Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: depression (page 1 of 7)

Our new song

  I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of […]

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And yet…

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  277  (April 20, 2010) Psalms 42 and 43 which we studied at our last Living Room Bible study sure hit home for those of us there. We could relate to the psalmists’ laments. We could relate for the thirsting after God expressed in the opening verses: “As the deer pants for streams […]

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A creative kick start

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  276  (April 13, 2010) Amazing how a little creativity – a new project – colour – excitement – can kick start a more positive mood! In the midst of my verge of depression, I had an idea last week. No, it didn’t come from me exactly. It was truly planted there by […]

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We’re not cats

  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14   A few minutes ago, I watched my cat as she lay in a shaft of warm sunshine washing herself. It occurred to me how we humans […]

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Dealing with it

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  272  (March 23, 2010) Recognizing that the up and down moods I’m experiencing are the result of anger and frustration helps I think. There are things I can do about anger, things not as easy to do with depression. I can talk about it with someone. I can resolve the source of […]

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The source of my anger (2019)

I think I’m learning what was at the bottom of my anger during the last years at my previous church. It turns out that much of the depression I experienced during all my Living Room days could very well have been anger turned inwards. I probably had far more depression during that time than was […]

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Is it anger or depression?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  271  (March 19, 2010) A few days ago my counselor suggested that the mood problems I’ve been having – the apparent depressed episodes – might actually be anger. She may be right. There are lots of things bothering me and frustrating me now-a-days. But how do you tell the difference? The very […]

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Developing church acceptance

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES   265 (February 6, 2010) While away recently I had a lot of time to think, to read, and to journal. I came to the conclusion that I need to focus my energy on the things that are going to do the most good. And I need to delegate the things that sap […]

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God on my side

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  256  (November 11, 2009) My friend asked me this morning whether I’ve prayed over my anxieties, all the stuff that seems to be triggering the threat of depression right now. And I realized that I hadn’t prayed. Hadn’t even thought of praying. Pretty bad. She pointed out Psalm 37: 3-5 in particular, […]

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Living Room in good hands

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  240  (June 18, 2009) Thank God. Living Room is in good hands. We had a volunteer offer to coordinate and facilitate the July and August meetings. And many hands have offered to help with all the other details, like the lunches. I’ve had some good days and then some bad. On the […]

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