Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: November 2019

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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At his feet

  First published in January 2017 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. Luke 10:38-39   I know. This is not […]

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