Retirement Goals

Retirement-Goals

Hey Guys! It’s Holmes Confessions Monday

We decided to share one of my personal emails. I subscribe to Pastor Soaries DFREE emails regarding financial freedom and I thought this was an amazing one to share with our peeps. This one had Jim and I thinking, “Hmmm, can we really retire at the age of 50, and enjoy our retirement?”

 

Verse

The Lord said to Moses, “This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the tent of meeting, but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer.” Numbers 8:23-25.
Thought

I didn’t begin thinking seriously about retirement until I was into my forties. That makes me normal. Most of us are not doing much to prepare for retirement even if we have begun to think about it. So many people today have resigned themselves to the idea that they will work for the rest of their lives without ever enjoying a retirement. Consider God’s strategy for the Levites.

These men were given a very important role in the religious life of God’s people. On the very same day that God gave Moses instructions concerning their appointment and their assignment, God included in the instructions a mandatory retirement age. They were to serve from age 25 up to age 50 when they were required to retire. Having this information as part of their initial instruction made it impossible for them to postpone thinking about and planning for retirement.

Had I begun to prepare for retirement at age 25, I may be retired today. If I had chosen not to retire, it would not have been because I was not prepared for it. If we were serious about saving for retirement, our daily decisions would change. The Levites had no choice, but we do. Let us use our freedom to choose, and choose the financial freedom that will allow us to enjoy the fruit of our labor.
Prayer
“God, please take control of my decision-making process and protect me from the failure to plan and prepare for retirement. Amen.”
Decision
Today I have decided to_________________________________________________________________________
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Fill in the blank with your decision and decide today that you will began to prepare for retirement!
Be Blessed All Week!
Love Always,
Team Holmes

Patient Through Suffering

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During my quiet time, I was reading the Book of Psalms, chapter 105.  In verses 27-19, I was reminded of Joseph and the horrible treatment he received from his brothers. This is  my absolute favorite story in the Bible. But for those who don’t know it, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and told his father that a wild animal had killed him, which was a lie. Joseph was then purchased by a wealthy man named Potiphar, who took Joseph into his home as a slave. God gave Joseph favor everywhere he went and soon he had favor with his new master Potiphar.

He had so much favor that he got promoted while he was in Potiphar’s house. It seemed he kept getting promoted but something unjust would happen to him.  Potiphar’s wife came on to Joseph, enticing him to have an affair with her, but he was a man of integrity and refused. He would have nothing to do with her.  She then lied to her husband and claimed that Joseph had attacked her.  This accusation  caused Joseph to be imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

During Joseph’s stay in prison, he tried to help those he came across. He kept the proper attitude and never complained during his suffering. Because of this, God delivered and promoted him. He had so much authority in Egypt that no one else in the entire land was above him except Pharaoh himself.

God also vindicated Joseph concerning the situation with his brothers. They had to come to him for food when the whole land was in a state of famine. Joseph once again displayed a godly attitude by not mistreating them even though they may have deserved it. He told them that what they meant for harm, worked out for his good. You can check out Genesis 37-45 to get the details of his whole story.

During my quiet time, I learned that we can expect the same results when we stay patient through suffering and keep a positive attitude. Obviously that’s easier said than done but with God’s help we are sure to get through any trial that may come our way. I will let Jim explain what he got from it.

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My wife is right in saying that it is easier said than done when trying to be patient during certain trials. I remember being at one particular job for years. I got looked over for promotions on a number of occasions. I even got to the point where I was close to a promotion but did not get it, after all of the hard work I put in. It was quite discouraging and I could have easily had a bad attitude. My work ethic could have changed and I could have decided to give up and not work as hard. My wife and I prayed about the situation, I continued to work hard any way and I did not have a poor attitude. And 2 weeks later, I was promoted. So I got to experience this first hand. Don’t always look at the circumstance because it won’t always be the way it is now. As always, Thanks for reading!

Be Blessed

Love TeamHolmes

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The Holmes Clan out and about on the weekend!

Faith Over Feelings

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Well hello good people! It’s my favorite day ever because it’s HOLMESCONFESSIONS Monday!!!!!!! I pray you all are doing well. Today’s post comes from my study time in the book of Job, chapter 19. If you know anything about Job, you know he faced plenty of difficulties.

I started to think about how I began facing many difficulties and hardships all at the same time, of course! And I noticed how easy it was to focus on the circumstances and I had to learn not to base my faith on my feelings.  There are going to be tests and trials of dry seasons but we have to trust God and do what we have to do regardless of how we feel.

We can NOT let our emotions determine whether we believe God is with us or not. He will never leave us or forsake us, and we have to live by faith and believe!!!!! Besides Gods wants to take inventory of our blessings, not our circumstances. It is much easier said than done, but we have to all be stable in our emotions and walk in the fruit of the spirit regardless of how we may feel. Hubby and I did a blog post called Faithing It . Feel free to read our experience with this very topic. Be Blessed all week!

Let us be determined this week to:

 Manage our Emotions and not let our Emotions Manage US!

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Love Always,

Team Holmes

Happy 4th

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Hope everyone is enjoying their day. We are enjoying the beautiful state of South Carolina.

We will share photos of our weekend in the south. Be safe and spend time with the ones you love!

Love Always,

Jim and Maine

AKA TeamHolmes

Great relationships are NOT born overnight!

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Great relationships are NOT born overnight.

They take time, but trust me they are worth it!

Have an awesome holiday weekend! Be safe and have fun!

Love Team Holmes