Do You Want to Increase Your Income but You Don’t Know Where to Start?

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 8-737-0-700 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 webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Hey there, Young People! Here are 3 Questions to Ask Yourself if You are Dealing with Peer Pressure

Hey there, Young People! Here are 3 Questions to Ask Yourself if You are Dealing with Peer Pressure

Do you always hear phrases like “Come on, just do it!” or “Don’t you want to fit in?”

You want to fit in, to be part of the group. That’s cool. After all, humans are designed to belong and connect with each other. But sometimes, people end up doing something they know they shouldn’t do just to fit in.

You’re not alone. Peer pressure is something that can happen to anyone. It happens to kids, even adults, especially to young adults like you.

While it is true that people are called to love their neighbors and know how to relate with them, does this mean that we should do anything just to get along with everybody?

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you deal with negative peer pressure:

Hey there, Young People! Here are 3 Questions to Ask Yourself if You are Dealing with Peer Pressure

Question 1: “What will be the outcome?”

Right now, you are open to so many options, so many things, and your decisions could lead you anywhere.

If your friends are pressuring you into doing something you won’t normally do, ask yourself: “What is going to happen if I do this? Am I ready to accept the consequences?” Count the cost, consider the risks of giving in to the pressure. They can have serious consequences not just to you, but to other people as well.

Exodus 23:2 reminds people to not follow the crowd in doing wrong.

If someone is making you do something you’re uncomfortable with, it’s okay to say no.

It’s true that taking a stand for what is right might make people unhappy with you, but that’s ok. What’s important is you do what God wants you to do.

Hey there, Young People! Here are 3 Questions to Ask Yourself if You are Dealing with Peer Pressure

Question 2:Am I surrounded with the right people?”

The people around you help form your character. As the old saying goes, “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

So, if your peers are pressuring you into doing something you don’t want to do, or something that could hurt you, perhaps it’s time to ask yourself if you are with the right people.

Ask, “Am I with the right people that will help me get to where I want to be in this life, or this relationship would only lead me to destruction?”

Likewise, the Bible was clear that even the most well-intentioned individuals can be led astray by those with bad character.

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NASB)

That’s why it’s important that you surround yourself with positive influences – people who genuinely want the best for you and will help shape your behaviors according to what is good and pleasing to God.

Hey there, Young People! Here are 3 Questions to Ask Yourself if You are Dealing with Peer Pressure

Question 3: “Who am I trying to please?”

Contrary to popular belief, vulnerable people are not the only ones who can be pressured to do what the world wants over what God wants. Even those who have a healthy relationship with their families could fall to bad influences.

Why? People often fall into negative peer pressure because they think they could find happiness in social acceptance. But that kind of happiness is short-lived.

Gaining the approval of a corrupted world means giving up the true happiness that comes from God’s approval.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10 NIV)

Hey there, Young People! Here are 3 Questions to Ask Yourself if You are Dealing with Peer Pressure

It’s never been easy living in a world full of pressure.

But don’t worry!

God will be with you. He is the best friend and companion because He will never pressure you in doing anything that is bad for you.

May you have the courage to stand your ground. Pray, and trust that God will always empower you to resist any temptation, any peer pressure.

“Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9 GNT)

Are you suffering from peer pressure?

The CBN Asia Prayer Center is here to listen and pray for you! Call us at 8-737-0-700 or send a message to our Facebook page.

The One with the Pandemic Friends: 5 Tips to Keep Healthy Friendships Right Now!

So, no one told you that ‘pandemic life’ was gonna be this way.

If only all friendships could play out like the ones in sitcoms! You all live next door to each other, you can spend plenty of time together while drinking coffee and having long, intimate conversations.

Sadly, we don’t live in a sitcom. In real life, keeping friendships can require a lot of work – even more so during the pandemic.

No worries! Here are some tips that can help you deepen your relationships and keep healthy friendships during the pandemic:

The One with the Pandemic Friends: 5 Tips to Keep Healthy Friendships Right Now!

The one where you reach out

So, your friends are not reaching out to you, and you feel that they have abandoned you?

Now is not the time to test your friends! Everyone’s going through something, and it is best to extend grace during these trying times. Also, it wouldn’t hurt if you’re the first one to reach out and ask how your friends are holding up.

Shoot them a message, initiate a video call, and work hard to try to see them – while maintaining safety measures. Be present, says The Mental Health Foundation. You would be amazed how your simple gesture can make a huge impact on your friendship.

