Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Month: January 2021

Granny squares

  By the time my mom ended up in a care home, she had forgotten the many crochet stitches she used to be so good at. But she felt lost no longer having the hobby she had so loved. With great effort, she did re-learn the granny stitch, and once she did she seldom stopped […]


Fishermen in the Greek islands

You may have noticed, I’m starting to run out of words. But I have thousands of photos I’d like to share. I hope you’re OK with that. At the age I’ve now reached, I would really like to share some of my pictures–perhaps including a story or two. My husband and I traveled to the […]


If we were given a chance

  It’s not often that a person with serious mental health problems gets the chance to make something big happen, like the Living Room faith-based support groups I started in 2006. Many individuals came into my life uplifting me in my faith and courage. When I look back at my 55 years with bipolar disorder, […]


Have you ever felt like this?

“‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I hope in Him!’” Lamentations 3:24


Part 3 – No longer an equal

EQUALITY IN RELATIONSHIPS Do you remember those days long ago when you were a child and hurting? A friend had let you down. The teacher had shamed you in front of the class. And your mom sat with you, pulled you close and listened to you tell it all. She listened to every word you […]


Part 2 – Small like Gandhi

EQUALITY IN RELATIONSHIPS  So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) As we saw in Part 1, God made us all to be equal. But too often people automatically think that when a person is different from themselves, they […]


When you don’t feel like doing anything

All of us who have had bouts of depression know what it’s like to have a hard time doing anything. Sitting around like a blob makes you feel worse than ever. More than a few of us are fighting such a battle today. In 1999 my book, Riding the Roller Coaster: Living with Mood Disorders […]


Don’t forget to look

AMARYLLIS Flower of the Season Are you growing one too? Don’t forget to look up close.    


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