Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Month: February 2024

No one brought me flowers

COMING OUT – MY STORY In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. Psalm 25:1-3 […]


A pioneer – even now

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS My Story 2007 was a busy year for me: developing the broader Living Room ministry, facilitating my group, helping individuals in crisis. I was also doing the big work of pioneering mental health awareness in the Church through much speaking and writing, which included writing the book, A Firm Place to Stand. […]


Fame and fortune did not satisfy

SHARING GOD’S LOVE Part 12 of my story I loved photographing young children at their most natural. Feeling a bit like a child myself, I could relate to them. But competing in camera club competitions was not enough. I wanted to see my pictures published. Many of them were good editorial material. I did find […]


My struggles (why my passion?)

MY LIVING ROOM DAYS During Living Room days I learned to be a good listener for people in trouble. But I myself also needed friends to whom I could complain about the many emotional problems I struggled with. And there were many. I have often grieved at how I must have come across to supportive […]


My search for meaning

A REASON TO LIVE Part 12 of my story At this point, I must really take you back to a long-ago time in my life—my mid-twenties. I had only been married for a short time and only out of hospital for three or four years. My emotional state was extremely unstable. I suffered much with […]


The road is rough

SUFFERING FOR DOING GOOD Part 11 of my story In Thursday’s message of My Yoke is Easy, I wrote: “The road is not always smooth. In fact, it can be extremely rough at times. We might suffer.” That’s very true. And I must tell you here that I’ve suffered much as I’ve followed Jesus. But […]


“My yoke is easy”

ACCEPTING CHRIST’S CALL Part 10 of my story Every time I want to carry on and tell you the next part of my story something else, more important, comes up that needs to be told. This time, it’s the influence Matthew 11:28-30 had on my life. There’s a good reason why I shared those verses […]


At a New Age boutique

FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH Part 9 of my story  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy […]


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