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  • Ep. 4.22 In the Trenches Techniques for Spiritual Growth

    Ep. 4.22 In the Trenches Techniques for Spiritual Growth - Pink Salt Riot

    On the AU podcast this week, we’re looking back at this season and finding in the trenches techniques for growing spiritually. Whether you’re in a busy season of life or a calm season of life, there are ways for you to grow in your relationship with God. And we are here to help you achieve this!

    3:11-3:40 Are the trenches in conflict with God?

    4:38-5:01 Declarations

    6:57-7:25 Building self-awareness

    8:02-8:25 Benefits of a prayer date

    9:25-9:55 Why Sunday should come first

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    Hello and welcome to today's episode
    of the Authentic Uprising podcast.
    I'm your host, Jill Simons, and I'm so
    excited to grow in the radical art
    of standing in what God says
    about you with you today.
    The show is a place where we
    pour into the sense of who God is,
    who we are, and how we can live
    more in the freedom that He
    has for us every
    single day.
    Hello and welcome to today's episode of
    the Authentic Uprising podcast.
    I'm your host, Jill Simons, and we're
    coming close to the end of season four,
    which is really crazy. This podcast
    has been going almost two years now,
    and we are coming to the end
    of our fourth season.
    We'll have the fifth season
    starting for you in the month of
    July with a little bit of a new
    take on our direction,
    which we're so excited about. I've
    teased it a little bit in the past.
    We're gonna be talking a lot
    about how we can not only grow
    in our own view of ourselves
    and how we view ourselves,
    but how we can transmit this
    kind of self awareness,
    and self view to young
    people in our lives.
    And we've got so many amazing guests
    scheduled to be on the podcast,
    starting in season five and
    really going deep on this topic
    as well as an event coming in July
    that we're so so excited about.
    We'll be sharing with you more
    about in the coming weeks.
    That's just going to be like
    a really awesome chance to immerse
    deep in how do we
    form young people.
    So we're so excited about
    everything that's coming.
    But as kind of a summary
    of season four,
    we really wanted to take this
    episode here as we approach
    the end to talk about a lot of
    things we've talked about this
    season so far and kind of
    distill them into simple,
    in the trenches techniques
    for growing spiritually.
    There is a lot of feeling, I feel
    like especially amongst women,
    that in order to be growing
    spiritually, I'm talking about, like,
    actively moving forward. I'm not
    talking about spiritual maintenance.
    Actually moving
    forward with God.
    There's kind of this narrative
    that you kind of have to wait
    for a different season. That if
    you are in young kids, busy kids,
    sports kids, season of life,
    that that's just not the time
    that you can expect really
    to grow spiritually.
    And I kinda wanna call BS on
    that a little bit because I
    think that you can do whatever you
    prioritize in any season of life.
    And to the good
    and to the bad,
    I think that there's people
    that make tremendous strides in
    hobbies in you know, playing tennis,
    some of my friends and things like that,
    while their kids
    are in this age,
    so you can make tremendous strides in
    whatever you wanna prioritize.
    And I think that that absolutely
    can be spiritual growth if
    that's what you
    want it to be,
    and I would encourage you to have
    that be what you want it to be.
    But there's so many ways that
    you can grow spiritually while
    you're still in the trenches of
    your life, working full time,
    being a full time student,
    having a busy social life,
    whatever it is that you have
    going on in your life.
    God wants to come alongside you,
    where you're at, and He has put you,
    where you're at. And
    so where you're at,
    even though might feel like it is
    not truly in conflict with God.
    Because He puts you there. He
    is in what is happening in your
    life right now and you can grow
    in your cooperation with that,
    with Him throughout whatever
    season of life you're in.
    So I'm just gonna summarize
    a few things that we've talked
    about so far this season and
    put it all together for you in
    just a nice package along with
    all of the special offer opt
    ins that we've
    created for you,
    this season about how to really
    execute on these different tools.
    So to begin, we talked a lot earlier
    in the season about the difference
    between mantras, affirmations,
    and declarations.
    And so you can go back and listen
    to that episode from April
    if you haven't it heard it
    recently, but basically,
    mantras and affirmations are going
    to be things that are coming
    from a place that don't
    really wanna go to.
    Declarations are bringing ourselves
    into alignment with the truth
    that God has revealed. And so
    that's really the term that I
    think is most correct to use for
    what we're doing where we're
