Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 12)

Even those you least expect

I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; Psalm 51:3-4   Unthinkable! An atrocious crime, committed by a man after God’s own heart, no less. David, the great leader of the Old Testament, the author of many […]

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From a BPD diary

  A good two days with visits from friends. And I think to myself, maybe this illness is not that bad. I lay down to relax with a mid-afternoon nap. But as I awoke I could not see beyond. I was sinking, unable to stop. Hopeless. Life is hopeless when it deceives you at every […]

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Rendered worthless

  A year of abuse by one I had thought incapable. I’d been respected as a leader of worth, but the mistreatment left me broken, feeling worthless. All I had built destroyed. I changed. Became a different person, diagnosed with borderline (BPD). Stigmatized like never before. Thought badly of. Lost friends. Today I live with […]

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Ugly me

  Dear God. I told my therapist last week how I’m feeling ugly. He told me I have to stop expecting everyone to be like Jesus. I suppose I have been, Lord. I haven’t accepted people in the way I’ve wanted them to accept and forgive people like me. The kindness I used to have […]

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What’s wrong with me?

  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32   This is not one of my regular devotionals, but I’m sending it today, because I think it’s important for those with mental health issues and those who support them. There have been many times […]

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How can it be?

  How could this have happened to me? For twenty years I worked hard to better the lives of people with mental health issues. Although I myself suffered from bipolar I accomplished much. Life was hard, but good. And then, a couple of years ago I came down with the worst and most misunderstood mental […]

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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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