Spiritual Steps: Pray | Listen | Grow
By Steven Hovater
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Small spiritual steps that can help you grow in your journey with God. Learn to pray, listen to God, and cultivate a life of spiritual growth by taking one small step after another.
||Clean39 | Music for Music's Sake||I need a lot of practices in my life for learning to listen well—I bet I'm not the only one!||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean38 | A New Week's Resolution||A year? Please. Give me a resolution for a week.||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37 | A Fully Grateful Moment||A simple meditative exercise for developing gratitude.||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36 | Enough||Let it be enough.||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35 | Prayer and Wisdom||Working on the relationship between prayer, which connects us to God, and wisdom, which is about living well in light of the future.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34 | First Steps: Addressing God||How do you start a prayer? Where to begin?||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33 | Pursuing the Will of God||This episode explores the idea of "bearing fruit" in the parable of the sower...which might not mean what we think it does!||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32 | Hold on to Mystery||What does it mean to follow a Christ who is often shrouded in mystery?||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31 | Gathered and Sent||The spiritual life of Jesus’s people follows the rhythm of being gathered and sent. Jesus gathered us together, and sends us out. He calls us into the world of mission, and then sends us home again. Mission and Prayer are so closely intertwined that..||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30 | Be Silent (and Get Out!)||An episode that I'm totally uncomfortable with.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29 | The Invitation||The journey with Jesus begins with his invitation.||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28 | Praying for Your Community by Listening to Your Community||This episode is all about praying for your community by learning to pay attention to what's happening in your community. host: Steven Hovater||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27 | Intimacy in Prayer||This may not be what you normally expect from an episode of Spiritual Steps, but I think it's important to have a conversation about what it means to experience intimacy with God during prayer, and how we manage our expectations of such experiences.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26 | Bounce your Scope||This episode offers a way of praying that helps us develop our perspective. Sometimes you need to see the forest, and some times you need to see the trees.||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25 | Change Your Reading Context||The context in which you read a text can be just as important as the context in which it was written. This episode, we'll learn to use that. Three exercises for opening up the reading of scripture by shifting your reading context. ...||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24 | Read the Gospels||Try reading the gospels, one at a time, in single sittings. It takes a little longer than the normal way we encounter them, but it can enrich your understanding of Jesus and what it means to follow him. Host: Steven Hovater||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23 | Words of Affirmation||Learn the practice of intentionally using your language—one of your most powerful tools—to bless other people.||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22 | Discerning the Spirit||Much of what we search for is wrapped in mystery—and yet, God’s spirit is still leading and guiding us. Here is an exercise in which, we practice listening. The spiritual exercise outlined in this episode is a sort of examen-like practice for...||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21 | Praying for Your Enemies||Praying for our enemies is a difficult—but highly transformative spiritual practice rooted in the teachings of Jesus. In this episode, we talk about why that's important, and share some tips on how you can move towards that...||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20 | Prayer Snacks||Take advantage of the practice of short "snacks" of prayer in the middle of your day!||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19 | Bounce Back||This episode is about bouncing back when your prayer life takes a dive, and collapses. Don't be afraid to begin again!||7/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18 | Get Physical||This episode is about the practice of praying with your body. Host: Steven Hovater (twitter: @stevenhovater)||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17 | Stretch the Silence||This episode is about developing your capacity for silence. host: Steven Hovater (twitter: @stevenhovater)||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16 | 10 Tips for Building Community||Here are my top ten tips for building community...these are the best steps I know of for developing relationships with people. host: Steven Hovater (twitter: @stevenhovater)||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15 | Stepping Toward Spiritual Community||The practice of spiritual community is one of the most fruitful tools in Christian spirituality. In this episode, we begin with an understanding of the foundations of spiritual community: Community is built on what we hold in common, what we...