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Small Hinges, Big Doors

Small Hinges, Big Doors

Small Hinges, Big Doors

Small Hinges, Big Doors

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Purposeful Pathway is the haven for faith-based entrepreneurs. Part of my mission is equipping faith-based businesses with information that is practical, actionable and Scriptural.

The theme of this post is small hinges open big doors!

The gorgeous weather is here, and I love to be out and about exploring new places. Recently, though, I hit a bump in my travel plans. More accurately: my car started making distressing clunking noises every time it hit even the smallest of bumps. The noises were quite loud and made me uncomfortable to drive the car. I thought perhaps the suspension was compromised, and I prepared myself for an afternoon of time and expense at the automotive shop. Thankfully the source of the noise was simply a loose exhaust cover; the mechanic put it back into place, and I was on my way to enjoy the summer weather once again. The situation reminded me of life and business. So often we have “noisy” problems that seem huge; perhaps these are income-flow challenges, relationship stressors or health concerns. Sometimes the challenges truly are substantial. Yet so often the remedies are rather easy. As it has been said often, small hinges open big doors. I invite you to think about adjusting those small hinges today.

 

Let’s explore five ways:

1. Listen to the loud noises. What exactly are the “loud noises” in your life? Is one noise your income flow? A health concern? A relationship challenge? Write down, one by one, the current “noises” in your life.

2. Seek the sources. Having determined the “noises” in your life, ask God to reveal the sources of these symptoms. View the “noises” not as problems in themselves but rather as indicators or red flags. They are valuable tools for discovering deeper issues.

3. Administer adjustments. Having dug deeper to inspect the sources, contemplate now adjustments to administer. If, for example, the source of an income-flow challenge is your mindset, what can you do to shift your mindset? Daily prayer for this request? Meditation on the matter? Scriptural affirmations each morning? Determine the appropriate adjustments for each of the “noises” in your life. “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was…” (James 1:22-24)

4. Step by step. Once you start administering adjustments, seek God’s wisdom for every next step thereafter. It is important to make adjustments even if you do not know the full sequence of steps. Trust God to reveal one step at a time, as often He does this in order to strengthen our reliance upon and intimacy with Him.  “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

5. Dance through doors. Once you have faithfully followed the previous steps, begin to witness big doors opening on those small hinges….and then dance delightfully through them! God is gracious to bring fruit from our labors and to richly bless our faith! “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (Hebrews 6:10)

 

I encourage you to adjust those small hinges and watch those big doors open wide!

 

If you need help with adjusting small hinges or with building your business overall, I invite you to attract your ideal clients and powerfully boost your business over the next 40 days! There is no need to reinvent the wheel. I have organized my knowledge and experiences in business into an implementable 40-day series of actionable daily steps, instructional videos and powerful worksheets. If you need a serious boost in business, I encourage you to take the next step by visiting  Purposeful Pathway Business Academy today!


Let’s Pray:  Divine Daddy, we thank You for the doors You place in our lives. Help us to see the true sources of our challenges and help us to adjust the “hinges” as need be. We desire to glorify You in all we do; we desire to delight in You as we dance through doors. We love you with every fiber of our beings, every moment of every day, every step of the pathway…and it is in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

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Rise Above Resistance

Rise Above Resistance

Rise Above Resistance

 

Christian Business Tip Rise Above Resistance

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Purposeful Pathway is the haven for faith-based entrepreneurs. Part of my mission is equipping faith-based businesses with information that is practical, actionable and Scriptural.

The theme of this post is how to rise above resistance!

Have you met up with resistance lately? Congratulations if you have! It has become radiantly evident in my journey and in my clients’ journeys that resistance will meet us when we are growing. The resistance often comes in two broad categories: internal and external. We will experience internal conflicts, as the part of ourselves that wants comfort and complacency will battle with the part of ourselves that is ready to grow for God’s glory. We often will face external resistance too, whether from people or situations. Our growth shifts the balance of things; this shift can be uncomfortable and threatening for others as well as for ourselves. Uncomfortable as these “growing pains” may be, it is important to embrace them as a natural part of the process. It is essential to rise above the resistance and to celebrate it as a God-given gift.

