DECLARATION: I Am A Dangerous Woman

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I am a Dangerous Woman.
I am here and I’m awake.
I pay attention to the rumblings in my soul
I listen and watch for how the Spirit leads.
With each humble choice, I take a step closer to my Destiny.
With each strong Yes, I become more of myself.

I am a Dangerous Woman.
I draw deeply from the Life that beats in my blood.
I have a place in the story of God.
Large or small, my capacity is mine and
I will move in it to make change in my world.

I am a Dangerous Woman.
I have a voice that needs to be heard.
No need to rage or raise a fist.
My Love will speak
My arguments are strong.
My life itself is a protest towards great Love.

I am a Dangerous Woman.
I may start with tiny steps and
My ankles may roll with the weight of the task
But I am determined.
I refuse to let Fear hold me back.
I choose Love.

I am a Dangerous Woman.
My ducks may never be quite in a row,
The laundry may never be done.
I may never feel strong enough, capable enough or smart enough.
I will do it anyway.
Shall we go together?

I am a Dangerous Woman
I embrace small beginnings and
Show up in small pockets of Love,
But I don’t think small.
I step over the obstacles that tell me I should quit.
And so I start.

I am a Dangerous Woman,
I am tired of spending my choices on myself.
I will let my privilege and my power
Speak for good.
Aligned with the purposes of the Almighty,
My strength roars.

I am a Dangerous Woman
I am part of a vast network
I recognize how we are all connected.
My choices affect a world of people, plants and animals.
What a big responsibility, you may say.
But O, What a great adventure!

I am Dangerous Woman
I refuse to do nothing.
I choose to listen to the gladness of my soul
And the hungers in our world.
And where these meet,
I will plant a garden.

I am a Dangerous Woman
I refuse to let shame hide me.
I refuse to let old boundaries hold me back.
I refuse to let what’s-always-been-done create the future.
I refuse to be silent about the things that matter.
I refuse to be afraid.

You may ask: Who do you think you are?
So I will tell you:

I am a Dangerous Woman,
Loved by God, empowered by God.

I am a Dangerous Woman,
Devoted to a Dangerous God.

I am a Dangerous Woman
And I will beat my drum, as we dance into the Land of Freedom and Promise together.

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Idelette McVicker
I like soggy cereal and I would like to go to every spot on the map of the earth to meet our world’s women. I dream of a world where no women or girls are for sale. I dream of a world where women and men are partners in doing the work that brings down a new Heaven on earth. My word last year was “roar” and I learned it’s not about my voice rising as much as it is about our collective voices rising in unison to bring down walls of injustice. This year, my own word is “soar.” I have three children and this place–right here, called shelovesmagazine.com–is my fourth baby. I am African, although my skin colour doesn’t tell you that story. I am also a little bit Chinese, because my heart lives there amongst the tall skyscrapers of Taipei and the mountains of Chiufen. Give me sweet chai and I think I’m in heaven. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I pledged my heart to Scott 11 years ago. I believe in kindness and calling out the song in each other’s hearts. I also believe that Love covers–my gaps, my mistakes and the distances between us. I blog at idelette.com and tweet @idelette.
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Comments

  1. Love this! Thanks Idelette for making it so darn safe to be who we are called to be. I love you. Very much.

  2. Bev Murrill says:

    AMEN AND AMEN… and so say all of us. Let it be Lord, that this becomes true of women across every nation, an anthem cry giving breakthrough.

  3. Claire De Boer cjdeboer says:

    Loved re-reading this…I think I need to make it my morning meditation 😉 xo

  4. Lisha Epperson says:

    I am a Dangerous Woman.
    “I am here and I’m awake”. “I will do it anyway”… and that “Dangerous God”. Yes and amen. So much to love here and I love it all.

  5. I’m in. Where do I sign?

  6. “I am a Dangerous Woman

    I refuse to let shame hide me.

    I refuse to let old boundaries hold me back.

    I refuse to let what’s-always-been-done create the future.

    I refuse to be silent about the things that matter.

    I refuse to be afraid.”

    This is incredibly timely for me as I’ve been debating whether or not to stick my neck out or keep quiet. Awesome. Thank you.

  7. Idelette, I love this. So much beautiful imagery. I feel like the dangerous I wanted to be maybe a decade ago, just can’t be done now. It was an isolating danger — full of fury and truth or shame and hiding. I love the persistent quietness of this “dangerous woman” you describe, who gathers her people to herself, who sings her song, and stands rooted — all because she knows deep who she is. Thank you for your words, always.

  8. “I am a Dangerous Woman, I am tired of spending my choices on myself. I will let my privilege and my power Speak for good. Aligned with the purposes of the Almighty, My strength roars”

    How beautiful and powerful and perfect. The whole thing, really. I can hear the drumbeat as if it were a reality right next to me and I can feel the sunshine of the Land of Freedom and Promise even on these very dark days. Thank you so much for this encouraging and empowering word.

  9. Naomi Williams says:

    Ahh THESE words!
    I choose to listen to the gladness of my soulAnd the hungers in our world.
    And where these meet,
    I will plant a garden.
    Wow!

