3 Signs of a Toxic Relationship and How to Break Free

Are you trapped in a wrong, toxic relationship?

It’s time to leave the past behind and find emotional freedom in your relationships. So how do you let go when love turns into abuse, betrayal, or heartaches?

Discover how beauty queen and Beyond Small Talk host Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz found freedom and healing from a toxic romantic relationship.

But first, what does a toxic relationship look like?

When you are in a toxic relationship, it could be hard to see the red flags. So here are some telling signs to help you weigh:

1. When you love your partner more than you love God

Jesus Himself calls you to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” (Matthew 22:37 NIV). If you love your boyfriend or girlfriend more than you love God, if your relationship hinders you from honoring God, that relationship is not healthy for you.

2. When your world revolves around your partner

If you find it impossible to focus on anything but your relationship, if you don’t spend time with your family, friends, or church because all your attention goes to your partner – it’s an obvious sign that the relationship is toxic, Healthline says.

3. When the relationship becomes emotionally or physically abusive

“When your partner tells you mean things, or you yourself turn into a mean person; if you are always fighting and shouting at each other, these are clear signs that you’re in a toxic relationship,” Lara shared. Relationships have highs and lows, but when a man disrespects you, you know that you have to let it go.

If you ticked all the boxes above, don’t fret. You can get out of that rut! Here are some ways to break free from toxic relationships:

1. Cry out for help

Letting go of a relationship that you care about is a difficult thing to do, even if that relationship hurts you. So don’t hesitate to ask for help – from the people who loves you, from the God who loves you.

“Cry out for help to God. You pray, ‘Lord I want to get out of this relationship because I know that it’s wrong. Will you please help me, will you please strengthen me?’ Lara said, learning from a wrong relationship she had when she was younger. “I tell you, it’s difficult! Even though my toxic relationship ended, I still wanted to get back to that person that time because my heart wasn’t right with God yet.”

That’s why it’s important to seek God’s help. The hold of a toxic relationship on you could be very strong, but God can help you escape the bondage of pain and help you walk in total freedom.

2. Surround yourself with people you can trust and guide you

Do you have a life group or a Bible study group?

Who are your trusted family members, friends, or churchmates?

You need to be surrounded by people who love you enough to tell you that the relationship is wrong. These people want the best for you and are willing to be accountable for you when you tell them what is happening in the relationship.

3. Make yourself busy in improving yourself

Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein of Psychology Today suggests that you can get out of a toxic relationship if you keep knowing your value.

Work on yourself, focus on your growth, pay attention to your other relationships, and try to get a new hobby that would occupy your mind. Focus on the things God has revealed to you. See life through His eyes and watch His goodness unfold!

4. Be intentional in spending time with God

God promised that there is healing.

For you to receive His healing, you need to intentionally open your Bible, pray, soak in His promises each day, and remind yourself of your identity in God’s eyes.

If you are scared of making this huge decision, Lara left an assuring message for you:

“If you think you cannot leave because no one will love you, that is not true. That is a lie because Jesus loves you so much! You just need to set your eyes on Him. Allow Him to strengthen you to get out of that relationship. If God was able to take me out of that relationship, He can do the same for you.”

Take a deep breath. You can do this. You can overcome with the love of God – the love heals you, comforts you, and remains for you.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 37-39 NKJV)

Are you looking for people who can pray for you and be accountable for you?

The CBN Asia Prayer Center is here to join you in prayers. We also have hundreds of faithful church partners across the country, just call 8-737-0-700 so we can connect you to a church near you.

Catch the next Beyond Small Talk webisode this Saturday, 7:00 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Families in Davao and Tacloban Felt Your Love through Operation Blessing’s Medical Mission

In a time of global pandemic, it is not only important to secure the health and safety of the people, but also to maintain their well-being.

Thankfully, no crisis stopped you from sharing God’s love to your kababayans, reaching people in need, and bringing healthcare closer to communities!

Through your faithful partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, you were able to deliver love, healing, and comfort to families in Davao and Tacloban.

Your kababayans in Community of Hope in Palanog, Tacloban received free medical, dental, and optical services—made more efficient with Operation Blessing’s state-of-the-art mobile clinic.

Volunteer medical personnel from the Philippine National Police, the DLL-Sagad Off-Roaders, and local church partner all took part in bringing medical support to both children and elders.

The kids felt “extra love” as the Superbook team spread hope, cheer, and goodies. Apart from the medical relief, the team prayed for all the beneficiaries and shared God’s saving love and encouragement!

The warmth of your love and care were also felt by your kababayans in Barangay San Jose in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.

With the help of medical volunteers, Sto. Tomas local government unit, 89 Infantry Battalion, 1003rd Brigade 10ID, and Medical Battalion 10ID, the members of Ata-Manobo tribe received much-needed medical support.

Residents were offered free medical, optical, and dental check-ups, while tribal kids availed of free circumcision—a service that was halted for two years, since the pandemic started.

The team also reached Barangay Kinamayan where many families availed of free medical and optical checkups, tooth extraction, as well as circumcision for the boys.

