Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 21)

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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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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Are you hurting?

    (First published in July 2017) “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 […]

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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 First published April 2017 When joy overwhelms you and there’s no one with whom you can share it, what do you do with it? […]

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Ashamed no longer

  When we tell the truth, a truth that needs to be known but that no one wants to hear, we’ll most likely lose friends—possibly a lot of friends. We’ll be ostracized. That’s what happened to Jesus. And that’s what happens to people who call out for Jesus’s truth to be heard today. With pain […]

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When we hurt others

  When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23: 33-34   In this […]

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Time with Jesus

  First published in December 2016 I wrote this piece during a time of emotional suffering. Extremely painful. And yet, I believe it was the best place to find Jesus.   If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any […]

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A new thing

  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19   Only moments before I started writing this, these three words came to mind: A NEW THING. It happened when I had just […]

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Jesus up close

  At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children.” Matthew 11:25   (First published February 10, 2018) Have you ever tried to bring yourself back to the child you used to be […]

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