Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: February 2019 (page 3 of 8)

My great shame

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  268 (March 11, 2010) I’ve come to a place where I haven’t been before, at least I don’t recollect having been here before. I hate having this disorder and lacking the control I would like to have over my feelings and subsequent behaviour. Last week I was hard on a person, blaming […]


God in living room; God in me (2019)

As I’ve said before, telling my Living Room story is certainly helping me reclaim the life I had lost. It’s amazing how God can help things happen. I’m becoming healthier emotionally, though I could use a lot better physical health. Today, memories of what Living Room once was to me are coming back after several […]


Submitting to God

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  267  (March 3, 2010) I’ve been going through a lot of ups and downs, mostly brought about through plans I had for Living Room that I just haven’t been able to bring about. Things standing in my way, though that’s probably a good thing too. Maybe the timing was not as God […]


Equality under God (2019)

    Life is hard for those with mental health issues wanting to make the world a better place for others like them. There’s the problem of not being thought equal to others – the problem of being looked down on. Is there any hope at all for people like that to be heard? Any […]


Do you want a cure or healing?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  266  (February 10, 2010) At Living Room on Friday we’re going to discuss the difference between cure and healing. Jesus asked the blind Bartimeus, “What do you want?” “I want my sight,” Bartimeus said to Him. And Jesus healed him. There are so many stories like this in the Bible. On Friday […]


Developing church acceptance

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES   265 (February 6, 2010) While away recently I had a lot of time to think, to read, and to journal. I came to the conclusion that I need to focus my energy on the things that are going to do the most good. And I need to delegate the things that sap […]


Dignity and worth

  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews […]


Living room passion (2019)

In the last post I wrote “I’m committed to seeing more Living Room groups spring up. I want to see many Living Rooms to serve people who need faith-based support. I want to see this movement securely in place to continue long after I’m gone. Because it’s a valuable ministry, a ministry that all Christians […]


A big responsibility

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  264 (January 17, 2010) I’m finding it increasingly difficult to post – increasingly difficult to be absolutely honest about the stuff I’m dealing with. Instead, I journal and email my closest friends. Thing is, when you’re in leadership and when you’re trying to be there for people, you just don’t want everyone […]


What is God’s will?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  263  (January 4, 2010) Our pastor’s sermon yesterday was on a topic I find an important and interesting one to think about. It’s a topic I see many people struggling with, including people in my Living Room group. How do we know what God’s will is? How do we know what God […]

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