The kids also enjoyed some snacks and received their “Ang Aklat ng Pag-asa” (The Book of Hope) booklets. The beneficiaries—young and old—all went home with warm smiles after receiving relief and prayers from Operation Blessing’s medical mission.

What an incredible way to celebrate and express love this love month!

Come rain or shine, Operation Blessing continues to be at the forefront of bringing help to our kababayans and sharing God’s love and comfort. And all these efforts are possible because of your help!

This love month and beyond, you can continue sparking hope to more communities in Davao, Tacloban, and across the country.

Partner with Operation Blessing and support our upcoming medical missions! You may give any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can help or sponsor, contact 0918-906-7753 or send a message through Facebook.

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Reverb Worship PH Inspires You to Look for a Love that Lasts with Newest Song, “Pansumandali”

Have you ever tried to put your hope on temporary feelings and relationships? Have you sought a love you thought would last but ultimately did not?

Reverb Worship PH, CBN Asia’s music arm, is here to inspire you to look beyond temporary things and discover God’s constant love with its newest single titled, “Pansumandali.” Catch the song this February 14 on all digital streaming platforms worldwide!

Promising new artist Shekinah Gram shared, “I started writing the entire song based on the line ‘darating ‘yan at aalis din,’ a derivative of a quote from my mother. This line inspired me to ask questions that have been bugging me since the pandemic started, and in asking those I found one answer: The Word. Heaven and earth may fade but the Word remains.”

A bona fide storyteller, Shekinah serves as an International Producer at The Christian Broadcasting Network, while also writing her stories into songs. Through “Pansumandali,” she asks many questions, yet ultimately arrives at one eternal answer.

“I realized that what I feel and go through are valid, but not permanent.”

She continued, “At first, I was just writing this down like a diary entry, but now I’m sharing ‘Pansumandali’ to others who, like me, are in this season of waiting and asking many questions.”

CBN Asia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Valdes Tan hopes that Reverb Worship’s newest release would serve as an inspiration for many to rely on a love that lasts.

“‘Pansumandali’ gently reminds us to not put our hopes on the temporary but to believe in what’s eternal. Shekinah Gram beautifully sings her own composition to deliver a chill indie vibe, a genre new to the Reverb Worship line up. I hope everyone will enjoy this song and be reminded that in spite of whatever circumstances that surround us, God’s beautiful plans for His children will always prevail.”

Pre-save “Pansumandali” by Shekinah Gram today and stream the song on February 14, on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and YouTube. Follow Reverb Worship PH on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for more updates.

Here’s How You Brought Lifesaving Relief to Your Kababayans in Rizal

Mass vaccinations here and there, lockdowns lifted, and reopening of malls and face-to-face classes.

As the government slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions, you might feel as if the pandemic is over. You might feel that everything is going back to normal.

Here’s the truth: The pandemic is not yet over.

Weary and weakened Filipino families continue to go hungry as the crisis ensues. Food assistance is a vital lifeline for people who, after almost two years, are still reeling from the pandemic’s impact.

Many are still struggling to get by. Sadly, the current challenges have exhausted their resources and hope.

Thankfully, you stepped in!

Your partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, helped bring life-saving relief and spark hope to indigenous communities in Rizal.

Through your generosity, 150 indigent families in Sapinit, Antipolo, have received much-needed food bags last week. Though masks covered everyone’s smiles, the disaster response team and off-road volunteers surely felt the happiness and gratitude of the beneficiaries!

Meanwhile, undernourished children in Sitio Kabuhuan, Barangay Puray in Rodriguez, Rizal have gained weight after months of daily feeding!

They are part of Operation Blessing’s Bless-a-Child program and are all given healthy meals every day to improve their health and well-being.

Operation Blessing’s medical volunteers visited the children to help their families address health concerns like common colds, cough, and rashes. The children also received free tutorials with their modular learning!

Join us in ensuring that no family is left behind.

Partner with Operation Blessing and bless them today!

You may donate any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how to support your kababayans, you may visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

If you wish to support the entire CBN Asia Family of Ministries, here are the ways to give.

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New Year, New Smile for Baby Jhorex

For first-time parents, a baby’s smile brings pure joy.

But when Pia and Alex saw their baby Jhorex, tears filled their eyes. Jhorex was born with cleft lip and palate – a condition where there’s an opening in the upper lip or the roof of the mouth.

“When I saw my son for the first time, I cried. I couldn’t accept his condition. I felt sorry for him,” Pia Jurado confessed. She spent sleepless nights blaming herself and their lack of money for his son’s condition.

Seeing Jhorex having a difficult time eating because of his condition, his father Alexis Campaner also worried about the future.

“What if people mock him when he grows up? Whenever I think of it, I would just cry,” he lamented.

Alex worked hard to save up for Jhorex’s cleft repair surgery. But no matter how hard they try to make ends meet, their family couldn’t afford it.

Pia reached out to hospitals – desperately looking for someone who could help their beloved son. Until they bumped into Edwin Luis, a concerned citizen.

“I was at the lobby of the hospital when I saw the mother carrying the child. I approached them and asked if I can post their picture, so other people can help too,” Luis narrated.

