Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: May 2019 (page 1 of 2)

Life in abundance

  “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10   This picture came to mind as I was waking up from a nap a while ago. I took it in 2013 on a trip to the Greek islands. Strange how thoughts and memories will appear out of the blue – […]

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Our new song – a vision

  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:2-3   Since 2006 when I founded Living Room […]

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Good came from bad

  Moreover we know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest of a family of many brothers. Romans 8:28-29 (PHILLIPS) […]

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No matter where we come from

  The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the […]

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Grace is amazing, but not cheap

  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9   Through God’s grace we receive forgiveness for our sins. It’s a comfort to know that. But we should realize that it’s not as simple as some make it […]

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Awesome wonder

            For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Colossians 1:16   Have you ever observed tulips when they’re pretty well finished blooming? Have you seen how awesome the flowers become? Don’t throw them away when they start wilting and dying. Don’t […]

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Still here after all

  I had thought I’d been emotionally destroyed. Not the “nice” girl I used to be.  All goodness gone. Forever gone…I had thought. I thought my personality had left me. The person who had shown kindness and love…joy. I thought who I had always been would be no more. But today – amazingly – I […]

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The devil’s work

  It happened again. I cried in my sleep. Loudly, like a child, though sounding like an old woman. Why? Because I remember the goodness I had all my life. I remember how it was taken from me. Cruelly wrenched from my soul. It could only be the work of the devil, he who feels […]

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Staying safe

  Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the […]

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In the face of persecution

  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven Matthew 5: 10-12a   In fact, […]

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