Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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No one in the church I could trust

And I wonder. Did I deserve all this? Was it right that the person hurting me was not stopped? I had asked for him to be confronted. Maybe he was just too powerful – not the humble person Christ calls us to be. I’m guessing the elders might not have been able to hold him […]

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God’s clear call (2019)

At the time I wrote the last post my counselor, husband and friends tried to tell me not to think so much about always doing for other people. They believed I should “dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” (Psalm 37:3) I had been pretty busy with Living Room and looking for ways to […]

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The child in me (2019)

I’ve been a child. Still am one. Eager to create. Eager to learn. Eager to give. Eager to love and be loved. In a situation where a person you look up to shows love as you would have liked to be loved as a child, the child in you might very well appear. The adult […]

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Walking on water

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  241  (June 19, 2009) A couple of weeks ago I told you about the Bible study Living Room would be starting today, John Ortberg’s “If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat.” It’s based on the story of Peter, leaving the boat in the midst […]

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At the age of 42…and by following God

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  110  (November 5, 2007) I need to explain something that has been of utmost importance in my life. At the age of 42, after spending most of my life up to that point not believing in God, I decided to give him a try. I was going through a particularly horrendous time […]

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Righteous indignation

    David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down […]

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Living with borderline: part 3 – what’s it like?

  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Matthew 5:11 Everyone feels a degree of pain when hurt through rejection or through others’ words or actions. For those living with BPD, such pain is considerably more intense. With this piece I […]

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My only constant: from a borderline’s diary

  “There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.” 1 Chronicles 17:20   I awoke this morning, softly crying like a child, wondering how I would carry on. Greece only a couple of weeks away – the holiday we had promised […]

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“But”

  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6   Good thoughts always follow bad. At least, I’ve found it so. And, in that we find God’s goodness. Again, and again. Though life is not always […]

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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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