Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Comment on love’s comfort (2019)

Looking at the post below, I can clearly see how very much I came to miss that kind of love when it was later withdrawn. I can see how very cruel it was. It was no wonder I was badly affected emotionally. What turned that amazing love I received – the love in which I […]

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Love’s comfort

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  205  (November 15, 2008) “The Lord your God is with you,…he will quiet you with his love.” Zephaniah 3:17 Knowing that God loves us and that others love us is so important, and when we’re depressed it becomes even more important. Love comforts us and heals us. I can so identify with […]

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Shouldn’t God be enough?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  204  (November 13, 2008) I’ve been struggling. Struggling with a mild but painful depression that has been bothering me off and on for the past while. I know it’s mainly the result of life stresses – my mom sick, going into a nursing home, emptying her apartment and looking for a doctor […]

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Love and acceptance at living room

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  203  (November 11, 2008) I’m reading a wonderful book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, a doctor who works in the slums of Vancouver on the Downtown Eastside. If you want to learn more about what it is to live with addiction and how to […]

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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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Where did my friends go? (2019)

In the previous post on coping I wrote, “My friends and my church are very important to me though. They’re my support system and I stay in close touch with them.” Throughout this story about me and Living Room you will have read how much I valued my friends – three in particular. I received […]

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Condemnation from Christians

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES   191  (September 23, 2008) This morning someone going by the name Warrior Princess left a comment on an article I have online right now at canadianchristianity.com. The piece tries to show how mental illnesses are illnesses like any other – diabetes, heart disease, etc. etc. I was trying to educate, to eradicate […]

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Receiving love

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  165  (June 5, 2008) Further gleanings from Don Miller’s Blue Like Jazz: Miller says, “…I have come to understand that strength, inner strength, comes from receiving love as much as it comes from giving it. I think apart from the idea that I am a sinner and God forgives me, this is […]

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A sadness wrapped in love

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  133  (February 19, 2008) When I was looking after Mom I looked often at this picture which hung on her wall. I had photographed these cosmos flowers a few years ago in the rain and the water droplets make me think of tears. It’s kind of a sad picture, but it’s beautiful […]

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In the name of love

He (God) comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (MSG)   We who live with illness and […]

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