Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Following Jesus (page 1 of 7)

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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Come unto me

HIS INVITATION I wrote the following during a time when I suffered greatly because of how hurtfully I had been treated by a person who used to be a friend. In my time with Jesus, I drew close to him by picturing myself in his presence at a time when he was living among us […]

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What’s in a name?

IN THE NAME OF JESUS, REVISITED Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You […]

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God drew me close – a story

A LIFE WITH BIPOLAR Many years ago, believing that people with mental health challenges should be better accepted, I thought that a way to do that was to be open about my bipolar disorder. To tell it as it is. How else could it be known that there should be no shame connected to such […]

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