Are You Jobless and Struggling Financially?

Miguel Lapuz knows exactly how you feel.

If you are feeling discouraged or frustrated because of your situation, allow his inspiring story to encourage you.

It’s been almost a year since Miguel lost his job abroad. He spent months after months of finding a job as a Mechanical Foreman—but eventually decided to come home to the Philippines when zero opportunity came his way.

Back home, Miguel started asking himself questions any father would ask after losing a job: How would I provide for my family? How can we survive now?

Miguel almost lost hope and would spend nights worrying, wondering how they can make ends meet. Their debts are slowly piling up, while two of his children are still in college. The thought of them having to stop studying breaks his heart.

“I was worried of what will happen to my family. I don’t want my children to stop schooling so even though my income was small, I accepted the job. But now it’s gone,” Miguel lamented.

If you’re like Miguel and you lost your job recently, you may feel as if all hope is lost now.

But hang in there.

Do not give up because God is preparing you for a breakthrough. Your help will come, just like how God helped Miguel.

Down and restless, Miguel chanced upon a show that comforted his weary heart.

“I couldn’t sleep one night, and I came across The 700 Club Asia. After watching the program, I was encouraged to give a little amount so I could help others. At the same time, I was expecting that God will bless me with a work opportunity abroad,” Miguel shared.

That night, he prayed and believed that God would help him overcome his financial problems. Miguel decided to trust God’s provision and give to CBN Asia despite his lack.

God did not disappoint Miguel.

His donation of 500 pesos bore fruits that are more than what he asked for. He was suddenly offered a better job opportunity abroad which he enjoyed and loved. It became his bread and butter, which enabled him to pay all his debts and send his children to college.

Through God’s grace, five of his children finished college and were able to land decent jobs. Miguel’s children, on the other hand, are also inspired to give to the ministry after witnessing how God moved in the life of their father.

If you are feeling down because of unemployment and financial problems, Miguel has an encouragement for you.

“God doesn’t mind if you give little or plenty. What’s important is you give and pledged to His ministry. How can God bless you if you can’t even bless others?” Miguel said.

He continued, “Give with an open heart. When you are having financial problems, believe that God can help you. Knock and it will be opened to you. Ask and you will receive.”

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 ESV)

Are you praying for a job?

We are willing to be your prayer partner! Call us at 8-737-0-700 or visit the CBN Asia Prayer Center.

If Miguel’s story moved you to bless others too through the CBN Asia Family of Ministries, you can partner with us today.

3 Tips to Strengthen Your Bible-Reading Experience

Have you opened your Bible today?

Maybe you have been consumed with the demands of work, family, or personal errands that you sometimes forget to read the Bible.

If you have been like this, you are not alone.

According to Ponce Foundation, only less than half of the Christian population are reading the Bible. So, if you want to overcome the struggle of consistently meditating on the Word of God, here are some tips to strengthen your Bible-reading experience:

1. Set a schedule

From social media notifications to chit-chats from your family and friends, focusing is really a struggle nowadays.

According to Psychology Today, one of the ways to help you remove these distractions that easily divert your attention is through timeboxing or scheduling a time, solely, for a certain activity.

Schedule your day for all your tasks including your daily Bible-reading plan. By doing this, you can effectively manage your time and not overthink about other things you want to accomplish and check.

Additionally, setting a time means being intentional in seeking the Word of God. So, make reading the Bible an essential part of your daily schedule.

2. Seek the Holy Spirit

Before you start reading your Bible, pray and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Pray for God’s revelation and pray for specific answers you want to hear from God.

Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with wisdom as you read the Bible and learn from the Word that will be revealed to you.

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (James 1:15 NLT)

Remember that strengthening your Bible-reading habits is not about the number of passages you have read but rather on how you heard God through reading His Word.

As you seek the Holy Spirit, you may ask these questions: What does God’s Word say, and what does that mean to your life?

3. Journal your reflections

After reading the Word and hearing from God, write down your key takeaways. Whether God revealed to you a promise, a warning, or an answer to your prayer, keep that in a journal.

According to Web MD, you are less likely to forget something when you keep track in writing the things that are essential to you.

Writing can help you recall these notes which can eventually be good reminders for you in the future. So, keep meditating on the Word of God and discover a clear direction on living your life.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 ESV)

Do you want to start your Bible-reading journey today?

