Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 2 of 6)

Have you ever…?

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise […]

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Bring the sun out

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7  Have you ever felt there was no point to anything? Maybe you felt bored? Miserable? No longer fully alive? You might be thinking, “Is this all there is?” Maybe some of you are feeling this way today. […]

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Broken and crushed

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 Have you ever felt so bad, so ashamed about how you behaved, you find it hard to live with yourself? You couldn’t help what you did. It just happened, and you wish you could go back and undo […]

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Moving on

  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 These verses, part […]

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Did Jesus feel loved?

   I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11   I wondered to myself: As Jesus hung on the cross, did he feel compassion from anyone? Did anyone […]

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Joining God in his work

So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only […]

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Are you hurting?

   “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 Friends, […]

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Be a child? Really?

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and […]

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Our need for each other

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay for the night. God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help […]

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For no apparent reason

  You turned my wailing into dancing;   you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.   O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30: 11-12 Isn’t it strange and amazing how the greatest joy a person can have […]

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