The One with the Pandemic Friends: 5 Tips to Keep Healthy Friendships Right Now!

The one where you ask questions and actively listen

Now that you’ve gotten in touch with your friends, what do you talk about? Break the ice! Ask questions!

Ask them how they are doing in their job or online classes, how they’re coping with the new normal, then let them fill you in. Asking friends how they feel and actively listening to their response are special moves.

Likewise, a big key to friendship is self-disclosure, says Psychology professor Tracy Gleason, so show that you can also be open and vulnerable around your friends.

The One with the Pandemic Friends: 5 Tips to Keep Healthy Friendships Right Now!

The one where you accept changes in your friendships

One thing you might notice as you talk with your friends is that many things changed in their life, especially during the pandemic.

Pandemic or not, change is natural. Life happens. People outgrow some things they used to value while trying to cope with the new normal. They can make decisions even if they don’t align with your beliefs anymore. They can even make new friends.

Try not to focus on the differences you now have with each other. Instead, focus on your shared experiences. Choose to see these changes through the lens of acceptance and love.

The One with the Pandemic Friends: 5 Tips to Keep Healthy Friendships Right Now!

The one where you celebrate milestones

Do you rarely get a chance to see your friend?

Then special events like birthdays, weddings, or graduations can be perfect opportunities to reconnect, catch up, and celebrate! Marking these significant life changes is important, PsychCentral affirms.

Most people get life updates about their friends from social media, but the details and the big and small talks that make up your friendships can only be shared through one-on-one interactions. It’s also a chance to try something new together like a zoom celebration or stream movies virtually.

The One with the Pandemic Friends: 5 Tips to Keep Healthy Friendships Right Now!

The one where you pray for your friends

The pandemic is a universal experience, but it is also an individual experience. It has dramatically affected everyone – so everyone could use some encouragement – including your friends.

Pray for and with your friend. Ask them if they have prayer requests, and actually pray for them then and there. Allow God to comfort, protect, and direct your friends’ paths.

Lastly, ask God to strengthen your friendship and keep it healthy, as both of you dwell in His constant love.

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other… Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” (Romans 12:10-12 NLT)

The One with the Pandemic Friends: 5 Tips to Keep Healthy Friendships Right Now!

Share God’s comfort and healing to your friends!

Let them know that there is hope in Jesus by encouraging them to stream JC Ronato’s newest single, Maghihilom. Out now on SpotifyApple Music, and YouTube! Follow Reverb Worship PH on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for more updates.

parenting in the new normal

Parenting in the New Normal: 5 Tips to Survive and Thrive

Calling all parents!

How’s being a parent during the pandemic?

Even after a year and a half, parenting in the pandemic still seems like new territory for most. Juggling zoom meetings, guiding the kids with online learning while squeezing in all household chores. It still takes some getting used to.

Sounds familiar, right?

It’s no wonder why many moms and dads experience anxiety and burnout!

But don’t worry, you can do it! Here are 5 tips to help you survive and thrive parenting in the new normal:

1. Remember God’s character

When things are uncertain and unsteady, it is good to be reminded of who your anchor is — Jesus. Rediscover God through His Word and look back to how good He has been in your life before the pandemic and how He has been sustaining you until today.

Reminding yourself of God’s unchanging character will help you trust in Him during changing times.

2. Reach out to your children

Have you set regular check-ins with your family?

If you haven’t, you can start today! It is important to set aside time with your children and talk about their feelings, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) suggested.

Take time to sit down with everybody and ask, “How are you? How are things going? How are you doing? Do you need help?” Use that information on how you can help them adjust to the new normal.

3. Communicate with your employer

Some parents are uncomfortable to talk to their employers about their parenting responsibilities.

However, if you are having a hard time taking care of your children recently or you need more time to adjust to the new normal, may need to make some arrangements with them about your schedule and workload.

Exchange Family Center recommends that you try to offer a schedule that works for you. At the end of the day, it would be helpful if you are transparent with your employer about your situation.

4. Find time to take a break

Self-care is important, even before the pandemic, and all the more for parents now. Take time for yourself, rejuvenate, and model that for your children as well.

To take good care of your children, start by taking care of yourself.

5. Cover your children in prayer

Many things have changed since the pandemic started, and they will continue to change from day to day. But God’s love for you and your children will stay the same!

Prayer is the greatest weapon you can give them. So, pray for your child and with your child. Ask God to protect, strengthen, and give each one of you the wisdom you need as you all face the new normal. Pray for joy and lasting peace.

