Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 2 of 26)

Following in his steps

  …if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:20-21   As we follow Jesus we might be surprised at what God will call us […]

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Beyond human understanding

  There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. (Satan said to God) “Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have […]

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Awakenings

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2 I have a friend who always struggled motivating herself to spend time with God. She had a desire to get […]

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Will we remember?

  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so […]

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God’s in his heaven

  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46   We had an email from our medical clinic yesterday, saying, “Please do not put your health on hold. You can call the office or go online to the clinic. We […]

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Letting go and letting God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart            and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 Picture this: You’re a child and you have your back towards your father who’s standing a couple of feet away. Playfully he tells you to fall backwards, promising he would catch you. Would you trust him? Or would […]

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When connecting is difficult: Helping our depressed friends

  Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, […]

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Social distancing and loneliness

  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23   Many of us are feeling pain right now, whether it be physical or emotional. Pain of our own or the pain of others. We need each others’ […]

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Surviving isolation

  The solitary confinement that prisoners sometimes undergo as punishment is cruel. Our self-isolation isn’t, but does feel a tiny bit like it at times. Most of us, however, are in our homes and have all the comforts we usually enjoy. Those who do have those, need to be thankful. Nelson Mandela, in his autobiography […]

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Peace in the midst of turmoil

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:3-4 NLT We hear a lot about finding peace in God… and don’t we all need it! But how can we find peace […]

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