Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: April 2019 (page 2 of 3)

Message from prison

  And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained […]

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Following with courage

  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside […]

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The only way…

  The only way I’ve found to help myself is to help others. It works! Focusing on what I can do for others helps me forget my pain. I’ve always found it so. But who would reach out to me now? No one will come close. All I can do is write.  

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Hope for today

  Things are bad. Constant wishes to disappear.  Can life get worse? Wondering why such a thing happened to me? It didn’t need to happen. But I guess someone didn’t like me and showed it. But God is good. He has given me the gifts of writing and photography. I’m publishing a 6 x 9 […]

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Surviving the unbearable

  She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13   I was delighted to receive a devotional from an old Living Room friend. So good it is when people from my […]

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In fellowship

  I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is […]

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Why don’t you believe me?

  “Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.” “Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what […]

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If remorse were only shown

  Anyone reading this blog will have seen the great amount of writings I’ve posted concerning the pain I felt – and still feel – three or four years after suffering emotional abuse. I’ve found that I need to write to survive. Writing helps a lot. Because I have suicidal tendencies, it actually helps me […]

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“Come and have breakfast”

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many […]

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Who says I’m out of my mind?

  Who is saying things like that about me? Is it a person with a medical degree? Is it a therapist who has treated me for a long time and knows me? If it isn’t one of these telling others I’m not in my right mind, it should not be believed. If someone is guessing […]

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