Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 2 of 11)

BPD for pastors

  Today I want to share an article written by Enos Martin and E.A. Vastyan from Christianity Today. In it they advise church leaders on how to treat parishioners suffering with borderline personality disorder (BPD). https://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/1989/fall/89l4042.html I found it a valuable, yet personally humbling read. Humbling because it paints a picture of how I had […]

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Awakening – living with borderline

  Oh Lord! I need to write some happy things. Is there no happiness at all in BPD? I have forgotten. Don’t even know anymore. But there must be. I remember my times with bouquets – exploring the groupings of flowers with my camera. I remember not being able to stop, taking picture after picture. […]

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Beginnings: living with borderline

  How I wish I could find someone who would understand! Helping others appreciate your emotional pain must be impossible, unless they’ve also experienced it. Thus you’re left very much alone – the pain shrugged off as unimportant by friends and family. And so I write, hoping that perhaps some will understand this clue of […]

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My deep shame: living with borderline

  I had thought I was a good person. I always tried to be. Like other Christians, I tried to follow Christ, with him as my example for living. But I’ve been looking back at my behaviour over the past few years and feel ashamed. More and more – I’m recognizing how easy it is […]

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Stigma my biggest struggle

Dear Marja, I cried reading your article entitled “Feeling Hated?” dated June 7th because I can truly relate. Sometimes what keeps me going are your articles. My struggles are no longer so much about my illness as I have learned how to handle that now especially with the medicines and some self help stuff I […]

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Does Jesus care?

  I received the following message from someone today with a need to share where she’s at. She sends prayers to all who find life difficult in some ways:   Hi Marja So much of what bothers us can be hidden by pretending to be okay, and as your posts indicate, people do not want […]

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Feeling hated?

  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:43-45   Around thirty years ago when I started following God I prayed, “Fill me with […]

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Leprosy of mental illness: living with borderline part 9

  DIARY: Despised by those once close, made to feel ugly. What have I done? I did the best I could. Was I really to blame, or was it the label someone stuck on me?   Where do you go when you have an illness that doctors and counselors don’t want to deal with – […]

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Part 8: what do family and friends say? Living with borderline

  But to God – to Jesus – we are valuable and beautiful. Each of us is a unique creation. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14   When we think of being stigmatized because of an illness or disorder, our […]

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Living with borderline: Part 7 – growing at bpac

  Sometime after leaving Cliff Avenue I found Brentwood Park Alliance Church (BPAC). It was a big change from the United Church. The sermons were stronger and started to make a difference in my life. The Bible also spoke to me in a greater way than it had before. As a result, my walk with […]

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