Potty training was a mess, tiring, challenging but humorous and joyous. It was in those imperfect moments of questioning myself as a mom, of losing my patience with my kids, and of feeling defeated at times that I was able to now look back and see God's beautiful grace and lessons in my life. Those difficult potty training moments showed me that as hard as we try to prepare, life is unexpected, plans get changed, and perceptions are often not reality. I had this notion that if I tried to do things by the book (literally, a potty training book), it would be a breeze. I was utterly wrong. I realized that when I started to humble myself and look at potty training as a teaching experience rather than a goal to be accomplished, it became easier to connect and show compassion to my little ones. When I started to trust my intuition and lean on God's strength, potty training became less hectic and more peaceful. My 3 year old trained pretty fast and my 2 year old is slowly learning. Although, there will be set backs I am more aware now of learning to respond to the setbacks with grace.
The biggest potty training lesson was for me and not my kids, it was realizing that through God's grace I am completely loved by Him even in my imperfections; most likely more loved during my imperfections. That my weaknesses are okay, and that the imperfections in myself (anxiety and fears) will improve and change because life isn't constant. The lesson is knowing and believing that God covers our imperfections with His PERFECT love. Through His perfect love, we learn to love others despite our differences and imperfections.