Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: March 2021 (page 1 of 3)

Faith – from mind to heart

April 2019 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT In your mind you know there is a God. You’ve read about him and heard people tell about him. And yet you cannot truly sense his reality. There must be more. Jonathan […]

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Suffrage movement in the U.S. – A life worth living, Part 22

SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820 – 1906) [1][2] Susan B. Anthony was a leader of the women’s suffrage (right to vote) movement in the U.S.—a pioneer in the struggle to gain equality for women. Susan was born on February 15, 1820, in Massachusetts, to Daniel and Lucy Read Anthony. She was the second of seven children, […]

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Where can you turn?

April 2009 Excerpt from A Battle Against Stigma What puzzles me is this: When a person feels so down that they become suicidal they are told that they should reach out. They’re told they should let others know how they’re feeling. Yet how many people really want to be told how crummy a person feels? […]

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Women’s rights and Quakers – A life worth living, Part 21

WOMEN’S RIGHTS What if you were a woman, and the sole expectations from you were to take care of the home, cooking and cleaning, giving birth to children and caring for them? Between 1820 and 1860 an ideology was developed that historians have referred to as ‘The Cult of True Womanhood.’ It tied a woman’s […]

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Man of sorrows; man of compassion

  May 2018 In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9   Why did Isaiah refer to Jesus as a “man of sorrows?” (Isaiah 53:3) […]

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Other-centeredness – A life worth living, Part 20

  Before we move to the next topic—Women’s Rights—I’d like to draw your attention back to William Wilberforce and Charles Dickens. You will note that both individuals—as well as the others you will read about—lived with a focus on others, rather than themselves alone. They gave of themselves, thinking little about their own pleasures or […]

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Using our own voice – A life worth living, Part 19

How could we, as victims of disability or crime, be a catalyst for change? Is it hopeless for us to do anything? Or must we give up, using radical acceptance to help us deal with the anger and frustration? Looking back at Britain’s Slave Trade when things must have seemed hopeless from the slaves’ point […]

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Back to Jesus

  There was a long time when I did not take Satan seriously. Why worry? I thought that if I kept my eyes fixed on Jesus alone, I would be able to ignore what’s evil. It wouldn’t touch me. In later years I came to see my mistake. I came to see how naïve I’d […]

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Jesus would never forgive…

  The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of Man appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.  1 John 3:8   I don’t often talk about the devil here. We do hear about him during sermons sometimes, but […]

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We all need a voice – A life worth living, Part 18

  Wouldn’t we all like to have a voice like Wilberforce or Dickens speaking on our behalf? Many of us do not have a voice of our own—a voice that is listened to and heard. Some of us are like the slaves in the time of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the children during the […]

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