    using what God has revealed
    to be true and actually
    consciously stepping
    into that.
    And so when we use declarations
    either from Scripture or that
    we've received
    directly from God,
    we are forming ourselves more
    in alignment with truth.
    And so that would be tactic
    number one, for sure.
    Very simple to do at
    whatever stage of life,
    whether it's from our pdf
    that we link down below,
    whether it's directly from your
    own Scripture study, or whether
    it's directly from your
    own time of prayer,
    coming up with three to five declarations,
    that you say on a regular basis,
    put them on your bathroom mirror,
    put them in your planner,
    put them on your computer deck, whatever,
    look at PinkSaltRiot.com,
    see if we have something that has
    that declaration or something
    similar on it and incorporate
    that piece into your daily life,
    whatever it is, include those
    declarations in your life on a daily
    basis because again, we talked about
    lots of times throughout this season,
    how we have the choice to struggle
    against what is happening, what is true,
    or we can lean in and go with it
    and move so much more quickly
    so much more streamlined way if
    we lean in and cooperate with
    what God is doing. And declarations
    is part of how we do that.
    Part of how we rewire our brain, you can
    return to Doctor Caroline Leafs work,
    if you want more of
    the science approach to this,
    which is a hundred percent
    in line with the faith.
    But which whichever direction
    do you wanna come at it from,
    whether they wanna come at it from
    science or come at it from faith,
    you get to the exact same
    place because truth is true,
    no matter where you find it.
    And we have the opportunity to
    bring our mind into alignment
    with what is actually true by
    using these declarations
    on a daily basis.
    We also have the opportunity
    to grow in our self reflection,
    that would be option number
    two or tactic number two,
    I would say for growing spiritually,
    at whatever stage in life you're in.
    Being curious about what's going on
    in you? What is it that you believe?
    Why do you believe that? Why
    are you having the emotional
    reaction that you're having? Why are
    you feeling the feelings that you are,
    and letting that be something that is
    spoken into during your times of prayer,
    building that self awareness
    and cultivating that reflective
    lifestyle that allows you to consciously
    cooperate with what God is doing.
    It's just a really really powerful
    way of orienting yourself
    towards grace and
    towards God.
    Tactic number three would
    be going on prayer dates,
    like we talked about
    several episodes ago.
    When you go on a prayer date,
    you create an extended amount
    of time for you really
    go deep with the Lord,
    just like we value date nights or
    overnights away within a marriage.
    It's the same with God. We wanna
    have that time to really go
    deep into reflection and into
    intimacy with Him so that we
    can really get to
    know Him better.
    And that is something that just
    makes daily life so much better.
    And if you're married, you
    experience this or if you have close
    relationships with friends.
    After you have an extended time
    where you're really allowed
    to go deep with each other.
    That intimacy is better all
    the time afterwards for a period
    of time after you have had
    that experience together,
    and that's exactly what we see
    in our relationship with God.
    And so this is something that obviously
    has a higher time commitment,
    but less frequently. And so it's
    something that anyone at any
    stage of life can prioritize even if you
    are in a crazy crazy stage of life.
    This is something you guys that
    is worth getting a babysitter for.
    Even I'm thinking like, most intense
    situation if you are a single
    parent with multiple children. This
    is worth asking your girlfriend,
    will she sit with your
    kids. Asking your parent,
    will they sit with your kids.
    Paying a babysitter, if
    that's within your means. Because
    this is going to be something
    that is beneficial for days and
    weeks and months after it happens.
    Building that intimacy with
    God that allows you to be what
    you need to be in the high
    stress life that you're living.
    So I can't recommend
    that highly enough.
    And the fourth tactic would be having
    that mentality of Sunday coming first.
    We had a whole episode about
    this a couple of weeks ago about
    this idea that Sunday is
    the first day of the week.
    We want to rest and receive from
    God before we do anything else.
    This can be coupled
    with a prayer date,
    Sunday is a great time to do
    that and to take that time away
    so that you can really invest
    with God in your relationship
    with each other because
    that is going to be the thread
    that can carry through
    any circumstance,
    any reality of your life and
    be at the same level detached
    completely from
    your situation.
    It is something that I don't
    think enough people reach for
