Friday, February 25, 2011

What's In a Name?

As I was beginning to explore the possibility of starting a blog, I realized that one of the most important things to me is for my blog to have an good name.  It was then that I also realized I had a problem.

A couple weekends ago, Haley Nugent introduced me to her "baby pillow pet".  I was so impressed when she told me that her little cow's name was Moo-Bert.  Moo-Bert!  How adorable!  And how are you so creative?!  I would have named him Mr. Cow or something.  Actually he probably would have remained nameless just like the little buffalo who shares a bed with me.  Moo-Bert?!  As you can tell, I am still impressed, because my creativity when it comes to thinking of names is like zero.

Anyways, when I realized a cute name was important to me, I began talking with mom, asking her for ideas.  I told her I wanted it to be creative.  As a gift to you, I decided to share her suggestions that were indeed creative but that didn't quite make the cut:

Twirl Pants
Baby Ballerina
Chesbolina Strikes Again
& Chicken Nuggets

Clearly, her perception of me is indicated by her suggestions.  I haven't really decided how I feel about Chicken Nuggets and am still trying to understand the Twirl Pants idea.  Nevertheless, I am thankful for moms attempt to help me.

So, why "Dancing in the Rain"?  Yes, I do love to dance in the rain, but I think Jesus brought this name to mind because of the significance it has to what He has been speaking to me lately.  

It all started in Psalm 63:1-2.  

 "God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You.
    I thirst for You;
    my body faints for You
    in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water. 
    So I gaze on You in the sanctuary
    to see Your strength and Your glory

A land that is "dry, desolate, and without water."  Ever felt like that?  I have.  So then the Lord brought me to Psalm 68:7-9:

  "God, when You went out before Your people, 
   when You marched through the desert, 
   the earth trembled, and the skies poured down rain 
   before God, the God of Sinai, 
   before God, the God of Israel.  
   You, God, showered abundant rain; 
   You revived Your inheritance 
   when it languished."

Wow!   A God who goes out into the desert before His people and showers down abundant rain?  A God who revives His inheritance when it languishes?!  When we feel dry and desolate, we can know that our God has gone before us and has promised to send Living Waters to revive us!  

So, whether we are dancing in the rain of His abundant goodness right now, or walking through a dry and desolate land, we can rejoice in the truth found in Hosea 6:3:

  "Let us strive to know the LORD.
   His appearance is as sure as the dawn.  
   He will come to us like the rain,
  like the spring showers that water the land."

His appearance is as sure as the dawn.  
He will come.  
Dance in the rain. 


  1. Thanks for this Ches--this word really blessed me tonight. Goes along with the song "You'll Come" by Hillsong Chapel that God's really been using to minister to me this week.

    I love you! Thanks for sharing your heart...


  2. Love you MORE Kait! So glad you were encouraged too.

  3. Chesney
    First,I am so glad you started a blog.

    Second, I am so glad you didn't name it "twirl pants." Seriously I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read that.

    Third, the Scripture and what the Lord is showing you was such a blessing to read. I look forward to many more posts!

  4. I started a blog for the same reason!
    Too many thoughts to contain.
    This is so uplifting Ches. Thank you for sharing what goes on in the beautiful heart of yours.
    love you,

  5. Be it rain or desert, strive to KNOW the it Ches!!!

  6. :) aw Chesney! thanks for talking about Moo-Bert. im sure he loves the attention :) hahaha. and I really liked this blog! very uplifting! cant wait until you post more! <3

  7. Awesome Ches!!
    I would agree the chicken nuggets or twirl pants ?? Kinda cute but that is how us mom's are we see our children as the little ballerinas and cute little babies but then they grow up to be beautiful GOD fearing woman like yourself and bless the rest of us by sharing her heart that dares to dance in the rain and run the race of life with God by herside !! So glad you did this and look forward to talking with you !! Very inspirational girl love ya ! :)Tina