Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 12)

Where is the light?

  I firmly believe that Jesus shines his light on us through the people he brings into our lives. God needs us to be his representatives on earth. He made us to show each other who he is and what he’s like. He needs us to show his love, to support each other in lives […]

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Having a hard time?

  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10 An encouraging thought: There’s no need to despair when things are tough. We always have Jesus. In fact, it’s at times when things are bad that we come to […]

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With Jesus – Living with borderline

  To think of how I’ve ended up with BPD! It’s an illness that causes me to be thought badly of and avoided. I’ve lost friends and continue losing friends. Recent requests for health care ignored. The very thought of being saddled with this illness and wondering why it all happened to me fills me […]

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All I knew how to be – Living with borderline

  In going through my journals from years ago, I read about all the friends I had. Friends to talk with and do things with. All was good and happy. I helped many individuals with their depression – talking with them, walking, having coffee. Visiting others in hospital. Many were  introduced to me by members […]

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What happened? Living with borderline

  I just finished reading through one of my journals from 2006 and was amazed at what I found. Encouragement and support as I started my Living Room ministry. Accolades. I had many friends. Such joy! I suffered from a lot of depression in the midst of the Living Room work, as well as the […]

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Unmet childhood needs – living with borderline

  Mental health professionals agree that those who have a stressful childhood are at greater risk of developing BPD. Sources of stress include abuse, neglect, parental divorce, separation from a parent or caregiver, mental disorders in a caregiver, parent, or sibling, or general conflict, fighting, and instability in the family. When I became an adult […]

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Your way

  It’s always been this way, Lord. When I feel bad, depressed, unable to move, What helps is to think of another. Another who may be in need, Another who can use a hand – my hand – your hand. Today I think of a friend who needs to know she’s thought of. A friend […]

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Lament

LAMENT grieve, weep regret. As brothers we lament A fellowship, mourning the same loss. marja From Lamentations 3:21-23 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love  we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”    

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Reprieve

Oh Lord, my God! Help us find a reprieve with your offer to make right what was wrong. To end our own battle by joining the battles of many. To return to peace. Peace. How I long for it! Don’t we all? How I long for healing! Healing for all. Lord God, With you all […]

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Becoming a child again

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 I enjoy little children, the young ones that don’t care how they look to others. They’re real, just the way God made them to be. They live and love with everything they have […]

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