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Love, Friends, and Airports

Need a little loving? I don’t necessarily mean the romantic kind, although that counts too.  We’ve all been through times when we just need to feel loved.  A hug, a kind gesture, a listening ear, even small loving things can turn a bad time around.  God knows your… Read More

Friday Favorites

The weekend's almost here, which means it's time for another Friday Favorites post featuring our own weekly articles and some of our favorites from around the blogosphere. This Week at 4word We’ve been talking about work. We started off the week with Diane’s review of Susan DiMickele's Chasing Superwoman. Diane… Read More

Interview: Rachel Cruze

Many of you have probably heard about Dave Ramsey and his popular personal finance course, “Financial Peace University.” Did you know that his daughter, Rachel Cruze, is also an expert on personal finance? She grew up watching her parents manage their money, and she’s now putting those same… Read More

Chasing Superwoman

“Every one of us is fighting something.” That’s one thing that stuck with me from Jennie Allen’s interview last Wednesday, because I think it’s absolutely true. I also agree with Jennie that our tendency to put on a smile and hide our struggles isn’t doing any of us… Read More

Friday Favorites

Welcome back, everyone! We hope that you had a wonderful week and that you’re beginning to see some cooler fall weather, wherever you happen to be. In keeping with this week’s “pray” theme, we’ve been talking about the different ways that God seeks to grow our faith and… Read More

Interview: Jennie Allen

Have you ever felt stuck, maybe by a situation at work, a tough relationship or a besetting sin you just couldn’t conquer? Jennie Allen felt the same way. That’s why she wrote Stuck, a new Bible study experience for women. Here’s what Jennie had to say about the… Read More

A Prayerful Leap of Faith

Ready to leap? A few years ago I was at a point in my life where things were pretty good.  I was looking for a job but I had plenty of time to do it (thanks to a generous exit package from my last employer).  My relationships with… Read More

Friday Favorites

Previously on 4word Our theme this week was “love,” and we’ve been talking about the importance of female friendships. On Monday, Diane shared recent research showing that “friendships can dramatically improve a woman’s overall health and longevity, optimism regarding challenges, kindness towards others and even job satisfaction.” Then,… Read More

Interview: Katie Reiff

On Monday, Diane told us about the importance of female friendships. Yesterday, we talked to Katie Reiff, one of the four founders of 4word Portland, about her relationship with the other three 4word Portland girls and what difference those friendships have made in her life. -------------------- 4word: How… Read More

Love and Friendship

Have your friends heard from you lately? It can sometimes be hard for working women to make time for friends, especially if you’re married or in a serious dating relationship.  And trust me, it only gets harder if you add kids to the mix.  The thing is, the… Read More

Friday Favorites

Another Friday, another round up of our favorite posts from around the blogosphere. Our theme this week was inspired by the new movie I Don’t Know How She Does It, starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Kate Reddy, a woman struggling to balance her high-power career with her family… Read More

More from Shaunti Feldhahn, Part 2

Welcome back! This is the final post in our interview with author Shaunti Feldhahn. Two weeks ago, we talked to Shaunti about the differences in the ways men and women relate to each other outside the office. Today, we’re discussing what those differences are in the office. If… Read More

More from Shaunti Feldhahn, Part 1

Two weeks ago, we interviewed Shaunti Feldhahn about her book For Women Only. This week, we’re sharing the latter part of that interview about her latest book, For Women Only in the Workplace.  -------------------- 4word: You state in your book that for women to understand how men think… Read More

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Are you practicing your juggling act? The film, I Don’t Know How She Does It opened this weekend.  It’s about Kate Reddy, a woman juggling a high-power career and a firm commitment to husband and family.  I read the book years ago and really enjoyed it, because even… Read More

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been an exciting week here at 4word, because Diane’s book Work, Love, Pray shipped on Tuesday. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, there are more details below. First, let’s recap what we talked about on the blog this week.  Previously on 4word Our… Read More

Interview: Ally Spotts

This week, we are interviewing one of our own! Ladies, meet Ally Spotts. She’s a writer, blogger and member of the 4word Portland group. Last week, Ally took time out of her writing schedule to talk to us about where she is in her faith journey right now.… Read More

Praying For Slow Miracles

Is God moving too slowly for you? When I was a little girl, I used to think of miracles like magic spells: God waved his special “miracle wand” and poof!  There in a puff of smoke and fire crackers, something changed instantly for the better.  I laugh at… Read More

Friday Favorites

It’s Friday afternoon, which means it’s time for 4word’s Friday Favorites. This week, we’ve been talking about love, specifically about the differences in how men and women relate to one another. And boy do we have oodles of “love links” for you this week. First, we’ll re-cap what… Read More

Interview: Shaunti Feldhahn, Part 2

Welcome back, everyone. We’re continuing our conversation with author Shaunti Feldhahn about her book For Women Only. If you missed the first part of our interview, you can find it here. Otherwise, read on! -------------------- 4word: Can you give us an example of an insight from the book… Read More

Interview: Shaunti Feldhahn, Part 1

If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on inside your father’s/boyfriend’s/husband’s/son’s head, you are not alone. Last week, we talked to Shaunti Feldhahn about her book For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men. Her book has sold millions of copies and is… Read More