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Happy Birthday Jesus. What do you want for your birthday?

Happy Birthday Jesus. I love you.

Happy Birthday Jesus. I love you.

I wonder what Jesus would want for a birthday present if he came to my house for dinner tonight? Would he want an iPhone? Would he want a new computer? Or maybe he wants a new pair of shoes?

If I made him a birthday cake  would he want chocolate or vanilla?  And how many candles would I have to put on the cake?

What do you think Jesus would say if I asked him, “What do you want for your birthday?”

I think he would say:

 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus– Matthew 22:36-39, in the Bible

Some days I would rather buy God a pair of socks than love him with all my heart, soul and mind.

And what does that mean anyway? Does it mean I have to think about him all the time? Or be a missionary to China? Or read my Bible every day?

And I don’t always want to love my neighbor as myself. I would rather complain about my neighbor’s dog barking than be gracious.

Well, if that is what Jesus wants for his birthday I will learn what it means to love God with all my heart, soul and mind.

And I will love my neighbor as myself. Oh, that means I have to actually like myself first. No more comparing myself to others, or complaining when I look in the mirror. No more hating myself when I yell at my children, or accidentally pass gas in the grocery store. I will be as forgiving to myself as I am to my friends when they make mistakes. It is easier to love my neighbor than it is to love myself.

I just asked my husband Nick, “What do you think it means to love God with all your heart, soul and mind?”

“You’re asking me? I think it means to put God before everything else.”

“What do you it means to love your neighbor as yourself Nick?”

“I don’t know. All I can think of is something trite… If you don’t love yourself than how are you suppose to love others?”

“I like that Nick. That makes sense.”

And you?

What do you think? How do you love God with all your heart, soul and mind? And how do you love your neighbor as yourself?

Please tell me in the comments. I would love to learn more about loving God.

And, before I go and wash the dishes and clean the seven litter boxes. Will you sing  Happy Birthday to Jesus with me?

Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday dear Jesus.
Happy Birthday to you.

 Merry Christmas! Thank you for reading my stories. 


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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • I think we love God when we love our friends. Jesus called us his friends. Thank you for being my friend Pamela! Merry Christmas!

    • Merry Christmas Kathleen. Thank you for being my friend. I want to love God more. He doesn’t need socks.

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  • I think to love God with all your heart, soul and mind it means that I give him the whole thing, not part. And when I like other things in my life they are things that God would like. Otherwise, I’m divided. And maybe I’m only loving him with half of my heart. Like this song my son wrote.

    And loving my neighbor as I love myself means I look out for my neighbor, I consider his/her needs.

    Thanks for your post Pamela.

    • Merry Christmas Anne.
      I am listening to your son’s song as I write. It is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
      So much to learn. I think I am only giving God half my heart. I want to give him all of me.

  • Pamela Black

    Dear Pamela, I loved this post. As I’m lying here feeling like flu is coming on, I would love your prayers. Tomorrow morning we are due at the Children’s hospital for our son to see a hemotogist oncologist. He has exhibited symptoms consistent with lymphoma for a couple months. I believe God can change this. I have even praying for it to go away. But, as a mom who already has a 19 yr old daughter with MS, I am afraid. Anytime you have to say “my child” and “oncologist” in the same sentence it is scary. Please pray for health and peace for our family. And safe travels as the hospital is 3 hours away.
    Thanks friend, and Merry Christmas~

    • Pamela,
      I am praying for your health and peace for your family. That sounds so scary. And for safe travel to the hospital.
      Merry Christmas Pamela to you and your family.

  • Joining you to say Happy Birthday, Jesus! And, Merry Christmas, Pamela!

    Love the Nativity in your picture.

    • pamelahodges

      Merry Christmas Diane! Thank you for the Christmas wishes.
      The nativity set was make by a gentleman in his 90’s at an old folks home in Minnesota. My friends mother worked there.

  • Celebrating Jesus birth with you! Merry Christmas.

    • pamelahodges

      Merry Christmas Kim. I hope your day was full of joy.

  • Elsie

    I hope your day was great. Merry Christmas Pamela!

    • pamelahodges

      Merry Christmas Elsie. Thank you, and welcome home.