Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Who are we…really?

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1   Some of us are far too sensitive. Because of that we tend not to feel very good about ourselves at times. About who we are. About what […]

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Winter gives way to spring

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. ​2 Corinthians 5:17 ​I had for a long time been thinking of myself as suffering with Christ when I went through pain I experienced. I had become close to Him, realizing He […]

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Mystery tour

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,     for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 This prayer reminds me a bit of how I felt as a young preschooler when my mother took me on shopping […]

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Am I crazy?

  Do you know how God controls the clouds     and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised,     those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? Job 37:15-16 When joy overwhelms you and there’s no one with whom you can share it, what do you do with it? When you can’t […]

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Cherry blossoms

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.  Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:11-12   Just outside our building is a walkway lined with ornamental cherry trees. What a joy it was this spring […]

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Better than new

“See, I am making all things new!” Revelation 21:5 TLB Kintsugi is a Japanese art form in which broken pottery is restored, not by hiding the places where repairs are made, but by sealing the cracks with lacquer mixed with expensive gold. A vase thus repaired becomes more beautiful, more valuable, and more unique than […]

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Why is it so hard?

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  Jeremiah 29:12   This daisy, bent down by rain drops, looks sad – but I think it’s beautiful at the same time. There’s a beauty when we’re open about our feelings – especially when we talk with […]

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At his feet

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. Luke 10:38-39  I know. This is not a picture of Mary. But can you […]

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Love heals

  I have just released two illustrated books of “Highs and Lows” devotionals on the topics of HOPE and our INNER CHILD. They are available from me for $15, as long as I don’t have to mail them. You can also get them from Amazon and through bookstores at a higher price. I hope you […]

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With God’s guidance

    The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.                                                 Isaiah 58:11   I’m thankful and hopeful, because as I write this I’ve been doing well for […]

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