How exactly can we rise above resistance? Let’s look at seven ways:

 

  1. Accept Always. Accept at all times that pain is a part of the process of sanctification. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12) Peter does not state “if” fiery trials will come, but rather “when.” Acceptance is a gateway to peace in the midst of pain.
  2.  Seek Christ’s Comfort. Resistance provides the wonderful opportunity to rest all the more in God’s arms and to seek His comfort. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Present your prayers to God. Journal your feelings to Him. Write letters of heartfelt supplication. God will surely wrap you in His divine comfort. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
  3. Recall your Reasons. Recall the reasons why you have made changes. When I have made significant changes in my life, it helped tremendously to review journal entries and prayer logs to remind myself why I did. The reminders refresh the strength to rise above the resistance!
  4. Give Voice to Virtue. Should others disapprove of or criticize your changes, you can grow all the more in virtue by responding with truth and with grace. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” (Proverbs 15:1-2) Resistance provides perfect opportunities to reflect God’s love.
  5. Eyes on the Prize. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12) Keep your eyes on the prize, remembering that God rewards those who seek Him. He is faithful to exchange your cross for a crown if you remain faithful in the resistance.
  6. Pearls from the Pain. Journal your feelings and revelations in the process. Much we learn in the midst of trial, so be intentional about gleaning from the pain the precious pearls of wisdom. These pearls will serve not only to comfort you in future trials but also to comfort others.
  7. Grow in God’s Love. Resistance is a remarkable opportunity to grow in God and to grow in God’s love. “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44) Thank God for the opportunities to exercise your faith and to abound in His love.

 

 

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

God is gracious to provide resistance to build our emotional and spiritual muscles just as we use weight resistance to build physical muscle. Welcome the muscle-building opportunities, and delight in the fruit that comes with keeping faith.

If you need help with rising above resistance or with building your business overall…I invite you to attract your ideal clients and powerfully boost your business over the next 40 days! There is no need to reinvent the wheel. I have organized my knowledge and experiences in business into an implementable 40-day series of actionable daily steps, instructional videos and powerful worksheets. If you need a serious boost in business, I encourage you to take the next step by visiting  Purposeful Pathway Business Academy today!


Let’s Pray: Radiant and Risen Savior, we thank You for the opportunities to rise above resistance. We thank you for Your grace in converting crosses to crowns. We thank You for Your power to turn tears into songs of joy. Help us, Loving Lord, to rise above resistance in order to bring You glory. Tenderly hold our hands every step of this purposeful pathway. Is in Your Name, Jesus Christ, that we pray. Amen.

 

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Business Tip: Mess to Masterpiece

Mess to Masterpiece

Christian Creative Business Tip Mess to Masterpiece

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Purposeful Pathway is a haven for faith-based entrepreneurs. Part of my mission is equipping faith-based businesses with information that is practical, actionable and Scriptural.

The theme of this post is transforming a mess to a masterpiece!

Have you ever painted with watercolors? Or watched someone do so? The painting often looks not much more than a hodgepodge of colors in its initial stages. There seems to be no semblance of the subject; there seems to be no harmony; there seems to be no hope for a beautiful outcome!

And, yet, out of the mess…slowly but surely…a beautiful masterpiece emerges.

Details emerge from the colors; patterns occur with precision; harmony blissfully happens. The vision once sparkling in the artist’s eye comes to luminous life on paper.

The same phenomenon occurs in our own lives. Messes happen. We stumble through hodgepodges of seemingly meaningless interruptions and trials. We experience random splish-splashes across our canvases.

Then God creates beauty from the splitter-splatter. A treasure from the trials. A masterpiece from the mess.

What does this have to with your faith-based business? Well, as a Christian creative, you surely have a vision sparkling in your eyes. Yet do you sometimes see only splish-splashes in the forms of sporadic successes, inconsistent feedback and less-than-pretty trials? My encouragement to you is that these trials are the timeless colors for God’s precious painting. So, rather than trying to wipe the canvas clean and start anew, step back and allow God to create a masterpiece from the colorful “mess.”

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Let’s explore seven practical yet powerful steps to transform a mess to a masterpiece.

