Next month we are celebrating Easter with our April 2020 Sweet Scripture Writing Plan. Join us as we reflect on Christ who became flesh, lived the perfect life, died as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, was raised on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God the Father.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Father, we come to you today as your beloved people. Thank you that you are the God who hears and the God who sees and the God who answers the prayers of His people. We want to join with other believers all across this nation and world to humbly repent before you and to ask for your mercy.
We plead the blood of Jesus over ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, our states and our nation! We declare that the blood of Jesus is supreme over all sickness! There is power in the blood and the name of Jesus to break every chain of fear, sickness and disease!
Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we will fear no evil because you are with us! Your rod and your staff will comfort us. You will anoint our heads with oil in the presence of our enemies, our cups will overflow with joy because you hear our prayers.
We cancel every assignment of fear and death that the enemy has released in our world and declare that perfect love casts our all fear! At the name of Jesus every knee has to bow and every tongue confess that you are the Lord.
We declare that no weapon formed against us will prosper. The enemy may come against us one way, but according to your word he has to flee seven ways. We receive your overwhelming peace into our hearts and we release it over everyone within our sphere of influence and declare that the enemy will not reign in fear and terror but that the Peace of God will overwhelm us as we trust in you. We love you Jesus and declare that we trust you! Thank you for your presence.
In the mighty name of Jesus we pray, Amen!
Paula shared the vision and mission of Sweet Monday and introduced listeners to our 25th Anniversary participation project, Project Cupcake.
You can listen to the interview below or click here to hear the full episode.
It was six years ago today that Sweet Monday founder, Kim Newlen, went to be with the Lord. Kim was an encouragement to everyone she touched. However, I’m sure if you ever told her that she would not have taken credit, but instead she would have pointed you to the “Best Encourager”. Below is a devotion written by Kim Newlen and published in The One Year Sweet and Simple Moments with God Devotional.
This is my command— be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
God doesn’t want us to be discouraged, but sometimes it happens. On those mornings when I wake up feeling discouraged, I ask Him to encourage me and to give me courage for that day. I know that my Father always knows best and He wants to lift my heavy heart.
Encourage simply means “to give courage to.” God gives courage to my heart when I open His Word and hear Him speak. For the longest time I thought He spoke only to the important people in church— the pastors, the evangelists, the Sunday school teachers, and the Bible study leaders. I did not know that our big God would talk to little me straight from His Word. When I began going to Him every morning with my Bible in hand, I started to hear His voice resonate in my heart and soul.
Spending time in God’s Word is no longer just a morning check- off on my to- do list. It is a way of life. I do not want to miss anything He has to say to me. If I take time to reflect on His words, an interesting thing happens— those words follow me around throughout the day. I find if I get dressed and get my shoes on before I meet with Him, I am out the door. But when I let the dishes soak a little longer and keep my bedroom slippers on, it forces me to slow down and park myself in His Word. He gives me courage by His Spirit, encouragement that will overflow to others. He is the best Encourager there is.
Let’s park ourselves in His presence as much as we can. Even in the midst of our long to- do lists, we need to listen to God and be encouraged!
Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19
Do you have a heart for prayer?
Do you want to cultivate a more intentional prayer life?
Do you long to share the love of Christ with your friends and neighbors?
Do you have the gift of hospitality?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we invite you to join us for 25 Days of Prayer. For 25 years Sweet Monday has operated on the foundation of prayer. We know that Jesus often withdrew to a quiet place to pray and real change in people’s lives only comes about through prayer and fasting.
Like Moses, at Sweet Monday, we don’t want to move forward without the Lord leading us. As we celebrate 25 years of ministry, we would be honored to have you come alongside us in prayer for God’s guidance and leadership as we move forward into what He has planned for the next 25 years.
New Hostesses – In 2019 Sweet Monday welcomed 22 new hostesses in the following locations:
- Apollo Beach, FL
- Hobe Sound, FL
- Keystone Heights, FL
- Miami, FL
- Portage, MI
- Starkville, MS
- Chapel Hill, NC
- Greenville, SC
- Greenwood, SC
- Simpsonville, SC
- Summerville, SC
- Chattanooga, TN
- Cleveland, TN
- Kingsport, TN
- Allen, TX
- Kirbyville, TX
- Williamsburg, VA
- Cheyenne, WY
- Lagos, Nigeria
Sweet Monday Hostess Retreat – In March 2019, through the support of our generous God givers, we held our first Sweet Monday Hostess Retreat at Birdsong Lodge in Ashland City, Tennessee. Our hostesses were connected and encouraged by the community of women and fellow servants that God had assembled through Sweet Monday.
Sweet Scripture Writing – In July 2019, we started a quarterly Sweet Scripture Writing Plan. Over 300 people have signed up to receive our FREE Scripture Writing Plans. Sign up to receive our January 2020 Sweet Scripture Writing Plan Here.
2019 Board Retreat – In September, our Sweet Monday Board and staff members, comprised of 10 women from Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee, met for 4 days and 3 nights at a beautiful home on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina to seek God’s heart for this ministry. We also discussed and prepared for our 25th anniversary in 2020.
New Staff – In March 2019, Sweet Monday added a new Part-time Director of Communications and Outreach to oversee all Sweet Monday communication. This includes social media – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest – and unique content for our hostesses – training materials, ideas and new volumes. Volume 6 was completed earlier this month.
Thank you for your support of Sweet Monday. If you would like to learn more about ways to be on mission, reaching women for Christ one sweet invitation at a time, we invite you to Host, Participate and/or Donate.