Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 6)

A time for everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 I know. I wasn’t going to write here. Too busy writing study guides. But things come up and sometimes […]

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Fellowship with God group set to start

The study guides are ready to go, six individuals signed up (room for two more), and on Wednesday, September 20th the first meeting will be held at Marja’s house. Fellowship with God is a study for individuals suffering from the effects of mental health issues, trauma, emotional pain, and other possible distresses that make a […]

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Fellowship with God group starting

Are you longing for a closer walk with God? Then you might be interested in joining Fellowship with God, a small group of no more than six people. This study is especially designed to help those with mental health issues, emotional problems, trauma, and any other possible distresses that affect the mind and make a […]

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Article re marja’s ministry

  On Thursday, Church for Vancouver posted this article about my newly released gift books and other things in the works: http://churchforvancouver.ca/devotionals-offer-hope-to-those-with-mental-illness/ The writer mentions something new I’m working on with the help of a few others. It’s a home-style small group I call Fellowship with God. We’re hoping that following this study will help […]

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I’m launching three gift books

Hello everyone. I’m pleased to announce the publication of three new gift books filled with my devotionals and photographs. I am finding they make great gifts for the people in my life who need encouragement, friends who are not doing well for a variety of reasons – especially friends in hospital. I hope some of […]

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Shame

This morning I awoke not wanting to get up, which is hugely unlike me. I was literally moaning with bad feelings – ashamed of having this illness that far too often make me act unnaturally. I’m not ashamed of the illness, but about what it makes me do at times. And I feel such pain […]

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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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