Puttin’ Up is in my blood. As a child, I knew an exhausting night was coming when my folks went to pick up boxes of peaches and cherries. I remember being so tired that I felt physically ill as I peeled and processed until the wee hours of the night, begging to go to bed. When I was finally able to scamper down the hallway to my room, I usually flopped on my bed and fell asleep with my clothes still on.
Much of that became worth it when I enjoyed those canned goods as an after-school snack.
Matthew 6: 19-21 talks about puttin’ up for our eternal lives. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NIV)
One of my other intense childhood memories was attending AWANA clubs through our church. My parents were heavily involved and for several years were Commanders and Leaders. Although I didn’t understand it at the time, I was learning to store up treasure in heaven with the habit of memorizing scripture. It wasn’t easy for me. In fact, I often groaned and moaned. Others seemed to memorize easily whereas I had to repeat the verses fifty million times in order to make it happen. But as an adult, I am often grateful for the experience and rewards. God brings specific verses to mind on a regular basis and not just for my pursual, but also to use to bless others.
God often talks about the importance of renewing our minds. This is something else memorizing scripture does for me. As verses come to mind, I am concentrating on His Words, my mind is renewed and I am heaven-focused. Another advantage-when God brings a certain topic to mind, such as “Puttin’ Up”, I sometimes already know the verse that should be attached to it. 🙂
Recently we were gifted free Gravensteins, my favorite apples of all time. Hubs came along to help and we picked two bins full of apples. Although the peeling took forever and stretched out to ten days, today the chest freezer in the garage has a decent amount of applesauce and apple butter. Some went out for gifts today and a couple more will go out for gifts tomorrow. Puttin’ up allows me to bless others, just like storing up treasure in heaven does.