Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Healthy relationships with our supporters

I wonder how many people with mental illness understand the importance of boundaries? Not only the boundaries set by their supporters and caregivers, but also the boundaries they themselves should put in place in their relationships with those who care for them. I’ve lived with mental illness for over fifty years and am only now […]

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Under his wings

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” Matthew 23:37 I confess. Sometimes I get awfully childish. Not the delightful child-likeness with which Jesus calls us […]

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You must have loved us

  How you must have loved us, Lord. Giving all you had, yet seldom thanked. Misunderstood, though meaning well.   Did you continue suffering after the cross? Bearing the pain of rejection from those to whom you had given yourself in love?   Love given, but scorned. Forgiveness given but refused. And so, you continue […]

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He loves us!

  See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1 Sometimes we really do need to be reminded, don’t we? May God’s blessings be with you all this week. marja

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The bitter pain of loss

    THE BITTER PAIN OF LOSS   Do you ever find a place within yourself where bitterness has overtaken the love for God, your Lord, who used to have first spot?   Have you ever wished you could forgive past hurts? But when remorse isn’t shown, it isn’t possible, no matter how you try. […]

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Becoming a child again

  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3   I enjoy little children, the young ones that don’t care how they look to others. They’re real, just the way God made them to be. They live and love with everything […]

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Ashamed?

  …let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, […]

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Too sensitive?

  But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16   I’ve been told I’m too sensitive – that it causes pain I shouldn’t have. Pain from feelings of rejection – whether real or perceived. I’m told it’s an illness – a bad one. But although some of […]

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Never hungry again

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 A few days ago, my Fellowship with God group studied the story of Elijah and how God fed him at a very low point of his life. I’d […]

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Better than gold

  FAME, FORTUNE, OR GOD?  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23   What do you do with a gift when God has given you one – a gift you love to use. Use it to seek fame or fortune? And, […]

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