Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Compassion for those like us

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, […]

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Only God is perfect

   “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven….Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-45, 48   Controlled by an inner […]

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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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Staying safe

  Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the […]

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My peace I give you

  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:2   “Peace I leave with you.” I can’t think of anything more comforting and calming than these words from Jesus […]

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Compassion like Jesus’

  Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.  As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.  When […]

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Intimacy with God

  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17   A long time ago, as I was reading Traveling Light by Max Lucado, I noted how he said […]

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Are you aware?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  253  (October 1, 2009) There’s something else I learned from the suicide loss group that I want to share. In fact, I feel like broadcasting it everywhere. I don’t think any of us realize just how much we’re loved. And especially not when we’re depressed and our perspective is off. Even when […]

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The child in me (2019)

I’ve been a child. Still am one. Eager to create. Eager to learn. Eager to give. Eager to love and be loved. In a situation where a person you look up to shows love as you would have liked to be loved as a child, the child in you might very well appear. The adult […]

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Emotionally damaged (2019)

My life has changed in many ways. Disorganized and all the problems that brings. Frequent and sudden depressions accompanied by a wish to die. Haunted by bad memories. Often confused. Praying for more peace. I sometimes wonder. Is this old age, mental illness, or both? But I can see it’s more than these. It’s emotional […]

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