Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 2 of 11)

What happened? Living with borderline

  I just finished reading through one of my journals from 2006 and was amazed at what I found. Encouragement and support as I started my Living Room ministry. Accolades. I had many friends. Such joy! I suffered from a lot of depression in the midst of the Living Room work, as well as the […]

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Unmet childhood needs – living with borderline

  Mental health professionals agree that those who have a stressful childhood are at greater risk of developing BPD. Sources of stress include abuse, neglect, parental divorce, separation from a parent or caregiver, mental disorders in a caregiver, parent, or sibling, or general conflict, fighting, and instability in the family. When I became an adult […]

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Your way

  It’s always been this way, Lord. When I feel bad, depressed, unable to move, What helps is to think of another. Another who may be in need, Another who can use a hand – my hand – your hand. Today I think of a friend who needs to know she’s thought of. A friend […]

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Lament

LAMENT grieve, weep regret. As brothers we lament A fellowship, mourning the same loss. marja From Lamentations 3:21-23 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love  we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”    

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Reprieve

Oh Lord, my God! Help us find a reprieve with your offer to make right what was wrong. To end our own battle by joining the battles of many. To return to peace. Peace. How I long for it! Don’t we all? How I long for healing! Healing for all. Lord God, With you all […]

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Becoming a child again

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 I enjoy little children, the young ones that don’t care how they look to others. They’re real, just the way God made them to be. They live and love with everything they have […]

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The day my life changed – beaten to the ground

  For many years I served in a caring ministry, sharing God’s love with those who needed him badly. I loved the work and gave it my all. Many benefited. But throughout those years I longed to be part of a small group – a place where I would not lead, but simply be a […]

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1. Beaten to the ground

  It happened again today. I woke up to yet another hurtful memory from the past, the pain as though it happened only yesterday. I feel pain, but anger as well. And it’s intense. As intense as it was at first. I wish I knew how to make it go away. But all I can […]

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1. Rejected by a friend

  “Could you please tell Karen I love her?” I called to Karen’s husband as he left to visit her at the hospital. I tried to get the message through to her as often as I could. She had always meant a lot to me. Karen had severe health problems. Although I found it difficult, […]

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My prayer to you, my Lord

  It’s you alone I fear and no one else. It’s you alone I need. In you I find my strength, my courage and my power. I love you, God, and thank you for your love. May your will be done in heaven and on earth. Always. marja

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