In that sleepy, wintery week between Christmas and New Year’s, I have a practice of reviewing my journal entries from the past year. It’s a way to revisit some of the highlights and recall things I learned throughout the year (it also helps with retention and prevents me from having to “learn the hard way” twice).

This year, I reviewed my journal with this prayer in mind, “Lord, give me a direction and theme verse for 2007.”

And He did.

I found a striking pattern through my journal entries that I had failed to see until I reviewed them in totality — all year the Lord had been teaching me about attitude issues and pointing out areas in my attitude that needed tweaking. Like believing for miracles, having a tough skin and a soft heart, waiting patiently (patiently being the operative word), and not complaining. As a result, I designated 2007 as “A Year of a New, Positive Attitude.”

Shortly thereafter, the Lord gave me a verse to go along with my new focus: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Ps. 139:23-24 I try to pray that verse sincerely every day and to be quiet before God to allow Him to point out anything that offends Him.

And He has. More on that later.