There have been many times when everything happens at once and I feel overwhelmed. Or when I make a bad decision and then have to suffer the consequences. Sometimes though, all my hard work pays off and the good Lord above smiles down on me. For that matter, I know I don’t deserve the good thing He has blessed me with, and then I experience Grace.

Today was one of the those days.

The interview today with Billy Blanks and his daughter was an amazing experience on so many levels.

Because I had the met him in May (another moment of Grace), I knew having him and Shellie on the show would inspire, motivate and empower military spouses and anyone else who listened. I just didn’t realize how much his visit would effect me.

Sometimes we all need an uplifting message, someone to remind us how much what we do matters and is appreciated. Usually, we don’t even realize we need it, but when it happens it comes at the perfect time. Whether it’s a pat on the back from a boss, a sweet word from our husband or that big hug from our kids, praise and encouragement is something we all love. As military spouses we go about our lives like anyone else, not thinking separations are anything but “the norm”. It’s our life, we choose it and we don’t dwell on it.

To hear Billy’s words “its a privilege and an honor to be in our presence” was….well….it left me speechless. Billy’s passion for supporting the military…it’s so refreshing and quite frankly awesome!

As a military spouse I do what I do because I happened to have fallen in love with a service member. I had no idea of the sleepless nights that would follow, the raising of children alone, or the new military family that I would find. Many women give birth while their husbands are deployed or out to sea, I’m continually impressed and amazed at these women and others who have their own “sea stories” that would make the majority of us stand in awe.

I just want to encourage you if you are reading this and you haven’t heard Billy’s message to you “the military spouse”, take a moment to listen to it here. It will refresh you. Well beyond motivating us to get fit, he reminds us of the bigger picture. How using our words can create a better life. No trying, only DOING!

For me, I’m thankful for the experience of today.

Thanks Billy & Shellie for sharing with us and to all of you who take the time to listen to our shows. It’s a privilege to talk to you each week.

Note: Look for a transcription of the interview coming soon!