How Full Is Your Grace Tank?

After I published my last post, I was anxious that I would offend you. Or make you mad at me. And then I felt guilty. About being so judgy. And calling you out on your judgment issues too.

For those days when your grace tank is running on empty.

Which is silly, because if we are honest, we all judge. Even though we shouldn't. We are HUMAN after all. But let's get this straight. I am super human because I judge people. Alot.

I'm running on an empty grace tank today. Pray for me.

I tell myself, okay, grace grace, God's grace and then wham, there I go judging again.

The height of someone's heels at church. The length of shirt (or lack thereof) worn with leggings. The low-cut nature of a blouse, at CHURCH of all places. My word. Modesty people! Have they heard of layering? *ahem, I digress*

I am a superficial judger. I take immediate note on what is going on visually and make snap judgments. Shame on me, I know. I'm horrible. The reality is, I don't do it all the time. But I seem to be doing it a lot lately.

When I'm tired and overwhelmed I turn into a judging monster.

Which is probably not so good for you, if you've run into me lately. I've judged you.  (sorry)

Life is always crazy, right? Topping off the normal life stress of the week, our kitchen had a little mini flood. It could have been worse. Thanks to a dear friend with mad handyman skills, we avoided a flooded basement. Praise the Lord for people God puts in our lives to care for us, even about plumbing issues! I have also been grieving the loss of our beloved fur baby, Squeaky. She was with us one month shy of 12 years, and who knew the house would be so empty? Stupid animal cancer. Her purrs and snuggles have been embedded straight into the recesses of my heart. And missing that hurts sometimes.

So my grace meter is running on empty lately. But we are all overwhelmed and stressed out to some degree. That doesn't give us an excuse or the right to let the judgment monster rule our lives! And based on the overwhelming amount of emails and notes from blog readers last week, I'd say y'all agree.

When we are tired, overwhelmed and just plain over the little things of life, all we can do is hold onto the big things and try to get through the day. In those moments, it seems like our grace tank is empty and the meter has flown right out the window.

Until I'm reminded that HIS grace is sufficient for me. That I am made strong thru HIM in my weakness.

'But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.' - 2 Corinthians 12:9

Sometimes I feel like my ability to extend grace is directly tied to the amount of sleep I get at night, or the milligrams of caffeine coursing through my veins, or the amount of crazy that might be running through my head.

Grace is not contingent on our power and strength.

I'm hoping if your grace meter is running on low, or you have let that judgment monster have free reign in your life lately, that maybe we could take some time today and pray for each other?

It is only thru the Giver of Grace that our tank can be filled to overflowing, even in our most caffeine and sleep deprived moments.

Let's remember WHO fills up our grace tank. Let's look to Him for an abundance in our weakest moments, to show His great and mighty strength. We can do it. All we need is a little caffeine and a whole lot of prayer!

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25 comments:

  1. "Grace tank" that's a wonderful phrase. I have certainly been on the low side before! It's less likely to make me judge-y than terrible impatient!

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  2. I've been having many days like this, Nicki, in particular yesterday. But then I made myself prayer journal about my feelings and God turned it from a cry-session to an eye-opening-love-and-redemption-pouring-down-on-my-head session! I'm praying for you, girlfriend, that you feel His arms wrapping around you and reminding you of the good He is bringing out of this hard, loss-filled season. Hugs

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  3. I think that's the cool thing about how God wired us, Melissa. Our tank is empty, He always fills it...but the rest is so individual and unique. You get irritable and impatient, I get that, plus a big side helping of judgment. :)

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  4. You are so sweet Linda! Thank you for your kind words. Yes...looking into the heart and seeing how God has lavished so much grace onto us unworthy beings is definitely a great way to fill up our tank! :) Blessings to you for a beautiful week xoxo

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  5. Oh me too friend, me too. So tough, isn't it? But our God is so good and gracious! And thankfully so patient! :) I love prayer journals!!! My problem is I start them and always take FOREVER to finish one! Praying for you too sweet lady. xoxo

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  6. I'm so thankful that I don't have to rely on me filling up my grace tank! I can be like you in snap judgment department, I don't mean to but they seem to fly out sometimes. So praise Him and the strength He provides and the grace He pours out!

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  7. Thank you for the reminder that His grace is always sufficient for me. I think I am most hard on myself and I do find when I am tired that I do not have the grace to extend to others. Its' so much work!