  10. This, that reads like so much poetry…
    This, from the mountaintops…
    This.
    A thousand times and back again.
    This.

  11. Claire De Boer cjdeboer says:

    Beautiful! I AM a dangerous woman!!! xo

  12. Such confidence rings through all those present tense verbs. I love the paradox that our greatest strength is not found in personal bravado, but in our Dangerous God, who is, after all, “not like a tame lion.”

  13. *cheering and shaking pompoms and raising a battle cry* Yes! Yes! Yes!

    • Woot-woot! Pom-poms and battle cries … I guess that’s what we get when we cross our continents, right? 😉 So love walking with you, Bronwyn. xo

  14. O YES: “I may never feel strong enough, capable enough or smart enough.
    I will do it anyway. Shall we go together?” YES.

  15. Next verse same as the first. I Am This Dangerous Woman. No matter what society, man or anyone else may think of me…THIS is how I define myself…I Am A Dangerous Woman! BRAVO to you, Idelette for making us all aware of what has been inside for far too long. oxoxox Love & Grace.

  16. Helen Burns says:

    Oh WOW… yes, yes, yes to every single declaration written here. I am a dangerous woman xo

  17. Samantha-Brian Franklin says:
  18. And this will be printed out and read to my girls each night along with our devotions and stories and whispers to Jesus.

    • Aww. I love that Brenna. Wish I had a daughter to read it to. Then again, maybe I would benefit from reading it myself.

    • I’ve got *goosebumps.*

      I greeted my girls this morning, Good morning, Dangerous Women! Time to read it to them too.

      O, and the boy. He’s dangerous too. Had a little chat with him … I said, Dangerous people bring goodness into the world. He cocked his head, then said, “I can do that.”

      Precious.

  19. Anne-Marie says:

    Idelette – this poetic compression of BIG things. WOWZA! I’ve been hearing these threads I see in here too – the big service in small bodies – but not slavish – that delight meets purpose and all in community, and very much the tired of self-focused and ready for choices that open. Amen.

  20. I like the idea of having a place in God’s story. For some – well, I’ll say me – that is a dangerous idea to embrace.

  21. PREACH! Letting this sink down deep.

  22. rachel blazer says:

    i love this… and i’m afraid of it. afraid to say these things are true of me, though i long for them to be. maybe that’s a good place to begin: Lord, in You I am dangerous- in You i am not afraid. help me move forward in that Truth!

    • I hear you, Rachel! I do feel it’s a shift, owning these words … but I think it’s important that we do. I wish I could be in a room with you and we could hold hands and say it together.

      Btw, did you see Lynne Hybels’ Creed? It’s called “A Creed for Dangerous Women” and it feels like a great place to start and move towards the Declaration. It begins: “Dear God, please make us dangerous women.” You are in great company. 😉
      http://www.lynnehybels.com/dangerous-women-creed/

      • rachel blazer says:

        oh… those words. all these burning words that i convinced myself so long ago shouldn’t be true of a good little christian girl! thanks for giving me more to absorb & pray!

  23. fiona lynne says:

    Have goosebumps and a huge smile on my face as I read this. What an empowering call, what a beautiful vision!!! I want to be this dangerous woman.

  24. Nothing like reading THIS at 2:56am sterilizing bottles (a-gain)!

    THIS.

    “I am a Dangerous Woman
    I refuse to let shame hide me.
    I refuse to let old boundaries hold me back.”

    Old boundaries, old ceilings…

    And this…

    “And I will beat my drum, as we dance into the Land of Freedom and Promise together.”

    First and foremost, “dancing”??? Eeesh! Talk about freedom! 😉
    I love the word “together” here. Yes. Yes. Yes.

  25. Saskia Wishart says:

    Stunning!!! Thank you. For me it is this line: “I am Dangerous Woman
    I refuse to do nothing.
    I choose to listen to the gladness of my soul
    And the hungers in our world.
    And where these meet,
    I will plant a garden.”
    Amen

  26. Bev Murrill says:

    You beat your drum girl… !!!! There are many many many who are following your lead.

    If a (wo)man does not keep pace with her
    companions, perhaps it is because she hears a different drummer. Let her
    step to the music which she hears, however measured or far away.

    Henry David Thoreau

  27. Justine Hwang says:

    Amen, amen. Just when I needed it (as I was admiring-envying-saying-I’m-not-amazing-like-them of women I look to who are ahead of me on the path if living their creative business dreams out). Thank you idelette!

    • You are precious to me. I didn’t have much left in the tank when we went live last night, but your comment, right then, meant the world … Thank you.

      Also, I certainly know how it feels to start from very small, friend. You are making this world beautiful.

  28. Nicole A. Joshua says:

    Idelette, as I read each word, I could feel my whole being savour every part of the manifesto. I can feel that drumbeat deep in my gut, urging me on, calling me to dance with you. I am humbled to walk with you and by what God is doing in and through you. Thank you, fearless leader and friend.

    • Thank you, my friend. I am still holding your hand. We are walking into this Freedom Land together. I couldn’t be more grateful.

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