Tim and I have been drinking a lot of fresh-squeezed juice lately, ever since my parents bought and sent us the citrus press of our dreams a week or two ago.
It’s fantastic. We’ve had grapefruit juice. Orange juice. Grapefruit orange juice. Grapefruit lime, orange lime, grapefruit orange lime. And I tell you, every time we sip a new glass, it’s one of those “ah!” moments where you just can’t help but say out loud how good, how sweet, how completely perfect, the thing you’re drinking is.
That last sentence, the one where I say we can’t help but talk about how much we love our juice, is kind of funny, I think. Because the truth is, as you know from that last post, most of the time and with most things, I feel like it’s the exact opposite: It is work for me to notice benefits. It is a fight to see how we’ve been dealt with bountifully.
Tim and I were just saying the other night how, no matter where you are in life or what you have, there’s always something to get down about. Our natural bent is to want—to get a house that you love and are so excited about, but in a few years or maybe a few months, want a house that’s newer or older or bigger or different; to buy a new outfit, but quickly see it become an old outfit, and want a new one; to have an amazing dinner and want another, better one; to love your new juicer and fresh-squeezed juice enough to “ah” one morning, but then quickly move on the next.
It’s so natural, so innate to notice what we lack. It’s so unnatural, so not innate to offer up a sacrifice of praise.
I asked because I’ve realized, although I follow over 100 different blogs, on topics ranging from food to couponing to photography, the ones I most look forward to are the ones that are good at praise, good at being thankful; the ones that focus on simple joys; that lift me upwards.
Because I need that kind of refreshing, healing voice. Because I want to be it.
So while I think on that a little more, I thought I’d share some of my favorite spots on the Web lately, some new and some not:
- Honey and Salt: I’ve been reading Joanna’s blog for a long while–long enough that we’re now real-life friends who write real-life letters even beyond the blog world. But I get excited every time she posts (every time!) because I know I’m going to hear a voice rooted in Truth (can’t stop thinking about this post on wanting) and filled with gratitude. She is literally the most thankful person I’ve ever known.
- Katie’s Pencil Box: My sister-in-law first told me about this blog, which linked us to a blog that linked us to our amazing (!) engagement photographer back in May, but today, I find myself checking for regular updates because every single gorgeous, stunningly photographed, remarkably simple post reminds me of the beauty in the everyday.
- Happy Jack Eats: Oh, Jacqui. How I miss her. More than anyone I’ve ever known, Jacqui makes thoughtful writing seem effortless. Truly effortless. Plus, she is a killer film photographer (who took shots at our wedding, including one of my all-time favorites of the day), and the way she sees things makes me notice details more. I love hearing her voice because it is just like her: gracious.
So tell me, where are you being uplifted today?