More, More … And Still More


Today’s Musing is from Margaret Fowler.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. —Philippians 1:9

Early in the morning the blue jays arrive, looking for any food they can find. I often put out pieces of bread crust and then enjoy watching them from my kitchen window. They sweep down, grab a piece, and fly up high into the branches where they feel safe. I watch as they hold the crust and peck at it … then fly down for more.

One day, a very greedy jay grabbed a piece, then a second piece in the same mouthful. Incredibly, he tried for a third! He tried and tried, but couldn’t hold on to it—and finally dropped everything.

I can’t help thinking that sometimes we do the same. Always wanting more of this, more of that, accumulating so many “things,” our homes are filled to overflowing. Why do we always want more? I wish we could live more simply. We cannot take any of these things into eternity.

Another day, a jay was trapped in our garage. I heard him frantically attacking the window, trying to find the way out. With big gloves, I managed to grasp him gently and carried him outside. When I released him, he quickly flew away. All he wanted was freedom to enjoy more food, more time to live, more fresh air, more flying.

Maybe at this season of the year, we need to stop and think about our own “more.” Maybe instead of accumulating more possessions, we should be seeking more of Christ—more love and kindness in our everyday life, more thoughts for others, more giving our hearts to what pleases Him.

At times in our lives we go through trials, sorrow, burdens, problems. We do not want more of these. Perhaps in such times we can learn more patience, more acceptance, more trusting, more leaning on the everlasting arms.

My prayer today is that we may learn to be content with what we have. If we really want “more,” let’s pray, “Lord please teach us to want more of You, more contentment with all that You have given us, more love for others.”

I love the words of the lovely, old hymn, “More Love to Thee, O Christ.” If you know the tune sing along with me:

More love to Thee, O Christ,
More love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make
On bended knee:
This is my earnest plea:
More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee,
More love to Thee!

Margaret is Sharon’s Mum. She and her husband have had 66 years of marriage and four children. They enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing, and just being outdoors, watching wildlife. Margaret plays the piano as part of a nursing home ministry. She has written many articles for her church newsletter, and some of these have been compiled into a book, Holding My Father’s Hand, available on Amazon.

Saved by grace,
Margaret Fowler




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  • I love this!!!!

    • Donna – me, too! And it also reminds me of Sweet Selah’s slogan: TAKING TIME TO KNOW GOD AND LOVE HIM MORE AND MORE …

  • Thank you for a great reminder of God’s provision. He always gives us exactly what we need. Why do we always grasp fir more? What a waste of precious time! Praise God He teaches us everyday.

  • Thank you for this. I pray to have more of God than
    anything else and His word tells us He will provide
    our needs. May this be enough for me instead of wanting
    “things” that I do not need.

  • Margaret Fowler
    November 29, 2021 7:47 pm

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I need to try harder to listen to what I say! more love for Christ.

  • Yolonda Hignight
    December 2, 2021 6:42 am

    What an awesome reminder of Christ leading us to love, trust, and serve Him and not things. I will never understand my need or anyone elses need for more! I wish I had listened earlier in life. I have been purging things for the last two plus years. Oh that my daily prayer and life would be to seek more of Christ in my life! And thank you for the reminder of that precious hymn. I sat and sang it with tears rolling down my face. Thank you so much Mrs. Margaret and thank you Sharon!!!!

  • Margaret Fowler
    December 2, 2021 3:25 pm

    Thanks Yolonda, and thanks for singing along with me! Glad you liked the message.
    I love that hymn, and now I will be singing it again, with you. God bless you, with
    love from Margaret.


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