Thursday, July 23, 2009

We are here!

The Richardson Ride is Rolling!
We made it to Panama last night without any major hitches. Nobody and Nothing was searched...all NINE bags, car seats, strollers, various carry-ons including pink backpacks with hearts that Nathan actually wore...he looked mighty handsome!
Thanks to all of you who prayed us there. The kids did awesome and to our knowledge didn't drive anyone around them crazy.
We read in our Jesus Calling book the night before we left that Rest does not actually always mean in the sense of not doing anything or getting to sleep, it can also mean to "put it all" to rest in the Lord's hands, resting in His Presence! We have only been sustained with His kind of rest or we would not have made it this far.
I saw a woman on the plane reading from her Bible last night...that was one trip with Ro to the potty and then two minutes later I was in line again with Essie. I asked what she was reading and she told me that she was reading Isaiah for the second time bc she did not understand it the first time. She was from Haiti and her husband from Panama. They were taking their two boys to visit their grandparents. I so enjoyed getting to stand in line and listen to her share.
It prompted me to open up Isaiah as I am sure I do not understand it either.
Isaiah 26:3,4 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever; for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength."
My mind has had lots to wander on...many things I have wanted to blog about, but have had little time to share...maybe soon...but I have trusted in my Lord and it is He who has given me peace. He has given me as well as Nathan an unbelievable amount of strength to do what we did not know we had the capacity to do.
Our greatest encouragement we have heard many times, but were reminded listening to a podcast by John Piper in his slow enunciated tone.."This Life is but a breath!" Knowing this we asked ourselves and we ask you, how then will you live?
Love to all of you. We think nothing less that pure gratitude for all those who are sharing in this breath of life!
May the Lord be Glorified!


  1. I am so thankful to the Lord for His provision and care for you all!! I hope that you got a snapshot of Nathan and the pink backpacks. We are praying for you and love you all. -Robert and Ginny H.

  2. so thankful you all made it there and are getting settled (sort of!:) we are continuing to lift you up and cant wait to hear about the many adventures! love you more than you know!

  3. Clare,
    It was so good to see you for a bit last week!! I am so happy y'all made it safely and will be praying that the Lord will do amazing things through y'all!! Love you lots!!

  4. Hey Clare!!! Love your stories and comments of how the Lord led yall one day at a time to Panama!!! Brings tears!!!! Such a thrill to serve HIM full time and how you and your precious husband and adorable kids will be blessed by Him beyond measure!! I look forward to following your blog and we will send yall financial support too. I miss our days when Lee and I were full time staff with Campus Crusade!! Glad yall made it safely to Panama and God Bless you!!!

  5. miss you all! I am so glad to hear that you are safe and at your new home! We are still in CA! We need to bring our little girl home ASAP! We are praying for you all and your adjustment to your new home! We know and trust that God will bring people around you.... Praying for a specail friend for you as well!
    Love ya,

  6. Dear Clare and Nathan - HURRAY!! Like the hymn says, "the strife is o're, the battle done - the victory of life is won - THE SONG OF TRIUMPH HAS BEGUN!! Hallelujah

    Knowing that your "song of triumph" is started - and getting louder all the time!
    loving and praying -

  7. I'm so happy that you got there - and I SO APPRECIATE that you visited me before you left, letting me get my eyes on you and your children. God will bless you in Panama - don't lose faith in what you are doing - love to you all -
    the Great GD

  8. I love yall mucho and am beyond proud of you for what you are doing.
    Hug and kiss the kiddos for me!

  9. what a praise that you're safely there!!! we can't wait to check your updates and hear about all of the Lord's work down there with you guys....LOVE YOU BUNCHES!
    Aunt Ro