Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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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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Agape love at living room

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  224  (February 28, 2009) We had a Living Room meeting yesterday and it left me with the wonderful deep joy I so often feel afterwards. I will copy here part of an email I sent to my pastor about it: “Tonight I’m getting to the end of the book my friend lent […]

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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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Please pray

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  200  (November 5, 2008) I feel heavily burdened today for a friend, a Living Room member, who is in hospital. Her psychiatrist certified her and she is not allowed her clothes. On top of that, he and her therapist have turned her over to a new psychiatrist, withdrawing from her case. This […]

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A life of love

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  196  (October 11, 2008) Living Room was wonderful yesterday, yet I was worried about myself going into it. Wondered if I could lead the way I needed to. Life has been so very complex, especially with my mother sick. We found out she’d had a heart attack. She will be in hospital […]

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Letters to God

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  163  (June 4, 2008) My emotional health has greatly improved from writing – writing in my journal, in emails to friends, in blogging, and in writing my books. My last book, A Firm Place to Stand, to be released in the next month, has especially strengthened me. This made me think: If […]

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Keeping company with God

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  157  (May 11, 2008) Every once in a while I’ve referred to Philip Yancey’s Prayer: Does it Make a Difference?, a book that I’ve gradually been working my way through. I’ve only read small amounts at a time, not because it’s boring, but because I want to chew on every little bit, […]

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Comments on God’s will & prayer (2018)

At the time I was founding and building Living Room, my morning quiet times were two hours long. I spent that time reading my Bible, meditating, praying and journaling. It was a rich time with God. I felt close to him and it showed in the courage and strength I was able to bring forth. […]

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God’s will

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  143  (March 24, 2008) One book I’ve been enjoying very much is Philip Yancey’s Prayer. I had read most of this book about a year ago but became overwhelmed. Amazing how much Yancey finds to talk about on one topic. Recently I started again at the beginning, this time doing the reading […]

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Closer to God through thankfulness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  104  (October 13, 2007) The ladies’ group I attend is examining prayer. We want to learn how to pray better. I know there’s no right or wrong way to pray – after all, it’s only talking to God. Being yourself with him is the most important thing. But I do have trouble, […]

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