Saturday, January 28, 2012

learning to become the lion.

When I was younger I used to find joy in discovering what peoples names meant.
So naturally I looked up my own several times.
My name means "Lioness of God"
I looked up the definition of  "Lion" and found-


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a large, usually tawny-yellow cat, Panthera leo,  native toAfrica and southern Asia, having a tufted tail and, in themale, a large mane.
any of various related large wildcats, as the cougar.
a man of great strength, courage, etc.
a person of great importance, influence, charm, etc., who ismuch admired as a celebrity: a literary lion.
the lion as the national emblem of Great Britain.

Now naturally I do not believe that I am a cat. Nor do I by ANY means believe that I'm a celebrity. But I do hope to live up to having strength, courage, influence, and maybe even charm. 

I want to live up to my name. Lioness of God. I want to have courage to follow His example, His teachings, His commandments. I do have courage to do these things. I will do all that He requires of me. Without Him what is the point? There is none. Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ are my everything. 

Is it a coincidence that my name is Arielle? I think not. 
I don't really believe much of anything is a coincidence.
God has a plan and everything we do is incorporated in that plan. So even if my birth parents didn't do much for me. They did a little bit when they named me Arielle.  

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