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Happy Veterans’ Day everyone! To any of our readers who are or have been in the military, we at 4word would like to say thank you for your service to our country. And now, without further ado, here are a couple of announcements, plus our favorite blog posts… Read More

Interview: Marian Jordan

We all know that plenty of what we see in the media is neither wholesome nor uplifting, but how do we deal with that? How do we live “in but not of” the world? This week, we talk to Marian Jordan, author of Sex and the City Uncovered… Read More

Love and Loss

Have you lost someone? Love is a beautiful and wonderful gift from God.  But we live in a broken world, and that means we are bound to feel the loss of people and relationships we care about.  The truth is, we all have or will lose people we… Read More

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday to all of our readers! It’s time for another round up of some of our favorite “love” posts this week. In case you missed what we talked about at 4word, here’s a brief summary. On Monday, Diane wrote about a providential encounter with a friend at… Read More

Interview: Ally Spotts, Part 2

If you follow our Twitter, you may have noticed that we retweet a lot of what Ally Spotts writes. We won’t apologize for that, because her posts are always honest and insightful. One of her most frequent topics is relationships, which is why we saved the second part… Read More

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

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

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

Love: Understanding The Men In Your Life

Do you get him? Conventional wisdom tells us that men are basically uncomplicated.  We’re the complicated ones who are supposedly moody and emotional and whose feelings are easily hurt.   This is certainly the conception of the male-female dynamic adopted in popular culture.  How many sitcoms have you seen… Read More

Friday Favorites

Good afternoon! We hope your week has gone well. It’s been a busy one here at 4word, so we have lots of goodies to share with you in this week’s Friday wrap-up. In case you’re checking in for the first time this week, our theme was “love,” and… Read More

Interview: Andrea Lucado, Part 1

For this week’s interview, we spoke with Andrea Lucado, a young 20-something who works for Thomas Nelson Publishing in Nashville. Andrea told us about some of the questions she has been wrestling with as societal norms for romantic relationships change. -------------------- 4word: In what ways do you think… Read More

Love and Confusion

Is he your future husband? A few weeks ago we talked about how racing to find “the one” can lead to some bad romantic decisions.  But what do you do if you’re in a relationship and wondering, “could this guy be my guy?  Is he right for me,… Read More

Fearlessness Grounded in Faith

Is fear holding you back? Fear can be a powerful, crippling force if you let it take hold.  But God knows your fears and defeated them before you were even born.  How do you know?  Because HE said so: “In this world you will have trouble. But take… Read More

Interview: Joy Eggerichs

Joy Eggerichs is a blogger, writer, researcher on relationships, sister, new aunt, and daughter of parents who write and speak about marriage. When directing the conferences for her parents’ ministry, Love and Respect, she overheard many attendees say, “If I only knew then what I know now.”  After… Read More

I Went From Sea to Shining Sea…

Feeling torn? As working Christian women, we’re so often pulled in multiple worthy directions.  If you focus on the dissonance, life can get overwhelming, fast! Remember instead that God binds all things together. I had a kind of physical reminder of this last week.  I started the week… Read More

Racing to Find "The One."

Want to marry the right guy? Feeling like you’re behind schedule? As working Christian women, we like plans, goals, tasks to complete.  We are women of action!  That’s why it can be hard to really trust in God’s timing when it comes to love.  God doesn’t operate according… Read More