Parenting during the pandemic isn’t for the faint-hearted. But with the help of your loving God, you got this. The new normal is here — so as God’s new mercy every morning.

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Are you concerned about how you can survive and thrive in parenting during the new normal and beyond?

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.

5 Inspiring Songs to Get You through the New Normal

What keeps you grounded during the pandemic?

If music brings you relief from the worry and stress these days, you are not alone.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed many aspects of our lives, but it didn’t take away the Filipinos’ love for music. If anything, more people have turned to music to find hope and comfort when times are challenging.

And when you find yourself feeling a bit down, here are 5 inspiring songs that will help you get through the blues, the new normal, and beyond:

Feeling hopeless? Listen to…

Kumapit — Yeng Constantino

“Kumapit ka

‘Di ka nag-iisa

‘Di mo man nakikita

Nandiyan S’ya sa ‘yo, sa iyong tabi.”

Sad? Stressed out? Scared about the future? Let OPM icon Yeng Constantino assure you that your pandemic blues are valid and it’s okay to be honest about them.

Kumapit is a solid reminder that God understands your worries, fears, and even anger during difficult seasons in life. When you feel hopeless, know that you can always cry out to God. Hold on to God’s hope and His hope will hold on to you.

Feeling tired? Listen to…

Magpahinga — Ben&Ben

“Ang sabi mo, “Dito ka lang sa ‘kin

Magpahinga muna, lalabanan din

Mga dambuhalang ‘di maubos na problema

Malapit na, pero ‘di rin kasalanang magpahinga.”

If you feel you  have been fighting and have been too strong for far too long, let Magpahinga assure you that it is okay to  rest and let your guard down.

Paired with a heart-tugging music video, folk pop band Ben&Ben sings about the importance of allowing yourself to breathe – and cry if you must. So take a deep breath, quiet your mind, and rest your weary heart.

Feeling lost and uncertain? Listen to…

It’s Okay — Clara Benin

“I cannot unsee what’s in front of me

Oh it’s all in front of me

Is it okay if I close my eyes? Is it okay if I take my time?

Is it okay if I close my eyes? Is it okay if I take my time?

Just for a little while, just for a little while.”

Tired of the alarming news you see on TV? Fed up with the negativity on your social media feed?

Rid yourself of the toxicity and listen to It’s Okay. Clara Benin has created a relatable, little hymn that will soothe your heart and ears. Take this time to close your eyes and breathe. Reflect on life – the good, the bad, and everything in between.

Feeling worried? Listen to…

Ikako — SB19

“O, sigurado, babangon tayo

Kaya’ng lahat, ikaw at ako

‘Wag kang susuko

Magkasama tayo

Hanggang sa dulo

Ikaw at ako.”

Internationally acclaimed boyband SB19 brings a quarantine anthem that conveys a hopeful message: When troubles seem overwhelming, you have the power to win any struggle.

Ikako, a portmanteau of the words ikaw at ako (you and I), is a wonderful reminder that as long as we are together, Pinoys can get through anything. Its cheerful music video shows the frontliners and the band members cooped up in their own homes – hopeful that the sun will shine again.

Feeling hurt? Listen to…

Maghihilom — JC Ronato

“Maghihilom din

Sa sakit at pagkabigo

Maghihilom din

Sa lahat ng dinaramdam ko

Maghihilom din

Sa aking paglapit Sa’yo

Maghihilom din ang aking puso.”

Baguio-based singer-songwriter JC Ronato has created a perfect hymn for people who are struggling, in pain, and in need of healing.

If you are looking for a breather, Maghihilom hits close to home as it acknowledges the tears and fears you may be enduring right now. A few beats after, JC delivers an impactful message: There is a loving God who can heal you. There is hope and light after all.

Stream Maghihilom on July 30 on Spotify, Apple, Deezer, and YouTube. Follow Reverb Worship PH on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for more updates.

Which songs comfort and uplift you during this season? Feel free to add to this list in the comments section below!

If you are feeling beaten down by the pandemic blues, the CBN Asia Prayer Center is here for you. Call us at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to comfort you through prayers.

Move Beyond Your Emotional Wounds! Here are 5 Tips for Emotional Healing

Move Beyond Your Emotional Wounds! Here are 5 Tips for Emotional Healing

If you bruised your knees, they could heal fast.

An emotional wound, however, could linger for a very long time.

A broken relationship, a traumatic experience, or a limiting belief in yourself could all add weight to your emotional baggage. They are absolutely hard to deal with and they can prevent you from living a joy-filled life.

