Monday, November 07, 2005

What an amazing Spirit filled weekend we experienced. Spending time with students committed to Christ, at the Awe Star leadership training weekend was such an enormous blessing to Deanna and me. We had a couple of opportunities to sit with them for 2 or 3 hour stretches, and talk about the things of the Lord, and Beej.

It was an emotional weekend for all of us, but the Lord was glorified, and drew us nearer to the hem of His garment. It was a truly precious time, and was over too quickly! Do you think in heaven we will finally get the time to sit, and share our hearts without time constraints?

I wish you could have heard Deanna sing! Oh my goodness, it was not to be believed. Her song selection was from Casting Crowns - "Lifesongs". The song was "Praise You in the Storm." I don't know how she could sing it, that song was intertwined with our hearts while in the hospital. She was amazing.

It was such a blessing to meet some of you bloggers. Unfortunately, we had little time to talk to you...especially Sunday, as we had to leave almost immediately after finishing the 3rd service to catch our flight. (Linda R. I am sooo sorry that I missed out on getting to share with you and your husband on a more personal level. I did not realize who you were, until Deanna told me on the way to the airport! I am so disappointed that we had to hurry. The quilt is gorgeous, and we cannot thank you enough...we have enjoyed the cd's as well!)

The Awe Star staff (family) were relentless in their efforts to make the weekend all that the Lord wanted it to be and more! You are to be commended. Take the day off! You need it. Ken and Nancy you were such a blessing to us. Thank you so much.

Our Lord moved in the services, and it was such a blessing to be able to share. Thank you Parkview Baptist, and The Church at Battle Creek for allowing us to speak. What wonderful bodies.

We met so many new people - both students, and adults. It was just an encouraging time in the presence of the body of Christ. Thank you to all of you who were in prayer for this weekend. The Lord heard, and responded, and we were the beneficiaries of a huge outpouring of His love.

The final leg of our journey home from Tulsa, found us on the left side of the plane. I only mention that because we had been on the right side for all 3 of the other legs. What we viewed out the window was spectacular. In the fading light of day, where darkness begins to splinter in, we saw a gorgeous sunset. We watched it for as long as we could (we could not have seen it out the right side of the plane). Guess what color it was?.....Yep. Pink!

Keep your faith and sharpen your swords, for the revolution is at hand!



At 7:31 AM, Blogger Kim Mierau said...

I'm so glad you had such a great trip! How's the week ahead looking? Love! *Kim

At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that all of your kids are so amazing. Yesterday when Whitney sang, along with Courtney and Steven, they sang so loud and with so much love that it shook the walls and brought back the meaning to singing praise to many of the youth that has been gone for a while. I have missed singing like that on sunday mornings. Lauren is soo amazing too, she was my Dnow leader last year and I don't know if she is going to be a leader this year but I hope to see her there. Praying for your day!

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

Dear Ones,
I'm so glad you all a great weekend. I'm sure the both of you did a wonderful job ministering to the saints. As you get back into the swing of things this week, my prayer is for your strength. I pray for your physical,emotional, and spiritual well-being, as I know from personal experience that sometimes after a weekend like you've had, there can be a letdown when things get back to "normal".
We love you all.


Elsie Jay

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Kalliopi Psalm said...

Thank you Lord for save travels. And for the blessing of spending time with new "family", Jesus we praise you.

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

hey higgins family! so glad you're back home safely and SOOO glad you had an amazing time on your trip. what an awesome sunset that must have been. i think God definitely wanted you to see that. we love you!
-love mark and mandi andrews.

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

PS!!! we drove out to south carolina this weekend to see brett! hes doing great! we had a wonderful time with him and we got to see his beautiful church. the people who surround him there are amazing people! just thought youd like to know, hes doing great!
-mark and mandi andrews.

At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had some catching up to do!

It's striking to me how each of these entries is a profound daily devotional - which is what our life should be. It's just really beautiful how the memories you have become a living testimony to God's presence today. I continue to be amazed and encouraged by your faithfulness.

Good to hear you had a great trip and blessings to you all this week.

Jesus peace...

PS You are welcome... and really glad you liked it. :-)

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

Beautiful! You're words express your joyful spirit from the SPIRIT-filled weekend. We thank you, Lord, for safe travel; for the fullness of Your Spirit; for the comfort of Your compassion and the love of Your people; for the love of our Christian community; and especially, Lord, for the REVOLUTION -- that we can glorify You EVERYDAY and share Your Word!! Amen

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Back Family
So happy to hear about weekend.
The excitement in your writing says
so much. Thank you for sharing.
I am praying for you all continued strength and growing peace in your hearts.

Indpls., IN

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent / Deanna,

I am so glad to see you made it home safely and that your trip was truely a blessing to you and those whom you visited.
May God be with you through out this day!
matt l.

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad and Mom,
It was so great seeing you this weekend. I praise the Lord for how He is moving in your lives. It is an encouragement to me. I continue to lift you up in my prayers.
Take care.
big cabin, ok

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home Brent & Deanna,

Sounds like you had a great time in OK. Deanna, that must have taken all you had to get up and sing that song, I wish I could have been there to hear it. It is one of my favorites. I was talking to Scott yesterday about how much we miss you both in the Praise band. You and BJ were the spark that fueled the worship service and we are missing that.
I hope that is something that you both can come back to soon. We miss you. Have a great week and enjoy the beautiful colors out there. Love you both.

