I joined the YMCA this week because I've been slacking on my exercise. Walking in the neighborhood just wasn't cutting it in terms of burning calories and I HATED doing my home exercise video (The 30 Day Shred, just in case you're wondering what does not make me happy). I was on swim team in my younger days and have always loved swimming, so I figured I'd join a pool and start doing laps. I was (pleasantly) surprised to learn just how much the Y offers in terms of classes and programs, including several early morning water aerobics courses. I'm loving being back in the water!
I just happened to turn on the radio the other day for a split second while changing audiobook cds and caught Laura Story's song "Blessings" and was just blown away. The message of the song is that we pray for a lot of things, and it's easy to get discouraged when those prayers aren't answered the way we want, but we have to trust that what seems like an impossible situation can be God's mercy and protection. You can click here to listen to it on Spotify. My favorite lyrics? Glad you asked:
What if my greatest disappointment
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can't satisfy?
And what if the trials of this life,
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights,
Are Your mercies in disguise?