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Let me tell you about solitude.

 If I actually believe that God sees me that way – as beautiful, as loved, as known, as magnificent – then how does my view of myself reflect that truth?  And from there, how does the way I perceive time alone reflect that?  Because if the answer is loneliness, something is very, very wrong.

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Let me tell you about stories.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a history major.  Loving stories is a part of what I do.  Studying stories is my work and my career, not just a hobby.  But there’s a reason I got swept away by history in the first place, and that’s because stories – telling them, creating them, remembering them, hearing them – are my lifeblood.

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Let me tell you about love.

When I think about what it means that God called me – Allie Kay Crume, five foot four inches, has fallen down a lot of stairs – I can’t help but have full confidence in what the Word says next: nothing can separate me from the love of God. Whether I’m single or dating, the circumstances of my relationships – and the way I experience love – here on earth can’t change the goodness of His plan a bit.

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Let me tell you about 2015.

I’ve learned a lot this year, about who I am as a person, what I want out of life, and best of all, who and how I am in the world as a daughter of God and what He wants out of my life – plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans for my good and His glory.  I’ve learned that my story is not THE story. So instead of sharing stories with this blog post, I want to share songs – the ones that charted the course of my year.

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Let me tell you about retreat.

God has been doing a lot in my heart this month – teaching me that fulfillment is only in Him, teaching me to ask “what now” instead of “why” and to trust that He will always answer both questions, and that answer will always be part of a plan for my good and His glory.

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Let me tell you about truth.

Truth is an umbrella term.  It covers everything – for example, if I want to learn what it means to be patient, I have to have a reliable definition for what I think patience is – and that depends on what I perceive to be the truth.  I think if you asked every person you knew, each of them would have a different definition of truth to give you.  Is it law or is it language, is it Scripture or is it Spirit – or is it all of the above, and more?

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Let me tell you about my summer in Springfield.

If I’m so worried about loving people right, it’s pretty easy for that to take away from me actually loving them well.  It take my focus off of Christ as the center of my life, and puts it on the perceptions of the world.  It draws my attention to what I do with my time and my life, and away from the fact that those things flow from the distraction of my heart.

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Let me tell you about a walk I took.

As sad as I was to go, leaving Belize wasn’t an ending – it was just a turn in the beautiful story God is writing on my heart and in my footsteps.  There are no endings – I know that now.  Falling deeper in love with my Savior with every step – if that doesn’t make me a New Romantic, I don’t know what does.

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Let me tell you about Belize.

My friend and teammate Ian began telling the kids what a great soccer player I was.  Instead of playing along with the joke, I felt super insecure.  And uncomfortable.  And mostly like the last thing on the planet that I wanted to do was play in this soccer game.  Because I am really and truly not good at soccer in the slightest. But when I said “Ian, I can’t play soccer!”  he replied, “Yes you can – beauty in the common, let’s go!”

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Let me tell you about my God.

In that moment, God intersected with our human problems, our sinful state, and our broken world.  He entered the fear at the deepest level of my heart and mind and gave me a reason to be present, right where I was: that He was in control, and I was valuable to Him.

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