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.

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.

Looking for Contemporary Christian Music to Add to Your Playlist Watch Out for Reverb Worship’s 4 Brand New Songs!

Looking for Contemporary Christian Music to Add to Your Playlist? Watch Out for Reverb Worship’s 4 Brand New Songs!

We are already halfway through a challenging 2021, how are you holding up?

If you are feeling a bit down and blue and in need of lifting up, CBN Asia is here to bring you a refreshing blend of Filipino contemporary Christian music that is worth adding to your playlist!

CBN Asia’s music arm, Reverb Worship PH, presents four brand new singles to inspire hope, strength, and encouragement for you and your loved ones — Maghihilom, Love & Light, 2 AM, and Pansumandali.

In Maghihilom, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter JC Ronato delivers the message of hope pretty clear: true restoration and healing come from God. Maghihilom will hit the airwaves this July.

Looking for Contemporary Christian Music to Add to Your Playlist? Watch Out for Reverb Worship’s 4 Brand New Songs!

Rising artist Joselle Feliciano sings about the crucial role of joy and positivity amid difficult times in Love & Light. Get ready for some love and light in September!

Looking for Contemporary Christian Music to Add to Your Playlist? Watch Out for Reverb Worship’s 4 Brand New Songs!

Actor Neo Rivera takes worship to a whole new level with his latest single titled 2 AM, featuring Jericho Arceo. Coming this October, the song’s catchy rap verses are assurances that your tears and fears are valid and that there is a loving God who embraces your imperfections.

Looking for Contemporary Christian Music to Add to Your Playlist? Watch Out for Reverb Worship’s 4 Brand New Songs!

In Pansumandali, promising new artist Shekinah Gram reminds everyone that everything is temporary and fleeting. This December, Pansumandali is your wonderful reminder that though people and feelings come and go, God’s love is constant.

Looking for Contemporary Christian Music to Add to Your Playlist? Watch Out for Reverb Worship’s 4 Brand New Songs!

Get ready to stream Reverb Worship’s upcoming songs in the coming months!

Stay tuned and be sure to catch the songs on their release dates. Follow Reverb Worship PH on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for more updates.

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What It Takes To Believe in God

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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