Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: giving

Your light will rise

…if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58:10 In the early days of Living Room* I spoke much about what I called other-centeredness – the opposite of self-centeredness. This […]

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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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Thinking positively

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  212 (December 12, 2008) In spite of the snow that kept a lot of people from attending our party, we had sixteen people. It was a wonderful, intimate time. Good food and good visiting. We finished all of Janice’s turkey and almost all the stuffing. It was so good. One of our […]

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Lighting a spark in the dark

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  53  (March 21, 2007) Monday was a dark day, mostly spent in bed. But yesterday morning, though it started out dark, I was able to ignite a spark in that darkness. This small spark led to a good day. I needed to go to Costco to buy some things and thought of […]

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Unconditional love

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES 16  (October 12, 2006) Harold G. Koenig, M.D., in New Light on Depression, the book he co-wrote with David B. Biebel, states that “Love – unconditional love – is the ultimate long-term antidote for depression, for at its core love is connected with faith and hope.” It’s too bad that so many […]

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Meaningless! meaningless!

  “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” “ I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:2 and 14   What on earth could Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, have meant when he said this? Were you […]

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Bursting heart

  But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13   I’ve been writing much here about how stigma has been affecting me. My story. My pain. But I realize everyone has a story. Everyone has experienced some form […]

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Bring the sun out

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7  Have you ever felt there was no point to anything? Maybe you felt bored? Miserable? No longer fully alive? You might be thinking, “Is this all there is?” Maybe some of you are feeling this way today. […]

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A life worth living

                                                                 I only find life worth living if it is for the good of others as well as myself. Helping others is of ultimate importance to me. Living for the good of others has helped, and is helping, me survive a difficult life. I could not live without being there for those with problems like […]

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