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Journey Toward a Word: How to Discern Your Logos365

Jenny Long, VFM Coach, Nebraska


When I embarked on my very first year with Logos, I plucked a word out of mid-air: DELIGHT, a word that seemed as if it would be fun and happy and easy. And it might’ve been all of those things except for the fact that I was blatantly avoiding a Holy Spirit nudge to select OBEDIENCE as my word. Well, who wants a Logos like that? OBEDIENCE sounded heavy and difficult and full of lessons I really didn’t want to learn. In complete denial, I conducted a search for DELIGHT verses, made a list, and prayed for guidance in choosing a passage that would direct my steps throughout the year. And guess what? My Verse-of-the-Year became Psalm 37:4. Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. God’s sense of humor was on full display, as my DELIGHT verse was all about OBEDIENCE.


The following year, my Logos was JOY. Lest you conclude that I failed to learn my lesson about selecting fluffy words, please know that JOY immediately became an acronym for Jesus, Others, Yourself. JOY became a year-long journey into seeing and serving. My song of the year was “Give me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath, and my Verse-of-the-Year was the final portion of Nehemiah 8:10. The JOY of the Lord is your strength.

I share these anecdotes because I’ve learned a hard truth: I don’t choose a Logos. My Logos chooses me. It is my belief that you will discover this same truth. God will bend and shape any selected Logos to direct your steps. He will permit that word to take you places you hadn’t anticipated or imagined. Your Logos will inspire, challenge, and stretch you; you will gain a sense of the breadth, depth, height, and depth of His love for you (Eph. 3:19).


Now that I’m a more seasoned Logos traveler, my selection process includes more reflective discernment and less avoidance behavior. For 2023, I noted six words that had been tumbling around in my brain for several months. (See photo.) The word AVAILABLE had actually been on my mind for a few years. I looked at Scripture references. I considered the VFM theme for 2023 (Names of God), with the idea that my Logos could possibly align with one of the twelve names we would be studying. I prayed for God to shine a spotlight on the path to my word. My prayers were met with a sense of unease about all six words.

And then more Heavenly Humor: I realized that I was unable to REST on any option because REST was to become my Logos for 2023!

I learned from previous experience. Due to previous lessons learned the hard way, I’m quite certain that Logos 2023 REST will not involve naps under electric blankets. As my 2023 guiding verse (Exodus 33:14) clearly states, He will give me REST. I’m prepared to learn how to press into Him instead of ontriving/manipulating my own means of finding rest. Sounds a little like OBEDIENCE again, doesn’t it?


In summary, I’d encourage you to follow the steps outlined on page 5 of the VFM Logos packet.

Here is the link to the new Logos365 resource.



  1. Look over the provided word list on page 6 and circle those that resonate with you.

  2. Search Scripture for passages that pertain to each circled word.

  3. Pray over all words with the expectation that God will direct your Logos journey.

  4. Share your word with your accountability partner(s).

  5. Jump in and participate with the VFM community as we journey together in 2023!


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Interesting that OBEDIENCE chose YOU!! I had been thinking of words. Then, I was reading a Daily Article by Dr. Denison on the Denison Forum, and the verse from Isaiah 1:19 leaped off the page. It says "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land." I feel that willing and obedient are my Logos. And already I find myself prefacing whatever command I'm reading with "Help me to be willing and obedient to .... today the Advent reading included "keep my commandments." So far I'm keeping both words together for my Logos. Seems like both are needed. Anyway, I am loving them! I NEED both! I can be willing but sluggish in doing, …

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Candice
Candice
Dec 13, 2022

My word has been HELP (asking and giving).......I fell by the wayside doing anything creative, except copying related scripture in my journal, and being more aware of giving help to others and asking God for help instead of relying on myself. It's amazing after choosing a word or phrase, how many times you run into it throughout the year.

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I began this journey last year with the word Connect. Throughout the year I looked for ways to connect first and foremost with the Lord, then others, in my church and community. I began deeper studies in the Bible and became more active in LWML and my church's education programs. I'm still being led to connect with my community as I am very much a homebody.

My word for 2023 is Growth. We'll see where the Holy Spirit leads me.

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Dionne Lovstad-Jones
Dionne Lovstad-Jones
Dec 06, 2022
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I love your Logos365 - and look forward to hearing how God will shape you through it in 2023!


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nancyk72
nancyk72
Dec 06, 2022

I have done this for several years now. It is an excellent discipline and way to develop a closer relationship to the Lord. In 2021 my word was TRUST. This past year the Lord put the word ONENESS on my heart as this was the year I needed more than ever to be one with Him.

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Dionne Lovstad-Jones
Dionne Lovstad-Jones
Dec 06, 2022
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Oh Awesome! Wow--I'd love to hear a story about your Oneness journey. And I hope you'll be able to join us this year!

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