Monday, December 05, 2005

We arrived home safely last evening. We so securely felt your prayer cover over the weekend. Oh how our God moved. Saturday nights Dinner Theater was visited by a heavy oppression from the enemy. Praise God He prevailed, as we confronted this attack head on, and saw 9 lives committed to Christ. One entire family of 5 or 6 people came to know Jesus, and will be celebrating Christmas this year as new believers.

The Lord touched many lives in both services Sunday morning. I cannot tell you how healing it is for our family to be involved in such services. They are still very emotional for us, but I find myself often repeating, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." It is only by His strength and grace that we continue. So many hurting people, who have lost loved ones, have approached us as they have an understanding of the pain of loss. I know many of you in the blog family do as well.

Please lift up the new believers in your prayer time. They have a significant challenge ahead of them, as they seek to put Christ first in their lives. We as believers must continue to deny ourselves daily, take up our cross, and follow Him. This is much easier to talk about for most of us, than it is to actually do.

It was an encouragement once again to meet so many of you who have been praying for Beej. A special blessing arrived Sunday morning at the late service, as Beej's team director from Peru 2005- Erin, and her parents came to the service, and then had lunch with the pastoral staff of Christ Wesleyan Church, and our family. It was wonderful to have my sister Lynae, and her family there as well.

Her son Joshua, who holds Beej's sword, was in attendance. On Saturday evening, while the drama was progressing, I felt a pair of eyes on me. I turned to the seat next to mine to find Joshua looking intently at me. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed at the time (as the drama was about Beej's life), and what happened next was a gift from the Lord.

Six year old Joshua got up from his chair, came to mine, and hugged me. Not a quick, "hello" hug, but a long, "I know your hurting hug." That hug reached deep into my soul, as if it were from Beej himself. I do not know what prompted him to do this, but I am sooo thankful. It came just when I needed it. Thank you Joshua! You have once again blessed my heart!

Oh that we would approach our love for our Lord with the faith of a child. Six years old, fifteen years old, it doesn't matter. What matters is that we love, and that we do so not when we feel like it, but when it is necessary.

Praise God for his provision and strength. Have a blessed day!


Please be patient while we figure out a new schedule for posting, as it will take some time to get our hard drive repaired (at home).


At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you God for a wonderful weekend for the Higgins! Please continue to comfort and give them your peace during this time.

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How overwhelming your emotions must be right now!! I will pray for your family during this season of preparation of Christ's birth and the traditions that must be made new. I will pray for a continued presence of BJ that God lays in your hearts through the love and even hugs of others. I pray for restored emptiness through Christ, through BJ and through the love of others that you have brought closer to Him. I pray for those you continue to bring forward to Christ's love.
Thank you for sharing with us.
Vicky Ward

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

Hello Brent and Deanna,

I'm teary eyed again as I read of Joshua's hug...indeed a precious gift. Our home Bible study group has just finished a book by Mike Yaconelli called "Dangerous Wonder," which implores us as adults and as Christians to return to some of our childlikeness. We've lost most of it by the time we're teenagers, but would often be served well by a simple childlike wonder, faith, spontenaity, and love. We've been reminded to cast off some of the boring ways in which we often go through life, and to be more aware of God's wonder in creation and in the people around us, and to be listening for God's voice in our daily lives.

How beautiful that Joshua responded to the prompting that he felt inside, so that he didn't rob you of your blessing. May we all learn again from a child!!!

Lots of love to your family and to the blog family as we practice our faith daily,

Deer Park, TX

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

Oh what a blessing! To add to the prayer list of MANY - in light of what Joshua did, would you PLEASE PRAY for the many children across the world who have no one to hug and for the ones who DO have someone to hug, but are still overlooked at this season & all year long! Each child is a precious gift from the Lord and OH THE FAITH they have in their adult family at such a young age - how impressionable they are! I realized this on Thanksgiving when my cousin's 4 year old daughter asked me to kiss her boo-boo on her finger and then after I joyfully kissed her precious little finger she pranced away happy as can be - did I heal her finger? NOPE - but, the love of the effort touched her heart and that is how the Lord wants us to TRUST in Him! (Something that I am personally battling with lately for unknown reasons, but I TRUST that God knows - BOY have I been asking Him to kiss a lot of my boo-boo's lately! Too many to count!)

I love you all!

Praising Jesus with you always,

Laurel Lynn <><
San Diego

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God
Glad to hear how God is blessing you mom and dad.
Brittany Allen

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

Thank you so much for continuing to post. Your words touch my heart and I look forward to coming here for a spiritual lift each day! May God bless you and your family for sharing not only stories of BJ's life, but also the word of God.

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to Mexico over my Spring Break with Awe Star. I am so glad I can go with such a wonderful organization through which BJ went with on his many missions trips. I am still praying for you.

HLG Student

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