While healing from your emotional wounds is a challenging journey, remember that you have the power to change your story! Here are 5 tips to help you let go of your past and thrive your way through emotional healing:

Move Beyond Your Emotional Wounds! Here are 5 Tips for Emotional Healing

1. Acknowledge your emotional wound

Do your emotional wounds hijack your creativity, productivity, and even the way you think? Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge and accept your pain.

Being honest to yourself and accepting that you have these painful wounds are powerful keys to your healing.

It doesn’t have to be a Level 10 kind of a pain to be called difficult – it could be the little things: a childhood memory, stress at work, hurtful words, or just day-by-day problems that have accumulated and affect your mental health.

Today, have the courage to admit out loud that something has affected you. Have more “courageous conversations” with yourself and with other people as well.

Move Beyond Your Emotional Wounds! Here are 5 Tips for Emotional Healing

2. Find rest and relief

How do you find rest? How often do you rest?

If you had a hard time answering those questions, then it is time to take a break from your pain and find relief, Psychology Today suggests.

Some people find relief in arts or sports, others feel rested when they travel or engage with nature. There are also people who find rest and relief from their wounds when they start to forgive.

Move Beyond Your Emotional Wounds! Here are 5 Tips for Emotional Healing

3. Seek help

Someone is in deep anguish since he lost his job amid a pandemic. He’s been holding on to that emotional wound for months, to the point that he cannot eat nor sleep. But when people ask him how he is doing, his answer would always be: “I am fine.”

His situation sounds familiar, right?

Most people have been like Someone in one way or another – saying that they are fine even when they’re not.

You need some time alone to heal from your emotional wounds, but it is also important to allow other people to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out to your trusted friend or family member, or even seek support from mental health professionals.

Move Beyond Your Emotional Wounds! Here are 5 Tips for Emotional Healing

4. Understand and learn from your experience

Now that the event is over, perhaps, you can look at the situation from a more logical perspective?

After going through a traumatic event, a stressful situation, or any event that caused your emotional wound, it is likely that you only thought of that experience in one way.

Try to understand your situation more clearly and consider the reality above any assumptions that you might have been making this whole time. What was true? What was not? How did it play out in the end? What did you learn from the experience? Discover new perspectives that you can get from that experience.

Move Beyond Your Emotional Wounds! Here are 5 Tips for Emotional Healing

5. Allow God to heal you

You cannot change your past; it will remain the same. What you can change is how you look back on your past. It might be difficult to let go and heal deep emotional wounds but with Jesus, you will get there.

Your Heavenly Father can lift you up (Psalms 146:8), strengthen you (Isaiah 41:10), and heal your emotional wounds (2 Kings 20:5). Bring your burden to God and allow Him to help you transform your life for the better.

As Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Move Beyond Your Emotional Wounds! Here are 5 Tips for Emotional Healing

Are you struggling to heal from your emotional wounds?

Let JC Ronato’s newest single, Maghihilom, comfort you! Produced by CBN Asia’s music arm Reverb Worship PH, this song will inspire you that true restoration and healing come from God. Maghihilom will hit the airwaves this July. Follow Reverb Worship PH on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for more updates.

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

July is National Disaster Resilience Month in the Philippines to promote preparedness among Filipinos during catastrophes.

During a pandemic, disaster preparedness is more complex now. So, here are some tips that can help you and your family be disaster-ready while on a public health emergency:

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

1. Ready your enhanced emergency kit

Aside from the basic emergency and food supplies kit that includes food, water, clothes, radio, first aid supplies,  flashlights, whistles, and important documents, you would need additional supplies.

Ready.gov  recommends adding COVID-19-related necessities such as masks, face shields, and prescribed medicines to your emergency kit.

It is important to maintain the emergency kit, always check if the medicines and food supplies are not expired. Keep the kit in a cool dry place.

Keep your emergency bag easily accessible in case of an emergency evacuation.

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

2. Follow the minimum health standards

After preparing your supplies, learn the basic practices against COVID-19,  just in case you would need to evacuate to a safer, but more public area.

To help you remember these practices, the Department of Health’s (DOH) BIDA Ang Solusyon sa COVID-19 promotes the four behaviors to fight the virus:

B – Bawal walang mask

I – I-sanitize ang kamay, iwas hawak sa mga bagay

D – Dumistasya ng isang metro

A – Alamin ang totoong impormasyon

By doing BIDA, you ensure the safety of your whole family in a disaster during a  pandemic.

