Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 2 of 15)

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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The only way…

  The only way I’ve found to help myself is to help others. It works! Focusing on what I can do for others helps me forget my pain. I’ve always found it so. But who would reach out to me now? No one will come close. All I can do is write.  

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Hope for today

  Things are bad. Constant wishes to disappear.  Can life get worse? Wondering why such a thing happened to me? It didn’t need to happen. But I guess someone didn’t like me and showed it. But God is good. He has given me the gifts of writing and photography. I’m publishing a 6 x 9 […]

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Surviving the unbearable

  She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13   I was delighted to receive a devotional from an old Living Room friend. So good it is when people from my […]

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If remorse were only shown

  Anyone reading this blog will have seen the great amount of writings I’ve posted concerning the pain I felt – and still feel – three or four years after suffering emotional abuse. I’ve found that I need to write to survive. Writing helps a lot. Because I have suicidal tendencies, it actually helps me […]

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Who says I’m out of my mind?

  Who is saying things like that about me? Is it a person with a medical degree? Is it a therapist who has treated me for a long time and knows me? If it isn’t one of these telling others I’m not in my right mind, it should not be believed. If someone is guessing […]

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