Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Life in abundance

  “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10   This picture came to mind as I was waking up from a nap a while ago. I took it in 2013 on a trip to the Greek islands. Strange how thoughts and memories will appear out of the blue – […]

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God’s gift of creativity

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27 I’m a creative person and it’s mysterious to me how ideas and inspiration come. I’m often in awe of what God has helped me produce. Not that I’m such a wonderful […]

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Returning to joy (2019)

  In Return to God, Return to Joy which I posted on February 10, 2019, I realized that I badly need to change direction in my blogging. I want to write about what’s in God’s heart, not my heart. I want forgiveness to be the theme, not conflict. I want to return to love and […]

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Finding wellness through story (2019)

I decided in November that I needed to tell the story of my life with Living Room: The joyful times, as well as the painful times Part of the reason for telling my story was to reclaim the life I had lost. I wanted reminders that I had lived a good life, though things had […]

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Sheer happiness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  243  (July 7, 2009) Wow! Over the past little while I have found out what happiness truly feels like. I’ve been removed from that feeling for so long and become so unfamiliar with it that I actually feel kind of high, though my friends say I’m acting quite normal. Just the happy […]

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Comment on love and joy (2019)

In the previous post about getting unstuck from depression I wrote, “what occurred to me is that the greatest and purest source of joy is love – the love we can be assured God has for us and the love our friends and family share with us.” I know this to be very true. As […]

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The email that unstuck me

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  202  (November 9, 2008) I don’t know if all this is going to sound silly to you, but my final escape from my last depression came so clearly and so dramatically after I sent an email to over forty Living Room members last Sunday morning. Such power there was in that! I […]

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After the launch – such happiness!

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  180  (July 21, 2008) What do you do when you’re so happy that, waking up at 3:30 in the morning, you can’t get back to sleep again? This happened yesterday morning. I was too happy to sleep. I felt like there was something I should do with such happiness. Dance or something. […]

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The joy of living room

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  136  (February 28, 2008) In her blog, Nancie, my friend from long ago, talks about the joy CH Spurgeon’s wife, Susannah Thompson, found in her ministry. A semi-invalid, confined to her home, she found something she could do to benefit others – something that benefited herself as well. Please check out her […]

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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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