January - let's get brave.

I don’t know about you, but for me, the end of 2018 felt like an invitation to shake things up in life.

For me, 2018 ended with leaving my job, my town and getting rid of 90 percent of what I owned, putting the rest in a backpack and heading off around the country on the trains. By Christmas I was needing to decide where to land and settle for life going forward… so, my 2019 began pretty open ended with lots of opportunity for bravery.

Now, not all of us go to that level of crazy in life. But I’m sure, that like I did, you have found yourself with new opportunities in 2019. Wether it be the choice to pick up where you left off in 2018 with renewed energy and enthusiasm, or to totally overhaul your life… all of what we do each day, be it brand new or the same old, requires a huge amount of BRAVE.

The beginning of this year felt like an invitation to to tap into the brave that we all know we have. Which is often so hard to find. The simplest task can take up all our reserves. Some days we wake up feeling empty of brave, and other days we feel like we could conquer the world. In order to consistently step out and live the life before us this year we have to remember where our Brave comes from, tap into it and live in it…

It is my conviction that all the Brave that we will ever need comes straight from the source of our strength, love, hope and joy - Jesus. It is through returning to Him that we get filled up with the strength and Bravery we need to walk the steps that he has laid out before us. It’s all about Him…

Through remembering this, going back to long loved passages of the bible, songs that anchor us in His love, and also choosing to step into our brave, that we are able to pick ourselves up and be the bold people we are called to be.

Here comes our mission for January 2019 - to remember where our Brave comes from, look in His face, say thank you, identify what He is asking us to do, and choose to step boldly out in all of our Brave to do the job in front of us.

During January at Hope&Grace you will find a series of paintings - prompts and nudges - to help us tap into our brave.

It is my hope that together, we will find all we need to start this year off with a bang…. and WIN this January!

I hope you’ll come along for the journey. See you on Facebook!

Anna x