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Prayer and Leadership.

Why pray? With so much going on in life, it can be easy to relegate prayer to the back burner, but if you invest in prayer, everything benefits. This past weekend was 4word’s second annual advisory board retreat.  I was blessed to spend the weekend with some terrific… 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

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

Good afternoon, ladies! It’s time for another weekend wrap up post. This week, our theme was “pray,” and we’ve been talking about that all-important priority in our lives: our faith. Previously on 4word We all know how central faith is to our lives, but sometimes making it a… Read More

Interview: Cathleen Falsani, Part Two

Welcome back everyone! For those of you who missed part one of our interview with Cathleen Falsani, here’s a quick summary: Cathleen writes about religion and pop culture, and she has a new book coming out this September about Justin Bieber. Earlier today, she shared with us what… Read More

Interview: Cathleen Falsani, Part One

We have a special treat for you today! 4word had the opportunity to talk to Cathleen Falsani, also known as God Girl. For the past 15 years, Cathleen has written about religion and popular culture. She is an award-winning columnist for the Religion News Service and Sojourners Magazine… Read More

Pray: Keeping Faith First

Are you keeping your priorities straight? Faith, family and relationships, work. We all know how our priorities should look, but with deadlines at work and relationships demanding attention, it can be easy to slip out of balance.  We rush around trying to satisfy the most “urgent” demands, and… Read More

Pray: Waiting With Purpose

What are you waiting on? Sometimes it can feel like you’re just constantly waiting for the “next step.”  Waiting for “the right” job or promotion like we talked about last week; waiting for romance, marriage, or kids; waiting for God’s direction in any number of areas.  Just, waiting.… 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

God Was At the Nail Salon

Met anyone new lately? Last week I was reminded again that God is working in every area of our lives, even at the nail salon.  He is opening doors, all we need to do is train ourselves to recognize and step through them!   That’s not always as simple… Read More

Love From Afar, Part II

Big decisions to make? The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he (or she!) may stumble he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand. (Psalm 37:23-24). My husband Chris and I have faced a lot of “big”… Read More

Love From Afar, Part I

How do you maintain (and build!) a marriage from different states? My husband Chris and I are currently what you might consider “geographically challenged.” Chris works in Tacoma, Washington.  I work primarily in Dallas, Texas and Portland, Oregon, and do consulting work that takes me all over.  We… Read More

Unexpected Refreshment for the Soul

Running on empty? God knows exactly what you need even when you don’t.  He will replenish your soul, sometimes when you least expect it! I’ve had a pretty packed schedule over the last few months, crisscrossing the country multiple times for work, family, and service obligations.  Mostly I… Read More

A 6,000 Mile Bump in the Road

Life is not a smooth ride, what do you do when you hit a bump? My friend Linda and her family are going through a “bump” right now.  Her military husband was just notified that he would be receiving a 2-year posting in South Korea (his 3rd overseas… Read More

Don't Go It Alone

Are we having fun yet? The life of a Christian working woman can be chaotic, frustrating, confusing and terribly isolating.  Or it can be joyful, exciting, and utterly fulfilling.  For many, it falls somewhere in between. The good news is this: God has equipped you perfectly for everything… Read More