Start knowing the Lord through Tanglaw, CBN Asia’s Filipino devotional in Volume 2. Grab your copy now through Supergiftsph on Shopee and Lazada.

Happy reading!

5 Tips to Prepare Your Child to Go Back to School Safely

Students across the country go back to schools this month.

However, the school they go back to are not the same as before. For almost two years since the start of the pandemic, your child spent a long time away from the traditional classroom—learning at home during the pandemic.

Here are some things you can do to help prepare your child to go back to school safely:

Tip #1: Talk to your child

Some kids are excited to learn at school and see their friends again, but there are kids who are nervous because it’s been a while since they have seen them in person.

It’s important to open up a conversation with your child in a positive, encouraging way before school starts. When you sit down with your child, it’s helpful to come in calm and with a plan on how they can navigate back to school safely.

Tip #2: Remind your child about policy changes

Regularly remind your child about the changes to their school’s policies related to the pandemic. It’s also best to talk to your child’s teacher to remain updated about your child’s schedule and other needs at school.

Tip #3: Help your child prepare

Remind your child about the 3 Ws: Wear a mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands. Before leaving home, make sure that they carry an alcohol and an extra face mask in case the one they are using gets dirty. Labeling their belongings would also be very helpful.

Because COVID-19 is so contagious, remind your child to avoid sharing items as much as possible. Educate your child on how to stay safe at school and how to keep others safe, too.

Tip #4: Monitor your child regularly

Check in with your child often and watch out for signs of struggles—whether physically or mentally.

It’s best to check their temperature regularly and ask if they are feeling unwell or stressed. Be on the lookout for signs that your child might need any medical attention.

Tip #5: Turn to God

You cannot be around your child 24/7. Now that students are back at school, your child will be spending time away from you. Still, there is no need to worry much and feel overwhelmed.

You can always pray and seek God’s strength, protection, and comfort for you and your child.

A lot has changed this school year but with proper planning, communication, patience, and a whole lot of prayers, you and your child can thrive.

Are you worried about your child’s safety as the classes resume?

We would love to pray for you and your child. Do not hesitate to contact the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

5 Tips to Stay Healthy during the Pandemic

Active COVID-19 cases in the country reached an all-time high last Wednesday, according to the Department of Health.

With the sudden surge of cases, you might be wondering what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting infected.

Beyond Small Talk is here to help you!

Learn some holistic tips on how to support your health and well-being, from The 700 Club Asia host and COVID-19 survivor, Joyce Burton-Titular.

Tip #1: Make good use of your time

Some areas have started rolling out movement restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

For many people, this means more time to stay at home. How do you make good use of your time at home?

It’s a tough season for everyone, but you have a choice. Don’t allow anxious thoughts about the pandemic to pester your mind. Fill your head with useful learnings and new memories.

There are loads of opportunities, like starting a hobby! To Joyce, starting a new hobby is healthy as it helps occupy your mind. Whether it’s painting, journaling, or vlogging, adding these simple yet productive activities to your daily routine is helpful to your mental health.

Tip #2: Eat mindfully 

It is not a secret that what you eat has a profound impact on your overall health.

That is why as a COVID-19 survivor, Joyce suggests that you become more mindful of what you eat each day, “You have to have your mind and heart into what you eat. There are many diet books out there that talk about good diets.”

Tip #3: Exercise 

Even when you’re stuck at home, you can boost your cardio fitness by doing simple exercise routines. Some people accomplish this through brisk walking in their yard, doing jumping jacks, or even dancing.

“Move. Move that body! My husband and I exercise on our patio where there is sunlight. I go on YouTube and look for exercise videos, and we exercise together,” Joyce said.

Tip #4: Practice breathing exercises 

Proper breathing exercises don’t just strengthen your lungs – they also ease pandemic stress and anxiety. Experts from VeryWell Mind suggests some breathing exercises to try. So out with the old, stale air and in with new fresh air!

Joyce shares, “Now with COVID going around, breathing is one of the biggest problems. People only breathe shallow; we only breathe through our upper chest. But people who exercise breathe to the bottom of their lungs.”

Tip #5: Get enough sleep 

If you’re having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep these days, you may be experiencing COVIDsomnia – a heightened sleep disturbance linked to pandemic stress.

