Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: May 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Living with borderline: Part 7 – growing at bpac

  Sometime after leaving Cliff Avenue I found Brentwood Park Alliance Church (BPAC). It was a big change from the United Church. The sermons were stronger and started to make a difference in my life. The Bible also spoke to me in a greater way than it had before. As a result, my walk with […]

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Man of sorrows; man of compassion

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9   Why did Isaiah refer to Jesus as a “man of sorrows?” (Isaiah 53:3) There are many […]

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Haven’t you heard?

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:28-29   What an emotional […]

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Living with borderline: part 6 – searching for light

  A sinful woman in the town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. So she brought an alabaster jar of perfume and stood behind Jesus at his feet, crying. She began to wash his feet with her tears, and she dried them with her hair, kissing them many times and rubbing them […]

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Dear readers – about bpd

  You may have noticed that I started a series of posts a few weeks ago that I call Living with Borderline. I’m hoping the posts will encourage those who live with borderline personality disorder and that they will help their family and friends learn to understand them. I pray that raising awareness will help […]

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Living with borderline: part 5 – betrayal

DIARY: Waking up, flooded with painful memories once more. Having given all she had, yet robbed. Robbed of all she invested, all that had made her feel worthy.   When something or someone is stolen from me while I’m rendered helpless because of mental ill health, the pain is excruciating. Being hurt in this way […]

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Living with borderline: part 4 – Personality or character?

BPD is referred to as a personality disorder. Does that mean that those of us who are thus diagnosed have a bad personality? And what is a personality anyway? How does it differ from character? Character refers to a set of moral and mental qualities and beliefs, that makes a person different from others. A […]

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Living with borderline: part 2 – when we were children

  DIARY: Waking up – again in a place I didn’t think I’d be. Why do I feel like a child, even now? But I’m at peace. Comforted. Secure. The quilt is warm and cozy. If only I could always stay here. But life tells me I must move on. I can’t remain a child […]

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Excluded

  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. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. Luke 6:22-23   “Leap for joy?” This is something I would never have […]

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Living with borderline: part 3 – what’s it like?

  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Matthew 5:11 Everyone feels a degree of pain when hurt through rejection or through others’ words or actions. For those living with BPD, such pain is considerably more intense. With this piece I […]

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