Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Mental Health and Faith (page 1 of 35)

Making room for Christmas in 2013 and 2021

  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.                                       Luke 2:6-7   We’re all familiar with this story. We know […]

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A courageous journey

Adapted from November 2015   Have I not commanded you? “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9   Villages in the Greek islands are built on hills, meaning that many streets are steep. Stairways are unavoidable […]

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Are you being deceived?

    Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” Job 2:3 […]

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Hold on – Is it as easy as that?

Reflection on October 2015 writing from Monday   Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10   Looking back at Monday’s devotional where I suffered from a lot of mental anguish, feeling shame over my behavior, thinking it impossible that I could ever […]

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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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Hope for our highs and lows

  The years 2016 and 2017 were some of my most difficult times ever. But, as some have said, it’s often in the suffering that we come closest to Jesus. It’s a mysterious phenomenon. I came close to Jesus by putting myself in the shoes of biblical characters and spending time with him as they […]

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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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