Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 6)

“If you can keep your head”

…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 “If you can keep your head when all about you, are losing theirs and blaming it on you…” I read the […]

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Thanks be to God!

And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety. Isaiah 46:4   All’s well. What hurt at one time is forgiven, pain forgotten. peace and kindness restored.   Confusion accepted by loved […]

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Doing what I don’t want to do

  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do […]

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Searching in the wrong places

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 Have you ever searched for love and found yourself in the wrong place? You looked where you thought God might live – where you thought you might find his warmth. How you longed for someone kind to know […]

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Joy?

  For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6   Is Christmas a joyous time of year for you? The nostalgic side of us tends to […]

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He watches over us

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches […]

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Under his wings

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” Matthew 23:37 I confess. Sometimes I get awfully childish. Not the delightful child-likeness with which Jesus calls us […]

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You must have loved us

  How you must have loved us, Lord. Giving all you had, yet seldom thanked. Misunderstood, though meaning well.   Did you continue suffering after the cross? Bearing the pain of rejection from those to whom you had given yourself in love?   Love given, but scorned. Forgiveness given but refused. And so, you continue […]

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He loves us!

  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 Sometimes we really do need to be reminded, don’t we? May God’s blessings be with you all this week. marja

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Ashamed?

  …let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, […]

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