inspiration to me, and I'm sure alot of other people alo. Thank you for letting it be done.

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

The touch of the loving Father is so awesome and to be praised. The touch of a precious, Godly mother gives so much encouragement and strength. Deanna, we are so happy that you are able to stroke BJ's face and give him that special touch that only a mother can give. I have no doubt that BJ knows you are there loving him.

We give praise and thanksgiving to our Lord for what He is doing in BJ's body today. May his body continue to be strengthened and healed. We love you all so very much. Thank you for your continued updates. May this continue to be a day of rest and celebration of all those steps toward complete healing.
Love in Christ,
Lynn

 
At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi BJ's Mom-
So nice to hear from you. Praise God for these precious moments. Prayers continue for complete healing, all organs, tissue, skin, veins, arteries. I pray for his sweet spirit to awaken through this continued progress.
God bless you all.
Thank you Lord for working through the medical staff, both physical abilities and touching and revealing their spirit too. We lift up those that had doubt in you and have been touched by this journey and have seen your miraculous works and they give their lives to the Savior.
Praise your Holy Name.
Lela, Concord, California

 
At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edith:
que alegria saber que B.J esta mucho mejor, el señor lo esta restaurando poco a poco, se puede ver el poder y amor que el nos tiene demostrandonos así que el es soberano, lleno de misericordia y que tan pequeños somos a su lado, cada mejoria que se ve en B.J, se puede ver lo grande que es Él, muy grande,paciencia y veremos los resultados del inmenso amor que el nos tiene, mis siceros deseos para su pronta mejoria.

EDITH DE SEVILLA
TRUJILO PERU

 
At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! May your day and night continue to be blessed and restful.
Youngstown, Ohio

 
At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Deanna! I was so encouraged to hear from you and thank God for his care and healing in this day.
Love ya,
Carla S.

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

Higgins Family!
Praise the Lord! God is SO awesome. We get up every morning and look forward to reading the blog for the day. It has become part of our daily routine, and on most days, its the first thing we do when we wake up. Thank you for keeping us all up to the minute on every detail! We all appreciate it so much. Your family is in our hourly prayers! We love you all and can't wait to hear BJ's "new and improved" testimony at church one day very soon!
Love, mark and amanda andrews, mooresville, indiana

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

I will be praying for BJ and your whole family. I can definitely see God at work in your lives. My prayers are with you.
Jenny Shopp,
Fishers, IN

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

I have been learning a new song to sing in our contemporary service tomorrow morning.
Your Grace is Enough
Great is Your faithfulness, O God.
You wrestle with the sinner's heart,
You lead us by still waters into mercy and nothing can keep us apart.
Your grace is enough ever reaching down to us.
Your grace is enough I'm covered with Your love.
Your grace is enough for me.

I'm not sure who wrote it as it is an arrangement by one of our members. I just know I pray that every minute of every day for BJ and your family.

I'm so glad you decided to "share" your burden with us. As a result, there are many people whose prayer lives have been forever changed.

Praying continually,
Awe Star Mom

 
At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna,
It is good to hear from you! I cannot begin to tell you how many thoughts and prayers that I have said for you. I pray daily...no hourly and sometimes minute by minute for you specifically...that God will hold you and comfort you.
I hope that you know that there are a whole bunch of us who want to be there and help you in anyway that we can.
Take care and enjoy this "peaceful"day.
Sheryl

 
At 4:05 PM, 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
C/o PICU
St Vincent’s Hospital
2001 W86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Get your youth groups, families, senior adults group join us in
Project “HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ.”

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DEANNNA, IT WAS NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU. AS A MOM I UNDERSTAND EACH AND EVERY NEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE AS WONDERFUL AS WHEN YOUR CHILD TAKES HIS FIRST STEP OR SAYS HES FIRST WORD! pRAISE THE LORD FOR ALL LITTLE STEPS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN. I SHALL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR A FAST AND TOTAL RECOVERY! STILL PRAYING FOR THOSE KIDNEYS! HUGS TO WHITNEY , LAUREN, AND BRENT AND A HUGH TO BJ TOO.
RC INDIANAPOLIS

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

Praise our wonderful Savior. We are rejoicing with you but still in fervent prayer.

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

Hi Deanna!

It is so good to hear from you and have your perspective. (no offense, Brent!) We have missed you so much at church and Bible study. Things are looking great for BJ right now, his blood gases are good. I truly pray you have turned the corner and it is a rapid recovery from here. I have the 3rd & 4th grade SS class tomorrow with the Koval's gone, I taking in scrapbooking supplies to make cards for BJ's 16th. The kids have been wanting to do something, so this should be fun. I hope you and Brent are getting rested up. I am so happy things are going better. We are keeping you all in our prayers throughout the day, (and night), we love you guys and can't wait til you ALL come home! Give each other a hug from us!