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

3. Pray for God’s help

Above all these preparations, you need God. Typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other catastrophes are uncontrollable situations, but God is always in control. So leave it all to God through prayer!

You can always seek God’s protection amidst unprecedented times of pandemic and calamities.

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.” (Psalm 46:1-2 NLT)

Do you want to be secure of God’s protection? Start your journey of faith today!

Visit this page and call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

07022021_5 Tips to Maintain a Work-Life Balance for Dads this Pandemic – Beyond Small Talk

5 Tips to Maintain a Work-Life Balance for Dads this Pandemic – Beyond Small Talk

Work-from-home.

This is probably one of the most used terms these days since the start of the pandemic. This may sound like an ideal setup for many people, but most fathers have found working from home very challenging.

From your experience, do you agree that working from home sometimes blurs the line between work-related tasks and your personal time at home?

Don’t worry, amazing Dads. Beyond Small Talk is here for you!

Working dad Ardy Roberto shares these 5 tips on how you can achieve a work-life balance in this new normal:

Tip #1: Ask God for wisdom

Working and raising a family at the same time is hard. Don’t worry, you can do it with God’s help!

Always seek God’s wisdom not just for your work-related decisions but, more importantly, also for your relationships with your loved ones.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV) 

Tip #2: Be intentional in spending time with your loved ones

Quantity time is quality time.

Set specific times for spending with your wife and kids.

A walk in the park every morning, a bike ride after your kids’ online classes, eating dinner together are a couple of examples of activities you can do to bond with your family every day.

It does not have to be grand. Your presence is more than enough to create a quality bond between you and your family, especially during this pandemic.

Tip #3: Communicate with your family

As they say, “Communication is key.”

Always be open with your loved ones about your work situation. Give your family a heads up on your schedule at work.

There will inevitably be times when you will be extra busy at work or on your business, and that’s only natural. With proper communication with your family, you can achieve understanding with them.

Tip #4: Stay true to your word and keep your promises

As the busy season at work comes to an end, be faithful in your commitments to your children and your spouse.

If you promised that you will spend the dinner time with your family, do your best to stick to it. If you said that you will help the kids with their homework that night, help them.  Let them know that they can count on your word.

Remember, small fissures of broken promises could lead to cracks of broken trust.

Tip #5: Be a good example of hard work and excellence

Working from home means your children can see your efforts to provide for the family. It is an opportunity to show them the true meaning of hard work and excellence.

Be a man who is a role model at work and at home.

Don’t worry if you fail at being the best dad sometimes. Truth is, there is no perfect father here on earth.

The great news is that there is a perfect God who leads you in being the head of your family. So, seek God’s help in keeping your work and family life balanced in this new normal.

Do you find these tips helpful in achieving your ideal work-life balance?

Let us know in the comment section below!

For more inspiring content, watch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel!

5 Things Parents Can Do to Support their Child’s Gifts and Talents

What is your child good at?

How do you help them nurture their gifts and talents?

Parents, more than just having your own hopes and dreams for your child, it is important to encourage them to follow their own dreams and help nurture their talents.

If you are wondering how you could support your child’s pursuit of their dreams, Papuri! artist and Beyond Small Talk guest Rommel Guevara shares 5 things that can help you bring out your child’s best:

1. Be motivated by love

Are you pushing your child to excel in areas that they are not genuinely interested in?

It is understandable why many parents would want to have a say in their child’s life. They want their children to succeed. However, this practice can do more harm than good.

Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz of Child Mind Institute says that pushing kids to do things they don’t like can lead to anxiety disorder or learning disability.

Perhaps, it is time to examine your own motivations for pushing your child in a certain direction. When you want to support your child’s best interest, it is always best to be motivated by love.

2. Let them know that you support their dreams

Does your child know that you’ve got their back?

Discover your child’s gift and interests, and intentionally show your support!

“When our daughter was born, we prayed to support her dreams. We do not want to pressure her into doing ministry work, just because her parents are in the ministry. We let her discover her passions as she grows up,” Rommel said.

3. Don’t withhold discipline

It is good to give your child the freedom to choose their own path. Likewise, parents are called to guide their children (Proverbs 22:6). Fantastic parents are those who learn how to strike a balance between freedom and discipline.

Rommel shared, “We should support our children, but that doesn’t mean tolerating them when they are doing the wrong things. Love and support come with discipline.”

Remember, you can show your love and support by setting boundaries.

4. Support their talents and interests

What makes your child unique?

