Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: November 2019 (page 1 of 2)

In a snowstorm yet, Excerpt 5 from my book

  IN A SNOWSTORM YET In March 2008 a big snowstorm surprised us on a Living Room day. And it was almost April! Snowflakes fell, huge and thick and fast. They were sticking to the grass and to the trees. With all that snow, we expected to have a smaller turnout than usual. We made […]

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How did he feel?

  Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, […]

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A dizzy soul – excerpt 4

  EXCERPT 4 – I WILL NOT HIDE June 2007: I’ll be going to Bible study in a little while and I know that one question our facilitator, Mary, told us she will be asking is, “How is your soul?” I would have to answer that it’s rather dizzy right now, though it is improving. […]

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Wrong-doing allowed?

  “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4   I wrote on this topic of forgiveness not long ago, […]

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Enemy attacks

  I’ve heard much about Satanic attacks, and even though the Bible talks about them, they’ve been so far from my experience that I haven’t paid much attention. But over the last two or three weeks, I definitely feel I have encountered them. I was humiliated by a couple of people who showed no respect […]

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Bonus excerpt from I will not hide

  I’ve been having some problems lately with depression. Yes, it looks like bipolar is back. Yesterday I felt grateful for how my husband was being supportive. It reminded me of this piece, an excerpt from the RELATIONSHIP chapter of my book. I share it with you now, in case any of you are feeling […]

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Pastor comes onboard – excerpt 3

  I WILL NOT HIDE – Excerpt 3 The faith-based peer support group called Living Room went into the planning stage. It was an exciting time, but not without its anxieties. I’ll never forget one meeting I had with the pastor shortly after I heard the call to start a faith-based group. I told him […]

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Drawing close

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. Psalm 42:1   Are you ever lonely for someone to talk with? Someone with whom you could truly have a heart to heart talk? Someone you could call anytime you need to empty what you have inside? That used […]

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What is your goliath?

  “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47   When I was founding the Living Room ministry in 2006, probably my greatest inspiration was David, […]

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I will not hide – excerpt 2

PLEASE NOTE: I will be sharing six or eight excerpts from various parts of the book. I Will not Hide awaits editing and publishing. A VISION FOR FAITH-BASED SUPPORT IS BORN  In 2005 I was attending a group support meeting at the Mood Disorders Association of BC. (MDA). My turn came to talk about what […]

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