Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 14)

Still here after all

  I had thought I’d been emotionally destroyed. Not the “nice” girl I used to be.  All goodness gone. Forever gone…I had thought. I thought my personality had left me. The person who had shown kindness and love…joy. I thought who I had always been would be no more. But today – amazingly – I […]

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The devil’s work

  It happened again. I cried in my sleep. Loudly, like a child, though sounding like an old woman. Why? Because I remember the goodness I had all my life. I remember how it was taken from me. Cruelly wrenched from my soul. It could only be the work of the devil, he who feels […]

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In the face of persecution

  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven Matthew 5: 10-12a   In fact, […]

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Pretended faith

  The more I think of it, the more I know. I would much rather have friends who don’t believe in God than friends who pretend they do. marja

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Beware

    “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15   Beware of the person who looks good, appears to be loving, appears to be humble – but is none of these…Not really. The devil is alive, even now. Ready to devour all […]

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Disbelieved

  I told my story to people who I thought cared about me. Friends who know the kind of person I’d always been. But they will not believe me. And how that hurts! They believe I’m to blame for much of it. But if there’s anything I did that caused it to happen, I was […]

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Silence in the face of evil

  Christians do not have the option of remaining neutral and thus choosing the side of evil.  Jesus has not given us that option.  Jesus has told us, “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:33.  When we stay silent and refuse to […]

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Choosing for the abuser

As author Herman notes, there is no neutrality in the trauma of abuse.  The bystander — that’s you and me — cannot merely by-stand.  To do so is to choose, and the choice is for the abuser.  Evil only asks that we remain quiet and still.  Divert our eye and go on about our business. […]

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A victim’s plight

  Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him [Jesus]. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders. John 7:12-13   I invite you to read what author Judith Lewis Herman says about this kind […]

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God’s gift of creativity

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27 I’m a creative person and it’s mysterious to me how ideas and inspiration come. I’m often in awe of what God has helped me produce. Not that I’m such a wonderful […]

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