These blog posts are a type of journal entry each day. I have kept a devotional journal and a personal journal (most days) for several years. Adding these posts to my journaling helps me pay attention to little daily details, observing what goes on around me, listening and appreciating and enjoying life as it happens each day, and learning to articulate and share them.
I recently read a quote by Gwen Diehn in her book, The Decorated Page: "Keeping a journal is truly a journey. The very words come from a common root: the Old French word journee meaning 'day'. A journey originally meant the distance traveled in a day; a journal was a book in which one would record a day's events."
Keeping a daily journey-record causes me to slow down enough to listen, to see, to smell, to taste, to touch, to think, and enjoy the gifts discovered as I travel across my days.