Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: friendship

Will we remember?

  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so […]

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His love will flow

  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I […]

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All of us his children

  See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 1 John 3:1 NLT   If our Father in Heaven loves us enough to […]

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Further thoughts on brothers & sisters all

  Please stay tuned for further thoughts on this topic, coming next week. In the previous mailing I leaned heavily on the point of view of people with mental health issues – about their need to be seen as equals under God. But what about those who support them or would like to know how […]

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Drawing close

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. Psalm 42:1   Are you ever lonely for someone to talk with? Someone with whom you could truly have a heart to heart talk? Someone you could call anytime you need to empty what you have inside? That used […]

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Just a project?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  227  (March 31, 2009) I’m trying to deal with an understanding I’ve come to that one of my friends simply considers me a project – someone to support because I have bipolar. And that hurts. I’ve always considered her one of my best friends, feeling her love and care. She has been […]

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What’s wrong with me?

  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32   This is not one of my regular devotionals, but I’m sending it today, because I think it’s important for those with mental health issues and those who support them. There have been many times […]

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The magic of a smile

              “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a […]

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I need to talk

I have a big problem. I have a need to talk – far too much. My husband gets tired of me, my friends get tired of me. I’ll have to take care that even my counselor doesn’t get tired of me. I talk to God by writing prayers in my journal – often several times […]

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