Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: friendship

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 day my life changed – beaten to the ground

  For many years I served in a caring ministry, sharing God’s love with those who needed him badly. I loved the work and gave it my all. Many benefited. But throughout those years I longed to be part of a small group – a place where I would not lead, but simply be a […]

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1. Rejected by a friend

  “Could you please tell Karen I love her?” I called to Karen’s husband as he left to visit her at the hospital. I tried to get the message through to her as often as I could. She had always meant a lot to me. Karen had severe health problems. Although I found it difficult, […]

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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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