Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Living Room (page 2 of 37)

My church history – 2005-2016

  I’ve spent much time trying to write my Living Room history. There’s a lot I haven’t covered and, as I’ve said, I would like to move on. But I do want to leave this capsulated form of my history. It offers a clearer overall picture of how things went for me. 2005 or so […]

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Never-ending trauma

    You never completely lose the memories of trauma, they say. And I know that to be true. Triggers come at the most unexpected times, even during a sermon at church. There’s not anything particularly different about the sermon. But at times it does lead one’s mind to reliving experiences in your life – […]

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No new Living Room groups to be built (2019)

On June 14, 2010 I wrote the following: “I do love to care for people and to make Living Room things happen. Living Room is exciting. So many people coming to believe in it and wanting to start their own group. While I was away I read a book that drew my attention to Isaiah […]

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The good in rapid cycling

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  279  (May 7, 2010) You know, I’d rather be into rapid cycling than in a solid depression, as I was at this time last year. The lows I go through now only last a few hours. The depression only got alarmingly low one day. That was followed by a high the next […]

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Wrapping up (2019)

It’s time, really time, to put an end to my story. I’m glad to have found better wellness through the telling. But today I’m tired of thinking about so much sadness and ugliness. I want to start enjoying the new me. And so, I’ll wrap up with this: I strongly believe this account had to […]

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The good in bipolar

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  278  (May 2, 2010) Almost every day over the past while I wake up feeling awful. As the day progresses things usually improve. This morning it happened again. I felt so depressed. But as I sipped my coffee and looked out over the yard, the patio, and my favourite chair, I thought […]

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And yet…

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  277  (April 20, 2010) Psalms 42 and 43 which we studied at our last Living Room Bible study sure hit home for those of us there. We could relate to the psalmists’ laments. We could relate for the thirsting after God expressed in the opening verses: “As the deer pants for streams […]

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A creative kick start

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  276  (April 13, 2010) Amazing how a little creativity – a new project – colour – excitement – can kick start a more positive mood! In the midst of my verge of depression, I had an idea last week. No, it didn’t come from me exactly. It was truly planted there by […]

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The best kind of friend

LIVING ROOM  MEMORIES  275  (April 5, 2010) The best kind of friend you can have is someone who will cry with you when you cry and celebrate with you when you’re joyous. What amazing bonds can form when a friend is sympathetic to where you are emotionally! I have three friends like that now, and […]

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But did I hurt someone? (2019)

I’ve been talking about how I felt back in 2010 when I said or did the wrong thing. I also remember several posts ago when I felt great pain and shame because I knew I had hurt someone. I’ve known many times when I had to beg God for a pure heart and a steadfast […]

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