Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: flowers

God doesn’t make junk

   He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11   I like photographing flowers when they’re past their prime. To me they’re every bit as important as fresh flowers. If we […]

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Re-building

  Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem – IF – that has been important to me since the age of nineteen when I was admitted to Riverview Hospital. Such encouragement! Almost as good as the Bible. Especially since I hadn’t become a Christian yet. The lines that stood out for me this morning were these: If […]

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That which is real (2019)

In the previous post I wrote, “If a picture expresses something real, something we go through occasionally, then it’s just as important to photograph as perfection. I believe in the candid, the authentic, truth. I want real.” If you’re familiar with both my writing and photography you’ll know how serious I am about this. When […]

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Flowers amid the pain

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8   Uh oh! Just realized while editing this, that I’m on the same old topic again – my old hurts. I’m very sorry. […]

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The awe and wonder of God

  Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children.” Matthew 11:25 ​The words awe, and wonder are magical words. When I reflect on them, my mind immediately goes to young children. They must be the […]

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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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The awe and wonder of God

  Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children.” Matthew 11:25 ​The words awe, and wonder are magical words. When I reflect on them, my mind immediately goes to young children. They must be the […]

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Celebration

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150   It’s not spring. Not yet. But amid these grey days, I’d like to bring back a memory that often returns to me. I hope you’ll enjoy it too. Some time ago I passed a bed of springtime flowers, a beautiful splash […]

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He lifts me up

  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. Psalm 40:1-2 Do you ever get swamped by ugly feelings and […]

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