Thankfully, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm came across Edwin’s post. Through Operation Blessing and the support of faithful partners, Jhorex received his first cleft lip and palate surgery in 2019. Even in the middle of the pandemic, he received the second surgery.

Once full of tears, his parents Alex and Pia are now full of gratitude for the blessing they received—the gift of smile for their son. Jhorex is now a happy, healthy, and full of vigor baby!

“Operation Blessing, I can’t explain how happy I am because you helped my child. Now I’ve got tears of joy!” Pia shared.

With or without pandemic, Operation Blessing continues its mission of bringing free medical care to our kababayans in need. Just recently, the ministry launched its state-of-the-art mobile clinic to make medical support more accessible to the most vulnerable.

You too, can take part in bringing more smiles to our kababayans!

Partner with Operation Blessing today and support our medical missions! You may give any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can support, visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0918-906-7753.

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Healthcare on Wheels: Operation Blessing Launches its First Mobile Clinic

Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, has launched its first ever, state-of-the-art mobile clinic to bring free basic medical care to the doorsteps of our kababayans in need.

On its launch last December 15 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, the mobile clinic served military dependents during a medical mission with Eastern Communications and Rotary Camp Aguinaldo, through the 7th Civil Relations Group – Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Manned by trained staff, volunteers, and partner medical practitioners, the mobile clinic will deliver free dental, medical, laboratory, and pharmacy services to underserved communities in both rural and urban areas.

Operation Blessing Philippines President Peter Kairuz, Managing Trustee John Valdes Tan, and Commander of the Civil Relations Service AFP Major General Manuel Sequitin graced the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We thank God for our partnership with AFP for more than 25 years and we are so grateful to the Lord that we launched our mobile clinic. It feels great! To our partners, we thank you for your love, prayers, and support to Operation Blessing. I hope you continue to partner with us so we can do more all over the country,” Kairuz said.

This is the latest of the organization’s ongoing efforts to make medical support more accessible amid the pandemic and improve the lives of our most vulnerable kababayans.

Be part of the bayanihan!

Partner with Operation Blessing now and sponsor our medical missions, just contact 0918-906-7753 or send a message through Facebook.

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Typhoon Odette-Affected Families Need Your Immediate Help and Prayers!

Super Typhoon Odette, one of the world’s strongest storms of 2021, wreaked havoc across the country and caused extensive damages to Visayas and Mindanao region yesterday.

(Photo from CDO-CSWD)

The typhoon packed extremely strong winds and heavy rains. It tore down houses, submerged towns, and displaced tens of thousands of families in its wake.

(Photo from CDO-CSWD)

With your help, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, is ready to respond!

Operation Blessing is racing to distribute meals, ensure safety, and offer comfort to our kababayans who are reeling from the typhoon’s impact.

Join Operation Blessing’s efforts to bring lifesaving relief and prayers to Typhoon Odette-affected families!

We are accepting cash and in-kind donations of non-perishable goods, hygiene supplies, and shelter needs:

  • Rice
  • Ready-to-eat food (“easy to open” canned goods, instant noodles, biscuits, powdered drinks, cereal drinks)
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets
  • Hygiene items (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary napkins)
  • Face masks
  • Alcohol (in 250 ml and 500 ml)

For cash donations, you may give any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can help, visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

(DSWD-SB-SP-000061-2021-Nationwide. Valid until November 23, 2022)

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.

Module Problems Remain; Leave No Student Behind and Bless them Today!

Every morning, teachers from Sapang Munti Elementary School in Barangay San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan wonder: would the modules be enough for the students today?

The pandemic made it difficult for remote and financially struggling schools to meet their students’ needs for distance learning.

Like many public schools, Sapang Munti Elementary School was left behind in terms of printing the learning modules due to lack of resources.

Although schools have allotted budget for printing, teachers say they easily run out of funds because large number of modules must be printed. Likewise, they find it hard to secure supplies needed for the reproduction of modules.

“There isn’t enough supply of bond paper. It’s one of the challenges we face here. The demand for paper has shot up with the modular learning,” shares Teacher Jason.

Thankfully, your giving has blessed the schools and students with materials they can use for modular learning!

Because of your donation, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, had been able to visit Sapang Munti Elementary School and deliver reams of bond papers, ink, and a printer.

The team braved hours of travel, crossed rivers, and trekked the mountainous area of Norzagaray to bring much-needed supplies as well as educational books and toys for the kids who belong to the Dumagat-Remontado tribe.

The trip was all worth it when the kids and teachers welcomed them with warm smiles!

“We are very grateful to receive these donations from Operation Blessing!” said Teacher Jason.

As module supply problems remain, we will continue to support and pray for Filipino teachers and students! Join us in ensuring that no school nor student is left behind modular learning—partner with Operation Blessing and bless them today!

You may donate any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how to donate and make sponsorships, you may visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

If you wish to support the entire CBN Asia Family of Ministries, here are the ways to give.

(DSWD-SB-SP-000061-2021-Nationwide. Valid until November 23, 2022)

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!

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