Dangerous – CMN Women
by Rachel Bowman
From the time my three boys were very small, I taught them to say, “God made me brave, kind, and strong.”
In a world full of people who do not know who they are, I want my kids to know themselves deep down to their core and stand boldly in the truth of how God made them. Then I had a little girl.
A friend asked me if we were going to use the same affirmation for her since she was a girl or if we were going to change it. Girls are not supposed to be brave or strong you know. I quickly said, “Yes. Yes we are going to tell her God made her brave, kind, and strong too.” So we have.
One evening at bedtime, I continued our tradition by giving her the sign of the cross on her head and saying, “God made you brave, kind, and strong.” Part of our routine is for me to ask her to tell me how God made her. Tonight, she said, “God made me brave, kind, strong, and dangerousssss.”
She had a look in her eye I will never forget.
Of course, I laughed hysterically that a little three year old would have the wisdom to know or even say such a word. Then I was proud. I believe God gave my big, brown-eyed three-year-old daughter with three wild, big brothers the word ‘dangerous’ for a reason.
I believe He will use her in dangerous ways for the Kingdom of God. I believe she will be the kind of girl who stands up and boldly fights for God’s love to be proclaimed on the earth. Now the challenge for me as her mother is to embolden her to do it. My challenge from the Lord is to fill her with such love and passion for Jesus that her extra proclamation word, ‘dangerous,’ stands true.
The hard part is this means I need to model it.
I gave up the comfortable behind-the-scenes work of a staff pastor’s wife to now lay bare my entire life to church planting. I went into the wilderness of unknown territory to shine God’s love. As an introverted, quiet girl with a lot to say but with fear and trembling to speak up – Jesus has given me a voice. Jesus has made me brave.
I now stand in front of others and preach, teach, pray and lead. God is giving me wings. God is making me dangerous for the Kingdom of God. He made me dangerous for the cause of Christ but also for other women to see. Women like you, women in my congregation, and women like my three year old daughter.
He wants to make you dangerous too.
Invent, stand, burn passionately, fight as a mother, as a pastor, as a church planter, as a friend, as a wife, and as a woman. As other women who have lead the way – like Anna, Phoebe, Priscilla, Junia, Aimee Semple McPherson, Etta Calhoun, Donna Barrett, and countless others – we are dangerous. We are valiantly taking territory for the Lord.
Don’t let the enemy trick you into thinking you are unseen or that you should be quiet, meek, and unused. Fight the good fight, lead the way, preach the gospel. Do it in the small moments at home with your kids, in sweeping the church bathroom, in praying with a teenager, in typing out sermon slides, in preaching the word, and in being an example to others. With the Lord, you too can be brave, kind, strong, and dangerous.
“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” (Ephesians 6:19).
Rachel Bowman is a mom to four in four years, pastor's wife, church planter, and writer of words. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, a Lego free floor, and encouraging women where they are. Her and her husband, Paul, launched Anchor Church in 2017.
She graduated from Eastern University and is working on becoming a credentialed minister. Come for a visit at waitingforbedtime.com after you have survived your kids’ bedtime routine. Honesty and sweatpants required.