Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 2 of 5)

A person like any other

a person like any other but different feeling as others but not treated as such not respected because of her label considered unworthy to be heard or responded to not fully human so, who cares? Jesus, my friend, cares. Who will follow Him?

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Morning has broken

“Forget the former things;     do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland.“ Isaiah 43:18-19

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When Jesus heals…

Lord, it occurred to me how, when you healed people – when you made them well and whole – you didn’t only heal them from illness, you helped them to be accepted by the people around them. They became whole on a social level as well. They were seen to be more “normal.” No longer […]

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Shame

The worst feeling of shame is when you first come to see something you are or do that others look on as ugly and unlikeable. You feel dirty. Hopeless.  Can’t bear to see who you are. Helpless to be any different. …or is it? Help me Lord.

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My life back (a few weeks ago)

thank you God! for life for feeling normal like others do confident whole …but today? apart again not all here i need the biggest hug

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Mentally ill

made responsible though unable cruel words though best was done blame upon blame, guilt upon guilt no forgiveness, no compassion abandoned where is love? where is Jesus?

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Forgive us Lord!

what if hurt was not intended? what if all was a mistake – a part of being human? how to mend? how to set things right? come before the Healer. “Forgive us Lord!”

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Forgiven, yet…

the bad forgiven, though pain remains forgiven, yet healing doesn’t come memories linger how to end? Jesus?

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This must be confusing

Dear readers: You must wonder about the Day by Day comments I sometimes post – the true, sometimes negative, experiences of one dealing with illnesses like mine. What do they have to do with the positive nature of the Devotionals? Is it the same person writing? Yes, they are both written by me. The Devotionals […]

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Misunderstood

How frustrating to have things you need to explain and you can’t find the words. You’re just not able, mind not working clearly. The result? Misunderstanding. Too often, an undeserved bad reputation follows. You’re never forgiven. Always thought badly of.

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