4 Blessings and Benefits of Home-based Learning – Beyond Small Talk

What was your reaction when you first heard that classes will reopen despite the pandemic?

If you were among the parents who have already expressed their opposition and frustrations about the distance learning that will take effect this school year, your reaction is quite normal.

In fact, thousands of parents, students, and groups tried to “cancel” the idea and petitioned for #AcademicFreeze, furthering the digital divide.

However, it looks like there is no turning back. Schooling will push through even outside the typical face-to-face, classroom scenario.

To help ease the doubts and worries you may have, Beyond Small Talk host Felichi Buizon is here to help you list down the blessings and benefits that come with home-based learning.

Benefit #1: Health preservation 

No parent would want their child’s healtto be compromised.

Now that classes will be done in your household, your child can stay safe at home and stay away from higher exposure to the virus. If your child has other health conditions, with home-based learning, you can monitor them and watch over them better.

Benefit #2: Opportunity to strengthen the family 

Home-based learning gives you more time to be with your loved ones, especially if your family is one of those who haven’t spent time together because you are too caught up with life’s busyness.  

“This is a time that we can get to know our children better and they can get to know us better. And why is this needed? Experts say that children learn more when they are in good terms with their teacher. With terror teachers, children’s minds tend to shut down. No learning takes place,” says Felichi.

Instead of scolding or mere lecturing your child, have a caring conversation with them. Ask them how they are doing because they, too, are affected by the pandemic. They, too, lost their connection with friends, teachers, and their normal way of life.

Benefit #3: Motivated learning 

Because your child’s learning takes place near you, you now have the chance to encourage them and develop their love for learning.

To Felichi, excitement is contagious, that is why you can inspire your child to learn by joining them and showing that you are excited for them. 

You don’t need to take over their tasks. Allow them to be independent in completing their assignments. However, you can motivate them to adhere to their class routine and reassure them that you always got their back when needed. In return, you may get a deeper appreciation of your child’s learning experiences.

Benefit #4: Extra time to enjoy their hobbies 

Piano, guitar, or dance lessons?

Home-based learning buys your child extra time so they can pursue their other interests and hobbies. Felichi, who is also a homeschooling parent, suggests that you allow your child to enjoy and explore other things that could expand their skills.

“If you have pre-schoolers, let them play! Experts say that playing is important for their growth. If your child likes to dance or play musical instruments, you can help them look for online tutorials and lessons, Felichi said.

It might take time before you and your child could fully adjust to home-based learning. But what good would it bring if you focus on what’s lacking or missing?

Allow yourself and your child to focus on the good things that you have at hand. Allow yourself to be grateful, prayerful, and faithful – in lack and in abundance.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)

Let us know what you think about these benefits, and feel free to add more!

Join the online discussion and don’t miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk as Felichi talks more about how you can support your child’s home-based learning. Catch the new webisode on October 3, 2020, at 7:00 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

3 Tips to Protect Your Mind from Anxiety during the Pandemic

To say that the pandemic has been a difficult season would be an understatement for many. 

Some people have lost their loved ones, others lost their jobs. All the health, economic, and political turmoil many have gone through have been perfect recipes for anxiety to rise. 

If you feel that everything that is happening around you has brought bouts of worry, fear, or even loneliness, you might be wondering what you can do to protect your mind from anxiety.  

Keep anxiety at bay with these tips from the inspirational speaker and Beyond Small Talk guest Carl Pascua: 

  1. Reconnect with your loved ones

The more you keep your negative emotions to yourself, the more it gets worse. 

Life happens, that is why it is important to have people around you during tough times. Whenever you are down, anxious, or frustrated, trust that your family and friends are willing to listen to you and cheer you up.  

If you don’t know where to start, here’s a challenge for you: Name 3 people in your life that you can talk to about your anxious thoughts. Call them. Ask how they are doing and tell them what you are going through.  

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NIV) 

  1. Spend time praying and reading the Bible

How’s your prayer life? 

Whenever you feel anxious about anything, you need to pass that ball to Jesus Christ. Slow down and spend time with your Heavenly Father.  

“Why?” Carl asked. “Because our greatest comforter is the Lord.” Every time you pray, God gives you peace – the kind of peace that would guard your heart and mind amid any pandemic. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) 

  1. Do something that can give you fulfillment and a sense of purpose

Try to identify the source of your anxiety, then make room for something that would take your mind off it. 

What are the things that give you joy, fulfillment, and purpose? What activities do you enjoy the most? 