Love, Nancy

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

This is Hannah Long again,and I am SO happy to hear BJ is getting better.
Hannah Long

 
At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...God is Good...we've been praying for rest for both BJ and the rest of you. We rejoice with the positive to news but will never quit praying. You have all been an inspiration to me and my family. Thank you and Thank you Jesus!

Reeders
Indy

 
At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see something from Deanna.
I know it's been difficult for the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily.

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

Hallelujah! for a peaceful day for you all! It was so special to hear from you, Deanna. As a mother of 3 grown children, I can't begin to imagine what you're going through and I stand in awe of the pure love for and faithfulness to our Father that your family abides in. I'm so thankful you agreed to this blog site - I have been blessed beyond measure to be on this journey with you all. BJ is an extraordinary young soldier for the Lord and he is teaching this 48 year old many things about walking with the Lord! Thank you so much for sharing your son, your faith, and your personal journey with me!

To Nancy Post - "Your Grace is Enough" was written by Matt Maher with additional lyrics by Chris Tomlin (one of my favorite praise and worship singers). The song is on Chris Tomlin's "Indescribable" CD, along with a lot of other great praise and worhsip songs!

Keeping BJ, the fam, and everyone here close in thought and prayer!

In His Love,
Lynn Andrews
Macon, GA

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

Hey, guys! I was just able to borrow a computer that has wireless so that I could catch up on what's happening there in Indy. Praise God for the steps that BJ has made in the last few days. Deanna, I know how happy you must be as BJ's mom to see him get "cleaned up." I was talking with friends tonight after our meeting about BJ and they asked to have special prayer for him. Please know that there are people here in Europe (various places) who are lifting up your family. When I arrived yesterday, one of my missionary friends from Split, Croatia immediately asked what the latest was on BJ's condition. Be encouraged that the Body of Christ around the world is supporting all of you in prayer. I love you all and continue to lift you to the Father's throne.

Love,
Becky

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

I have prayed to God every night for BJ. I thank him for healing him.

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger xxxx said...

i check several times daily. "lord please heal bj, his work here does not seem finished."

 
At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank our Lord in heaven that B.J is ok! thankyou for the info on B.J! God Bless you and B.J!

 
At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jesus!
Mark
Hudson,OH

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

BJ a friend of mine sent me this EMail and I instantly thought of you! You have certainly prepared yourself and are preparing many of us for when the Wind Blows!

Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the cold ocean, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants
for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. "Are you a good farmhand?" the farmer asked him. "Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the
farmer, desperate for help, hired him.

The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, andthe farmer felt satisfied with the man's work. Then one night the windhowled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, "Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before
they blow away!" The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, "No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows."

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows
were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow
away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

MORAL: When you're prepared spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The
hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We, as believers in Christ, secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don't have to
understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the midst of the storms.

Sleep well!

May God Bless you and if it is His will heal you soon.
Paul
Indy

 
At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna,

I praise God for the news. Good news and "boring" days have been a long time in coming.
Tell Brent that I plan on bringing some "un-gooky" vegetable soup tomorrow. (Now, did I spell that right?)
I know your heart rejoices. An old song came to my mind and without a doubt you all know it and probably have sung it before.

Till the storm passes over
Till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand
in the hollow of your hand
Keep me safe, till the storm passes by.
Praying for continued healing, peace, strength and comfort as each moment passes.
We love you all very much.
Love,
Brenda F.

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

Great news love to hear more like this. Continuing to pray.

Curt

 
At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna,
It was so good to finally hear from you...all of us mothers of sons appreciate your perspective and just appreciate "hearing" your voice so to speak.
I praise God that you have a good report to share with us, but I urge all bloggers to continue in prayer day and night. We have so much for which to give thanks.

Lord God Almighty I give you praise that young BJ is beginning to stabilize. I praise you that the bleeding has subsided and I just ask You to get his kidneys started. You are our creator and designer so You know what we need to keep functioning. Lord I ask You to continue to amaze the hospital staff to the point that they absolutely must acknowledge Your hand in this process. I pray that you will give new peace and rest to this family and I ask You to always be strengthening BJ's body. We want to give You all the honor and praise. Great is thy faithfulness.
Amen.

 
At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying in Grand Rapids, MI.