  1. Write about the “messes” in your business. Do you struggle with a lack of clients? Long hours? Lack of joy? Less than crystal-clear clarity regarding your goals? Make a list of your current business struggles.
  2. Ponder the messages of these messes. For example, is a lack of joy actually a gentle nudge to course correct? Is a lack of clients a push to clarify and to work on client attraction? Are long hours a symptom of misaligned beliefs around to-do’s and task treadmills?
  3. Release the timing to God; relinquish also the paintbrush to His hands. Having reviewed the “messes” and their potential messages, prayerfully commit all to God’s timing and ways. Trust in His will to make a masterpiece that will endure eternally. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  4. Ask God for guidance regarding your role in this mess-to-masterpiece process. Our Lord is the Master and Creator, yet you co-create with Him your business masterpiece. Ask Him specifically what you can do to transform the mess to a masterpiece. “He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.” (Psalm 25:9) Perhaps it is taking that client-attraction class? Hiring a coach? Choosing to boost the fun factor?
  5. Incorporate your mess-to-masterpiece activities in your business plan and daily activities. In learning from the Lord about your role in the fourth step, write now a list of specific masterpiece-making activities to which you commit. Incorporate these activities into your business plan and break them down into daily action steps.
  6. Expect miracles! Yes, expect miracles when you work with God to transform messes to masterpieces. Open wide the eyes of your heart to see these miracles emerging. Perhaps you are having far more fun in business and in life? That is a beautiful breakthrough! Perhaps you sign on a new client with heightened confidence around your fees? Celebrate! Perhaps you experience an aha-moment about your niche? Smile wide! Yes, expect miracles in this masterpiece-making, and they will most certainly happen!
  7. Document your success and delight in God. Delineate in your journal your mess-to-masterpiece transformations. What are they? When did they occur? Whom did they involve? How did they happen? What did you learn? Most importantly, rejoice in our remarkable Savior. He, after all, is the Master of masterpieces!

 

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)

I am excited for you as you work with God to transform messes to masterpieces!

If you need help with this mess-to-masterpiece process in your business, I would be happy to help. A healthy business involves health all around: body, mind and spirit. Join 3D Vitality Biblical Health Coach Ann Musico and me in a powerful journey for transforming your body, your business and your life here.

Let’s pray. Marvelous Master, thank You so much for creating beauty from chaos; symphony from cacophony; masterpieces from messes. We desire to open our eyes to this miraculous process that we may co-labor with You to create powerful results. We desire to bring You glory in every step of the way, every moment of every day. It’s in Jesus’ Name that we pray. Amen.

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Feel As Though You’ve Had Enough?

Feel as Though You’ve Had Enough?

Guest Post by Mike Fenton

When the trials of life push us to the limit and our hearts are the heaviest it may seem as though we are hitting dead-end after dead-end or road block after road block, it is then it may become easier for us to feel as though we should just throw in the towel and give up. Instead of dwelling on how stressed, how tired, and or how overwhelmed we are, we should learn and take heed from what is written in Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) which reads(10) Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”.

     We must focus on our Lord’s inexhaustible strength, our Lord’s unlimited power, and know it is through our faith we can take comfort in knowing even though things are not going as we would like here in this physical world through the work we do here (and what Christ Jesus did for us on the cross) we will find our reward in heaven. Hebrews 10:35 (NIV) says (35) “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded”.

     Satan wants us to tire; he wants us to throw in the towel because he knows when we have given up hope he can move in. We must look to God for our direction because by doing so we will avoid many of life’s dead-ends and road blocks which can tire and rob us of our strength.        June Reflection –  Lamentations 3:24-26 (NIV)  (24) “I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. (25) The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; (26) it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

Sharing Purposefully from my Heart

My Purposeful Pathway and PURPOSE Process

 

I am excited and honored to have shared the trials (including depression and anorexia nervosa) as well as the triumphs on my purposeful pathway! Jessica Moskowitz and Jill Hindley Lawrence of the Basenet TV Crashing Glass pod cast interview me about my own purposeful pathway and the 7-step Live on P.U.R.P.O.S.E. Process.

It was a blessing to share my purposeful pathway and PURPOSE Process, and I invite you to enjoy the interview in the media player below.

Rays of Hope

Rays of Hope Inspirational Christian Poem by Caroline Gavin of Purposeful Pathway Christian Life Coaching www.PurposefulPathway.com

Rays of Hope

Rays of Hope Inspirational Christian Poem by Caroline Gavin of Purposeful Pathway Christian Life Coaching www.PurposefulPathway.com

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“Abstract Sunrays through the Clouds”

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

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From behind the clouds,

Clouds dark as night,

Stream rays of hope,

Rays of Sonlight.