Whether it’s supporting pandemic-hit families, encouraging other people, or sharing God’s goodness, know that God is pleased when you do things for His glory. 

Isn’t it wonderful to know that you can be the light and love this world needs? 

“We can share the goodness of the Lord amid unwanted circumstances. It’s all about what Jesus can do if we do things for His glory. All we have to do is trust God in good times and in bad; to obey him, then favor will come. Blessings will overflow,” Carl ended. 

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14 ESV) 

Do you feel like your anxiety has reached an all-time high during the pandemic? 

Let us know in the comments how you are doing so we can pray for you. You may also call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or email prayforme@cbnasia.org. 

For more meaningful content, don’t miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this coming Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel!  

This is How You can Cope with Pandemic Stress | Beyond Small Talk

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 – as you may have realized, the world is battling this pandemic for over a year now.  

How are you holding up?  

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

God gives you the power to break free from stress! 

This Stress Awareness Month, know how you can help yourself in dealing with your pandemic stress, with some essential tips from an 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, know where the sadness or stress comes from, and do not forget to take a much-needed rest. 

Tip #2: Exercise and stay healthy 

Science has long proved 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 backs this up and specifies 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, and be extra mindful of what you eat! 

Tip #3: Talk about your problems 

Whether it’s 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 be cooped up in your home and praying for a pandemic to end? 

Nobody. 

But it happened, and 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 that Someone greater 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 career, health, or even relationships – you might feel stressed when things don’t work out the way you hoped. 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 ended. 

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 coming Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel!  

Check Out these 5 Holistic Tips to Stay Healthy amid the Pandemic!

The numbers don’t lie. The COVID-19 cases in the country are hitting an all-time high, and it’s taking a heavy toll on people’s minds.  

If like many people you’re afraid to get sick, then you might be doing a great job of heeding the experts’ advice about washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough, or wearing face mask and face shields whenever you go outside. 

But if you are looking for something more to support your health and well-being, Beyond Small Talk is here to help you! 

Learn some useful tips to stay safe and sane during the pandemic, from The 700 Club Asia host and COVID-19 survivor, Joyce Burton-Titular. 

Tip #1: Make good use of your time 

The recent quarantine orders mean more time to stay at home. Aside from taking a good rest, what are the things you do to make the best use of your time? 

It’s a tough season for everyone, but you have a choice. You can allow anxious thoughts about the pandemic to pester your mind, or you can 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 also healthy because it helps occupy your mind. So 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 

From the onset of the pandemic, you may have noticed that breathing became a concern for many. People isolate themselves in rooms, wear masks each time they go outside – it seems like it is now harder to breathe. 

But breathing is crucial. Proper breathing exercises don’t just strengthen your lungs – they also ease pandemic stress and anxiety. 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, and 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.” 

And though 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? 

Do not worry, we are here to pray for you! Feel free to 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, April 17, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel! 

Afraid of Rejection? Here are 6 Tips to Help You Overcome

Have you ever been rejected? 

Many people have experienced some kind of rejection and it changed how they feel about themselves and the world. Some were deeply hurt, while others remain crippled by the fear of being rejected again.  

If you are one of those people, this article is for you! 

Check out these 6 practical tips to help you conquer your fear of rejection, from an inspirational speaker and Beyond Small Talk guest, Carl Pascua. 

 

Tip #1: Know that it is normal to be rejected

Rejection comes in many forms. It could be as big as being turned down for a dream job or as “mild” as a friend put you on “seen” when you invited them to hang out. 

You see, people will experience rejection at least once in their lifetime. Rejection hurts, it’s almost inevitable. But accepting that rejection is part of life will help you deal with it. 

 

Tip #2: Understand that fear of rejection will limit you 

In an interview with NBC News, social and personality psychologist Mark Leary says concern with rejection is normal. However, the fear of rejection might prevent you from seizing good opportunities. 

“But being excessively worried about it — to the point that we do not do things that might benefit us — can compromise the quality of our life,” he warned.  

Don’t allow the fear of rejection to stop you from doing new things, taking risks, or chasing your dreams. If you are too scared of what other people might think of you, you might want to ask yourself, “Whose life am I living?” 

 

Tip #3: Learn self-affirmation 

No one can ever invalidate you if you have already validated yourself. 

That is one of the reasons why positive self-affirmations are important. They are phrases or statements that you repeat to yourself, to restore self-regard and help you overcome negative thoughts, based on Claude Steele’s Self-Affirmation Theory. 

