How to Support a Loved One with Mental Health Problems – Beyond Small Talk

Mental illness could happen to anyone and it could be difficult to recognize.

Unlike a physical wound that is easy to spot, mental illness is an internal war hidden behind a smile, a hello, and the telltale phrase, “I’m okay.”

According to Mayo Clinic, some of the warning signs you should watch out for are “excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt, significant tiredness, low energy, and inability to cope with daily problems or stress.”

If you recognize these symptoms in a friend, colleague, or family member, check out these tips from Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Kakilala and psychotherapist Alain Dizon to know how you can better support them in this journey.

1. Make the person feel that nothing has changed

You might feel awkward when approaching them, but try to relax. Make them feel that you’re the same person they have known and you still see them the same way. Create a safe place for them to unload and share their struggles without judging nor condemning them.

2. Ask them how you could help

It’s okay to be honest and to admit that you don’t know what to do. Ask them how you could help. Always take the cue from the person.

Tell them your limitations and boundaries when helping, but assure them that you’ll journey with them to recovery.

3. Learn how to listen

Avoid acting like an expert by trying to fix your loved ones’ problems. What they need are your heartfelt presence and listening ear to make them feel that you genuinely care.

Also, don’t force them to speak if they are not yet ready to open up. Just make yourself available whenever they are comfortable to finally talk.

4. Educate yourself

One of the biggest challenges that people with mental illness have to deal with is stigma. Educating yourself will help you to better relate to them and provide the best assistance.

Did these tips help you? Feel free to comment on the online discussion and make sure to catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk! Watch it next Saturday, October 23, 2021, 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel!

Also, we would love to pray for you and your loved ones who are suffering from mental health problems.

Call 8-737-0-7-00 if you’re in Metro Manila. If you’re outside Metro Manila or the Philippines, contact us through CBN Asia Prayer Center.

3 Self-Care Practices for a Healthier Body, Soul, and Spirit – Beyond Small Talk

Taking care of your overall well-being is integral to being a healthy and productive person.

It enables you to be more productive, it boosts your immune system, enhances your self-esteem, and improves your compassion towards others, says Katherine Hurst of The Law of Attraction in her article What Is Self-Care And Why Is Self-Care Important?.

But then, a lot of people still think that self-care is being selfish and inconsiderate.

In this webisode of Beyond Small Talk, hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and Zenia Panahon discuss the importance of self-care. They also share tips that you can apply to have a healthier body, soul, and spirit.

1. Learn to listen to your body

Are the pressures of life crushing you down? Swamped by your daily tasks and cannot function well?

Be sensitive to detect the messages that your body sends to you.

“Self-care is not being selfish, it is being healthy,” Zenia Panahon emphasized.

Can you hear your body groan and complain? It’s okay to take a step back and retreat.

2. Set aside some time for yourself

Stress is everywhere. It is inevitable.

You need to find some time to slow down, clear your thoughts, and get replenished. You may try meditating, take a 10-15 minute walk every day, or clean and declutter your desk.

According to Zenia Panahon, “Self-care routines vary for different people. It still depends on what works for you and what recharges you.”

3. Make a habit of spending time with God.

Dedicate a time for just you and God.

Say a word of prayer, give thanks to Him, and read what He wants to say to you through His Word.

You can come to God in all your brokenness. Allow Him to make you whole and to comfort you while in the midst of your raging sea of stress and negative emotions.

Peter Kairuz says it beautifully, “When God comforts you, it’s all-encompassing. It’s not just your spirit, but your body benefits from that moment with God.”

If you’re suffering from mental illness, Beyond Small Talk is here for you and ready to listen.

Do not hesitate to join our online discussion and share your struggles with us.

You may also call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you.

For more inspiring content and practical tips, catch the next webisodes of Beyond Small Talk every Saturday, at 7:00 PM at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

3 Tips to Sleep Better at Night

Still awake and can’t sleep?

You are not alone.

In an article by Sunstar.com, about 46 percent of Filipinos are experiencing sleep deprivation, and about 32 percent sleep less than six hours a day.

If you are one of these people who have a hard time sleeping every night, here are some tips that could help you achieve a good night’s sleep.

1. Have a regular sleep-wake schedule

According to HelpGuide.Org, staying on track with your sleeping patterns is one of the key factors to have a good night’s sleep.

