Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: rejection

10. Healthy relationships with our supporters

What did Jesus do? Lord, you yourself know how there’s no pain like this pain of being rejected. Not only rejected, but sometimes even mistreated. You understand how much strength it takes to accept what I’ve gone through. It took more strength than I’ve needed for anything I’ve done before. I’ve heard that you just […]

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6. Healthy relationships with our supporters

Controlling the urge to connect Some people have what’s called “anxious attachment” which starts during childhood. They seek approval and reassurance from others, never having a relief from self-doubt. In their relationships the feeling that they’re going to be rejected worries them and causes them not to trust. This drives them to be over-dependent. They […]

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You must have loved us

  How you must have loved us, Lord. Giving all you had, yet seldom thanked. Misunderstood, though meaning well.   Did you continue suffering after the cross? Bearing the pain of rejection from those to whom you had given yourself in love?   Love given, but scorned. Forgiveness given but refused. And so, you continue […]

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Too sensitive?

  But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16   I’ve been told I’m too sensitive – that it causes pain I shouldn’t have. Pain from feelings of rejection – whether real or perceived. I’m told it’s an illness – a bad one. But although some of […]

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Did Jesus feel loved?

   I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11   I wondered to myself: As Jesus hung on the cross, did he feel compassion from anyone? Did anyone […]

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Be a child? Really?

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and […]

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Who are we…really?

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1   Some of us are far too sensitive. Because of that we tend not to feel very good about ourselves at times. About who we are. About what […]

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