Wondering How to Beat Holiday Blues and Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions?

The most wonderful time of the year is here!

And while many people are busy with the festivities, there are some who deal with stress, grief, and even depression.

There is a lot to unpack from a not-so-great 2021, and the pandemic is first on the list. Everyone has gone through something this year that made them feel down and blue. You, too, might be feeling that the holidays amplified the losses and grief you experienced during the pandemic.

If you are struggling with holiday blues, you are not alone.

The holiday blues are real and have affected many Filipinos, but you can overcome!

Join Registered Psychologist, Psychometrician, and Beyond Small Talk host Dr. Ali Ng Gui as she talks about holiday blues and how you can properly deal with grief and losses during the holiday season. Catch this webisode on December 25, 2021.

Stay tuned because on January 1, 2022 webisode, Dr. Ng Gui will give tips on how to make your New Year’s Resolutions work and build habits that can make a positive change in your life in 2022!

Learn how you can make the most out of your Christmas and New Year!

Watch Beyond Small Talk and join the online discussion this Saturday, December 25, 2021 and on January 1, 2022, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Meanwhile, if you are struggling with holiday blues and don’t know how to handle it, we want to pray for you. Just call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send a message through our Facebook page.

Lonely this Christmas Here are 3 Simple Tips to Ease Holiday Loneliness

Lonely this Christmas? Here are 3 Simple Tips to Ease Holiday Loneliness

For many Filipinos, Christmas is a joyful season packed with reunions, get-togethers, and parties. It’s the spirit of Paskong Pinoy!

As the whole country gears up for this festive time, however, some people find it hard to have a merry Christmas.

Financial stress, health challenges, or work and relationship problems could keep some of us from spending the holidays with their loved ones. It could create feelings of isolation and loneliness.

If you’re feeling sad and alone, don’t worry. You can still make the holidays merry and bright!

Here are 3 simple tips to ease your Christmas loneliness:

Lonely this Christmas Here are 3 Simple Tips to Ease Holiday Loneliness

1. Ease loneliness through prayers

You are not as alone as you think. Through prayers, you could experience that Jesus Christ—the real reason for this season—is with you. You may be physically or emotionally away from others, but God promises that He will draw near to you as you draw near to Him.

Pour your heart out to God and allow Him to comfort you with His presence. Don’t let loneliness win. Beat it away by expressing gratitude! Pray and thank God for His sustaining grace.

Isn’t it amazing that even in all the chaos that happened, we’re still alive and celebrating another Christmas? If you’re feeling lonely this holiday, pray and thank God. Come close to Jesus and He will come close to You.

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8 ESV)

Lonely this Christmas Here are 3 Simple Tips to Ease Holiday Loneliness

2. Ease loneliness by reading the Bible

Are you feeling lonely this Christmas? Open and read your Bible.

The Word of God is one of the best sources of hope and comfort. The Center for Bible Engagement found that those who read the Bible four or more times a week is 30% less likely to struggle with loneliness.

So, when you feel lonely, consider taking at least 15 minutes at the start of your day to read Scripture and pray. God’s character and promises are revealed through its pages, and you will find comfort in the truth that He is always with you.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5 NIV)

Lonely this Christmas Here are 3 Simple Tips to Ease Holiday Loneliness

3. Ease loneliness by reaching out to others

If you’re feeling lonely this Christmas, don’t isolate yourself. And instead of waiting for others to reach out to you, go ahead and reach out to them!

First, reach out to your family and friends. Second, reach out to people who might be feeling lonely too, and build friendships. You can still be close to people in the time of social distancing! Check up on people because sometimes, one text or call is all it takes to encourage others and yourself.

Lastly, fight loneliness by helping others. The Clinical Psychological Science Journal affirms that helping others can reduce loneliness—so find joy in giving gifts, volunteering to outreach activities, or donating to families in need!

See how you can bless others in your own little ways and experience the blessing in giving.

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:25 ESV) 

Lonely this Christmas Here are 3 Simple Tips to Ease Holiday Loneliness

Are you feeling lonely this Christmas?

Find hope and joy while listening to Reverb Worship PH and Star Music’s heartwarming single, Dahilan ng Maligayang Pasko! Stream the song on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, and all digital streaming platforms worldwide.

