Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: suffering (page 1 of 3)

Who’s to be believed?

  Very sad, but very true. Too many, even those close to her, question the truth of her story. And I wonder, how can a hurting person possibly convince others when wrongdoings have taken place behind closed doors? How can a person with mental health issues possibly defend herself against a powerful leader – a […]

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Never-ending trauma

    You never completely lose the memories of trauma, they say. And I know that to be true. Triggers come at the most unexpected times, even during a sermon at church. There’s not anything particularly different about the sermon. But at times it does lead one’s mind to reliving experiences in your life – […]

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Crucified

  I know I wasn’t going to write any more of my story. I claimed that I had recovered. However, traumatic memories don’t go away so easily. Writing whenever I felt bad was helpful. But yesterday bad memories – especially one – came back, leaving me weeping in church. And I had nowhere to go […]

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The source of my anger (2019)

I think I’m learning what was at the bottom of my anger during the last years at my previous church. It turns out that much of the depression I experienced during all my Living Room days could very well have been anger turned inwards. I probably had far more depression during that time than was […]

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Comment on transforming love (2019)

I believe transformation takes place throughout our lives, not only through love, but also through suffering. But when we suffer we must not let go of God. We must keep him close. When we do that he will make us stronger and better able to serve him. I’d much rather have love transforming me than […]

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Leaning on the Lord – comment (2019)

I’m thankful to the friend in my previous post for reminding me that I can rely on God. That I don’t have to immediately go to friends. That I shouldn’t rely on friends to make me feel better. Today I think I need to go back and meditate on those verses from Psalm 37 again. […]

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Comment on publicity & stigma (2019)

In commenting on the previous post, I can only say that today – in 2019 – I had forgotten how well the media had picked up on the need for awareness. I had forgotten so much since those early days. So gratifying to see how they were listening. I’m grateful that God gave me the […]

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In company with Jesus

  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better […]

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Gotta talk to someone

 LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  47  (February 22, 2007) I’ll be glad when today is over and I can sleep and wake to a new day. Tomorrow will be a busy one: a Living Room day. I’m looking forward to it. Our discussion will be about the value of suffering. My pastor calls pain the gift no […]

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I’m sorry…

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES 5   (September 10, 2006) As a writer who tries to encourage those who have to live with bipolar disorder, as I do, I’m afraid that at times I might be coming across as someone who thinks she knows it all. I can’t stand people like that and don’t want to be like […]

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