I came into Link Year half way through the year. Although I was unable to experience everything the other students did the first semester, I still feel like I am getting the most out of the program. The first couple weeks I got here, I was welcomed with great hospitality not only from the staff, but the students as well. Our first speaker, Ted Cunningham, dug into marriage and relationships and from what I learned that week, I knew this was where God wanted me to be to  grow in my faith and in my heart. 

We took off for Ireland 3 weeks after I arrived and I must say it was an opportunity I am so grateful for and wouldn't have traded for anything. The beauty in Ireland is magnificent and the culture is so rich. God definitely has His hand on that island. I learned a lot about myself and about the people around me while I was there for that month which was very much needed. We got back about 4 weeks ago and from there went on Spring break.

When we got back from spring break, I could feel God doing something in my heart. Something I can't fully explain but in a sense, it was a strong realization of who I am and who I am supposed to be. God calls us to live as Christ did and do all things for the glory of Him, but my life hadn’t been like that. I was living for me and although I thought God was the center of my heart; deep down, I knew that center was filled with many other things: materialism, selfishness, and pride; all of which were eating me up inside. 

Since I've been back at Link Year, I have felt my heart turn towards the right direction. One verse that helped me do so is Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart O' God and renew a right spirit within me.” I want to thank Link Year for the opportunity of growth and what it has done for me thus far. I pray that I will continue to grow and that the equipping of my heart to share God's word will be evident by the end of the semester.