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A Yellen Reputation

Last week the President announced that he planned to nominate Janet Yellen to Chair the Federal Reserve Bank. If approved, she’ll be the first woman to ever hold that post. Wow! There’s a lot being said and written about Ms. Yellen’s political and economic views, but what strikes… Read More

Facing our Challenges as Working Women

Karen Howells has worked as a leadership development consultant for 25 years and executive coach for more than 15 years. In that time, she’s learned a lot about the struggles particular to working women, and she shares some of these with us today. --------------------   4word: What… Read More

I Believe in Angels

I have lots of “angel stories” that I could share. One that sticks out in my head happened when I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was driving alone into town one night in the rain. I was going too fast and came to a four way stop, put… Read More

Intimacy: There's an App for That

In our on-the-go society, meaningful relationships are hard to come by. Shallow relationships with our friends and “support” group tend to be the norm. One entrepreneur is out to change that. This week, we introduce you to Crystal Gornto, creator of HeartStories. -------------------- 4word: Why did you create… Read More

Give Mommy Guilt A Time Out

If you’re a working mom like me, I can tell you a few things about yourself. First, you’re tired.  I know. Me too! In each stage of my kids’ lives, I’ve thought that this would get better, that somehow once they got “just a little older,” I would… Read More

How to Build Real Community

Meet Kate Cavanaugh: National Business Development Officer for Stewart Information Services, mother of four and new wife of Chip Cavanaugh. She also just moved for the 27th (yes, you heard us correctly) time! Kate has led a working women’s Bible study for the past few years, and we… Read More

Making Space in the Church for Working Women

So often, we hear working women around the country lament that they cannot find a niche in their churches. Many of us here at 4word have felt the same, but we are glad to watch this trend changing. This week’s interview features a woman who is helping facilitate… Read More

Audacious Gratitude

Are you daring enough to practice audacious gratitude? It can be challenging to be truly grateful for the thousands of blessings we experience in a day. We’re so accustomed to these gifts that it takes a concerted effort just to notice them.  Every day I put at the… Read More

Love and Loss: Living with Grief

Diane wrote on Monday that grief is something you live with, not something you get through. After suffering through her mother’s murder, this is a truth that Diane’s friend, Melissa Tamplin Harrison, knows well. Today, we’re featuring a beautiful, honest interview with Melissa on the subject of how… Read More

You are Perfectly Made

I want you to take a minute today to meditate on the following biblical truths: You are God’s unique creation. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). For you formed my… Read More

A Fresh Start

Meet Susy Flory, the New York Times best selling author of Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero. A couple of months ago, Susy and her husband Robert decided to sell their house in the… Read More

Grow your faith: words from the wise

Since we began our Wednesday Interview series, we’ve talked to dozens of amazing women of God, and we’ve been privileged to share their wisdom with you. Today, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite quotes – from women in all areas of the workforce – about what has… Read More

How to Tell If You’re Dating For Keeps

Is the guy you’re dating a guy you could (or should) marry? Don’t worry, even if you’re not in a relationship yet, it’s not too early to start thinking this through, and it actually might be better to come up with a plan before those warm fuzzy feelings… Read More

Can I Pray For You?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” - Matthew 11:28-30 When I arrived at… Read More

When You Don't Fit the Traditional Mold

Former professor, mother of two, consultant and church elder, Andrea Trice has worn several hats in her lifetime. She also co-authored a book on work-life balance, which is what we chose to interview her about today. -------------------- 4word: Looking back over your career, was there a… Read More

Praying for Boston

Ladies, meet Atinuke Diver, or Tinu as she likes to be called, who lives and works in Boston. As you know from Diane’s Monday blog, she was in Boston last week, and she and Tinu had planned to meet for breakfast, but those plans fell through in the… Read More

Where Does God Run?

What a week this has been. I arrived in Boston last Wednesday night for the  Salvation Army National Advisory Board meeting, already shaken from news of the Boston Marathon bombings. The next morning I woke up to hear about the devastating explosion in West, Texas.  By Friday we… Read More

Does Working Mom = Massive Guilt?

Meet Tracy Thomas, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Bright Hope, wife of Tojy and mother to Soraya, Caleb and Zachary. Tracy has been a working woman since her teens – she paid for college working at carnivals every summer (as a “carnie” she likes to call it), selling… Read More

Talking with God

Meet Rita Burgett, another friend who Diane recently met while on a plane. Rita and her husband live at Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth. He started a business creating software for the senior housing industry, and they have operated the company as a Christian business for the… Read More