Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Confidence, self-esteem (page 3 of 3)

Updated introduction – A life worth living, Part 1

From 1999 when I published my first book, Riding the Roller Coaster, I’ve tried to persuade readers that living with mental illness is not the end of the world. Despite our struggles, we can have a life worth living. If we trust God and the person he made us to be, we can do more […]

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Stand up and be counted

Words from Martin Luther King Jr –  words I make my own as well: “I have always felt that ultimately along the way of life an individual must stand up and be counted and be willing to face the consequences whatever they are. And if he is filled with fear he cannot do it. My […]

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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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Do you have the courage?

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you […]

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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, […]

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If we were given a chance

Something extra-special   It’s not often that a person with serious mental health problems gets the chance to make something big happen. Something 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 […]

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Part 22 – How did Jesus overcome injustice

  The time has come to draw this series to a close. And what better way to do it than by looking at Jesus and the ways in which he overcame injustice? What can we learn from him? Biblical justice starts by seeing people as God sees them—recognizing that we are created in the image […]

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Fifty years later

Essondale Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3   My husband and I recently celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary, something many who know our story marvel at. I’m amazed when I look back and remember our many struggles – especially […]

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Elevating the sick to the place of Jesus

There are a lot of wonderful people out there, helping the less fortunate. But in some ways – for the good of the people they care for – attitudes need to be adjusted. I believe that’s especially true for those who support people with mental health problems. Quoting a section of Philip Yancey’s book, Soul […]

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But did I hurt someone? (2019)

I’ve been talking about how I felt back in 2010 when I said or did the wrong thing. I also remember several posts ago when I felt great pain and shame because I knew I had hurt someone. I’ve known many times when I had to beg God for a pure heart and a steadfast […]

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