Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: December 2017 (page 2 of 2)

3. Maintaining healthy relationships with our supporters

I confused them with God himself My Monday devotional from December 18th explains how badly I need God in my life. How very badly I need his love! How very badly many of you need his love! It’s at  http://marjabergen.com/archives/he-watches-over-us if you’d like to have a look. Lord, I see your love shining through the […]

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2. Healthy relationships with our supporters

  Seeing beyond our own needs: a prayer   Lord, I feel dreadful – ashamed that my needs overtook my reasoning. It was not until after the damage was done that I realized my grave mistake. It was not until later that I learned, with great difficulty, to stop myself from writing so many emails […]

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He watches over us

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches […]

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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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