Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Following Jesus (page 1 of 8)

Message from prison – reflecting

CHRIST’S MESSAGE And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have […]

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Creating a new reality

  BEYOND PAINFUL MEMORIES I have personally learned how true the lessons I tell below can be. I dwelt for many years on pain I had experienced, unable to put it in the past. But God has gradually helped me create a new reality. Yes, I do believe I’m a transformed person. Through God, I’ve […]

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Not our work, but God’s

FOLLOWING JESUS  So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can […]

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What is my goal?

YESTERDAY AND TODAY Long ago, on May 29, 2011, I wrote the following in my journal: My devotional planner posed the questions: What is your goal? What do you want to win? Will you gain the prize? You know what my goal is, Lord. Removing stigma. Christian support for mental illness. But it is a […]

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“But I’m so small”

I SURRENDER ALL MY STORY My journaling, which I started in May 2006, consisted mostly of prayers. I wrote to God at all hours of the day, telling him of my passion, my hopes, and my dedication to serve. During the summer and spring of 2006, while preparing to begin Living Room, I was greatly […]

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A child of God

AN OPEN HEART You may have noticed how I come across as a bit of a child through much of my story. And I do feel like a child in many ways. You might be seeing it in how enthusiastic I am about Jesus. You might be seeing it in how vulnerable I am in […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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Caring – Jesus’ way

My mother-in-law, Selma Bergen,  caring for her ailing husband, Cornelius, in 1988. CAREGIVING  . . . a Samaritan, as he traveled, came to where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man […]

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If you can keep your head . . .

Part 1 of my story As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went […]

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