My Little House

“…But the house did not fall because it was built upon rock.” – Matthew 7:24

My little house I’ve been building,

I started on the sand and tried to make a place to call home.

A place to lay my head, to make my bed, to seek and find a peace that passes understanding.

I spent my days gathering sticks and rubbish, getting whatever I could so that I could make my home as fast as possible.

I need shelter! I’m afraid of being out in the open for any and everything to catch me unprepared!

The shack was small, but it was sufficient.

I can settle for less to be covered by my own protection.

My little house I’ve been building,

The one that was built on the sand didn’t stand a chance.

In my haste to not get caught out in the open, the quick work wasn’t worth anything.

After the first storm, the roof blew off.

Disintegrating as the rain pulled away each branch and piece of trash I had rapidly shoved together, my little house was falling.

It fell, fell, fell, my little house.

Nothing I could do to stop it, nothing I could say to tell it to get itself together.

My little house I’ve been building,

The first was a failure.

Yet once didn’t teach me what you were trying to show me.

Maybe it was too much time in the sun, but my harried mind kept making the decision to try again.

I kept seeing glimpses of someone standing nearby, doing nothing, seemingly ready to lend a hand,

But in my haste to build shelter, I paid no mind.

My safety, my health, my life!

What will happen if I let someone else help?

Will they mess up and ruin my work?

What if they build it all wrong?

What if they steal everything I have?

What if they want to share my little house?

My little house I’ve been building,

I couldn’t do it anymore.

There were no more materials, the sun was too hot, the sand kept burning my tired feet.

This is it.

I tried, but I’ve failed. This is where it ends.

But it wasn’t.

I had forgotten about the hands that were worn and hard-worked, ready to help the moment I gave everything up.

As I lay dying where I had tried to build my life, a sound made its way to me.

Just a short ways off from the sand, my helper was building on the ugly solid stone I had forsaken for an easier fix,

The flat and soft beach.

I crawled over and watched.

He shared His water first, waited.

And as I was refreshed, He taught.

When my strength returned, we worked side by side.

At night, he protected. I feared for nothing.

My little house I’ve been building,

It was finally taking shape.

I was filled with peace before it was even finished, because I wasn’t building alone.

How much greater is the work of two than one!

Now my little house is finished and it stands against every test and trial.

Storms don’t threaten to invade, and have no power to bring fear.

My little house stands, stands, stands, and I don’t live by myself.

My little house is full, full, full, and I don’t want for anything.

“…the love of God is a reality among us: God sent His only Son into the world so that we could find true life through Him. This is the embodiment of true love: not that we have loved God first, but that He loved us and sent His unique Son on a special mission to become an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” – 1 John 4:10

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The Happenings of August/September

I hope all of you are enjoying your Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Cider Mill visits….because FALL IS HERE!!
My favorite season of the year and I am spending it in a MUCH different way than I would in the States.

The first difference is the weather. Instead of cool breezes, crunchy leaves, sweet smells in the air, cozy sweaters, and awesome boots…I am in my rain jacket, sloshing through puddles of mud everyday. It’s FULL ON RAINY SEASON!!!!
Instead of ending my days with a bonfire and s’mores, I get to see the most beautiful sunsets of rainbows and every color you could imagine, with the stars coming up over the volcano.
Instead of treating myself to a breakfast of donuts and cider, I am filling my belly with gallo pinto, fried cheese, enchiladas, pupusas, and tajadas.
Instead of getting ready to sell a kajillion clothes for early Christmas shoppers, I am working at a job where my my responsibilities are to love people, teach them how to sing, and pray and visit the sick and poor in spirit.

I know I’ve said this a million times, but I TRULY, ABSOLUTELY love my life. Jesus is constantly reminding me of how beautiful and different it is and what a GOOD decision it was to move here to Candelaria, Nicaragua. My spirit soars here and I breathe so deeply and easily for how simple and uncomplicated life is when I trust it all to God.

I have been in a season of growing.
Like always.
What I need prayer for is that I would grab these times of growing full on and wouldn’t dodge them and run away from change.
Also, if you would just pray for some dreams I have in my heart right now. I’m not patient and I would just love for all of them to come true but I know God’s timing is perfect and there’s a reason I’m still waiting.
Pray that someone would come on full-time that would really be awesome for pouring into me and someone that I could do the same for.
Aaaand….take a look at these pictures and pray for whatever God puts on your heart! I would love for you to share with me what God is speaking to you about and if you have any special thoughts and prayers for my ministry.

