2016, Why Did You Have to Leave?
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2016, Why Did You Have to Leave?

2016 has been an awesome for me! What about yours?

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2016, Why Did You Have to Leave?
Catherine Linnihan

This year, 2016, has been a great year for me. I was expecting this year to be good, but not great. I have had awesome memories that I will cherish forever! Here are some things that has happened in my life this year.

1. I found my identity in Christ.

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I thought I was saved for a while, but right at the end of 2015, I realized that I was never saved. That is when I gave my life to Christ. This year has been full of understanding God more, relying on Him, trusting in His plans, and being obedient to Him and His Word. It has been awesome to see God working in my life this past year and I can't wait to see what all He is going to do in my life in the future. Being the hands and feet of Jesus is worth it!

2. I learned how to cherish friendships.

I have met several of people when I started college and at church. I have met some awesome people this year that I will be friends with for the rest of my life! I do not know what I do without them in my life. I am so blessed to have them in my life! I have learned how to cherish my friends by just enjoying my time with them whenever we are talking together or hanging out together.

3. I went to Disney World a couple of times.

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I was able to go to Disney World two different times. I went when I was on choir tour in Orlando with my church; we went on the last day when we were down there. The second time I went to Disney World, I went with the band from my high school that I was a member of. Our band was given the opportunity to march on Main Street in magic Kingdom while we were down there. That was a great experience!

4. I graduated from high school.

One of the biggest accomplishments I have done this past year was graduate high school! It was great to end a journey in my life that I have been looking forward to doing for a while! Yet, it was sad that I was leaving everything from high school; the teachers, most of my friends, and various things, but in the same way, I was so excited to take the next step in my life!

5. I started creating articles with Odyssey.

As I started blogging on my own, I discovered that God has given me the talent to write on my own about His Word and what He is doing in my life. I found out that Odyssey was looking for creators at Mississippi College, so I decided to give it a try and I have loved it ever since I started it! God has blessed me in so many ways by being a creator for Odyssey and I cannot wait to see what all He is going to do in the future with this!

6. I became a college student at MC.

I started attending Mississippi College for the Fall Semester in 2016. Starting college for the first time was intimidating, but after a couple of days of getting in a routine and getting used to college life, I was able to settle in! I have loved college so far! There are some things you are not going to like no matter where you attend college, but for the majority part, I love MC because it feels like home and I could not imagine anywhere else to be at!

7. I learned how to enjoy every moment in life.

I know this may sound different, but it is true! I found out how to enjoy every moment during the day! I realized that you never know what will happen in the future, so you just need to enjoy the time you have with your friends and family. I believe that God puts people in your life for a reason! Why not enjoy every moment you have when you do not know what the future will hold for you?

8. I realized that I need to say 'yes' to Jesus no matter what.

Saying 'yes' to Jesus with everything that happens is really hard to do. When you say 'yes' to Jesus, you are trusting Him with whatever you are saying 'yes' to; whether it is your whole life, a certain situation or a decision you need to make. I realized that you need to say 'yes' whenever God is leading you to do something. I was skeptical about a lot of things this past year when I thought about making a certain decisions, but I started taking leaps of faith, and look where God has put me and done in my life so far! I said 'yes' to writing, to Mississippi College, to co-leading a Bible Study on campus, to going on mission trips, and to various things! Are you willing to say 'yes' to the things God is wanting you to do for Him?


I hope 2016 was a great year for you as well! Instead of looking at all of the negatives from last year, I challenge you to look at all of the positives that has happened. Reflect and see what all God has done in your life. I pray that 2017 will be an awesome year that glorifies God with everything that you do!

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