Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: suffering (page 1 of 2)

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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Faith and mental health

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES 4  (September 9, 2006) I have lived with bipolar disorder as a person who didn’t believe in God. And I’ve lived with bipolar illness as someone who learned to have faith in Jesus Christ. And, though my faith did not “heal” me, I have become a stronger person because of it. Trusting […]

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Where is the light?

  I firmly believe that Jesus shines his light on us through the people he brings into our lives. God needs us to be his representatives on earth. He made us to show each other who he is and what he’s like. He needs us to show his love, to support each other in lives […]

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The other Jesus

  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1: 4-5   I’ve been close to Jesus for a long time. He was the person I could always go to on those many occasions I was […]

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Having a hard time?

  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10 An encouraging thought: There’s no need to despair when things are tough. We always have Jesus. In fact, it’s at times when things are bad that we come to […]

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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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Man of sorrows; man of compassion

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9   Why did Isaiah refer to Jesus as a “man of sorrows?” (Isaiah 53:3) There are many […]

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