Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 31)

Through God’s grace

October 2015   For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be. Romans 5:2 (TLB)   Do you ever feel that there’s so much […]

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But God is good

Adapted from July 2015   Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1   When you see beautiful things growing amid ugliness, not only surviving but thriving, doesn’t it amaze you? Doesn’t the picture above make you think of how that truth has at times been the same […]

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An act of trust

Adapted from September 2014   I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8   Do you ever feel like this cat while you’re trying to fall asleep? It’s pretty hard to be a cat, trying to get a nap out of doors. Constantly […]

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In our own household

Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” John 9:39 NLT In effect, Jesus said, “I have come. I have come to give life, to give light, to bring peace, to seek and to save,” […]

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Despised

  He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:3   Why does it hurt so much to be ill thought of because your mind doesn’t work the same […]

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Does truth stop being truth?

  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:21   Does truth stop being truth when no one wants to hear it or believe it? Who chooses what is truth? There’s […]

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A torrent of pain and anger

  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13   In June 2015 I wrote: “Now-a-days I often have to preface what I say to everyone with “Have I told you this before?” My short-term memory has become […]

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God delights in you

  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17  Many years ago, as I went through a long deep depression, this Scripture gave me much comfort. I clung […]

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Let us love each other

December 2015 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Have you ever given […]

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Pray without ceasing? Really?

May 2017 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Is it possible to “pray without ceasing?” I’m sure I couldn’t do so if praying meant to sit still and talk to God hour after hour. I think […]

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