For more updates, follow Reverb Worship PH on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

How to Find Joy and Peace This Christmas

5 Ways to Find Joy and Peace This Christmas

How have you been feeling as Christmas is fast approaching?

If you are no longer enchanted by sparkling Christmas decorations and Christmas carols, you are not alone.

In an article on VeryWell Mind, it is said that more people are getting lonelier at this season. For a few to several reasons, many people are feeling anxious, sad, and frustrated during this time.

In the past year, maybe you are one of the people who have lost jobs, opportunities, or loved ones. And as you look back, you only see a year full of challenges and losses.

Amid these difficulties in your career, family, health, and finances, joy and peace this Christmas are still possible.

Here are 5 practical ways to experience a meaningful holiday:

1. Write a gratitude list

Graduate Professor Michelle Maidenberg said in an article on Psychology Today that practicing an attitude of gratitude helps you boost your confidence and positivity in life.

Furthermore, practicing gratitude helps you handle your stress well. So whatever situation you are in, always make room for gratitude.

Being grateful is not just limited to the remarkable things happening in your life. Sometimes, life gives you so many amazing things to be grateful for in the mundane things in life.

You can list all these things on a small notebook or journal which you can keep and revisit every time you feel like there is nothing good happening around you.

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)

2. Encourage yourself

You might be someone who used to encourage others but this time, give it to yourself. As they say, you cannot pour from an empty cup so quench your thirst for encouragement.

So aside from keeping a list of the things you are grateful for today, having an encouraging Bible verse to keep you going is also helpful to keep you motivated.

The Word of God has stories and promises that are still relevant for you today. Meditate on God’s Word, and you will surely find joy and peace knowing that God has so many things in store for you.

Write down these scriptures and keep them in your heart and mind every day. Whenever you will feel lonely this holiday, Go back to these Bible verses and the joy of the Lord will follow you in whatever circumstances you’re in.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NLT)

How to Find Joy and Peace This Christmas

3. Help someone today

As you encourage yourself, pay it forward, and help someone this Christmas season.

According to an article in Psychology Today, by shifting your attention to helping other people, you will not just make them feel better, but you will also feel better about yourself.

Random acts of kindness towards others can help you feel joyful and peaceful. Take note they do not necessarily have to be grand gestures. You can start by blessing someone today by reaching out to and praying for them.

Aside from this, you can also help others by blessing the disadvantaged people by donating to CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, Operation Blessing.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV)

4. Spend time in prayer

Nothing beats prayer.

In whatever season of your life, whether you have a merry Christmas or a lonely holiday, never forget to pray.

According to an article of Crosswalk, prayer should be as natural as breathing, a way of life.

What’s more, God honors your prayer! Plus, He sees every tear from your eyes as you pray. So, if you want to seek unshakeable peace even in your situation, surrender all your problems in prayer.

As you pray, expect that you will receive unconditional joy from God who always cares for you.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)

How to Find Joy and Peace This Christmas

5. Revisit Jesus’ birth story

Lastly, may you find joy and peace this Christmas season in the ultimate reason, which is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Despite the things you have lost this year, you can find comfort in knowing that you have received the greatest gift you could ever have, and it is Jesus.

His birth that saved you from sin is more than enough reason for you to be grateful, joyful, and peaceful this Christmas season.

“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:11 NIV)

How to Find Joy and Peace This Christmas

Let the song Dahilan ng Maligayang Pasko remind you of the real reason for the season! It is out now on all digital streaming platforms! The song is produced by Reverb Worship PH, CBN Asia’s music arm, and ABS-CBN’s Star Music.

Stream Dahilan ng Maligayang Pasko and follow Reverb Worship PH on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for more updates.

CBN Asia News “Pagsusuri” Sheds Light on Important Issues, Tackles Twitter Alters on Pilot Episode

CBN Asia News Pagsusuri, an online news magazine program, is set to shed light on pressing issues and events and uncover the truth from a Biblical perspective—starting December 18.

Giving you weekly in-depth journalism piece every Saturday night, CBN Asia News Pagsusuri probes into the most controversial social issues, important events, and their implications to give viewers a fresh perspective, hope, and informed opinion at the end of the day.

