Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Do you have ears to hear this?

  Matthew 13:36-43   “Then [Jesus] left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands […]

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One step short of murder

  1 Samuel 18-24 This is the story of King Saul and David, the young man who single-handedly killed Goliath, the Philistine. As Israel’s first king, Saul was a strong and capable man who began his reign humbly and reverently. However, over time he put his own will first, and his reverence for God diminished. […]

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May the name of the Lord be praised!

  Job lived in the land of Uz, a blameless and upright man who feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest […]

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Part 3 – No longer an equal

EQUALITY IN RELATIONSHIPS Do you remember those days long ago when you were a child and hurting? A friend had let you down. The teacher had shamed you in front of the class. And your mom sat with you, pulled you close and listened to you tell it all. She listened to every word you […]

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Part 2 – Small like Gandhi

EQUALITY IN RELATIONSHIPS  So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) As we saw in Part 1, God made us all to be equal. But too often people automatically think that when a person is different from themselves, they […]

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Part 1 – The other side of the coin

EQUALITY IN RELATIONSHIPS When I go to the Internet for material about people with mental health issues being in supportive roles to others, I couldn’t find anything. All I found were websites that showed how people with mental health issues need to be supported by family and friends. Many touched on boundaries. The internet is […]

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When you don’t feel like doing anything

All of us who have had bouts of depression know what it’s like to have a hard time doing anything. Sitting around like a blob makes you feel worse than ever. More than a few of us are fighting such a battle today. In 1999 my book, Riding the Roller Coaster: Living with Mood Disorders […]

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Don’t forget to look

AMARYLLIS Flower of the Season Are you growing one too? Don’t forget to look up close.    

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Looking ahead

  Dear readers, I need to tell you that there will probably be some changes in the material I send you, although—depending on where God takes me–maybe not. I’ve learned that God never lets you know where he’s taking you, it’s always a surprise. That’s the fun part of being a believer and a follower. […]

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If we were given a chance

Something extra-special   It’s not often that a person with serious mental health problems gets the chance to make something big happen. Something like the Living Room faith-based support groups I started in 2006. Many individuals came into my life uplifting me in my faith and courage. When I look back at my 55 years […]

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