Try to sleep on the same schedule every night and wake up at a definite hour in the morning. By doing so, you can have quality sleep, and your internal body clock can adjust accordingly.

Also, watch your naptime. Consider limiting your naptime to 15 to 20 minutes so that it will not negatively affect your sleeping routine at night. Longer naptimes could disrupt your sleep.

2. Develop good eating and exercising habits

Aside from looking into your sleeping schedules, be mindful of your food intake.

Sleep Foundation emphasized that improving your sleep also means enhancing your diet and exercise.

For your dinner, it is best to eat early, so you can allocate time for your body to digest your meals. Also, try to limit your intake of caffeine and energy drinks to minimize your sleep problems.

To also improve your sleep, have regular exercise. Doing some physical activities such as cardio or aerobic exercises can give you have quality sleep.

3. Clear your mind through songs and prayer

Perhaps it’s your worries that are keeping you up at night. So here is another essential tip that you should not miss:

Find rest in the presence of God through prayer.

Whatever thoughts that bothering you in bed, remember that God is in control. So lay down your weary head and rest in His peaceful presence.

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

Do you want to start a peaceful life? Visit this link and begin your journey of faith today!

Another way to cleanse your mind is through music!

Watch out for “2 AM Wide Awake” by Neo Rivera featuring Jericho Arceo, the newest single of Reverb Worship PH – a song that will help you find rest in the unfailing love and grace of God.

 

Pre-save the song here and stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, and all digital streaming platforms starting October 29.

Be updated with the latest songs of Reverb Worship PH by following them on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

5 Tips to Prepare Your Family and Community for a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters are inevitable.

Earthquakes, typhoons, flooding, and the like  are unforeseen catastrophes that could strike at any time so, you must be prepared.

Being ready for a natural disaster will help you and your family prevent harm and save lives.

This International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, here are 5 tips that can help you and your family become ready for a natural disaster.

1. Create a family evacuation plan

Planning ahead of time makes all the difference in disaster preparedness. Healthychildren.org emphasized that it is important to involve all the family members in the preparation before a natural disaster.

Talk with your family members and train them on what to do before, during, and after a disaster strikes.

Aside from this, you can also conduct family drills once in a while. Remember to discuss all the necessary hotlines and evacuation details they need to know in case of calamities.

2. Be updated with the latest news and information

Always keep yourself informed with the latest news coverage on the natural disaster. Make sure to have a list and know the locations of nearby evacuation centers.

Before a calamity strikes, prepare an updated directory of local news stations for information and government hotlines for rescue and evacuation.

Also, healthychildren.org emphasized that making a plan and building a kit are as important as being informed. Prepare a charger and enough batteries for your means of communication. Have a working radio, cellular phone, and extra power banks in case of extended power interruption.

3. Build a kit with enough basic food supplies and medicine

Another thing to prepare is your food supplies which, according to CNN,  should last for at least one week.

Stock up on basic food supplies like canned goods, bread, and potable water. Better to pack food that will not spoil even without refrigeration. Stock up on ready-to-eat or easy-to-cook food.

Aside from water and food provision, prepare a stock of your basic medicines and a first aid kit. Prepare a separate kit for those who have a health condition for their own medication. Make sure you have enough medicines and medical supplies to last for at least a week.

4. Encourage others to be disaster-ready

As you prepare as a family, it is important to help others be disaster-ready too. By simply sharing the tips on disaster preparedness on your social media or other means of communication, you can encourage your neighbors and community to be disaster-ready.

Youth.gov also shared that young people can generate creative ideas in sharing disaster preparedness programs, making the tips more engaging and easier to grasp.

Through these efforts, together as a community, you can save lives.

5. Stay calm and pray for God’s protection

Most of all, it is best to stay calm and seek God’s deliverance and protection amid catastrophes. Rest your heart knowing that God is in control no matter what disaster that will come your way.

When you or your loved ones are troubled with all the disasters happening in the world, remember that you can always seek refuge in God’s presence through prayer.

“I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 NIV)

Do you still feel distressed and worried? Let us pray for you. Call CBN Asia’s Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 anytime.

And if you want to experience the fullness of God’s protection amid any disaster, visit this page to start your journey of faith today.