So whenever you feel like you’re caught up in negative self-talk or struggling with fear of rejection, list down the positive affirmations to encourage yourself. As a start, take a deep breath and tell yourself: 

 

“I am free from fear of rejection!” 

“I accept rejection with a positive mind.” 

“I accept myself no matter how others may think. I am worthy and loved!”  

 

Tip #4: Have a support group 

Simply put, surround yourself with people who will encourage you and love you enough to tell you which areas in your life need improvement. 

As Carl suggests, “It’s important to have a group who can motivate us and can be honest about what we can improve about ourselves.” 

 

Tip #5: Take rejection as an opportunity for growth. 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! 

Instead of wallowing in sadness, see rejections as redirection or an opportunity for growth. Remember, you have the power to turn that seemingly negative experience into a positive one. 

Ask yourself, “Is there something that I need to improve?” “What does God want me to learn from this rejection?” Nobody is perfect, but everybody can grow! 

 

Tip #6: Hold on to Someone bigger and greater 

The idea of rejection doesn’t have to hold you back, because God’s got your back. 

“If we see ourselves as small and inadequate, we can hold on to Someone who is powerful and greater – and that is our Creator. No matter what other people think of me and my abilities, I believe that God is sovereign over all,” Carl affirms. 

Whenever the fear of rejection creeps in, praise God for who He is and who He made you be. 

Praise God that you are loved! 

You are worthy! 

You are special! 

You are God’s masterpiece! 

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14 NIV) 

 

Are you struggling to overcome your fear of rejection? Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you. 

Don’t miss out on the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this coming Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel!  

How to Overcome Insecurity? Beauty Queen Answers in Beyond Small Talk

You’ve had enough. 

You are fed up with insecurities ruling over your life. 

You are tired of faking confidence in front of others and you just want to be a really confident person. 

Beloved, to be insecure is not part of God’s plan for you. As a matter of fact, you were made to be free and confident of who you are in Jesus Christ! 

And yes, you can stop being insecure. Beauty queen and Beyond Small Talk host Venus Raj suggests tips to help you overcome insecurity and fully embrace your God-given identity. 

Tip #1: Ask yourself why you are feeling insecure 

Only when you know the real cause is when you can heal the root and liberate yourself. 

So instead of wallowing in your insecurities, the first step is to face and analyze them one by one. On your journal, write down all your insecurities and ask yourself, “Where do I think this insecurity comes from? Why do I compare myself with others?”  

It’s time to recall that life experience or deeply rooted childhood trauma that caused your insecurities and fear, so you can start to heal. Overcoming insecurity doesn’t happen overnight, but you can start praying for them and re-writing a positive belief about yourself. 

Tip #2: Stop comparing yourself with others 

To Venus, comparing yourself to others can be healthy if you want to learn and improve. However, if the comparison brings you to a point where you feel bad about yourself or you feel better than other people, then you should stop. 

She admits that despite being a beauty queen, she also had a fair share of insecurities, and eventually learned from them, “I realized that the main reason of my insecurity was actually comparison. Comparison kills, and comparison is not glorifying in the eyes of the Lord.” 

Tip #3: Be honest with God. Let Him know what you feel. 

Insecurities are deeply rooted in fear — fear of not being enough, fear of what other people will think of you, fear of exposing your weaknesses to the world. 

It could be hard to overcome your insecurities when you’ve been living with them for so long. 

Thankfully, the Word of God is here to remind you of this truth: 

“The Lord is my light and my salvation— 

 whom shall I fear? 

The Lord is the stronghold of my life— 

    of whom shall I be afraid?” 

(Psalm 27:1 NIV) 

The solution to insecurity is not to attempt at perfection, but to rest in the stronghold of your life – Jesus. You cannot knock out all your insecurities at once, but you can work on them one at a time with the help of a perfect God that covers all your imperfections. 

So don’t be afraid to be humble, honest, and vulnerable to God. Whether it’s physical, emotional, financial, or intellectual insecurity, you can pray and ask Him to heal them one by one. 

Don’t allow the standards of others to dictate how you feel about yourself. As Venus puts it, you might struggle with your insecurities, but they don’t define your identity. 

“We cannot overcome insecurity apart from the one who gives us security, and that is the Lord. Your emotions are valid, but I pray that you would find your security in the Lord again. Nothing can fill in the void that is in our heart that’s supposed to be filled by the Lord alone,” she ended. 

You are whole.  

You are fully accepted. 

You are loved. 

