Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: writing

Message from prison

  And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained […]

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Trust God and do good

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  270  (March 16, 2010) Big disappointment. We had to cancel the plans for a seminar because a couple of the speakers weren’t able to make it on the date we had planned. And there’s no other good time this year for me to devote to it. A trip in late May and […]

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All I had left, rejected (2019)

Told how another with illness coped by doing things for others and not complaining about pain, I felt the silent criticism. My quiet response: “I write.” The reply: “But you write for yourself.” Within myself I thought: I write to help many. To let them know they’re not alone. To remind them of God and […]

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Unstable, but I can still write (2019)

Looking over the previous blog from 2009 I see how the degree of wellness I had during my Living Room days had not been as great as I remembered. I had a lot of instability. Long periods of depression and then highs when I started planning and organizing far more than I could manage. Today […]

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Finding good in the bad

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  213  (December 27, 2008) I’m having good times when I function normally, alternating with times when I’m deep, clinging to negative thoughts. At times I lose hope. After all, this depression has been going on for three months now. A series of stressful situations started this, Christmas – as usual – being […]

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Letters to God

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  163  (June 4, 2008) My emotional health has greatly improved from writing – writing in my journal, in emails to friends, in blogging, and in writing my books. My last book, A Firm Place to Stand, to be released in the next month, has especially strengthened me. This made me think: If […]

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Open to God

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,     even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:9-10   It’s quite amazing how God can lead us. To many it must sound like a mysterious process. They […]

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Writing to heal

  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4   Writing is good medicine. […]

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Closer to God: leaving borderline

  If you have been diagnosed with BPD, you may be wondering why my Monday morning stories have differed in so many ways from yours. This is because your life has differed from mine. Maybe very much so. All illnesses present themselves in unique ways, depending on our backgrounds. To be honest, that has had […]

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Living Room – God’s Gift

A long time ago God showed me that something needed to be done to help people with mental illness receive Christ-centered support. I took steps to make it happen by founding Living Room, the faith-based peer support ministry. But I realized that I was – or at least, felt – far too small to build […]

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