But when you don’t sleep well, your body won’t have the strength and highly functioning immune system to fight off viruses.

That’s why you need to be more proactive in getting that full night’s sleep! Your body needs sleep to stay healthy and strong. Likewise, sleep is a gift – God wants you to rest so you can experience His peace and healing.

As Joyce puts it, “When we sleep, we tap into the miracle healing of God.”

Although it requires efforts to stay healthy and safe from COVID-19, know that God is your ultimate protector and healer. So if you or someone you know is battling the virus right now, Joyce has a prayer for you.

“I pray that you put your trust in God, 100%. Ask for His presence, ask for Him to be with you. It’s the best thing that you can have in the middle of the worst storm of your life.”

Do you find it hard to stay safe and sane during the pandemic?

We are here to pray for you! Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

For more tips about coping with the pandemic, catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel!

3 Practical Tips to Stick to Your New Year Plans

The new year is here!

Which means it’s time to set brand new goals, plans, and visions.

If you just recently listed down your New Year’s resolutions or Faith Goals, here are some practical tips from Licensed Psychologist and Beyond Small Talk guest Dr. Lilian Ng Gui to help you make doable goals and achieve them:

Tip #1: Be intentional about your goals

Being intentional is about committing to achieve your goals and taking action to get actual results.

“Just like our faith, we have to intentionally believe in something we cannot see because we know we have the faith in us. So, when you do your new year’s resolutions, please be intentional with it and come up with some doable plans,” Dr. Lilian suggests.

Tip #2: Come up with doable plans

Have you set some health and fitness goals this year?

Dr. Lilian suggests that you stick with achievable and practical steps to achieve them. For example, instead of saying “I will exercise regularly” or “I will go to the gym” to lose weight, you can set doable plans like taking the stairs or walking around the house.

She added, “Sometimes we want something that is impossible, of course we can’t achieve that. And what happens when you get bored? Why don’t you start with baby steps?”

Tip #3: Start by taking baby steps

You don’t need to force yourself to go all in at once. Start small. Start with little effort to make changes possible and doable. These small steps toward self-improvement will encourage you to do more. Also, remember to celebrate your daily wins.

And as you commit to your plans, ask God to help you achieve them and for wisdom to help you align them to His will for your life.

“We have to believe in God and in His power, greatness and plans for us. We shouldn’t be afraid to plan, we should plan our lives with God. Pray: ‘God, please be with me as I plan my life. Guide me to the right path and lead me to righteousness,’” Dr. Lilian ended.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

It would be our joy to pray for you this new year! Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Mark your calendars and catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel!

Scripture Verses to Pray and Declare this 2022

Start your new year by declaring powerful verses from Scripture!

There is so much power as you speak God’s Word over your life. It’s time to start declaring God’s goodness and faithfulness this 2022!

Here are some Bible verses to pray and declare for a victorious new year:

Declaration 1: “I will experience God’s faithfulness this year.”

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)

Declaration 2: “I have the grace of God every day.”

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)

Declaration 3: “I can accomplish everything that God has placed in my heart.”

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

Declaration 4: “I am grateful for who God is in my life, for what He has done, and for what He is going to do.”

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)

Declaration 5: “I will live victoriously!”

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5 ESV)

Declaration 6: “I have everything I need for every good work God has planned for me.”

“May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.” (Hebrews 13:21 NLT)

Declaration 7: “God guides my thoughts. I am empowered by God!”

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV)

Declaration 8: “God created me for a purpose. My life matters.”

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” (Psalm 138:8 ESV)

Declaration 9: “I will live to glorify God!”

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” (Psalm 63:3 NIV)

Declaration 10: “I am loved.”

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ESV)

Discover more of God’s promises and words of encouragement with Tanglaw Devotional Book Volume 2Tanglaw brings you daily Bible verses, practical yet inspiring words of encouragement, and the ultimate experience of discovering God’s love and light. Grab your copies now through SuperGifts PH on Shopee and Lazada. You may also download the Tanglaw app for FREE.

Do you want to start your 2022 with a prayer?

Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer request to our Facebook page.

It’s Time to Let Go! 5 Things to Say Goodbye to in 2021

Hello, 2021. Goodbye!

As 2021 comes to a close, take this moment to breathe, reflect, and see where you are and where you want to be in the coming year.

But before you flip that calendar over, are there any habits, things, or beliefs that you need to leave behind to make room for the best version of you?