 

The warmth of the Son

Embraces my skin,

A fire of hope

Now burns within.

 

No cloud too heavy,

No trial too grim,

No night too dark,

No pathway too dim –

 

For my Savior,

As He Himself is Love;

He shines upon all

With Light from above.

 

O, Ray of hope,

Eternal Sonshine,

Fill us with Your Spirit,

Your light divine.

 

Remind us that night

Is as noonday to You;

All things You brighten,

All things You renew.

 

The winter of our souls

Becomes as summertime;

The cacophony of trials

Becomes music of rhyme.

 

The cross to a crown

You faithfully transform;

Icicles in the hearts

You melt and warm.

 

Praise You, Jesus,

Ray of hope, Ray of light;

Praise You, O Star,

Shining in the night.

 

Our lives, our hearts,

To You we raise;

You are our Symphony,

Our Song of praise.

 

No cloud too heavy,

No trial too grim,

No night too dark,

No pathway too dim –

 

For life and light

From You, Lord, begin.

Your fire of hope

Burns away pain and sin.

 

And behind the clouds,

Clouds dark as night,

We see You, O Jesus,

Our Ray of Sonlight.

~*~

© COPYRIGHT 2012 Caroline Gavin

Sweet rays of hope we find in the Eternal Sonshine.

What are a few ways these rays have warmed and brightened your days?

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All to You I Offer

All to You I Offer, Lord Jesus

 

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All to You I offer,

Lord, all to You I give.

All to You I offer:

For You alone I live.

 

Every sorrow,

Every pain,

Every joy,

Every gain.

Every victory,

Every fear,

Every smile,

Every tear.

 

Every reward,

Every trial,

Every step,

Every mile.

 

Yea, all to You I offer,

Lord, all to You I give.

All to You I offer:

For You alone I live.

 

Every moment,

Every passing day,

Every thought,

Every word I say.

 

Every friendship,

Every goal,

Every challenge,

Every role.

 

Every longing,

Every burning desire,

Every passion,

Every inner fire.

 

All to You I offer,

Lord, all to You I give.

All to You I offer:

For You alone I live.

 

Every task,

Every profession,

Every gift,

Every possession.

 

Every heartbeat,

Every breath,

My very life,

My very death.

 

Everything I am,

Everything I see,

Everything I know,

Everything I am to be.

 

All to You I offer,

Lord, all to You I give.

All to You I offer:

For You alone I live.

 

Every breath You give,

Every heartbeat You share,

Every gift You lavish,

Ever loving beyond compare.

 

Every moment You offer,

Every blood drop You shed,

Every torture You suffer,

Ever out of love You bled.

 

Everything You are,

Everything are You.

Everything is Jesus,

Yea, Everything True.

 

So all to You I offer,

Lord, all to You I give.

All to You I offer,

For You alone I live.

© 2012 Caroline Gavin
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Trust in You, LORD

Trust in You, LORD

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Trust in You, Lord,

Fully trust may I.

Trust in You, Lord,

Yea, to You I cry.

 

Foolish it is

To trust in my strength;

Foolish to walk

Without You any length.

 

For through You, Lord,

All things are made.

In You the foundations

Of earth were laid.

 

My own life,

Yea, my every breath,

Is sustained by You

Until my very death.

 

Lord Jesus, remind me

That of dust I am formed;

Master, You shaped me,

Enlivened and warmed.

 

Without You, my Creator,

I am cool dust of earth;

Without You, my King,

I would never know birth.

 

Yet You, Wonderful You,

The King of all kings,

You gave life to me

As You do all things.

 

 Joy of joys, my Lord,

To love and serve You.

Glory of glories to follow

Upon Your Way true.

 

Before You I kneel,

Your servant contrite;

Before You I kneel,

In awe of Your Light.

 

Without You, my Lord,

I am nothing at all.

Without You I do

Nothing, big or small.

 

Trust then, yea, trust,

May I always in You.

Trust then, yea, trust,

In all that You do.

 

Sweet rest I find

When myself I release:

Trusting only in You

I discover Your peace.

 

For in You, my Lord,

All things are made.

