Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 2 of 4)

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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Why is it so hard?

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  Jeremiah 29:12   This daisy, bent down by rain drops, looks sad – but I think it’s beautiful at the same time. There’s a beauty when we’re open about our feelings – especially when we talk with […]

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At his feet

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 a picture of Mary. But can you […]

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With God’s guidance

    The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.                                                 Isaiah 58:11   I’m thankful and hopeful, because as I write this I’ve been doing well for […]

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They know not what they do

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 While Roman soldiers were driving […]

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Ashamed no longer

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.  Mark 5:27-29  As Jesus was walking toward the […]

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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   Long […]

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In His image

So God created mankind in his own image,     in the image of God he created them;     male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 God, as creator, made mankind into creative beings like Himself. And I wonder…did He feel like this little girl did as He made the earth and everything in it? Was He, […]

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