Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Shouldn’t God be enough?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  204  (November 13, 2008) I’ve been struggling. Struggling with a mild but painful depression that has been bothering me off and on for the past while. I know it’s mainly the result of life stresses – my mom sick, going into a nursing home, emptying her apartment and looking for a doctor […]

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Love and acceptance at living room

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  203  (November 11, 2008) I’m reading a wonderful book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, a doctor who works in the slums of Vancouver on the Downtown Eastside. If you want to learn more about what it is to live with addiction and how to […]

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Comment on love and joy (2019)

In the previous post about getting unstuck from depression I wrote, “what occurred to me is that the greatest and purest source of joy is love – the love we can be assured God has for us and the love our friends and family share with us.” I know this to be very true. As […]

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The email that unstuck me

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  202  (November 9, 2008) I don’t know if all this is going to sound silly to you, but my final escape from my last depression came so clearly and so dramatically after I sent an email to over forty Living Room members last Sunday morning. Such power there was in that! I […]

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Finally unstuck (to be cont’d)

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  201  (November 7, 2008) As some of you know, I’ve been rather depressed for the past few weeks. I’m happy to say, though, that last Sunday I came unstuck from this down period. Free. Motivated once more. I did something that clearly got me there, but I’m not sure I should tell […]

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Please pray

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  200  (November 5, 2008) I feel heavily burdened today for a friend, a Living Room member, who is in hospital. Her psychiatrist certified her and she is not allowed her clothes. On top of that, he and her therapist have turned her over to a new psychiatrist, withdrawing from her case. This […]

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Roller coaster ride

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  199  (October 28, 2008) King David wrote “When I felt secure, I said, ‘I will never be shaken’ …O Lord, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.” (Psalm 30:6-7) He must have been bipolar, don’t you think? He knew exactly […]

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In the company of Jesus – cont’d

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  198  (October 25, 2008) I’m feeling much better this morning. Living Room always does that for me. It’s healing. Yesterday we talked about being in the company of Jesus and what that means. Is being in company with Jesus enough? Or do we need people around us to show us Jesus’ love […]

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Comment on in the company of Jesus (2019)

Copying from the previous post: “I do feel Jesus close and feel Him closer in the sharing of Him with others.” I’m very close to Jesus at times, especially when I’m in pain. I feel him close when I write about him too. But I think I feel him closest when I’m sharing him with […]

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In the company of Jesus

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  197  (October 22, 2008) I’ve been waking up sad every morning lately. Spending time with God in sadness. And I wish it were enough for me to simply sit and be in the company of Jesus for comfort. But I so often want to reach out to friends when I feel like […]

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