Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 18)

His love will flow

  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  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.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I […]

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Would you forgive?

  The serpent still lives in the mouths of those playing kind and wise. Still lives in those pretending to be God. Those who feign humility but live with pride. Those who wield power no man should have. Those whose resolve is to destroy. What shall we as believers do? Forgive them? Would Jesus himself […]

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Grace: is it cheap or costly?

    For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3   The meaning of the word “grace” puzzled me for a […]

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The way to truth

How do  we allow God to lead us? It is to allow things to happen under the power and spirit of God – without a conscious will of your own, but under the guidance and will of the Almighty. It’s the way to truth. Contriving is the opposite. Contriving is to make things happen according […]

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Waiting patiently

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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Anything is better than thinking

Feeling kind of crummy tonight, though listening to Nana Mouskouri helps. And when I pull out of that hole what shall I do? Not writing tonight. I’m tired of thinking. All that will help for now is to look at some photographs and share them with you. Did you know I like clouds? Here are […]

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Further thoughts on brothers & sisters all

  Please stay tuned for further thoughts on this topic, coming next week. In the previous mailing I leaned heavily on the point of view of people with mental health issues – about their need to be seen as equals under God. But what about those who support them or would like to know how […]

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Amaryllis

I had some time to spare, so thought I would share some pictures I just took of an amaryllis. What joy, not only to see it, but to be able to capture it for others to see. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year, with many blessings. marja    

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Wrong-doing allowed?

  “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4   I wrote on this topic of forgiveness not long ago, […]

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When wrong-doing is allowed

  “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4   Forgiveness has been a common subject lately, and for good […]

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