||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14 | When Prayer (Alone) Isn't Enough||Part of becoming a person of prayer is learning to explore andunderstand its limits, or perhaps it is more accurate to say theplaces where pure prayer intersects with the rest of ourlives. I'd love to connect with you on twitter! Catch...||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 | Repetition and the Jesus Prayer||"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." This old prayer, which comes to us through the orthodox church, in which it has been used since at least 600 AD, is one of many short prayers that can be used repetitively as a way of moving..||4/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 | Crafting a Prayer Routine||An important step in cultivating a life of prayer is crafting a prayer routine that works for you. Here are some reflections on what that's looked like for me, and some pointers on what crafting your own routine. If you need a little bit of...||4/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 | Prayer: More than a Feeling||Prayer wrestles with the same struggle as many of the church's practices in our day: an over reliance on emotional intensity. This episode is about allowing our prayer lives to take on other dimensions. Host: Steven Hovater...||3/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 | Fruitful Prayers (Praying for God's will to be done)||Praying for the fruitfulness of God's work in the world, among our friends, neighbors, and churches, and in ourselves. This episode explores the prayer of Paul in Colossians: “we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled...||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9 | The Lord's (Missional) Prayer||Praying towards the fulfillment of God's work in the world, via the Lord's Prayer. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web: stevenhovater.com) Please think about leaving a review of the show on iTunes! You might...||3/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8 | Pursue Virtue||Cultivate the virtues, one by one. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web: stevenhovater.com) Please think about leaving a review of the show on iTunes! You might also be interested in my podcast The...||2/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 | The Prayer of Solidarity||Learn to pray on behalf of those who are suffering injustice! Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web: stevenhovater.com) Please think about leaving a review of the show on iTunes! You might also be interested in my...||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 | Praying the Psalms||This episode is about incorporating the Psalms, with their range of emotional tones, into your prayer life. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web: stevenhovater.com) Please think about leaving a review of the show on...||2/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 | Small Denials (The art of Mini-Fasts)||In a culture built on consumption, one of the best small spiritual steps you can take is one of small denial. This episode encourages you to incorporate mini-fasting into your spiritual life. Host: Steven Hovater...||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 | The Prayer of Letting Go||Letting Go is hard, whether that's letting go of fear, guilt, hurt, grief, or any of the other weights that we carry around. This episode is about the prayer of letting go, a physical way of praying and releasing our grip on some of those...||1/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 | Live in a Little Text||If you feel lost in the Bible, or get overwhelmed in its breadth, this episode points the way forward by providing a small step to help you engage in the scriptures. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web:...||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2 | Prayer and Rest||Rest is a vital, if often overlooked, element to a life of prayer. In this episode, we talk about what it means to strengthen your prayer life through taking the small step of making sure you get enough rest. Host: Steven Hovater...||1/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1 | The Simplest Prayer: Thank You||The simple prayer "Thank You" can be a foundation for a life of prayer. This is the first episode of the Spiritual Steps podcast, dedicated to helping you find small spiritual steps that can help you grow in your journey with God. Host:...||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Simple, easy, refreshing
What I love most about this podcast is its ability to pack great value into such a small time commitment. The host offers easy to understand spiritual steps to creating an overall healthier spiritual self. The variety of subjects is also a highlight of the podcast as the listener can choose to apply the steps that are most applicable to himself. Have recommended this to several friends and will continue to do so as there is something of value here for everyone.
Simplicity Is Genius
I came across this podcast by accident and was really glad that I did! Spiritual Steps is very practical and simple in nature but has a heavy impact when what is being said is put in practice. This has helped me organize my prayer life in ways that I've never really been able to. Short episodes and a soothing voice that rivals the great Science Mike himself. Go listen!
Bite-sized useful help - worth the listen!
Steven provides listeners with really useful explanatory short episodes that let people get the goods on topics like specific forms of prayer, community, and other topics that will foster Christian spiritual growth. Other than him being a bit of a fast talker, I find these episodes and his insights to be gems. I highly recommend his podcast.