Say hello to 2022 with a fresh start as you bid goodbye to these 5 things:

1. Goodbye, fear

Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfouz once wrote, “Fear doesn’t prevent death. It prevents life.”

When fear sets in, thoughts start to spin out of control. It could rob you of your peace and block the joy and blessings God has instore for you.

The uncertainty brought by the pandemic is real, but whatever you may be facing right now, do not allow fear to take over the purposeful life God wants you to live. You can face 2022 with courage, through His grace!

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT)

2. Goodbye, unforgiveness

Have you been hurt or wronged this year?

It’s hard to forgive. You don’t need to sugarcoat that reality. God understands that it could be challenging for you to forgive those who broke your heart.

But like fear, unforgiveness is a poison that corrupts one’s heart. The Word of God promises that there is healing for you, and you can receive that healing as you decide to forgive. Remember, time alone doesn’t heal all wounds. Forgiveness does.

It’s about time to leave your past hurts behind so you can fully enjoy the years ahead – without baggage, without pain, without any residual anger.

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV)

3. Goodbye, pity parties

“I am not good enough. No one loves me. Their lives are better than mine. This pandemic made my life worse.”

It’s one thing to hear these words from other people, it’s another thing to hear it from yourself. If you feel sorry for yourself again and again, if you constantly think that you don’t measure up to the world’s standards, you might be stuck in a cycle of self-pity and insecurity.

Romans 12:2 ESV reminds that you don’t have to follow the ways of this world, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

It takes a changed mind to say goodbye to self-pity. It takes faith not to focus on what’s lacking and develop an attitude of gratitude.

4. Goodbye, regrets

Stuck in a limbo of could-haves, should-haves and what-ifs?

Regrets are like large rocks chained to your feet – they’re holding you back and they’re taking you nowhere. God’s beloved, there is more to life than those that scarred you. You are a lot stronger and wiser now because of where you have been. If you are still holding on to regrets, it’s high time to let them go.

Do not worry. Trust God! He makes all things new!

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)

5. Goodbye, overthinking

Do you have the tendency to think about past decisions repeatedly? Do you have this habit of imagining the things that could potentially go wrong?

You are not alone. Thinking about the future and making decisions – whether big or small – are part of everyone’s life. But if you tend to overthink things that already have happened or things that haven’t happened yet, you might miss the life right in front of you.

Rest that busy mind and delight in the people around you. Recognize the opportunities in front of you and praise the faithful God that sustains you. Although you have to wrestle with overthinking daily, God will help you persevere.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV)

How about you, what are you saying goodbye to in 2021?

Feel free to share it with us in the comment section below.

If you have trouble letting go of these things, we are here to pray for you! Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send in your prayer requests through our Facebook page. Our trained prayer counselors would love to encourage you through prayers.

Welcome 2021 with God’s Word and encouragement! Tanglaw Devotional Book Volume 2  brings you daily Bible verses, practical yet inspiring words of encouragement, and the ultimate experience of discovering God’s love and light. Grab your copies now through SuperGifts PH on Shopee and Lazada.

How’s Your Christmas Experience Joy with these 4 Truths

How’s Your Christmas? Experience Joy with these 4 Truths

It’s a “pandemic Christmas” again.

From masked gatherings, online chapels, and socially distanced gift-giving, it’s no doubt that the pandemic has reshaped how Filipinos celebrate Christmas.

With all these changes and challenges, one truth stands out: Nothing could stop Christmas. Not even a pandemic.

This Christmas, take some time to slow down and reflect on God’s goodness and the precious gift of Jesus Christ—the real reason for this season.

Rediscover the true meaning behind this celebration and its significance in your personal life! Experience joy this Christmas as you ponder on these 4 truths about Jesus:

How’s Your Christmas Experience Joy with these 4 Truths

Truth #1: Jesus is your Wonderful Counselor

Sin separated man from God (Isaiah 59:2). But God, who is so loving and merciful, wanted to reach out and save people from their sins and hopelessness. He sent his Son Jesus Christ—that whoever believes in His lordship would be reconciled with the Father and have eternal life.

Jesus was born in a manger, in a simple town and to human parents, Mary and Joseph. Fully God and fully man, Jesus was able to empathize with people’s sufferings and heal and lead people out of despair.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15 NIV)

Do you need wisdom and direction during this uncertain time?