“Filipinos seek for the truthfulness and enlightenment on every issue that surrounds and affects them. Sadly, news stories that dominate all forms of media are mostly bad news that offer no hope at all to suffering Filipinos,” said host and producer Joash Bermejo.

He continued, “CBN Asia News Pagsusuri aims to be a vehicle of empowering Filipinos to make informed decisions by providing them the truth on every issue according to God’s truth, justice, and righteousness.”

On its first offering titled “Sa Ngalan ng Edukasyon,” CBN Asia News Pagsusuri looks into the controversial world of Twitter “alters.” It takes the viewers on an in-depth look of online prostitution and recounts stories of students who are forced to sell private content for the sake of their education.

The episode is hosted by Bermejo, through the editorial guidance of Becky Cabral, Executive Producer of The 700 Club Asia.

CBN Asia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer shares that it has always been the ministry’s vision to create an online news show that presents relevant issues through the lens of truth.

“I am very excited about CBN Asia News Pagsusuri. We have always wanted to create a current affairs program for a long time and now it’s finally here. Now, we can glean from today’s social issues and examine them through the lens of the Bible—God’s Holy Word. I hope and pray that Pagsusuri will help guide God’s children in navigating these complicated and confusing times,” Tan said.

Shed light on important issues and uncover the truths with CBN Asia News Pagsusuri!

Catch it every Saturday, 8:00 PM, on its Facebook page and YouTube channel. Be sure to like and subscribe to never miss any update.

Experiencing Pandemic Stress? Here are 5 Tips to Cope

Imposed quarantines from time to time, news about the rise and fall of COVID-19 cases here and there, plus health and safety reminders everywhere. Can you believe that the world has been battling this pandemic for over a year and a half now?

How are you holding up?

If these unsettling scenarios stress and fill you with anxiety, know that God wants you to be free from all worries (Psalm 34:4).

God gives you the power to break free from stress!

You can manage your pandemic stress! Here are essential tips from inspirational speaker and Beyond Small Talk guest, Carl Pascua.

Tip #1: Slow down and rest

Did you find yourself feeling extra stressed when the pandemic started? You are not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the pandemic.

Perhaps, uncertainty becomes the gasoline that fuels your stress fire.

Don’t worry. You don’t need to force yourself to be okay all the time. Carl suggests that you process your emotions. Take time to figure out where the sadness or stress comes from and take a much-needed rest.

Tip #2: Exercise and stay healthy

Science has long proven that your mind and body are strongly linked.

“Remember, a healthy body can result into a healthy mind and a good emotional condition,” Carl reminds.

The American Psychological Association support’s Carl’s assertion and states that as your mental health declines, your physical health can worsen, and if your physical health declines, you can feel mentally “down.”

So, get off the couch and start a simple exercise routine. Also, be extra mindful of what you eat!

Tip #3: Talk about your problems

Whether it’s with a family member, a trusted friend, or a mentor, sharing your thoughts and concerns with other people can help relieve stress.

Likewise, you can help others feel that they’re not alone, too!

Like you, each person you know could be fighting a battle you don’t know about. So don’t hesitate to reach out. Encourage each other and build each other up! (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT)

Tip #4: Let go of the idea about control

Who would’ve thought that by 2020, going to malls, restaurants – or even work – could be a health risk? Who would’ve thought that by the summer of 2021, you would still be cooped up in your home and praying for a pandemic to end?

No one.

But it happened. This goes to show that no matter what your plans are, you cannot control everything. Ease your pandemic stress by letting go of your need to control things, and trusting in Someone greater who is always in control – Jesus Christ.

As Proverbs 19:21 ESV puts it, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Tip #5: Put your faith in Him

If anything, the pandemic proved the famous saying, “Everything changes, except the word change.”

If you put your happiness and trust in things that change – like your career, health, or even relationships – you might feel stressed when things don’t work out the way you had hoped they would. It’s high time to put your joy and faith in a God who never changes.

“Other people may not understand everything that is going on in your life, but God knows. That means you can go to Him, cry to Him, and you can seek help from Him. Problems can be big, but our God is bigger, our God is stronger!” Carl concluded.

