Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 5)

Am I crazy?

  Do you know how God controls the clouds     and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised,     those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? Job 37:15-16 When joy overwhelms you and there’s no one with whom you can share it, what do you do with it? When you can’t […]

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Love heals

  I have just released two illustrated books of “Highs and Lows” devotionals on the topics of HOPE and our INNER CHILD. They are available from me for $15, as long as I don’t have to mail them. You can also get them from Amazon and through bookstores at a higher price. I hope you […]

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With God’s guidance

    The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.                                                 Isaiah 58:11   I’m thankful and hopeful, because as I write this I’ve been doing well for […]

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Nonreligious gratitude?

My mental health worker told me that I should keep a gratitude journal, at the end of each day listing all the good things that have happened to me. I told her, “But I already do that. I thank God every day for what He has given me and what He has done for me.” […]

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Living Room – God’s Gift

A long time ago God showed me that something needed to be done to help people with mental illness receive Christ-centered support. I took steps to make it happen by founding Living Room, the faith-based peer support ministry. But I realized that I was – or at least, felt – far too small to build […]

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Who shall we follow?

Jesus’ authority comes from a humble place of compassionate love for others. Compare that with authority from arrogant leaders like the Pharisees in their day. In their self-righteousness they lost sight of God and what His love really means. The difference is obvious: Only One is worthy of obedience. And that One is Jesus,  God’s […]

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Stigmatized

stigmatized by trusted one, teacher of God’s love, Christ’s example   I followed faithfully loved deeply those I served on God’s behalf   yet was treated as though evil disrespected in words and action the pain unbearable   why this? from one such as this?   my mental illness?    

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Consolation

One consolation for pain The work God has given me To create something beautiful And to honour Him with it

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A damaged life

The emotional damage caused by stigma needs to be recognized, especially when disrespect is shown to a mental ill person by someone least likely to do so – a godly man – a follower of Christ. The effects of such violated trust increases one’s mental illness tenfold, causing unbelievable pain. It leads to a sense […]

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Illness forgiven?

Will my illness be forgiven? Cause for shame no longer there? When will Christ’s life speak forth? “Love the sick, the sinners, the outcasts.” When will your message be heard, Lord? When will your love prevail? Come to us now.  

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