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I LOVE SANTA MATILDE.
Just in case you’ve never read any of my blogs….
I love it.
I love the people and community and church and their visions and dreams and purposes.
I love Yerling, who’s in this picture with me.
She is turning 15 years old on September 21st and we are throwing a big Quinceañera for her!
Pray for her as she is going through this transition of girl to woman and is learning responsibility and staying true to the person God made her to be.

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I had the absolute privilege and pleasure of having my Dad come to visit me for 2 weeks from September 1st-14th. I got to show him around and introduce him to all my Nica friends and family. He loved his time and fit right in, right away. We climbed Cerro Negro together and volcano boarded down, which is something I’ve never done here, in all the time I’ve been in Nicaragua. It was a sweet visit, and I loved the time I had with him!

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September 15th was Central American Indepence Day! September 14th they celebrate with huge parades and bands and presentations. All the schools in our area gathered in the big Flor de Caña Baseball Stadium to celebrate all morning and afternoon long. Each school has a band, which is more like a drum line, and dancers, and students that are the best in their classes and grades. They all get 8 minutes to do their presentation that they’ve been practicing for weeks. Seriously, if i hear a drum line one more time…I will probably go crazy. They have been the soundtrack of my August and September. Anyway, I got permission to go onto the field to take pictures of our sponsored kids that were in the marches. I am so proud of them and their accomplishments!
September 13th was the march for the Preschools in our area. Seeing all my precious Sunday School kids was so much fun. They struggled to stay in a straight line, but were SO adorable in their little outfits. 
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My precious Allan David is on the road to recovery! Thanks to your prayers, he had surgery on September 16th to remove the cyst that was eating away at his little bitty leg. The doctor gave us an affordable price, and we were able to get it done right away. He’s at home resting now with his family and is getting seen by our doctor at the Clinic to make sure everything heals properly. Pray for him as he is in a little pain and also for the biopsy that will be done to make sure what he had wasn’t malignant.

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I have loved having the opportunity lately to go to Santa Matilde on Thursdays and help with homework and random Sponsorship work. I fall in love with this village a little more every time I come and I enjoy getting to know the community in different ways. It’s a good time too to spend with Lisa and Cadence and hear about the kids and information about their school life.

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I was so excited that Gema has started to sing with me in church! She was super nervous at first, and still hesitant to take on the full commitment of worship team, but she’s off to a great start. Her voice is sweet and she sings with a heart fully devoted to God and only worshipping him.

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The traditional jumping on the top of the volcano picture. You have to take one, you just do.

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I have been so blessed lately to be getting closer to this lovely lady. Teresa is part of the worship team and has only recently begun to trust me to pray for other areas of her life. I feel lucky that we are growing our friendship and she is letting me into personal things going on with her. We got to celebrate her birthday with a party since her sponsor were with us for a week. They truly love her and are devoted to making sure she is taken care of and growing spiritually.

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I love life with these two cuties. Allan David and Britney make my heart full of joy. I love getting to be a child with them.
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We have a World Race team with us right now! Each and every one of them have beautiful hearts and spirits and fit right into our ministry here at New Song. Mikkia has started to sing with me for our Saturday staff worship times and I love having her with us. Her voice is wonderful but her spirit for worship is what makes the music come alive.
Also, Michael Medlin and his family have recently made the move to come live and work full time with us. He plays guitar and has also started to help out with the worship. It’s a blessing to have more instruments involved!1272319_10152267235141164_1336373334_o 1273401_10152266542701164_1861200823_o IMG-20130907-00047-2And last but not least, I CAN GET MAIL HERE!!! So please, PLEASE, PLEEEEEASE send me cards and notes and pictures and whatever else you’d like to bless me with that isn’t expensive or valuable.
My address is:

Haille Krieg
Reparto: Las Palmeras
Casa 19
Chichigalpa, Chinandega
Nicaragua

How is your fall going? What is your favorite season and how to you like to spend your time enjoying it?

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