Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 4)

Be a child? Really?

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and […]

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Our need for each other

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay for the night. God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help […]

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For no apparent reason

  You turned my wailing into dancing;   you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.   O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30: 11-12 Isn’t it strange and amazing how the greatest joy a person can have […]

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The magic of a smile

              “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a […]

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Who are we…really?

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1   Some of us are far too sensitive. Because of that we tend not to feel very good about ourselves at times. About who we are. About what […]

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Winter gives way to spring

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. ​2 Corinthians 5:17 ​I had for a long time been thinking of myself as suffering with Christ when I went through pain I experienced. I had become close to Him, realizing He […]

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Mystery tour

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,     for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 This prayer reminds me a bit of how I felt as a young preschooler when my mother took me on shopping […]

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Am I crazy?

  Do you know how God controls the clouds     and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised,     those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? Job 37:15-16 When joy overwhelms you and there’s no one with whom you can share it, what do you do with it? When you can’t […]

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Cherry blossoms

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.  Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:11-12   Just outside our building is a walkway lined with ornamental cherry trees. What a joy it was this spring […]

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Better than new

“See, I am making all things new!” Revelation 21:5 TLB Kintsugi is a Japanese art form in which broken pottery is restored, not by hiding the places where repairs are made, but by sealing the cracks with lacquer mixed with expensive gold. A vase thus repaired becomes more beautiful, more valuable, and more unique than […]

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