Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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What happened?

  I had been an innovative leader in 2006, with the help of God doing much to help people with mental health problems. But a few years ago I left the church, shunned by people who used to be friends. I’ve been reviewing my old journals and blog posts, trying to make sense of what […]

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Is God enough?

  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17   A long time ago, as I was reading Traveling Light by Max Lucado, I noted how he said […]

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The best kind of friend

LIVING ROOM  MEMORIES  275  (April 5, 2010) The best kind of friend you can have is someone who will cry with you when you cry and celebrate with you when you’re joyous. What amazing bonds can form when a friend is sympathetic to where you are emotionally! I have three friends like that now, and […]

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Comments on friends to turn to (2019)

Friends I was able to turn to are no longer. Those who knew me best. Those who were close during my Living Room years. Those who were like father and mother, giving comfort when I needed. All are gone. A lot was my fault. I became too much for them. Later, I myself was no […]

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Abandoned by friends

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  229  (April 6, 2009) This morning I received an encouraging comment from a blogger – God’s answer for some of what I’ve been going through.  She wrote: “Your words serve a purpose that you may never even know about. I believe that as we speak from our hearts about how we are […]

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Friends vs supporters (2019)

Why is it so hard for people with mental illness to have friends who don’t have a mental illness? Why do supporters fail to see that we need friends as well as support? Why don’t our supporters share their lives with us, in the way we do with them? Sometimes it seems as though people […]

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Excluded from study group (2019)

At this point I think it’s time I tell you about my greatest source of pain. It was only one of many, but contributed more to later suffering and emotional damage than any other single event. I’m sharing this to illustrate how great and cruel stigma can be and how dehumanizing it is to the […]

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Why was I rejected? (2019)

The friend I talked about in the previous post was a person I loved dearly. And I can see in this story how she tried to be there for me, despite her own illness. I tried – within my own limitations – to be there for her as well. But I was better able to […]

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Shouldn’t God be enough?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  204  (November 13, 2008) I’ve been struggling. Struggling with a mild but painful depression that has been bothering me off and on for the past while. I know it’s mainly the result of life stresses – my mom sick, going into a nursing home, emptying her apartment and looking for a doctor […]

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Where did my friends go? (2019)

In the previous post on coping I wrote, “My friends and my church are very important to me though. They’re my support system and I stay in close touch with them.” Throughout this story about me and Living Room you will have read how much I valued my friends – three in particular. I received […]

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