Seek Jesus and He will generously provide you the answers you need, He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:6). Through His wisdom and understanding, you can receive guidance, help and deliverance for as long as you humbly come before Him and ask (James 1:5).

Truth #2: Jesus is your Mighty God 

People need an all-powerful God who has the authority to save them from their sins.

Though Jesus performed miracles after miracles that no earthly god has ever done. He conquered the grave and touches people’s hearts, leading them to believe that He is the Lord and Savior.

Jesus as the Mighty God brings a sense of awe and wonder. He is God above all things, without limitation! Yet He humbled Himself, came down as a man, and shed His blood on the cross so you can be reconciled back to Him—to offer you a free gift of salvation.

“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 ESV)

Truth #3: Jesus is your Everlasting Father

Do you feel alone and sad this Christmas? Are you grieving because of the pandemic?

Take heart! You have a Father in Heaven you can always approach with boldness and confidence. He is a father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5 NIV) who sees the joy and pain of His children on earth.

You might be going through a rough patch this season, or you may be in deep sorrow because of the challenges you have faced this year. Rejoice, because your comfort comes from an eternal God!

This Christmas may not be what you expected, but you can find comfort in this truth: No one can stop God’s plans, and His plans for you are good.

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20 NLT)

Truth #4: Jesus is your Prince of Peace

Here’s one beautiful reason why you can still celebrate Christmas regardless of your situation: Jesus came not just to give material gifts and blessings—He came so your heart will no longer be troubled.

It is through Jesus that you can be at peace with God, with others, and with yourself. He restores broken relationships, provides peace and order in your life, and assures you of an eternal life.

“He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:17-18 NIV)

Life isn’t easy. In fact, God said that you will experience hardships (John 16:33). But you can find joy in the truth that Jesus can give you the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

In good times and in bad, in loss and in abundance, God stands near and draws you close. Pray for His peace and joy, and you will surely receive—because He cares for you. He loves you.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 ESV)

Have a joy-filled Christmas!

Do you need someone to pray for you this Christmas? Feel free to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700. You may also contact us through Viber at 0949-888-8001 and Skype, just type The700clubasia.

7 Common Triggers for Holiday Blues

Feeling anxious, sad, or stressed this Christmas?

You are not alone. While many people are excited and filled with joy this time of year, the holidays bring negative feelings for others.

If you are feeling down and blue, perhaps you are wondering what causes those feelings so you can start addressing it.

Beyond Small Talk is here to help you figure that out!

Singer-songwriter Trisha Denise, Counselor at Amara Counseling and Training Center Archie Dela Cruz, and The 700 Club Asia host Peter Kairuz share 7 common triggers for holiday blues.

1. Early and long Christmas in the Philippines and the tendency to compare with other people.

To say that the Pinoys love Christmas is an understatement. As soon as “BER months” arrive, the holiday countdown begins!

And as lights and sounds fill the streets and malls, some people feel pressured into putting up decors or buying gifts. People tend to compare their holiday preparations with others, which might trigger the holiday blues.

 2. Pressures on finances

December is a budget crunch time for many Filipinos. People are feeling the pressure of trying to make this year ‘extra special’ for their loved ones. And the pressure is amplified by the ongoing pandemic.

3. The pressure to lose weight and exercise

With Noche Buena, Media Noche, and a couple of holiday parties in between, staying in shape seem to be a challenging task for some.

Counselor Archie shares that people become more conscious of their bodies during the holidays, which adds to the pressure and holiday blues they feel.

4. Stress caused by heavy traffic

Now that the government has lifted lockdowns, more and more people are going out and meeting their loved ones face-to-face. This means that heavy traffic resumes, too! Traffic congestion and noise pollution are legit sources of stress, leading to holiday blues.

5. Lack of love life or romance

Known as a season of togetherness and love, some people feel lonely—and even pressured—that they don’t have a romantic partner to share the holidays with. Trisha observes this trend, too.

“As a songwriter, I am always asked to write about hugot Christmas songs during this time. I think some girls and guys of my age treat Christmas season as Valentine’s season too. They ask why they don’t have a significant other this Christmas,” she said.

6. When people go through a period of transition

It’s totally overwhelming to find yourself grieving or experiencing life changes during the holiday season.

