The Pride Fight {Potty Training 101}

Her face said it all. The corners of her little mouth turned down… her lower lip poking out a little further than the upper. Red blotches covering her cheeks and forehead. Tears streaming, as her eyebrows angrily formed a V above her nose. Mommy was finally putting her foot down. No more pull-ups.

For months, we have struggled with the potty. Good days and bad days. The bad days dominated by stubbornness and a need to be in control. Hmmm… Katherine is definitely my daughter. She has moments where she fights me with every bit of physical and emotional strength she’s got.

But I love her. With every bit of strength I’ve got.

I guess God often sees me as I described Katherine in the first paragraph. Still fighting  to get my way. Still holding onto my pride. My need for control. My need to have it “my way.” Becoming weaker by the minute.

The pride fight is especially tough for me. Sometimes I think I struggle more than others. Remember The Truman Show? Somewhere in the deepest part of my soul, in the parts of me that I don’t like to examine or talk about, I feel like I am supposed to be Truman. The world is supposed to revolve around me. But that is not who I really want to be. It’s just my selfish human nature. 

My pride gets in the way of so many blessings that God has prepared for me. Somehow I get mixed up, believing that the things I WANT are the blessings God SHOULD want for me. And holding on to those wants is exactly what prevents me from receiving God’s true blessings. I can only find out what He really wants for me when I give it all over.

Sure I have (a lot of) moments where, like Katherine, I fight Him with every bit of physical and emotional strength I’ve got. And in the same way that I love Katherine with everything I’ve got, I’m thankful that…

He loves me. With every bit of strength He’s got.

22 Responses to "The Pride Fight {Potty Training 101}"

  • Vicky Says:

    I can so relate as we have been struggling with potty training my daughter as well. I love how you relate that to a relationship to God.

    I am a new follower from voiceBoks. Would love a follow back at


  • Becky Jane Says:

    I agree with you...and when He puts his foot down...well, my lower lip sticks out and I usually get tears in my eyes! Thankfully, experience is a good teacher and I am fighting less and less *hopefully*

    Thanks for joining our vB Christian Mom’s Blog Hop! I look forward to reading about your experiences a Christian Mom!

    Becky Jane

  • Jennifer | Imitation by Design Says:

    Isn't it great that God loves us in spite of ourselves?  Pride is something that I definitely struggle.  I get it my head that I know how things "should" go, but I'm usually wrong.

    I'm joining Becky Jane in thanking you for being part of the Christian Mom's Blog Hop sponsored by VoiceBoks!  It's such a blessing to be able to learn from other Christian moms!


  • Olusola Says:

    That's true and insightful. Like you, my pride has got in the way of so many things, I really need to just pack it up and throw it in the dumpster instead of regularly getting tripped up

    Visiting from vB member to remember

  • Kathy Says:

    I was feeling this way just about an hour ago, not being content where I was and getting angry I wasn't someplace else. Then I realized that I am where I'm supposed to be and to enjoy the moment. Always hard for me!! Great to find you on VoiceBoks and the memebers to remember list!

  • Katherine Says:

    Fabulous post, so inspirational! It must be something with those Katherine's because I feel the same way sometimes. I commend you on your incredible attitude :) I'm Katherine, Stopping by from VoiceBoks

  • Savannah Says:

    What a great reminder of His love to us all, Thanks!

  • Paula Ebert Says:

    Thanks so much! :) And I'm already a follower of your blog. Have a great weekend!

  • Paula Ebert Says:

    Thanks Becky! And yes, that describes me perfectly, as well. :) I look forward to reading your blog, too.

  • Paula Ebert Says:

    Yes it is! :) Thanks for stopping by. And I am incredibly grateful to have found this great community!

  • Paula Ebert Says:

    Yep, I struggle with it a lot! So glad you stopped by! :)

  • Paula Ebert Says:

    Thank you, Katherine! :) Great name by the way!! So glad you stopped by.

  • shelly b Says:

    I have a child that tests me to my breaking point on a daily basis, but I love her with all my heart and feel soo blessed to have her.  These hard times, they won't last forever, but family DOES.  I wish I had more of the family I have now growing up and what life will be like for my 4 incredible children.  As the song goes through the hard times, 'It won't be like this for long.'  You are a survivor and an inspiration.  New follower & fan here!


  • andrearichmond Says:

    I'm in the same boat w/my little guy.   Good luck!  New follower from VB.

  • Lane Lexie Says:

    Awww.... sometimes it's so refreshing to know that no matter what, you are truly loved unconditionally.  Beautiful post. 

  • Paula Ebert Says:

    Thank you, Shelly! :) Yes, I'm trying to remember how much I will miss these days. And I am very thankful that our kids will have each other as they grow up... and when they ARE grown up. :)

  • Paula Ebert Says:

    YES! Thank you so much, Lexie!

  • Lara Says:

    Thanks for stopping by Simple-Homemaking! Great site, I totally relate to this post.


  • Kristen Says:

    What a great analogy. Those potty training days can be very frustrating, but putting in this perspective sure can give you more patience. Thanks for a lovely reminder.

  • lisa Says:

    Thank you for sharing-I found you through vB.   I am your newest following.  When you have a minute stop by and say hi. 

  • Rosann Says:

    I'm potty training my almost 3yr old daughter right now and boy is it frustrating at times.  She knows exactly what to do and where, she just isn't used to stopping what she's doing to run to the potty.  We're getting there though.  Thanks for sharing this post!  It is so true that pride sort of blinds us from God's blessings.  If only we'd relax and trust Him...

    Visiting from VoiceBoks! 

    Many Blessings,

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