Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 18)

Part 15 – Brothers and sisters all

  Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition […]

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The only way to keep going

  I’ve been criticized for talking too much about my pain. Criticized for writing too many stories about myself. But I believe it’s the only way I can keep on living. Each time a crisis hits, each time I end up in the emergency ward, not knowing how to go on, the only thing that […]

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Part 14 – Better than wisdom

  I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  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 […]

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Our new song group

  Our New Song, Marja’s online mental health support group is welcoming new members. We have room for two or three more. Meetings are every Thursday 1:30 – 3 pm PST.   marja@marjabergen.com  

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Blessed are the poor in spirit

  Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. Matthew 5:1-2   …he began teaching the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus spoke directly to the disciples with him, but crowds of people surrounded them, listening in. Jesus […]

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Part 13 – A father and a mother

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective […]

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Part 12 – Part of the family

  Come in, come in and sit down, you are a part of the family. We are lost and we are found, and we are a part of the family. From a hymn by James K. Manley   This song began every Sunday morning service at the church where I attended for many years. The […]

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Part 11 – I give in to Him

  “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   […]

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Part 10 – Everything changed

  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17   There came a time when three events magically occurred, all pretty well together. I’ve always marvelled how it happened this way—all around my fortieth year. Important changes came into my life, […]

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Part 9 – Family life

  Cornelius joined us in 1973. I had become a mother! We were now a family! And I was happy. I had always loved children and had, in fact, wanted to be a school teacher. Now I had a child of my own to raise and to help shape. I hoped he would become creative […]

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