Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 29)

Discover Peace

Adapted from a 2014 Living Room interactive devotional You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 ESV We hear a lot about finding peace in God. But how can we live in peace in the lives we live today? All of us are longing […]

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A time to be still

  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:17-19   On December 4th, 2007, I wrote the […]

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Give it all to him

  Adapted from a March 2010 interactive Living Room devotional.   Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39   This was Christ’s prayer at […]

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Will you forget us forever?

  Adapted from a Living Room interactive devotional How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, […]

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Coping with our pain

Adapted from 2010 Living Room interactive devotional. To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift […]

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God’s mercies – new every morning

  Adapted from a 2013 Living Room interactive devotional I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Lamentations 3:19-20 Lamentations is a collection of laments, believed to have been written by Jeremiah after the fall of Jerusalem and the burning […]

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Feeling Hopeless?

  Adapted from a 2010 Living Room interactive devotional More than ever, people today are dealing with depression. It’s not surprising. But for many, depression is more than a condition caused by a difficult situation. The most painful thing for them is the endlessness of it. All they see is a life filled with darkness. […]

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Responding to Hard Times

  [Moses] asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant?…Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.”  Numbers 11:11,13-14 In his book, The Land Between, […]

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By his wounds we are healed

  I think a lot of us suffer more from how we have been hurt by others than we do from our mental illness. And how hard it is to find a friend who will understand. How often we lose friends because our need for them is more than they can bear.   Pain like […]

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Come, follow me

  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19   I believe that we too often consider following Jesus and being with him as something warm and fuzzy. Sometimes Jesus is presented as though he’s there for our personal sense of comfort alone. But we need […]

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