Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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My church history – 2005-2016

  I’ve spent much time trying to write my Living Room history. There’s a lot I haven’t covered and, as I’ve said, I would like to move on. But I do want to leave this capsulated form of my history. It offers a clearer overall picture of how things went for me. 2005 or so […]

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No new Living Room groups to be built (2019)

On June 14, 2010 I wrote the following: “I do love to care for people and to make Living Room things happen. Living Room is exciting. So many people coming to believe in it and wanting to start their own group. While I was away I read a book that drew my attention to Isaiah […]

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Living Room times; healing times

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  269  (March 12, 2010) I’m healing. Feeling rather quiet and not carefree yet, but healing. This morning I talked to the person who I had hurt and his response to my apology was comforting. I knew he would forgive, yet I did need to talk to him personally and hear him say […]

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God in living room; God in me (2019)

As I’ve said before, telling my Living Room story is certainly helping me reclaim the life I had lost. It’s amazing how God can help things happen. I’m becoming healthier emotionally, though I could use a lot better physical health. Today, memories of what Living Room once was to me are coming back after several […]

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A big responsibility

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  264 (January 17, 2010) I’m finding it increasingly difficult to post – increasingly difficult to be absolutely honest about the stuff I’m dealing with. Instead, I journal and email my closest friends. Thing is, when you’re in leadership and when you’re trying to be there for people, you just don’t want everyone […]

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Pretty solidly balanced

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  260  (November 28, 2009) I’ve been doing ok over the past couple of days. In fact, yesterday was wonderful. Living Room turned out great, it left me feeling hugely blessed and at peace. I felt so good I didn’t feel like going to bed till late Just wanted to continue experiencing the […]

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Return to God, return to joy (2019)

(Names are fictitious) I rejoice that I have recovered so much wellness since I first started writing this story. I’ve expressed many hurts, shed them, and made room for joy again. Such a gift that is! I thank God for the amazing way he has worked. Writing can teach us things, and I have learned […]

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God on my side

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  256  (November 11, 2009) My friend asked me this morning whether I’ve prayed over my anxieties, all the stuff that seems to be triggering the threat of depression right now. And I realized that I hadn’t prayed. Hadn’t even thought of praying. Pretty bad. She pointed out Psalm 37: 3-5 in particular, […]

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Where can I fit in? (2019)

(From my journal, July 2015) It hurts to realize I’m different. Not normal. Is that why no one wants to spend time with me? But there are corners where I do fit in. At the Shop where I volunteer and at Living Room I’m accepted the way I am….at least I thought so. I loved the […]

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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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