Love, Nancy

At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like an absolutely incredible weekend!!! Brooke talked a couple of hours last night telling me every detail she could remember and she said Mom, it was exactly what I needed!!! She is so thankful she chose to go and I know God spoke in some very specific amazing ways! God is so good! She really enjoyed sitting and listening to what God laid on your hearts and so, thank you again for making yourselves available to the students and the awestar family! It is so exciting to hear about you guys going to Africa next summer! Wow, you are going to continue to be blessed by your obedience. I pray for your family that God would continue to protect you and give you strength as the holidays approach us. May God give you some incredible memories and experiences to share this season!!! I love the way Deanna wrote a few weeks back about starting a "thankful" journal about Beej. As we go into the Thanksgiving season I pray you will continue writing in that journal Deanna and allow God to remind you of all the things to be thankful for. I am teaching a class right now on becoming a vessel God can use, and that is one of the areas we are reminded of, that if we want to be used by God, we will have a thankful attitude in all things. May you be blessed today.


At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How incredible was your weekend. I soo wish I would have been there. It wasn't God's will for me to be there, or I would have been. Throughout all the blogs and comments. I have been shown so many things. I have been in the darkness, so to speak, in some areas of my life. I gave them to Christ this weekend. Dad- back and forth between our emails I found out what has made me so "lonely".

Your forever blessed.

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom and Dad..
I continue to relish in the blessings of this weekend. It was incredible..the Lord's handprints were all over it!

I'm glad your trip home was safe! i'm praying for you (mom) this week as you go back full time. I know the Lord has completely prepared you to be ready for this.
i love you both immensely..Kristin

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that on saturday night when you spoke about Matt. 10: 39 about if you love your parents more than God then you arn't worthy of God's presence... well that is exactly what I've been doing. I 've been debating if the Lord really wants me to be a missionary and the only reason I was debating was because I was scared to leave my family and friends. The Lord truley spoke to me that night and now God has shown me that I am to be a missionary! Praise God!! how he answeres prayers is amazing ... thank you.
a friend of ashley reagon

kinsey mcmillan

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was such a blessing to see you and Deanna this weekend! I am so glad I was able to introduce Zack to you...I've told him so many things about your family! Thank you for taking the time to come out here to Oklahoma and share such a powerful testimony. We walked away from that service with changed hearts. We look forward to visiting with you again in the near future in Indiana!

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom and Dad,
I'm calling you that now that I have that relationship with you. :) You blessed me this weekend. I am so inspired and encouraged by your intense passion for the Lord in spite of the storm. Mom I loved talking with you at dinner on Saturday night and you did sing beautifully as the Spirit of God moved. It wasn't just a song, it was your testimony and your prayers over all and I am so proud of you. Dad, it was great getting to talk to you and hear you proclaim the word of God to us. I believe what you said by the Spirit of God greatly impacted my brother Ryan to the point where he told me he wanted to serve God on foreign soil. Thank you for coming to be with us.
I love you both very much. I'm praying for you and I'll see you both in June :)
-Brittany Allen

At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and Deanna,
Thank you so much for coming to Tulsa and sharing your hearts with us. I can't tell you how much of an ecouragement you were to me this weekend. I wish I could get to know you better, but I'm so grateful for your blogging. My prayers will continue to be with you (and Lauren and Whitney). Just know that God has touched my heart through your lives. I love you!
In Him,
Emily Reagan

At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear that you had such a great weekend. I have been praying for you all and will continue to do so. Thank you for always sharing with us your experiences, memories, and thoughts - they are priceless!

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

Brent and Deaanna, Thank you for faithfulness in going, telling, singing, and challenging others--bloggers, we truly need to keep this "next generation" of missionaries in our prayers. Many commitments are being made, and Satan is not happy about it at all. Thanks be to God that we do have the victory--but let's remember to stand fast in prayer as the swords are raised in battle. . .

for the King!

praying in pink,

Marti for the Pieper Family
Charleston, SC
P.S. So glad you got to be there in person, Linda R.--still praying for your little one. . .

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom & Dad

What an amazing weekend we had and oh how quickly it went by. The blessings I get from the site are wonderful but hearing and visiting y'all in person was awesome and I am so thankful to our Father that He allowed me to be a part of it.
Thanks again for all that y'all did this weekend.

April Cowan
Odessa, Tx.

At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent & DeAnna,
Joel and I had a great time on Thursday night having dinner with you all. It was great to see you both again. I am so happy you had such a good weekend in Tulsa. I wish we would have had more time to spend together. But if you come in town again, please give us a call ( you have our card)--We would love to keep in touch! Please tell everyone in my hoosier home we said hi! We love you guys! Peggy & Joel

At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom and Dad,
I am just so thankful for the time that you sat down with us this weekend! Mom your voice is truely beautiful, and Dad your words touched my heart!! I will continue to pray for you and the girls!

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for all the many answers to prayer!

At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am writting this a day late so I don't know if you will read it, However I wish I could of heard you sing on Sunday, I am sure it was amazing. I love hearing you sing.
Your friend Jeannie


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