Day 24 – 247

Usually when I sit down to write a blog I have a general idea of what I’m going to share and I start looking at images to help me frame my thoughts and to wake up the creative juices.

Well, if you’ve known me for long and/or follow me on social media you know that every 24th day of the month, James and I race to wish the other happy 24.  It’s a silly ol’ thing but we’ve done it since we were first married 21 years ago.  In fact, Oct 24, 1994 would have been the first time. Awww…cheese moment.

Any who ….I was trying to find a cool, imaginative 24 image when I came across this…


24-7…365 days a year…that represents the time and effort it takes to make a marriage.  Marriage takes work – we’ve all heard it.  We KNOW this…but most of the time knowing something and putting something into regular practice are two vastly different things.  That is why we HAVE to pay attention and be on guard.

Seven ladies met this morning at my house for book club discussing “For the Love” by Jen Hatmaker.  The book was all about learning to love ourselves and our people.  About loving others…giving grace and living free.  Highly recommend the book.  Some of my favorite thoughts…

Annie Dillard was right: “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”  You decide your days should contain laughter and grace, strength and security. Pg 16 (emphasis added)

God measures our entire existence by only two things: how we love Him and how we love people. If you get this right, you can get a million other things wrong. Pg 71

Learn to hold the biting remark, the wounded reaction, the irritated retort. Married tongues should be shredded with the amount of ugly words bitten back. Pg 81

Let’s go ahead and stop there….don’t want to spoil the whole book for you.

EVEN AS I WRITE THIS entry…I am holding back a biting remark.  I’m trying to write…James is not moving as fast as I would like…and I do believe I spotted a rolling eye…or at the very least a potential eye roll.  That’s the whole point of 24-7 – you can’t have great relationships if you only try some of the time.  It’s gotta be all the time.  And don’t be naive…you’re not gonna like your spouse.  You’re not gonna like your friends, your co-workers, your children ALL THE TIME.  But you have the power to choose your reaction…you decide how you’ll spend your days.  You are commanded to love God and love others.  This should be your highest priority. Period.  And finally, on those days where they are on your nerves.  Bite your tongue.

Happy 24 Love – eye roll and all – xoxoxo


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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.