    because enough people don't really
    believe that it's possible.
    And that circles us back to number two,
    which is looking at what we believe.
    So do we believe that it's possible
    that our relationship with
    God can transcend situation
    and be something that carry us
    through literally anything
    that can happen in our lives.
    And so all four of those tactics
    are going to be really,
    really helpful ways to grow
    in the thick of things.
    We have so many products to
    support all of these things at
    PinkSaltRiot.com. That's why we
    exist is to empower you to do this well.
    Our vision, our mission is to
    have a world absolutely
    packed with women who
    know who they are,
    know what God says about them,
    and are constantly in intimacy
    with God because that's
    the world we want to live in.
    That's a hundred percent why I
    do this is because I want to
    live in world where as
    many people as possible,
    ultimate goal is all people,
    but fallen world,
    as many people as possible
    are living this way because it
    benefits everyone. The more surrender
    to God in the culture at large,
    the Church as a whole,
    the better.
    The more the body of Christ is
    in touch with Jesus Christ,
    the better things are for
    everyone because we're living in
    greater alignment with who
    God is and what He says.
    So that is what everything is
    that we create here and I'm so
    thankful that you've allowed us
    to speak into that in your life.
    Go ahead and leave us a comment
    on which tactic or which tactics
    you have used in your life or
    would like to use in your life
    and how they've been helpful to
    you if that's something that
    you have done or picked up,
    maybe after our previous episodes
    about those things. I would love
    to hear how the Lord is moving
    in your life through those
    things and that also helps build
    other people's belief that God really
    does wanna move in those ways.
    So it's really helpful to the community
    at large for you to leave a comment.
    Thank you so much for
    being here with me today.
    We've got two episodes,
    left in season four.
    Next week, we've got
    an awesome interview
    with Karis Meier, who has just
    experienced a tremendous amount
    of the Lord's grace through
    a time of suffering,
    which really speaks into this
    reality that we're talking about
    this week that spiritual
    growth transcend situation,
    and we don't have to be a slave
    to our situation and back
    burner our spiritual growth. We
    can really prioritize that no
    matter what season
    of life we're in.
    That episode is also coming out
    next week, like I said,
    the anniversary week of
    the birth of my son Jack,
    who is going to be turning
    one which is so exciting,
    but it is also the one year anniversary
    of me almost losing my life,
    giving birth to Jack. And I felt
    like it was just so fitting
    to have an interview about
    suffering that week because that
    was such powerful experience of
    God in the midst of something
    so challenging for me
    and for my family,
    and it's something that really
    did renew my mind about how God
    wants to be present to us even
    in the midst of suffering and
    how He really does work all
    things together for our good.
    And so I just want to thank
    the Lord for the gift of my life
    that I am enjoying here for another full
    year after it being an unsure thing,
    and I also just wanna thank
    the Lord for the opportunity to
    recognize that it's not a sure thing
    that we have our life ahead of us.
    Nothing is ever guaranteed to
    us except for this moment.
    And so when we take the opportunity
    to grow with God in this moment,
    we are really saying yes, to
    the life that God has given us
    right now and we're not
    delaying for a later date,
    what God has for
    us right now.
    You read that parable about the virgins
    with the oil in the Scriptures
    and you have ten virgins who have
    enough oil and ten that do not.
    And the ten that have enough don't
    have enough to share with the others,
    but they are ready when the bridegroom comes, when their time comes,
    when the end of the world comes,
    whatever comes, they're ready.
    And so that's what I wanna
    encourage you to use these tactics
    from this episode to
    do is to be ready.
    Be ready for whatever it is that
    comes because we don't know.
    I don't say that's to morbid of it,
    I don't want you to be, you know,
    thinking about death all the time,
    but I could have died a year ago,
    and that has changed my whole
    perspective on this last year.
    So now there's a level of thankfulness
    for just being here that I
    had never experienced before.
    So I am very excited to share
    that episode with you, and I look
    forward to seeing you next week.
    Thank you so much for joining
    me on today's episode of the
    Authentic Uprising podcast. It
    is always a joy to be with you.
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    I love you. I'm praying for you.
    I hope you have
    an amazing week.

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