Yea, in You the foundations

Of earth were laid.

 

Wise and wondrous

To trust in Your strength;

Peaceful to journey

With You each length.

 

How can I not trust

When all things You know?

How can I not trust

When such love You show?

 

Yea, trust in You, Lord,

Completely trust You do I.

I trust in You, the One

Who, for me, did die.

 

© 2012 Caroline Gavin
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Hold Me

Hold Me Poem and eCard by Caroline Gavin of Purposeful Pathway Christian Life Coaching

Hold Me

Hold Me Poem and eCard by Caroline Gavin of Purposeful Pathway Christian Life Coaching

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Golden Forest by Evgeni Dinev

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Hold me, my Father

With Thy arms eternal and strong

It is in Thy loving arms

That I forever belong

 

Guide me, sweet Jesus

Along Thy perfect Way

I shall traverse Thy path

With Thee each day

Fill me, Holy Spirit

In my heart overflow

I lose myself in Thee

It is only Thee I know

 

Love me, precious Lord

With Agape surround me

Thy love is my meaning

Yea, the reason for me to be

 

Strengthen me, my Master

Against temptation and snare

Grant me discernment

That I am alert and aware

 

Lead me, my Shepherd

To pasture lovely and green

You lead me in righteousness

In Thy paths pristine

 

Reign in me, Eternal King

Rule over my heart and thought

I am completely Thine

For my life is blood-bought

 

Nourish me, Bread of Life

Thy Eternal Word does feed

You alone give me life, Lord

You alone fill every need

 

Refresh me, Living Water

Pour into my heart Thy streams

That I may burst with love

That in my eye Thy light beams

 

Accept me, precious Lamb

My life is an offering to Thee

You sacrificed Thyself for my life

I no longer live, but You in me

 

Use me, Eternal Potter

I am Thy creation, Thy jar

I go anywhere for Thee, Lord

Yea, I travel near or far

 

And wherever I go, please hold me

With Thy arms eternal and strong

For it is in Thy loving arms

That I forever belong

© 2012 Caroline Gavin
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Lenten Journey

Lenten Journey Poem by Caroline Gavin of Purposeful Pathway Christian Life Coaching

Lenten Journey

Lenten Journey Poem by Caroline Gavin of Purposeful Pathway Christian Life Coaching

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Setting out upon a journey

A journey I joyfully embrace

A Lenten pathway before me

Adorned with love and grace

 

Forty days in the desert

Our Lord began His ministry

He fasted from all food

Tempted, yet sinless, is He

 

Wondrous gift, lovely path

Thank You, Lord, that I may tread

Pondering Your precious heart

Which for me generously bled

 

Humbled, falling to my knees

I marvel my Savior’s love

To die for me and my sins

Is why He left His throne Above

 

Worthy I am not

Of Your love sublime and sweet

I crave Your wondrous Wine

Your Word I long to eat

 

Man lives not on bread alone

But on the Almighty’s every word

Nourishing, renewing the soul

Precious truths, told and heard

 

Lord, please take my hand

Lead me wherever Thou desire

You are the joy of my spirit

You are in my heart a burning fire

 

Little I have to offer You

Nothing worthy of love You give

Take me, all of me, my Lord

My life is not mine, but Yours, to live

 

Precious Savior, Lamb of God

You loved me while I was still blind

To fathom the power of Your love

Transcends all thought of mind

 

So, in this Lenten journey

I vow to give all of myself to You

To be completely Yours, Master

Is to live life abundantly and true

 

On the Via Dolorosa

Lead me, beloved Lord, to see

How they treated You, my Master

On the way to Calvary

 

On the hill Golgotha

At the Cross may I stand

Weeping for You, sweet Lord

Pierced feet and pierced hand

 

At the Holy Sepulchre

The stone moved may I see

Resurrection triumphing over death

My Lord is Risen, to Him all Glory!

 

Lenten journey lovely

Pathway of contemplation

Lord, how much You suffered

That I may know salvation

 

Wondrous gift, lovely path

Thank You, Lord, that I may tread

Pondering Your precious heart

Which for me generously bled

 

In this Lenten journey and always

I vow to give all of myself to You

To be completely Yours, Lord Jesus

Is to live life abundantly and true

by Caroline Gavin
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