Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Collaborating with God

  I’ve always wanted to live in God’s presence – aware of Him moment by moment. But the world’s many distractions make it hard. The devotional I’ve been reading in the morning has some neat thoughts about this. Living in God’s presence is like collaborating with Him. The work we do becomes infused with His […]

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Compassion like Jesus’

  Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.  As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.  When […]

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But…

  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6   Good thoughts always follow bad. At least, I’ve found it so. And, in that we find God’s goodness. Again, and again. Though life is not always […]

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Did Jesus feel loved?

   I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11   I wondered to myself: As Jesus hung on the cross, did he feel compassion from anyone? Did anyone […]

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God’s gift of creativity

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 I’m a creative person and it’s mysterious to me how ideas and inspiration come. I’m often in awe of what God has helped me produce. Not that I’m such a wonderful […]

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Intimacy with God

  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17   A long time ago, as I was reading Traveling Light by Max Lucado, I noted how he said […]

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Message from prison

  And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained […]

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Following with courage

  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside […]

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The only way…

  The only way I’ve found to help myself is to help others. It works! Focusing on what I can do for others helps me forget my pain. I’ve always found it so. But who would reach out to me now? No one will come close. All I can do is write.  

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Hope for today

  Things are bad. Constant wishes to disappear.  Can life get worse? Wondering why such a thing happened to me? It didn’t need to happen. But I guess someone didn’t like me and showed it. But God is good. He has given me the gifts of writing and photography. I’m publishing a 6 x 9 […]

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