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

Brent, Deanna and girls, our prayers and thoughts are with you all. I just ordered my pink shirt and Brent, I want to see a picture of you with your pink shirt on!!!! Real men do wear pink.. I check bj's website several times a day and it is like being on a roller coaster.. but as we know God is in control.. Your family is such an inspiration to us all. If there is anything we can do please let us know.. Our church has bj on the prayer list too. WE love you,
Carolyn & Tom Bodenreider
Martinsville, Indiana

 
At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoughout your ordeal I have found myself praising God for things such as shampoo, nurses with strong hands, voices, etc. I have also found myself praising God for things I haven't before. Such as, "Thank you God that my children can argue with each other. Thank you for those voices that can sing praises to you at other times." Or "Thank you Lord for the technology that makes this possible, and that I can read." I guess what I am trying to say is that in response to your suffering I am able to praise God for things I have never thought to before.
Thank you for sharing.
Lisa (Katie B's mom)
Z'ville

 
At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of the nurses that has been helping take care of BJ. I am also a fellow Believer-In-Christ. I have always thanked God for giving me the privilege of taking care of His children. And I pray for His guidance and wisdom and that He would use me to do His work.

But taking care of BJ and meeting this amazing family has been such an inspiration and blessing to my own life. At a time when I should be taking care of you, you are ministering to me on so many levels.

My husband and I were completely in awe after reading BJ's journal entries. His Godly widsom and incite overwhelemed us! We have been inspired to deepen our own walk with Christ.

And of course we continue to keep BJ and you all in our prayers and praise God daily for His Awesome Power! Lisa L.

 
At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is with pure joy and utter thankfulness that I read today's blogs. I thank the Lord that through all the ups and downs of this journey we know that He has never left you or forsaken you. I will continue praying until BJ is up and running! Deanna, thank you for a mother's tender touch and sharing a picture of your love for your child with all of us. My eyes fill with tears as I think of you touching BJ's face. We have all been so blessed to go through this storm with you. It is the most united and connected to the Body of Christ experience I have ever had. Thank you for letting all of us who visit the website be a part of the miracle.

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger Ross Hill said...

Mrs. Higgins,
Hi it's one of your students, Ross Hill. I've been praying for BJ every night. I can't imagine how scary it must be. This year I'm in Mrs. Ditto's class. I miss
seeing you at school. My mom just read me the blog that you wrote. It's good to hear that things are looking a lot better. I've been worried about you and your family. Remember God is always with you.

Mommy ordered us all Pray For BJ shirts. Katie and I can't wait to get them!

Sincerely,

Ross Hill
PVUE, Zionsville, IN

 
At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Higgins,

I have prayed for BJ and for your whole family.I'd love to meet BJ someday. He sounds really cool.I have really been missing you at school. I know you need to be with BJ right now. I hope that you'll be back at school soon and BJ will be all better. God can make it happen. I hope He does.

P.S. I hope he feels better every day!

Love,
Katie Hill
PVLE, Zionsville, IN

 
At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna,
It is great to hear from you! As a mom i have been praying for you and your strength to hold the family "stuff" together. it is a job in normal conditions.

I am glad that you allowed them to put this blog together. it is wonderful that we know what prayer requests your family has. i pray daily, hourly and every moment i get. bj, you, and your family stay on my heart always.

i hope and pray for many many more peaceful days and nights. make sure you take care of yourself.

thanks for sharing
with love
Paula

 
At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am soooooo happy that you had a very boring night and day today.
Praise GOD>

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

Deanna and Brent,
We add our Amen! to each of these comments...so grateful and amazed at the goodness of God! We praise God for the huge strides BJ continues to make; and know the road to recovery may be long, but will trust our Great God to walk you through every twist and turn!

We love you,
Wenda & Gerry Krupp
Mukwonago, WI

 
At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God
Dear Lord, I give so much Thanks for how far Beej has come.
I pray to you Lord , Please continue to dilegently watch over BJ's healing process. Allow medical staff and all care givers to be guided by you with the help of your healing hand,
may Bj have a restful night and build more strenght.
I pray for Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney, a calm and restful
night also.
In Jesus name I Pray.
Many Blessings For the Higgins
AMEN.
Lisa Gresh/Meils
Indpls., IN

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna,
We rejoice with you this day that the bleeding has stopped and BJ was able to be "cleaned up". We as mothers like to see our children that way.
I just want you to know that Jes and Todd love you guys so much. They can't say enough nice things about you guys. I remember meeting you when attending church with them
and what a sweet spirit you have. May God continue to work out all of the details involving everything you are dealing with at this time. God is good and He certainly knows what your family needs are in all areas. We will continue to lift you up in prayer that all your needs may be met. We pray that BJ will turn the corner very soon and have a miraculous recovery!
God Bless you and your family,
Jean Peters in Santa Claus

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna, Praise God for His goodness and watchcare over BJ. Just wanted you and the family to know we continue to pray for BJ snd all of you. I have shared BJ's need for prayer with my students at Texoma Christian School. We all pray daily for God to heal BJ's body and make him whole again.

