Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Month: February 2018

Haven’t you heard?

  Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:28-29   What an […]


3. For better or worse

Being a spouse with mental health issues   HAVING AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION How often do you stop everything and take some time to really talk with your spouse? I’m willing to bet that many of us overlook its importance and let the days roll by without spending the time to hear how things are for […]



  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3   Although we fight them back, although we hide them, although they bring no end of embarrassment, I don’t believe tears are such a bad thing. I believe that those who never cry are missing something. When I look back at the many […]


2. For better or worse

Being a spouse with mental health issues I started preparing to write this a while back and applied a few strategies I had come up with. I followed some of the basics of how to have a good marriage and considered what that would mean to a person struggling with mental health issues. Even by […]


1. For better or worse

Being a spouse with mental health issues Today I’m starting a series of blogposts that will look at the part we who live with mental health issues could play to keep marriage to our spouse working well, despite the difficulties our illnesses bring. Everything I see on the internet about marriage to a mentally ill […]


Jesus up close

  At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children.” Matthew 11:25   Have you ever tried to bring yourself back to the child you used to be – to those days when […]


Looking back to 2013

  On February 9, 2013 I sent this notice to 148 recipients of weekly devotionals like this one – devotionals that have, thanks be to God, been going out every Monday morning since. At that time I eagerly wrote: “I’m so glad to finally be sending an email to you. I’ve been wanting to do […]


When pastors are too kind

Don’t set those with mental health issues apart. I hope you’ll check out my article, published last week on Church for Vancouver. You’ll find it at And no, I don’t usually look as stressed out as all that 😊 marja


Worthy of wonder

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1   You are good, Lord, healing while we hang tight. We wait, knowing your presence, though not feeling. You are big, in everything that’s good, in all that’s worthy of wonder. How could you possibly fail us? The sky […]


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