The other morning I woke up, got dressed, and went into the chapel. As I started to pray, “Lord, I come to you in my lowliness . . .”, I felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit to pray instead: “Lord, I come to you in my ‘Dorcee-ness.” It was a nudge from the Holy Spirit to me to start thinking less of myself as “Dorcee=lowliness” and more of myself as “Dorcee=lowliness+His child whom He created and loves+all the gifts that God has given me+all that He loves about me.” It’s amazing how just a slight shift in thinking can make a big difference. I have been practicing gratitude for the last year, thanking God for so many things, those that are wonderful and those that are hard. But I guess I haven’t been thanking Him very much for me. And I would guess there are others of you out there who think that same way. Take some time today to come to the Lord in your “Ann-ness” or “Lucy-ness” or “David-ness,” and thank Him forall that you are. Think about who you are as uniquely yourself and the gift that that is to so many others . . .especially Him.