4 Tips for Caring for an Elderly Loved One

Are you taking care of an elderly loved one at home?

If caring for older adults has become extra challenging for you during the pandemic, you are not alone. Social isolation presents physical, emotional, and mental challenges for both elderly people and their families.

Great news! You can still help an elderly loved one feel safe, happy, and comfortable during these trying times with these four practical tips:

1. Help them stay in touch with friends and family

Unlike younger people, older adults have limited access to phones and social media. Being cooped up in their homes, without any means of communication with others, is a bit cause of anxiety and loneliness. In fact, Scientific Reports says that the pandemic had severe impact on older adults’ mental health.

That’s why it’s important to help them stay connected with family and friends.  Schedule a video call with their peers or even organize a virtual dinner with relatives. It’s a great way to make them feel connected.

Most importantly, always check up on them. Talk about their day. Share your joys. Discuss your concerns and ask their advice. Bring up conversations that instill happiness and hope.

2. Encourage and support their interests

What are their hobbies?

Find ways to support their interests and help them discover new ones. Do they love reading, gardening, or playing board games? If the budget allows, bless your elderly loved one with materials and supplies that support their interests.

If they want to and if they’re physically capable, let them to help in the house. Doing household chores help them feel that they still have an essential role in the family. Encourage them to exercise, too! Make sure they get some sun in the morning. Encourage them to care for their well-being and give them reasons and opportunities to find things to look forward to.

3. Know their needs and what help they need

Talk with your elderly loved one and assess what kind of help they need.

Start with the basics like meals, medicines, schedule of medical checkups, and movement around the house. While you’re at it, you can also help them create a daily schedule that works best for the both of you.

While it’s important to guide your loved one through their needs, give them enough space so they would still feel independent. Respect their preferences. It’s a balance of helping them and still giving them freedom to do and decide things for themselves.

4. Take care of yourself

A caregiver often has multiple roles. They are juggling a full-time job, looking after young children, and providing care for an elderly parent or member of the family.

If you want to take care of your elderly loved one, start by taking care of yourself first.

Engage in self-care. Make sure that you are eating well and sleeping well. Exercising, too! Find time for rest and relaxation so you can manage your physical and mental health. You need to ensure that you’re in good shape to help others.

Lastly, ask for help from other family members in taking care of your elderly loved one. There is no shame in needing and asking for help. More importantly, seek help from God. Ask Him to give you strength, patience, and wisdom while you care for your elderly loved one.

May God continue to bless, strengthen, and give you a heart full of joy as you serve!

“The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11 NKJV)

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

Frontliners, How’s Your Mental Health? Here are 3 Essential Tips for You

The brave first responders. Modern-day heroes. Frontliners.

Healthcare and essential workers are praised and given these names, and it’s only right to honor them. They put their lives on the line to treat overwhelming numbers of COVID-19 patients. They serve for long hours while most of them live in isolation from their loved ones. They care for people’s needs and keep the country going.

If you are a frontliner, thank you for doing what you do!

Despite these various roles, we acknowledge that you might also be struggling with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. If you feel stressed and overwhelmed during this challenging season, take this time to breathe.

We are here to pray for you. And here are 3 tips to take care of your mental health, if you need them:

Tip #1: Make time for yourself

Everyone is battling the COVID-19 pandemic in their own different ways. But we can’t imagine how difficult it is for frontliners like you.

At the end of the day, you can only fulfill your heroic duties if you are your own hero. So, carve out time for self-care. Prioritize sleep, commit to regular exercise, and eat healthy. Relax a little! Listen to music, watch a film or a cat video. Do activities that soothe your mind.

Also, give yourself credit, the Mental Health First Aid suggests. Appreciate the important work that you’re doing and give gratitude to yourself.

Tip #2: Talk to other people

Whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a mental health professional, sharing your thoughts and concerns to other people you trust is good for your mental health.

By talking to others, you can make them feel that they’re not alone! You can encourage each other and build each other up! (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT)

Also, talk to the people you work with. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, communicating with your coworkers and supervisors helps you cope with difficult situations and become resilient. If you have concerns about yourself and your job, talk openly so they can help you.

Think about what works best for you and don’t hesitate to ask how you can access mental health resources in your workplace.

