Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Words from God

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.   See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19a God is always good.

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Why we need boundaries

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3 Many of us living with mental health issues find it hard to realize […]

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Why we do what we do

Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Luke 6:22 As we go through life, deciding what to do about things that are wrong, we must be very careful! It’s easy to make enemies – to end […]

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Dealing with guilt and shame

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2   This was King David’s prayer for forgiveness when the prophet Nathan drew his attention to his having committed adultery with Bathsheba […]

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Abused

  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 I’m telling you this story because I’ve been writing much about the pain I’ve undergone over the past couple of years. Today I feel I need to fill you in a bit more than I have. Doing so will […]

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My only constant

  “There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.” 1 Chronicles 17:20   God is the only constant I have, the only one I can trust, the only one I can count on. God does not lie or pretend to be […]

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Pockets of heaven

  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:45-47   […]

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A way in the wilderness

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19   Everyone has troubles. Some of us have a lot of them – so many that we get overwhelmed. It becomes hard to remember […]

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Misunderstood

How frustrating to have things you need to explain and you can’t find the words. You’re just not able, mind not working clearly. The result? Misunderstanding. Too often, an undeserved bad reputation follows. You’re never forgiven. Always thought badly of.

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What a friend!

  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:13-14 On Sunday we sang an old hymn at church, one I remember from long ago. In all the past thirty years of going to church I can’t […]

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