Sometimes, you need to step out of your comfort zone to help your child explore their gifts and talents.

Encouraging them through words is great! But there are also times when you need to show your support by providing them the tools, materials, and supplies that will further nurture their talents.

Simply put, your wallet will be involved – which leads us to point number 5.

5. Provide financial support

To Rommel, moral support is wonderful, but it is better if parents can also support their children’s interests financially.

So, if the budget allows, do not hesitate to bless your child with the equipment and materials they need. After all, you are investing in the life of your loved one!

But what if the budget is limited?

Parents, it is best to rely on your limitless God.

“Thankfully, God only entrusted our children to us. Our children’s real Father is in heaven,” Rommel said. “So, when it comes to the financial needs of our daughter, we ask God for provision. He will supply the needs of our children.”

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 ESV)

Do you find these tips helpful in supporting your child’s gifts and talents?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Wondering How to Survive the Work from Home Setup? Check Out these 5 Tips!

Wondering How to Survive the Work from Home Setup? Check Out these 5 Tips!

Are you one of the many people who are forced to work from home because of the pandemic?

If you are, then this article is for you!

Working from home has numerous benefits. No more commutes and rush hour traffic. No more worrying about your outfit of the day (OOTD). You don’t even have to wear shoes!

On the other hand, while working from home means you can work on your bed, boundaries between work life and non-work life are now blurred.

You can no longer leave work at the office when you go home. This could be a challenge. You could either feel burnt out or not get anything done. Worse, you could feel burnout without getting anything done!

For International Work from Home Day, here are 5 tips that can help you overcome the challenges of working from home:

Wondering How to Survive the Work from Home Setup? Check Out these 5 Tips!

Tip #1: Have a designated and consistent place for your work

First things first, give yourself a dedicated workspace. It doesn’t have to be a new room; it could be a small corner. Just somewhere quiet, well-lit, and free from clutter and distractions.

Although not everyone has the luxury to set up a home office, it is important to choose a spot in your home where you can do your work and leave it there when the workday is done.

Wondering How to Survive the Work from Home Setup? Check Out these 5 Tips!

Tip #2: Set a reasonable schedule

Harvard Business Review’s article, 5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively, gave sound advice: Set a schedule to provide structure to your day and to help you stay motivated.

In other words: Set up a doable schedule and try your best to stick to it.

Consider your schedule like you’re working in an office. What is acceptable at work, what’s not? What are your deliverables for the day? List them down. And remember to schedule your breaks!

Wondering How to Survive the Work from Home Setup? Check Out these 5 Tips!

Tip #3: Set boundaries

Here’s a scenario: You are in a zoom meeting, swamped with work when an unexpected visitor came knocking at your door.

What do you do?

One of the biggest challenges of working from home is that work-life boundaries can get blurred. Your friends and loved ones might think that you are free to do personal errands anytime because, after all, you are just at home.

That is why it is important to set boundaries and communicate them to everyone in the house. Explain that you are working and that you need time to focus on your work. Let your household members know that you are off-limits during your scheduled work hours.

Wondering How to Survive the Work from Home Setup? Check Out these 5 Tips!

Tip #4: Celebrate your wins

If you have ticked an item off your to-do list, go ahead and celebrate!

Life during the pandemic can be quite overwhelming. Acknowledging what you have accomplished – whether they are big or small – is a great way to encourage yourself.

Verywell Mind says that appreciating even your small wins can also boost your self-confidence and motivate you to achieve more.

So, what can you celebrate today?

Wondering How to Survive the Work from Home Setup? Check Out these 5 Tips!

Tip #5: Engage in self-care

One year into the pandemic and work from home setup, how are you holding up?

If you are feeling down, know that you are not alone.

According to the report Workforce Attitudes toward Mental Health, 96% of respondents said that the pandemic has affected their stress levels. If you can relate to that, perhaps it’s time to slow down.

It is best to carve out time to care for your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Get enough sleep, eat healthily, and find time to exercise — even during work! For instance, Verywell Fit suggests that you stretch your arms and legs every 45-55 minutes and rest your eyes.

Also, make time for relaxing activities, for your loved ones, and for prayer.

Give thanks to God for His sustaining grace and allow yourself to just rest in His presence. Pray for strength and wisdom.

Pray and believe that God will help you to not just survive – but to thrive while working from home.

Wondering How to Survive the Work from Home Setup? Check Out these 5 Tips!

Are you struggling to survive the work from home setup?

We are here to pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

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