No matter what you’re going through, keep going! You can always find comfort and overcome through the help of your merciful God!

“In the multitudes of anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul.” (Psalm 94:19 NKJV)

Do you feel overwhelmed or stressed?

We are here for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we will pray for you.

Mark your calendars and catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel!

Ask Gizmo Pilipinas

Have Fun This Christmas with Ask Gizmo Pilipinas!

Gizmo has special Christmas news for you, Batang Superbook! Ask Gizmo is launching in the Philippines tomorrow, December 8!

Ask Gizmo Pilipinas

Ask Gizmo Pilipinas is a live event where your favorite robot, Gizmo, will answer your questions about life, Superbook, and God. Just type in your questions during the livestream, and Gizmo will answer them using his seven nanometer processor with low latency six-time high efficiency multi-threaded data core! 😉  Yes, Gizmo will answer your questions LIVE!

But wait, there’s more! Gizmo is also giving away Superbook prizes for 50 livestream viewers who will participate in the selfie contest! Don’t forget to watch the live show to discover how to join. It’s going to be an early Superbook Christmas party full of fun and learning!

Are you excited to meet Gizmo? He’s currently busy gearing up to answer your questions! You can still join in on the fun by sending your questions today.

Gizmo will be waiting for you on Wednesday, December 8, 4:00 pm, on Batang Superbook’s Facebook page and YouTube channel!

See you, Batang Superbook!

3 Tips to Support Kids’ Mental Health in the New Normal

3 Tips to Support Kids’ Mental Health in the New Normal

You know better than anyone how your child’s life has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although many kids are remarkably resilient, some are still struggling to adjust with the changes.

This is natural. The routine that once made them a sense of control and freedom have been erased. Classrooms have become computer screens, playgrounds were closed, and their friendships were put on pause.

It’s understandable that they might feel irritable, frustrated, or even sad sometimes.

Wondering how you can support your child’s mental health? Here are 3 tips:

3 Tips to Support Kids’ Mental Health in the New Normal

1. Talk to your child

Children feel big emotions that they don’t always have the words for.

So it’s best to ask and help them identify how they feel about the current situation. Validate their emotions. Explain why they can’t go out. Ask if they have concerns or questions then answer in a truthful, calm way.

Reassure them that you are always there whenever they need someone to talk to.

3 Tips to Support Kids’ Mental Health in the New Normal

2. Encourage healthy habits

Kids can feel and do better during this challenging time if they get enough sleep, eat healthy meals, and exercise regularly.

That’s why it’s important to re-establish your family’s daily routine—including your child’s online classes, household chores, and relaxation.

Encourage activities that boost their mood, such as watching child-friendly shows like Superbook.

3 Tips to Support Kids’ Mental Health in the New Normal

3. Help them develop a sound mind

Everyone—including your child—is prone to stress, cabin fever, and moments of fear.

Help them develop a sound mind and find comfort in God by teaching them how to pray.

3 Tips to Support Kids’ Mental Health in the New Normal

Superbook opened its Kids Prayer Line to help kids pray!

Children may call (02) 8-737-0-700 or send their prayer requests through Batang Superbook’s Facebook page.

Celebrate Christmas with Reverb Worship PH, Star Music’s “Dahilan ng Maligayang Pasko”

Christmas came early with Reverb Worship PH and Star Music’s newest holiday single, Dahilan ng Maligayang Pasko” – out NOW!

The pandemic Christmas may be cold, the world may feel dark, but there would always be room for hope and joy. “Dahilan ng Maligayang Pasko” is about fixing our eyes on Jesus—our true source of hope and the real reason for this season!

The song is performed by a roster of veteran and rising artists such as Jona, Angela Ken, Zephanie, Trisha Denise, Tim Pavino, Charmaine and Dennis Campañer, Neo Rivera, Nolo Lopez, Jex De Castro, Joselle Feliciano, Tricia Amper-Jimenez, and Alexa Kauffman.

“Dahilan ng Maligayang Pasko” is composed and produced by Jonathan Manalo and arranged by Tommy Katigbak—under CBN Asia’s music arm, Reverb Worship PH and Star Music.