Tip #3: Lean on God

Other people – including the ones closest to you – may not understand everything that’s going on in your life, but God knows.

If you feel that the stress and pressure are too much to handle, pause and pray. You can always come to God because He is your ever-present help (Psalm 46:1). That means you can talk to Him, cry to Him, and ask for His strength and comfort.

Keep going. Keep praying. God is with you every step of the way!

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT)

Do you feel stressed or overwhelmed?

Do you need someone to talk to?

We would love to support and comfort you through prayers. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and our trained prayer counselors will pray for you.

How’s Your Heart?

It may be a simple question, but for many people, it’s a challenging one.

It is hard to share your feelings with others—let alone your personal problems and prayer requests.

But if your heart is anxious, hopeless, or even depressed because of the pandemic, this is a reminder that you don’t have to go through everything alone.

Here are 3 reasons why it’s okay to ask others to pray for you:

1. It’s okay to share your burdens

Many people do not want to talk about the real condition of their hearts because they don’t want to be a burden to others.

If you feel the same, here’s a comforting truth for you: God wants His people to share each other’s burdens through prayers. That’s why you should not hesitate to ask others to intercede for you.

“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NLT)

2. It’s okay to not be okay

There is strength in being vulnerable in front of others. There is courage in speaking up about your deepest struggles. This is where healing starts. There is nothing shameful in asking for help.

Don’t let doubt, pride, or fear keep you from asking others to pray for you. It’s okay to let others know that you are not okay.

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16 NKJV)

3. It’s okay to care for your heart

Loneliness is bad for the heart, according to Harvard Medical School. Expressing your prayer concerns is a powerful way to connect with others, ease loneliness, and care for your heart.

While it’s absolutely great to pour your heart out to God during your personal prayer time, having a prayer partner, joining a prayer group, and even calling a prayer hotline like the CBN Asia Prayer Center are also important to remind you of His hope and encouragement.

Isn’t it wonderful to have people who won’t just pray for you, but also join you in celebrating victories, blessings, and answered prayers?

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Corinthians 12:26 ESV)

How’s your heart?

Do you need prayers?

We would love to pray for you! Call our Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and together, we will lift your concerns to God.

Do you ask others to pray for you when you need it? Let us know in the comments section below!

11 Ways to a Better Marriage amid the Pandemic | Beyond Small Talk

How is your relationship with your spouse lately?

If you have a hard time answering that question, perhaps you need to take the time to pause and reflect about your marriage today.

In a time of a global pandemic, it is not always “marriage as usual.” You may be grateful to be with your family at this time of quarantine, but worries, uncertainties, and responsibilities could still pile up and get the best of you and your partner.

To help you overcome these marital challenges, Beyond Small Talk hosts Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz and husband Marco are here to share tips on how to grow your relationship with your spouse even when you are stuck with each other 24/7.

1. Pray together and seek God as a family

Have you ever tried praying together your family? Seeking God’s presence has never been more important in these trying times.

As Marco shared, “Pray for each other, pray together as husbands and wives, and pray as a family.” Through prayers, invite God to reign over situations where you need Him most.

2.Read the Bible together

In good and bad times, where do you and your spouse turn to? Marco suggests that you turn to praying and Bible-reading.

3. Develop a personal relationship with God

Having a relationship with God matters. He is the glue that holds all your other relationships together.

4. Love God more than your spouse and your children

Make your relationship with God your highest priority, over everyone and everything else in your life. You would be amazed by how He would take care of your relationship with your spouse and children.

5. Acknowledge that you cannot do anything apart from God

Recognizing God as all-powerful takes a lot of humility And it’s important for a good reason: Humbling yourself before God also allows Him to do His work in your family. You need to recognize that apart from Him, you cannot do anything.

As Jesus said in John 15:5 NLT, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

6. Talk to each other openly and honestly

You and your husband cope differently in a crisis. That’s why it’s important to openly communicate with each other to understand your needs and responsibilities as husband and wife.

7. Never stop pursuing your wife

If you’re the husband, Marco advises that you continue to pursue your wife, even after you’ve already won her heart. It’s God who gave her to you. No matter how simple, make sure to give encouraging words and gestures that would fill up her love tank.

