Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: shame (page 1 of 2)

How can it be?

  How could this have happened to me? For twenty years I worked hard to better the lives of people with mental health issues. Although I myself suffered from bipolar I accomplished much. Life was hard, but good. And then, a couple of years ago I came down with the worst and most misunderstood mental […]

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Can’t stop the shame?

  The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. John 21:17   Have you ever done […]

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No shame here

  As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3   […]

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Forever hated? living with borderline

Dear Lord, What happened to the person I was? Hated by someone I never imagined would hate. …and the pain that came, the deep deep pain. Today I sit with the one I love, sorry it’s all so hard on him, sorry I can’t be what I was. Will he too hate me now? It […]

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My deep shame: living with borderline

  I had thought I was a good person. I always tried to be. Like other Christians, I tried to follow Christ, with him as my example for living. But I’ve been looking back at my behaviour over the past few years and feel ashamed. More and more – I’m recognizing how easy it is […]

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Living with borderline: part 5 – betrayal

DIARY: Waking up, flooded with painful memories once more. Having given all she had, yet robbed. Robbed of all she invested, all that had made her feel worthy.   When something or someone is stolen from me while I’m rendered helpless because of mental ill health, the pain is excruciating. Being hurt in this way […]

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Victimized

  A victim. Blamed for the cruelty of another. Not believed. A victim, Abandoned by those who once cared. A victim. Remorse, her one need denied. A victim. A child without mother to hold her close. A victim. Wrapped in undeserved shame. Forevermore? marja  

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Dealing with guilt and shame

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2   This was King David’s prayer for forgiveness when the prophet Nathan drew his attention to his having committed adultery with Bathsheba […]

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Ashamed?

  …let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, […]

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Broken and crushed

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 Have you ever felt so bad, so ashamed about how you behaved, you find it hard to live with yourself? You couldn’t help what you did. It just happened, and you wish you could go back and undo […]

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