Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Five Tips for Getting Through Tough Times, Plus a Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway!

I’m excited to share that my new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times, arrives in stores today! As bestselling author Mary Beth Chapman notes in the foreword of the book, “Whatever you have experienced that has caused winter to ascend and blanket your soul like snow covering a frozen lake will eventually lead you to a warm, flower-filled spring.” Here are a few tips to help you navigate the stormy seas of life. They’re all based on some of the inspirational stories you’ll read in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times.

1. Change your perspective. When Sally Dixon’s job as a pastry chef turned out to be stressful and not the wonderful opportunity she’d expected, she wallowed in self-pity. But when she changed her attitude by committing to do the best job she could “for the glory of God,” she discovered that her efforts weren’t a waste of time. She was able to find satisfaction in a job well done and find purpose in her work.

2. Shift your priorities. Jennie Bradstreet’s young son was exhibiting poor behavior due to the stress of dealing with his father’s cancer and the changes it brought to their household. When Jennie first got the idea to encourage her son to let off steam by smashing her kitchen dishes, she resisted the destruction of her property -- until she realized that her son’s emotions and wellbeing were of greater value than any material thing.

3. Hand over your burdens. Kathleen Kohler was devastated by her son’s involvement with drugs and gangs. But the more she relinquished her need to control an uncontrollable situation, the more she saw signs of “God’s protective hand” on her son’s life. She realized that though others had given up on her son, his Heavenly Father never would. This discovery brought about an “underlying peace in the midst of the turmoil.”

4. Reach out to others. When Rita Billbe’s teenage son died, her first instinct was to hide at home and avoid contact with her son’s friends, who only reminded her of her loss. But when she forced herself to attend a high school baseball game, she received a precious gift from her son’s teammates: enormous love and strength from every hug they doled out. It was a “line-up” that she would never forget.

5. Count your blessings. Lindy Schneider was devastated when her husband’s new job meant a move to another state. All she could focus on was their losses: leaving behind treasured friends and family, losing their home, pulling her children from their schools. But a bus trip directed her attention to the beautiful bougainvilleas at the side of the road. Suddenly, she was looking for -- and finding -- those bright pink flowers everywhere! And every sighting of bougainvilleas in her new state reminded her of the blessings that still bloomed in their lives.

GIVEAWAY

Three (3) lucky winners will receive a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times! To enter, leave a comment below sharing a tip or piece of advice you’ve learned for dealing with tough times. You must do this to enter the giveaway.

After fulfilling the mandatory entry above, you can earn optional, additional entries if you:

- Follow @chickensoupsoul and @ParentingAuthor on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. You may tweet up to 3x a day. (Please space them at least an hour apart.) Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (1 entry per tweet)

- Like Chicken Soup for the Soul on Facebook. (1 entry)

- Like Susan Heim on Parenting on Facebook and/or follow on Networked Blogs. (1 entry for each; leave 2 comments)

- Subscribe to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS, Google Friend Connect and/or Kindle. Leave a comment for each subscription method. (1 entry for each subscription method for up to 4 entries)

- Place a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog and/or a text link on your blog roll. Post a comment with your blog’s URL. (1 entry for button; 1 entry for text link)

- Enter another current giveaway on Susan Heim on Parenting. (1 entry per giveaway entered)

Three (3) winners will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at 11:59 PM ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winner must respond to the notification email within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winners: Anonymous (felecia@twinoaksfl.org); Ms. Frugalista; and, Terra H.!





148 comments:

  1. I get through the tough times by relying on my family and putting one foot in front of the other!

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  13. Simone9:29 PM

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  28. I have been through so much in the last 10 years... I have learned that even when you are on rock bottom, nothing can get worse, a light will shine through, if you open your eyes. Help and encouragement will come from places you least expect or from people you do not know at all.

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  39. I like to talk things through with one of the 4 best friends in my life: my daughter, my fiance, my mother and my childhood girlfriend.

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  40. Pauline Milner3:15 PM

    Whenever faced with difficult times in our lives, it is imperative to have a support system. It is important to have family and friends that you can count on to lend an ear and offer solicited advice. Without a support system, one would feel very lonely in this world. I am glad I am lucky enough to have a lot of people who care about me and my well being. It makes life much happier. ~Pauline

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  50. My tip is that no matter what is happening in my life I always choose to give it one more day no matter what is bringing me down.

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  78. We've called a family meeting to assure each other that we are here for each other. And together we will weather these terrible economic times.

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  79. My tip has worked for me for a lifetime: BELIEVE...There's always a bit o' sunshine to be found peekin' out o' the clouds!

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  90. MANDATORY ENTRY: Advice I was always told during difficult or tough times is..."God will NEVER give you more than you can handle?" I live by that advice!
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  104. Anonymous11:23 PM

    We experienced a rather trying and traumatic time with our oldest child. I find that you just have to breathe in, breathe out and the minutes pass. Minutes become an hour and then the hours pass. With each hour things improve. The idea of 'this too shall pass'.
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  112. I am still in the midst of figuring out how to resist the temptation to eat a pound box of See's candies when stressed out about my marriage issues...but I know I can do it. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I figure it is cheaper than medication :)

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  114. Anonymous12:13 PM

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  115. Anonymous8:53 PM

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  147. It will get better, no matter how bad the situation seems. It will get better in time.

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