8. Submit to, respect, and serve your husband

If you’re a wife, Lara encourages you to submit to, respect, and serve your husband. Loving him unconditionally is like serving God by being a good steward of marriage.

9. Focus on and appreciate the good things that your spouse does for you

Instead of focusing on your partner’s negative behaviors and mistakes, why not focus on the positives?

Appreciating the good things help strengthen your relationship. If a pressing matter needs to be dealt with, do it with all humility, gentleness, and patience (Ephesians 4:2 ESV). Remember that like you, your spouse is still a work in progress.

10. Forgive each other

Ephesians 4:32 ESV encourages you to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. You cannot love God and not forgive your spouse. God wants both of you to constantly forgive each other, just as Jesus constantly forgives you.

11. Put your trust in Jesus Christ alone

Above all, people and seasons change, but God’s love remains forever. As Lara puts it, “He is the only one who never changes. He is good all the time.”

For better and for worse, may you always trust Him and make Him the center of your marriage.

Do you need someone to help you pray for your marriage? You may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700, or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Stay tuned to the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk on Saturday, October 2, 2021, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page.

Myth and Facts about suicide

Myth or Fact? Debunking 5 Common Myths People Believe about Suicide

Let’s start with a fact.

The latest figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that suicide rate increased by 57% in 2020 compared to the previous year. Suicide took the lives of 4,420 Filipinos — the highest in 14 years!

Despite these alarming numbers, a lot of misconceptions and stigma still surround the topic of suicide. Common labels are applied to suicide victims, survivors, bereaved families, and to people who struggle with suicidal thoughts.

Stigma, or the fear of being stigmatized, prevents most people with suicidal thoughts from seeking life-saving help and treatment. Survivors bottle up their shame because they worry about how they would be seen by their loved ones and society. People who have lost someone to suicide experience more rejection, shame, and blame than other bereaved people.

Misconceptions on suicide also result in uncertainty in others about how to approach and help someone through their pain. So survivors of suicide, people suffering with suicidal thoughts, and even those who have lost loved ones are often left isolated and unsupported.

This is why it is important to shed light on any stigma as they can result in terrible consequences. Let’s take a look at some common myths surrounding suicide and uncover the truths behind them:

Myth and Facts about suicide

Myth #1: Suicidal people are just looking for attention.

Fact: People who have suicidal thoughts need help.

Attention and help are drastically different from each other. Having suicidal thoughts indicates that a person is facing mental or physical health challenges, according to Medical News Today. It’s not a need for clout or attention – it is a clear sign that that person needs help.

Here’s another alarming truth: People who talk about suicide sometimes act on it. In fact, the World Health Organization says that majority of suicides have been preceded by warning signs, including verbal or behavioral red flags.

So, when you or someone you know is thinking or talking about suicide, take it very seriously.

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Myth #2: Asking someone if they are thinking about suicide will make them do it.

Fact: Talking openly and carefully about suicide can prevent it.

Due to stigma about suicide, many people are afraid to speak up. However, talking about suicide could be a huge relief for those who are struggling. As Nevada’s Suicide Prevention Office puts it, talking about suicide provides the opportunity for communication.

Simple questions like “Are you having suicidal thoughts?” or “What are the reasons why you don’t want to live anymore?” can spark life-saving conversations.

Myth #3: Only people with mental health conditions develop suicidal thoughts.

Fact: Anybody can develop suicidal thoughts.

Suicidal thoughts and actions can affect people of all ages, genders, life status, or health conditions. It is pervasive. It touches everybody, depending on their life situation.

As stated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, many individuals with mental illness are not affected by suicidal thoughts. Likewise, not all people who attempt or die by suicide have mental illness.

Myth #4: People who attempt suicide are selfish.

Fact: People who attempt suicide think about their loved ones.

Often, people attempt suicide because they mistakenly think that they’re a burden to others. They worry about hurting their family and friends, so they try to shoulder their pain as best as they can.

But as they’re clouded by feelings of hopelessness, they tend to conclude that their loved ones are better off without them.

Believing that “suicide is selfish” stops the conversation. As Healthline suggests, keep the conversation open by reassuring people with suicidal thoughts that they aren’t a burden and that help and support are available.

Myth # 5: People who have suicidal thoughts are lacking in faith.

