Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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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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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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