Declarations for June 2024

Welcome to the second half of 2024 and yes indeed, this is how far the good Lord has brought us. I’m still holding on to my promise for the year, that the Lord will be my exceedingly great reward. No matter what it looks like, that promise has to remain true and speak so loudly. In all honesty, the first half of the year looked like the promise God made is completely dead but here’s a word the Holy Spirit laid in my spirit for this new month which is from Job 14:7-9 NIV;

7 ...there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.

So I declare that in this new month, anything that was supposed to bring us life that seems to be dead or is dying, may the Lord revive it again and perfect all His promises concerning our lives. I declare it is so and so it is in Jesus’ name. AMEN!


Lady Abena

Ask For What You Want

Just a week ago I interviewed a young lady to hire and train her for my client. It’s her third month in the USA and this will be her first job in this country. She had such a rich experience from her home country and other countries she’s worked so I decided to hire her. When I asked her what she would accept for compensation, she stated that whatever we decide to pay her will be fine with her. I smiled, because I knew where that was coming from. I knew she was being humble or just thankful to get a job or just afraid that she would be asking for too much or could be the lack of confidence that we all experienced as new immigrants in this country.

I asked her to tell me an amount and after what seemed like the hardest thought she came up with a number. So, I told her my story of when I landed my first job almost two decades ago when I stepped on the shores of the United States. I was a front desk agent and I had the greatest opportunity to meet all kinds of people coming to the Washington DC area. I was checking in this man and he had the most beautiful gray eyes I’ve ever seen. He was so impeccably dressed and yet so humble and polite. I complimented him that he had such beautiful eyes and he smiled so heartily. He started to ask me where I came from and all those questions people kindly ask because they notice you’re “not from here.” We had a lengthy conversation and luckily he had arrived earlier than the usual check-in time so the lobby was not too busy. I found out he was very well accomplished in business and was in Washington, DC for some meetings. He shared a lot with me about navigating life in the USA and one of the pieces of nugget that stuck with me was when he said this;

“Don’t ever be afraid to ask for what you want because life will always give you what you demand of it. Build yourself with knowledge and skill but confidence will take you farther than your skills and talents in this country. Most importantly, never sell yourself short…”

Dear friends, this wisdom that was shared with me so many years ago has helped to shape my life and thinking in the USA. So, after sharing my story with the “newbie”, I asked her for the last time to tell me how much she’d like to get paid. This time, she asked for a higher number which she believed was commensurate with her experience. I told the HR director to offer her the full amount we had budgeted for the position which was a bit more than what she asked for.

I also remember a year ago, one of my best friends was offered a job in another state and she shared with me how much they were paying her. I drafted a compelling email and told her to send it to the HR person asking her to increase the offer. She was a bit hesitant and thought what if they rescinded their offer completely that she was asking for too much. She was even advocating for them that she did some research and in that state, the offer she received was in alignment to her position and her license. I told her to trust me on this one and send the email to the company. She did send the email and within minutes, she received a call from the HR person making her a counter offer which was much higher than she was willing to accept earlier. She was so overjoyed and told me that she owed me her first paycheck. She spent it on a beautiful Christmas present for me.

I share this as a testimony and also a reminder that when God said to ask and we will receive, He meant it. Matthew 7:7-8 AMP;

““[a]Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.”

I pray for you that as you end this month of May, may the good Lord give you the boldness to ask for what you desire and deserve and when you do, may He answer your request. AMEN!


Lady Abena.

Change It!

I am very sure you’ve heard this saying that “if you do not like something, change it.” It is a great charge but also a tough one to follow. I don’t know what happens to me but when people are talking about challenges or complaining about situations, the Holy Spirit is speaking to me silently about solutions and how to overcome them.

In all honesty, I think a lot of people like to speak and complain about situations, yet, when you give them the solutions, they do not even make an attempt to try to change it. They will circle back weeks or months later complaining about the same situation and still not taking the steps to change it for the better. These kinds of people are the worst to have in your life or organizations because they will stagnate your progress. I have purported in my heart that any situation that is not favorable to me or progresses my life, I have to change it for the better.

In Matthew 25:14-30, a parable is told about Three individuals who received talents and when the master came back, one of them did nothing with the talent he was given but instead complained about the master and tried to justify why he made no progress with the talent. The master, Jesus, was very angry with him because there was a solution to the problem he cited. He could have kept his talent in the bank where it can grow but instead, he chose to keep the talent and still stay in the situation he has created in his mind. Here’s my life nugget for you, be a solution-driven person, one that solves problems instead of exacerbating problems/challenges. Whatever you do not like in or around your life, look for ways to change it. No one will do it for you unless you make that move and when you make a move in the right direction, the Lord will bring the people and resources you need to make a change.

I pray for you this week that the Lord will empower you to change the things you do not like. I pray that the rest of your life on earth will be filled with wisdom and the ability to take dominion over the things that seem like a burden over you. I declare it is so and so it is in Jesus name. AMEN!


Lady Abena.