“As a counselor, I’ve seen, witnessed, and heard people who go through mourning during the holidays, because apart from losing a loved one, transitions are always difficult and challenging,” Archie shares.

If you are going through difficult or major life changes, Peter has an encouragement for you: You can make it through.

“Every time we go through transitions or we enter a new season, there’s going to be changes and it’s going to be challenging. But if we apply ourselves properly, we’re going to come out of that situation as champions.”

7. Unnecessary or unwanted breakups

The holiday season is never a great time to have relational problems, but it happens. Breakups and tensions in relationships as Christmas and New Year arrive also adds to experiencing holiday blues.

What about you, what triggers your holiday blues?

Comment below so we can pray for you. You may also call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and our trained prayer counselors will reach out to you.

If you need help in managing those negative emotions, catch the next webisode of Beyond Small talk to learn tips on how you can cope with holiday blues—streaming this Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

How to deal with holiday blues

5 Ways to Deal with Holiday Blues

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us once again.

Everywhere you look, you see people happy and excited for parties and gifts.

And then, even in the glow of Christmas lights and holiday festivities, there are also people who are dealing with loss, anxiety, and depression. Are you one of them?

According to Kendra Cherry in her article on Very Well Mind, people who are anticipating the holidays can also experience the blues during this time.

One of the signs and symptoms of holiday blues is the repeated feeling of sadness at the start of the holidays. A few symptoms of this are changes in mood, appetite, and sleeping patterns at around November and December.

So, if you are feeling blue this holiday season, here are a few tips to help you cope joyfully this time of the year:

How to deal with holiday blues

1. Set Boundaries

Large gatherings and other compulsory corporate or social events may seem overwhelming these holidays.

It’s hard to avoid the flood of party invitations from co-workers, former schoolmates, or even family reunions coming from everywhere.

Psychologist Dr. Dawn Potter through Cleveland Clinic said in an article that one of the ways to cope with holiday stress and depression is to set boundaries.

Dr. Potter said that it is alright to decline invitations to events or parties you are not comfortable attending.

Being honest about how you feel could help you cope and eventually find peace amid your holiday blues.

2. Connect to people

As much as you want to limit your interaction this holiday season to avoid being overwhelmed, fight the urge to isolate yourself from others.

The Mayo Clinic encourages us to reach out through chat or call to close family members and our trusted circle of friends to help decompress the emotional stress building inside us.

You can also seek company from online support groups where you can meet new people even in this pandemic.

Aside from these groups, try joining social events that interest you or even volunteering for programs to help others.

Joining these activities could give you a new environment and perspective, as well as widen your network with new people.

3. Let go of the past

Sometimes, holiday blues come from past holiday experiences.

So, if reminiscing about the good (or bad) old times of holidays is negatively affecting your mental health, let it go.

In Counseling Today, licensed Professional Counselor Esther De La Rosa Scott said that positive actions combat holiday stress. One of these positive actions is letting go of the past.

Everything changes. Every holiday has its own unique story, and you should embrace and enjoy each one.

Furthermore, she said that you should not be disappointed in yourself when your holidays are not the same as the ones you used to have.

Instead of focusing on past events, write down your present blessings and things you are grateful for.

4. Rest and recharge

Holidays are not requiring you to stay active all the time. You can also use this season to rest and recharge your body.

While most of the people are taking this time to party all night, go ahead and take this time to have quality sleep. Embrace JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out) to get some rest.

Schedule 15 to 20 minutes of your day to enjoy quiet time. Spend a few minutes doing some of your favorite stress-relieving activities such as reading a book, listening to music, or strolling outside.

Find rest in the presence of God. After all, Christmas is about the birth of the Savior who can redeem you from all your burden and pain.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

5. Be honest with God in your situation

As you come to the Lord, the best thing to do when you are feeling blue is to open your heart to Him.

Release every bit of sadness to Him comfort you. Go ahead and confess to Him your heart’s desires through prayer.

As you spend time with God, your heart finds rest and clarity. God’s presence can bring you peace even in the midst of the busy atmosphere this holiday season.

If you are feeling blue, remember this Word of God from Philippians 4:16 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Let go and let God.

Do you still feel sad and lonely this holiday season? Know where you can find the ultimate comfort and peace.

Let us also pray for you! Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

May you experience the joy of the Lord this holiday season!

Devotionals

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3