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  8. Haha. Absolutely LOVE your candidness in this post! "When I'm tired and overwhelmed I turn into a judging monster." Thank you for being honest, real, transparent, calling God's people to the grace He's freely given. UNITE Linky so appreciates you this week, friend! ~ Jen

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  9. Yes! So thankful for the immeasurable grace and mercy our Father pours out to us Winter! Isn't it nice to know we are all in the same boat, so to speak? Blessings!

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  10. Oh Barbie you are not alone. I am way too hard on myself too sometimes. So thankful we have others to come alongside us and remind us that He is all we need. :) Blessings!

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  11. Judging monster is scary Jen, for reals! :) Wish there were more like us, willing to admit our flaws. So thankful for online sisters who encourage. Blessings :)

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  12. Judging Monster. Ouch. That's me!! And I don't want it to be me...I agree when I am exhausted (alot lately) and WITHOUT coffee (rarely) I am more judgmental :( and that makes me sad. Lord, help me to confess and accept His Grace! Visiting from #TellHisStory ♥

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  13. It seems tonight that through every blog post I read, the Lord is speaking to me directly in areas where I have been struggling. Judgmentalness ihas definitely been one of those areas I struggle with.


    I appreciated your honesty and it made me feel better to know that we all can fall into this, but how wonderful of you to call us all to pray for one another to seek the Giver of Grace to become more gracious.


    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Thanks for such an honest post! We all have our struggles, and it's because of those struggles we reach out for God's grace in the first place. If we could do it all on our own, we would never lean on Him like He intended. :) Grace! I'm SO thankful for it.

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  15. Yes! So true. It really does seem that alot of our "faults" come out when we are running on empty...that's so why we need to fill up with Jesus! Blessings!

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  16. I LOVE how God sends messages to us like that Karen. That's awesome. May you feel confident as you go forward and make the changes God is calling you too...and don't forget to ask for prayer and a little help from family and friends along the way. Blessings to you! :)

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  17. Amen to that! So true Tasha. And so thankful for new mercies that greet us every morning. Blessings!

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  18. I LOVED both of these posts! Thank you for your honest heart and the truths you've spoken!

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  19. Glad you found them helpful Nikki! :)

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  20. YES! Most definitely let's pray for one another Nicki. It is so easy to fall into a judgement cycle yet so difficult to climb out of it. I just shared this post and hope that others feel compelled to recognize this in themselves too. Nicki, I just prayed for you and I will keep praying because I truly believe that we all need support and encouragement. I'm praying for us both, to not have "knee jerk" reactions to judge people when we see them but rather look through the lens of Christ in order to see their needs instead of their faults. Thanks for sharing so honestly.

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  21. Hey Nicki, I think you are just wonderful and you really hit it where it's at. I think if we all admit it we would say that our Grace tank runs low a lot of the time. I like you get frustrated and judgemental, so thank you for the reminder about who we should. turn turn and who is filling our tank. I am so sorry about your pet and may God comfort you at this time. I remember when I was a teenager we had a loud and scruffy dog and we so missed him when he died, it was like part of the family was missing so I want you to know that we care and understand. Blessings to you and thanks for sharing so openly and honestly at Good Morning Mondays.

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  22. This is so true...so easy to judge, so hard to fall out of that trap. Thank you for the prayers (and for sharing with others), and for being real that you too don't have it all together. :) Blessings!

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  23. Yes, His grace is more than sufficient for an empty tank Deb. Blessings friend. xoxo (big hugs to you and can't wait to see what's next in your ministry!)

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  24. Awww, thank you for the sweet words Terri. You are such a sweetheart. It is hard to lose our beloved little furry friends. The house is so much more empty, but God has been so good filling up that space with friends and loved moments. I am happy to hear that I'm not alone in this struggle. We all have a need to "get it together" and when we don't, we like to judge others...so not the response we should have. Thank the Lord literally for His grace! xoxo

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  25. I appreciate this follow-up to last week's post, Nicki. While the Bible teaches that Christians are called to hold each other accountable to living according to its precepts, it also reprimands the kind of critical attitude you describe here - one we all struggle with at times! How thankful I am that grace isn't contingent on my strength, but on His! Thanks for linking up with us at Grace & Truth!

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