I am a dangerous-ish woman

A few months ago, I attended the Rise Up, Sister conference in Chilliwack, BC, Canada, which was hosted by the SheLoves team. I first got connected with these world-changing women a few years ago when their blog popped up on my newsfeed, and I ended up submitting a piece or two of my own. I quickly learned one of the most beautiful things about SheLoves is how they are able to build such a strong community, even from an online platform. Women from all over the world were writing and reading and commenting, united by our love for God and desire to see women flourish. It was incredible. I had never seen anything like it.

When I attended Rise Up, I (finally!) got to put faces to names and hug the necks of women whose stories had nestled their way into my heart, women who had read a piece of mine and held space for me in such a loving, tender way. I joke that I left that weekend with #99NewBesties, but it’s actually true. I found my tribe that weekend: women who are passionately in love with Jesus and are actively following his Way of truth, justice, and love in the world in which we live.

So when She Loves started talk about launching their Dangerous Women Tribe, I knew I had to be a part of it. The only problem? I wouldn’t necessarily call myself Dangerous. More like… Dangerous-ish.

I’m a rule-follower by nature. I play it safe. I don’t like to live on the edge; in fact, I prefer to stay far, far back from it. I’m a stay-at-home mama whose days are filled with diapers and teething and sink-fulls of dirty dishes. Hardly dangerous at all!

So at first, I wrestled with this. 
But the simple truth I am discovering is that when you’re really committed to chasing after Jesus, you become dangerous.
Dangerous to the darkness.
Dangerous to injustice and oppression.
Dangerous to the voices that tell us to shrink back and stay small.
Dangerous to the systems that keep God’s people from liberation.

The Gospels tell us of a dangerous Jesus, who upset the status quo, who spoke truth and set captives free and then told us, “Now you go, and do likewise.”
As my fellow Dangerous Woman Kelley Nikondeha said, “I’d add this: God doesn’t need people already comfortable enough, safe enough or saved enough. God needs more dangerous people–and the Spirit has made us made dangerous practitioners.”

So if you’re feeling dangerous, or even just dangerous-ish, I invite you to join us in our tribe. You’ll find brave women, sassy women, kind women, faith-full women, thoughtful women, sensitive-to-the-Spirit women, living-life-in-abundance women, fiercely-pursuing-God women, and there is space for you here.

Visit www.dangerouswomentribe.com to join.

 

2 Comments
  • Sarag
    May 25, 2017

    I LOVE “dangerous-ish” – that’s me, for sure! Mom, kindergarten teacher, small town resident, gardener, knitter… the last thing I feel is dangerous. I am LOVING being a member of this tribe and I’m thrilled we are there together 🙂

    • Elena Delhagen
      May 26, 2017

      Three cheers to all us Dangerous-ish women! 😉 I think that choosing to do hard, brave, beautiful things – even when we feel small – is what makes us Dangerous. So thankful you’re part of my tribe, sister. <3

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