Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: March 2019 (page 1 of 4)

Beyond imagination – fighting injustice

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  (May 15, 2013) God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG) That is so very true! […]

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No one in the church I could trust

And I wonder. Did I deserve all this? Was it right that the person hurting me was not stopped? I had asked for him to be confronted. Maybe he was just too powerful – not the humble person Christ calls us to be. I’m guessing the elders might not have been able to hold him […]

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My unbelievable story

My story is complex. So complex that people aren’t believing me. They think I’m not right in my head when they hear all I try to explain to them. And it’s true. The story does sound unbelievable. So much so that I’m suspected of being psychotic. But my mind is clear. All the pieces I’ve […]

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Bold for Christ

  Flipping through Philippians a couple of days ago I came upon Phil 1: 20-24. It looked like those verses were written especially for me. How I identify with the apostle Paul here! I, too, want to be bold for Christ. And whether I live or die for Christ doesn’t really matter very much. More […]

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Who would you believe? And why?

  Don’t you find it strange why, when there is a conflict between a powerful pastor and a person with a history of mental illness, the pastor is assumed to be right? The person with mental health issues doesn’t have a chance. Why is that so? Why was she given the blame for the trauma […]

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After Jesus rises. Then what?

  Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would […]

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Never-ending trauma

  You never completely lose the memories of trauma, they say. And I know that to be true. Triggers come at the most unexpected times, even during a sermon at church. There’s not anything particularly different about the sermon. But at times it does lead one’s mind to reliving experiences in your life – experiences […]

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Comfort when rejected

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  282 (July 11, 2010) Crazy how you can make a little thing into something so big that it threatens to take you down into depression. The feeling of rejection I talked about a few posts ago caused recurring pain. I think because I was focusing on it so much instead of forgetting […]

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The person I am no longer (2019)

I love reading what I wrote in the last post from 2010. I was a good person. A person who loved much – with the kind of love Jesus wants us have. I helped many through their mental health difficulties. More than I’ll ever remember. In the post below I hear the sweetness I used […]

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Morning has broken

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  281 (July 1, 2010) An amazing answer to prayer: My friend in hospital has improved by leaps and bounds. Two days ago she wasn’t allowed her clothes because she was still suicidal. Today she will probably be allowed an accompanied pass, meaning she can leave the hospital if she has someone with […]

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