No matter how tough this new normal has been, “Dahilan ng Maligayang Pasko” is a perfect breather for anyone who’s had a long year. It’s time to hang the decorations and play this festive song that reassures us that this year’s Christmas is in fact, still merry!

CBN Asia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Valdes Tan invites you to open your hearts and revisit the spirit of Christmas with this heartwarming single.

“The song is a reminder that there are still reasons to celebrate Christmas despite the difficulties brought by the pandemic. God gave His only son so that through Jesus we can overcome all trials and challenges. We have eternal life because He came. We can celebrate the coming of our Lord, because with Him, is the Kingdom of God.”

Stream “Dahilan ng Maligayang Pasko” on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, and all digital streaming platforms worldwide!

For more updates, follow Reverb Worship PH on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

3 Keys to Remain Hopeful Amid Challenging Season

Are you losing the reasons to keep going in your life?

Are you weary and feeling defeated from the seemingly never-ending series of challenges during the pandemic?

You are not alone.

Here are three tips to remain hopeful amid challenging times from Beyond Small Talk guest, Ruther Urquia who has also gone through rough patches in his own life this pandemic.

1. Trust God

Your situation today is not your final destination.

Keep on believing that God is using these challenges to lead you to the best destination. The roadblocks you are facing today are part of your journey towards a purpose-driven life.

“You should not measure your life with just a single episode. God is using all these events in your life to create His plan,” Ruther explained.

More than that, believe that these circumstances will eventually be part of a beautiful testimony of God’s faithfulness in the future.

2. Choose to thank God

“You can’t choose to be happy,” Ruther remarked.

And probably, you are in this season of your life when happiness is not in the offering, but there is always room for gratitude.

You can always choose to thank God for your life today regardless of your situation.

It may not be the breakthrough that you are expecting, but choose to thank God for the blessing of life and daily provision that He continuously provides for you.

3. Remain grateful to God

Amid the challenging season of your life, keep a grateful heart.

Remaining grateful to God every day will keep you grounded and hopeful that our all-knowing God can turn things around in His perfect time.

God will never abandon you even in this season of your life.

“Whatever you’re going through, God is with you,” Ruther encouraged.

So, the next time you will feel defeated, frustrated, and dismayed in your life, remember to fix your eyes on the Lord. You will receive the unshakable hope from Him even during your challenging season.

Have you been experiencing a tough time in your life lately?

Begin with your steps to peace today!

And if you need someone to talk to about these challenges in your life, let us pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Stay tuned for the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Happy watching!

It’s 11.11! Make Christmas Extra Meaningful for Your Loved Ones this Christmas!

Christmas is a season of giving, but let us not forget that the real reason for it is Jesus! This year, give your children, pamangkins, and inaanaks gifts that would remind them about the real meaning of Christmas.

SuperGifts for Kids of All Ages

Are you still finalizing your Christmas shopping list? Don’t worry because we can help you with that! If you’re looking for Christ-centered and engaging gifts for the kids and adults alike, visit SuperGiftsPH on Shopee and Lazada! The best part? You can get these items for a minimum donation of 95 pesos only!

SuperGiftsPH offers many gift options for kids of all ages. You can find shirts and hoodies that are perfect for your holiday family matching outfits! Children will enjoy Superbook Activity and Coloring Books! There are also new Superbook Tracing Books to help younger kids practice their writing and drawing skills while having fun.

Also, during this pandemic, it’s essential to be extra careful in avoiding the virus to stay healthy. It’s a good thing that you can get Superbook face masks with inspiring messages for a gift of only 100 pesos!

Superbook DVDs are also available so the whole family can watch their favorite episodes anytime!

Perfect Time to Shop For Christmas Gifts

11.11 is the best time to shop for Christmas gifts! Because of the holiday rush, some shops take a while to ship items. But when you check out items on 11.11, you’d have enough time to receive them before Christmas! Did you know that you can also you can get your SuperGifts with zero shipping fee on 11.11?

What are you waiting for! Visit us on Shopee (https://shopee.ph/supergiftsph) and Lazada (https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/supergiftsph/) to donate and get your SuperGifts just in time for Christmas.

Have a SUPER merry Christmas with Jesus!

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