I haven’t taken the time to share why I chose the blog name “Chazaq Rose” and what it means. I figured now would be a good time to do so. It’s not the most obvious thing to figure out. It probably should be but that would be boring to me.
I started blogging in college. When I restarted my blog in 2017, my main purpose was to be transparent and encourage women in all walks of life through faith and fashion. I wanted back everything I was great at that I gave up on for whatever reason.
If you’re a blogger you know how hard it can be to find a domain that you love that’s not already I use by someone else. The names I chose were either already taken or not suitable for branding. I wasn’t in love with the suggestions and did not want to settle. I know me, I either love something or don’t like it at all. My purpose for blogging inspired me to be creative and discovered a name that I love, Chazaq Rose.
The word “Chazaq” is Hebrew. It is pronounced “haw-zak.” The beginning letter “C” is silent. Chazaq means “to strengthen, to prevail, to be strong, be courageous, to restore to strength, encourage, make bold, strengthened.” The word is used over 200 times in scripture; 290 in the Old Testament.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14
Chazaq reminds me of strength and courage that comes from God. It is not easy to be strong in faith and wait patiently on God. It’s confidence perfected while waiting on God.
Where exactly does “Rose” fit in all of this? I love roses. They are one of my favorite flowers. Roses are beautiful fragrant flowers. They’re not at all perfect. They grow out of a prickly bushes or shrubs. Some of them climb.
I’m not perfect. I won’t ever pretend to be. Any beauty that I possess, physical or beyond it, is imperfection covered by Christ’s grace and mercy. Beauty for ashes!
My blog is to share with you whatever God has given me. In a manner that is helpful and encouraging.
God is in it with you.
Whatever “it” is.
For every situation,
He will give you the courage.
He will give you the strength.
He will help you endure.
He will help you persevere.