So starting today, keep your head up high. You are precious in your Heavenly Father’s eyes! 

Are you still struggling to find your worth, value, or identity? Are you crippled by insecurities? 

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

Watch out for the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, March 3, at 7:00 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel!   

Distance Learning: 5 Tips for Working Parents

One week into distance learning – how are your child’s studies so far?

If you are a working parent, how are you juggling your work-from-home setup while supporting your child’s education?

Do you also wonder and look for ways on how you can manage your full-time work and your child’s learning all at the same time? We got you!

Homeschooling mom and Beyond Small Talk host Felichi Buizon shares 5 practical tips to help you efficiently support your child’s learning while you work:

  1. Identify who is part of your team

You do not have to carry all the responsibilities all by yourself, especially when there are family members who are willing to lend a hand.

Don’t hesitate to seek help from other people in your household, or other people who can offer support. It could be your spouse, your child’s grandparents, or your child’s siblings. It could be your child’s teacher.

Identify who can help you and what help they can offer as you all navigate this new normal.


  1. Learn to delegate tasks and ask for help

Every person in your family has valuable knowledge that they can share to help ease the challenges of schooling at home. List down their names and delegate which tasks they can perform.

Those tasks can range from simply setting up your child’s internet connection or study space, up to explaining the learning modules to your child. Ask if they can also help with some household chores so you can set aside time for your work.

It would also be helpful if you will be transparent with your employer about your situation. You may need to make some arrangements with them about your schedule and workloadThat being said, Felichi appeals to employers to be more considerate to parents whose children are learning from home. 

  1. Develop a schedule

Before the pandemic, you and your child are used to having school and work routines, respectively. Setting up a structured routine will help the both of you to “stay on track.

To Felichi, tools such as timers and alarms will help you diligently follow the schedule that your family has agreed on. While you’re at it, do not forget that rest and relaxation are important, too. Include breaks and family time into your routine to avoid burnout and to help you recharge.


  1. Design a learning space for your child and a workspace for you

Even when your home is not always conducive, you can try your best to make your child’s learning – and your work – more comfortable.

Designate a space that is quiet, well-lit, and what’s important these days – a space that has a signal so they can easily connect to the internet. Set up a corner where they can sit comfortably and is free from distractions. 


  1. Dialogue with your child

Pay attention to your child’s concerns and ask them what they feel about distance learning. Initiate the conversation and listen intently to their struggles, needs, and feelings toward this new setup.

This is a good opportunity to connect with you child as both of you might be facing the same challenges of being at home. It’s a perfect time to show your child that you hear them, and that you are willing to encourage and pray with them to ease any worry they may have.

As Felichi puts it, “Be a parent first before being a teacher.

Parenting is a challenging role – and the current pandemic has made it even more challenging. But with proper planning, communication, patience, and a whole lot of prayers, you and your child can thrive through it.

Are you concerned about how you can support your child during distance learning while you work full time?

We would love to comfort you through prayers. Do not hesitate to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Catch the brand new webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, October 10, 2020, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Wondering How You Can Support Your Child’s Learning? Check Out these Tips

Now that schooling will be done differently because of the pandemic, you are probably thinking about what steps to take to support your child’s learning. 

You might be wondering, “What will happen? What will schooling look like? Would it be efficient and effective?”

Worry not! Beyond Small Talk is here to help you!

Here are tips from The 700 Club Asia host and homeschooling momFelichi Pangilinan-Buizonto help you guide your little ones as they navigate the new normal way of learning.

1. Familiarize yourself with the terms being used 

Distance learning or homeschooling – is there a difference?

As the school opening nears, iwould be helpful for parents to know the terminologies and jargon being used.

Instead of the regular classroom setup, the Department of Education (DepEdwill be implementing a distance learning approachIn distance learningyour child’s learning takes place at home, online, or through the help of take-home learning kits from school.

Distance learning is guided by a teacher through a gadget or computer. For students who do not have access to gadgets and internet connectionsmodules will be provided according to DepEd. Lessons will also be delivered via radio and television as an alternative mode of learning.

On the other handhomeschooling is a way of learning at home wherein parents serve as the primary teacher. It is facilitated by parents using a curriculum based on the children’s interests or family’s lifestyle.

As Felichi puts it, “Homeschool is more child-centered. But as they say, different families, different needs, different seasons. 

It is important to know and identify what would work best for your child.

2. Be willing to learn and be ready to brave challenges 

Your child’s learning is not a one-man’s job. The government, teachers, parents, and children all need to work together to overcome the challenges that come with these new learning approaches.

