Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: January 2020

Jesus up close

  I Will Not Hide is now a real book. And, as so often happens when a person has completed a big creative effort, I quickly started feeling lost, not knowing what to do with myself. But soon I realized that I very much wanted to write about Jesus. As a result of the pain […]

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Come to me

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   […]

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The way to truth

How do  we allow God to lead us? It is to allow things to happen under the power and spirit of God – without a conscious will of your own, but under the guidance and will of the Almighty. It’s the way to truth. Contriving is the opposite. Contriving is to make things happen according […]

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When least is expected

  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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Anything is better than thinking

Feeling kind of crummy tonight, though listening to Nana Mouskouri helps. And when I pull out of that hole what shall I do? Not writing tonight. I’m tired of thinking. All that will help for now is to look at some photographs and share them with you. Did you know I like clouds? Here are […]

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All of us his children

  See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 1 John 3:1 NLT   If our Father in Heaven loves us enough to […]

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Amazing grace

  For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be. Romans 5:2 TLB   First published March 2018 Do you ever feel that there’s […]

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You matter to him

  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the […]

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Further thoughts on brothers & sisters all

  Please stay tuned for further thoughts on this topic, coming next week. In the previous mailing I leaned heavily on the point of view of people with mental health issues – about their need to be seen as equals under God. But what about those who support them or would like to know how […]

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