Fact: Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, even people of faith!

Due to the notion that suicide is an unforgivable sin and that feeling hopeless somehow translates to a lack of faith, believers who struggle with suicidal thoughts feel shame and hesitate to seek help.

While it’s true that hope, healing, and comfort come from God (Exodus 15:26), mental health struggles are real, too. Even the people God had worked with in the Bible were afflicted with suicidal thoughts.

Elijah (1 Kings 19:4) and Jonah (Jonah 4:8) wished to die, while King Saul (1 Samuel 31:2-5) and Samson (Judges 16:23-31) perished at their own hands. These stories are evidence that suicidal thoughts can affect anyone.

Suicidal thoughts do not determine a person’s faith and eternal destiny. However, it affects those who are left behind. Bereaved families are left seeking for answers, comfort, and hope.

Thankfully, the Word of God offers a hope-giving promise to everyone affected by suicide: Nothing can separate a believer from the love of Jesus Christ.

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 ESV)

Debunking 5 Common Myths People Believe about Suicide

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, we encourage you to seek professional help and support from your family and friends. Call emergency hotlines such as Hopeline Philippines’ 24/7 hotlines: 0917-558-4673 (Globe), 0918-873-4673 (Smart), 02-88044673 (PLDT), 2919 (toll-free for Globe and TM).

We are also here to join you in prayers. Together, let’s lift your concerns to God. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

Bible Verses that Will Make You Appreciate God’s Creation More

10 Bible Verses that Will Make You Appreciate God’s Creation More

What would you do if someone leaves a beautiful gift right at your doorstep?

Would you think that the gift ended at your doorstep by chance? Or would you ask your friends and family for who sent it so you can thank them? That’s probably how most people would respond upon getting a surprise gift.

You received a beautiful gift. It was given to you even before you were born.

That gift is the Earth you live on – the air you breathe, the marvelous sceneries, and the life you enjoy. If you think of it, the Earth is like a gift left on humanity’s doorstep.

We have done nothing to deserve it, but here we are, enjoying God’s wonderful gift.

Take a moment and slow down to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation! Here are 10 Bible verses to help you embrace and celebrate the world we live in:

Bible Verses that Will Make You Appreciate God’s Creation More

1. Every living thing is in God’s hands

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you;

   the birds of the air, and they will tell you;

ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;

   and the fish of the sea will declare to you.

Who among all these does not know

   that the hand of the Lord has done this?

In his hand is the life of every living thing

   and the breath of every human being.” (Job 12:7-10 NRSV)

2. God is pleased with His creation

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:21 NKJV)

Bible Verses that Will Make You Appreciate God’s Creation More

 3. In wisdom, God made it all

“O Lord, how manifold are your works!

   In wisdom have you made them all;

   the earth is full of your creatures.

Here is the sea, great and wide,

   which teems with creatures innumerable,

   living things both small and great.” (Psalm 104:24-25 ESV)

4. The earth was made by God’s power, preserved by His wisdom

“But the LORD made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding he stretched out the heavens.” (Jeremiah 10:12 NLT)

Bible Verses that Will Make You Appreciate God’s Creation More

 5. Let all creation praise God!

“Let heaven celebrate! Let the earth rejoice!

   Let the sea and everything in it roar!

   Let the countryside and everything in it celebrate!

   Then all the trees of the forest too

      will shout out joyfully.” (Psalm 96:11-12 CEB)

6. Darkness cannot overcome God’s creation

“All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:3-5 ESV)

Bible Verses that Will Make You Appreciate God’s Creation More

7. With God’s breath, life formed on earth

“God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.

   He created the earth and everything in it.

He gives breath to everyone,

   life to everyone who walks the earth.” (Isaiah 42:5 NLT)

8. By faith, we understand that God created this world

“Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God’s command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen.” (Hebrews 11:3 CEV)

Bible Verses that Will Make You Appreciate God’s Creation More

9. All things were created through God, for God

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16 ESV)

10. Let every creature praise God

“And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13 ESV)

Bible Verses that Will Make You Appreciate God’s Creation More

Truly, God speaks to His people through Scripture and creation. Now, the question remains: how can you extend your appreciation to His wonderful gift?

May the Creator’s love and wisdom lead you into reflecting that love back to His creation.

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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