I know this is a challenge to us parents because there are things that we need to learn–or give up–to focus on our children’s education, Felichi said.

Amid the worries and questions, it is important to ask God for wisdom and strength. Pray that He would bless and protect your child as your little one embarks on the new back-to-school scenario. 

Trust that you and your child can do this, through His loving guidance.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NIV)

Are you looking for more back-to-school tips to help your child’s learning?

Catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk next Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel.

3 Tips to Increase Your Income during this Pandemic | Beyond Small Talk

Are you looking for ways to increase your income even amid this pandemic? 

If yes, then you’re in the right place!

Here are Beyond Small Talk guests Vic and Avelynn Garcia to share with you 3 simple yet significant ways to help you learn more and earn more during this crisis. 

 1. Know God’s plan for your life

The well-known Jeremiah 29:11 verse says that God knows His plans for you, and His plans for you are good. But, do you know exactly what those plans are? 

Knowing God’s plans and purpose for your life will help you realize His will for your finances. And how would you do that? By calling unto God – as told by the succeeding verses:

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12-13 NIV)

Instead of calling the Lord, we tend to call our friends or someone who would lend us money. God becomes our last resort,” says Avelynnemphasizing the importance of seeking God first before venturing into any business.

Seek God and ask Him what venture you must take, when, where, and how you can take it.  

 2. Pray with all your heart

You don’t know what to do? Tell God. You have no idea how you would earn money? Tell God and ask Him for wisdom.

If you are wondering whether you should get a new job, put up a new business, or take another sideline – here’s the good news: God knows which path is best for you.

So before you plan your next step, Vic suggests that you pray with all your heart and ask, “God, can You tell me what You know so that I could do Your will?” He added, “With the limited time and resources that we have, we cannot afford to guess and commit many mistakes. 

3Do not forget to give tithes and offering

During a financial crisis, it might be extra challenging to let go of any peso. Yet according to Avelynn“Most of the time, you go broke because you do not give to God. 

When you allow God to intervene in your finances, He will surely bless your obedience. After all, all things work together for good to those who love God, isn’t? That is the same promise Malachi 3:10 brings: 

“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 

Are you asking God for wisdom about your finances?

Allow us to join you in prayers. You may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Has this article blessed you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stay tuned for the next webisodes of Beyond Small Talk on Saturdays, 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia YouTube channel and Facebook page. 

5 Tips to Successful Money Management in Marriage | Beyond Small Talk

“For richer or for poorer, for better or for worse…”

Truth be told, there are marriages that suffer for worse because of poor money management. It might be because of failed expectations, unclear priorities, or different family backgrounds on handling money.

So, how should husbands and wives manage their finances?

To avoid headaches and arguments, Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Marvin Germoand Randell Tiongson share 5 practical tips on successful money management:

Tip #1: Define your roles 

Who should handle the money? Should it be the husband or the wife?

In the Filipino culture, it is a norm that the wives handle the money. But according to Randell, handling money must be conjugal. It is a matter of defining roles on who pays for what or who does what.

Who, then, manages and executes the budgeting?

It should be the one who is more disciplined, wise, and reliable,” Randell suggested.

Tip #2: Be transparent 

One of the most important things spouses can do to manage finances effectively is to be open and honest about it with each other.

As a start, list down all your expenses to have an overview of where your money goes and avoid unwanted surprises in the futureAt the end of the day, it all boils down to proper budgeting.

Tip #3: Combine all your resources

When you and your spouse got married, the two already became one. This is also true when it comes to your finances. You must combine both of your resources and treat your money as one. Practice conjugal spending.

Therefore, before making any decision on that conjugal money, it should be agreed on by both sides.

Tip #4: Give yourselves an allowance 

While it is essential to manage your money jointly, it is also good to give yourselves allowance that you can spend for your personal needs or wants – after you have addressed your financial responsibilities.

Just make sure that your spouse knows where that allowance goes, which leads you to Tip #5.

Tip #5: Let your spouse know about your expenses

Regardless of the amount, it is crucial that your spouse knows all about your cash flow.

Asking their permission and mutually agreeing on how you spend the money is one way to show your spouse that you respect and value them.

Budgeting and setting financial goals in your marriage may sound difficult but they don’t have to be. It shouldn’t be about the money – it should be about communication, mutual respect, and love.

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:14 NLT)

Are you experiencing financial struggles in your marriage?

Allow us to pray for you. Feel free to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

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

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