 
At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im so happy to hear things are going smoothly. STAY STRONG.

IN HIM
Jonathan Haag

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

We are continuing to pray and go through this journey with you long distance. I am reading Ann Graham Lotz's book, WHY, and there is a quote in it I want to share:

Measure thy life by loss and not by gain,
Not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth.
For love's strength standeth in love's sacrifice,
And he who suffers most has most to give.

God must be shaping your whole family to have much to give! What a testimony BJ will have when he is well!

Linda Storm (Drew Burlingame's aunt)
Ontario, CA

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isnt God amazing? Isnt the power of prayer also amazing?
Thank you Lord!!
I will continue praying all day every day.

 
At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So thankful to hear of the progress that BJ is making. GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!!!! May His faithfulness inspire us all as we journey w/you and your family through this. You are an inspiration and a blessing to those of us who have never even met you face to face. God bless you!!! Keeping you in our prayers:o)

 
At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You God for answered prayer!!!
Cheryl
Ohio

 
At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your mothers heart Deanna. I have been praying much for you!!Know that your family is being covered in prayer every moment.

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

Still praying - - - Charlotte,NC

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
It is evident that God is doing a work in BJ's body. It is exciting to watch it unfold.
Praying for you!!
Molly
Port Huron

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear the awesome update. Deanna, my childred came home for school a couple weeks ago with a letter telling about BJ. They were very upset and concerned for your whole family. They continue to say prays for his healing. I keep them updated on BJ's condition. Everyone misses you at school and can't wait for you to return. Your news today was wonderful to hear. We will keep your family in our prays.

 
At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying in Denton Texas

 
At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I challenge everyone to send out an email to all of their contacts, and let them know about B.J., the more prayers the better.

I sent mine to 25 people. What about you?

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

Hi guys,
glory to god, he is almighty!

Thank you lord for protecting BJ through this all, thank you for blessing the family with such solid support, for blessing us with there wisdom,strength, and compete love for you . With every turn we know that the love of Jesus is all over the protection of BJ and his healing. We pray for a restful night, and healing of kidneys,swelling, and lungs and everything else that connects!
Lord we love you, we praise your name on high.
Blessing to you Higgins family.
Love you,
Lora J.

 
At 9:25 PM, Blogger Drew said...

Hey guys! I am so glad to hear that things are going better for BJ! I have been praying for him from Wheaton College! Praise God for the progress!

Drew B.

 
At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are thinking of you and praying for you all! Brad, Shannon, Joe and Katie Ross
Zionsville, IN

 
At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so HAPPY for you all and especially for BJ. GOD does work miracles if we are patient and committed to him. I am so glad to hear his stats are up and things are looking better for him. I look forward to reading these blogs everyday and mostly to keep myself up to date with BJ's condition so I can spread the word to my friends who keep him in mind and in their prayers. All of you keep your heads high and remember there are so many people out here routing for a recovery and praying for BJ.

Genia Spinler
Greensboro, NC

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

counting on "no news" being good news, sweet, healing sleep to all...Thanks, Father, God.

 
At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Deanna,

We were extremely encouraged to hear from you. We pray BJ has had an uneventful day and that the air pockets have dissipated. We love you all and continue to pray for your family.

In Christ,
The Dickersons

 
At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Pam Moore, I live in Michigan. Your website was passed on to a Christian Ladies Message Board I belong to.
We are praying for BJ!
I am glad you have created this site. What BJ and you all are going through has touched my heart. I will be checking back for updates.
God bless you!!

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

To God be the Glory. Great things he has done.
We give Him all the praise and glory for this good day. Blessings on you BJ, Brent and Deanna. You are a great inspiration. I am praying for you.

Carolyn

 
At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello, my name is fransheska delgado i live in farmersville texas we found out about bj from our youth pastor one of our youth went on a mission trip with the same company bj went i just wanted to tell you that i am praying for bj and your family everyday. i also get on to see for a update well
god bless you

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger fransheska delgado said...

hello,

my name is fransheska delgado i am from farmersville i heard about bj from our youth pastor and it touch my heart i had a friend who came from a mission trip and got sick the doctors did not know wha the had but with the lords prayers she was healed this summmer we had one of our youth who went on a mission trip with the same company bj did i hope to see how he is doing in future updates until next time
god bless

 

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