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Just Put Your Shoes On
by Toni Hammer 
02/15/14
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I just wanted to take my daughter outside to play in the snow.

Where I live we donít get much snow. Every other year or so we get a light dusting. Itís just enough for everyone in town to get excited about hot chocolate and days off from work or school. This past week weíve had several inches fall. Originally hailing from the California coast, I view snow falling as a spectator only event. I like to look at it from my cozy couch with a cup of coffee warming my hands.

However, this time around I have children. My daughter walks and talks and I decided to brave the element, get us both bundled up, and head outside for her and I to have some fun bonding time.

That was my plan anyway. It fell apart when my daughter decided to be disobedient and refused to come when I called. I was only going to put her shoes on. Thatís it. Her gloves were on, her hat, her coat. She just needed shoes. We were so close to having a mother-daughter adventure.

Unfortunately, she ignored me and ran away. After giving her several chances, I finally said with sadness, ďOkay. Weíre not going out now.Ē It broke my heart. I wanted this for her. For us. I wanted to take pictures of this time to have forever. I wanted to help her make a snowball. But no. She chose to disregard my menial request: come over, sit down, and allow me to put her shoes on.

It made me wonder what one simple task the Lord asks us to complete before He bestows fun and awesome blessings. For my daughter, it was coming to me so I could put shoes on her feet. For me, it may be calling someone, or spending time in the Word, or confessing something to my husband. For others, it may be offering to help another or go to church when they donít want to.

Think of the memories we could make. The stories we could tell. The fun we could have on a bonding adventure with our Father. Who knows how wonderful and rich our lives could be if we merely listened and obeyed.


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