Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 2 of 9)

When I fall, I shall rise

  But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.  Because I have sinned against him, I […]

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Words from God

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.   See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19a God is always good.

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Why we need boundaries

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3 Many of us living with mental health issues find it hard to realize […]

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Dealing with guilt and shame

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2   This was King David’s prayer for forgiveness when the prophet Nathan drew his attention to his having committed adultery with Bathsheba […]

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Pockets of heaven

  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:45-47   […]

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A way in the wilderness

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   Everyone has troubles. Some of us have a lot of them – so many that we get overwhelmed. It becomes hard to remember […]

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What a friend!

  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:13-14 On Sunday we sang an old hymn at church, one I remember from long ago. In all the past thirty years of going to church I can’t […]

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Rejected

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:3 It was a long time before I understood – fully understood – what the Bible meant when it said that […]

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Don’t just think about it!

  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But […]

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The awe and wonder of God

  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 ​The words awe, and wonder are magical words. When I reflect on them, my mind immediately goes to young children. They must be the […]

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