Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 23)

Part 6 – Justice – Human rights heroes

  As you go through this series you’ll be reading about the lives of some of the greatest individuals in history. You’ll learn their stories and what made them who they were. They are a source of inspiration. When you see the difficulties some of them faced you should be encouraged to realize that in […]

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Part 5 – Justice – What do you live for?

  In February 2009 I heard a series of sermons that inspired me. We were asked if we were ever moved by something—gripped by something that bothered us so deeply that we wanted to do something about it. Or are our lives too busy to notice? Is there something we could do to make things […]

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Part 4 – Justice – Low self-esteem?

  If you live with low self-esteem believing you’re not worth much, the writings you’ll find here will help you see the possibilities life could be holding for you. I hope you’ll see you’re as worthy as any of God’s children—loved in ways you can’t imagine. And I’m a firm believer that every life can […]

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Part 3 – Justice – What are we talking about?

  The justice this series will talk about is the entitlement for everyone to have the same fundamental human rights—the right to equality and dignity, and freedom from all forms of discrimination. There are many human rights movements active today. But attention to equal rights for people with mental illness is sorely lacking. It’s time […]

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Part 2 – Justice – Stigma, the struggle

  Stigma is the biggest cause of the lack of self-esteem many of us live with. It often causes more pain and suffering than the symptoms of our illness. Among other things, this series will talk about the need for confidence—both within yourself and beyond ourselves, in the world. I think many will identify with […]

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Justice for all – Introduction

  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 […]

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Winter gives way to Spring

First published in May 2017   Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. ​2 Corinthians 5:17 ​I had for a long time been thinking of myself as suffering with Christ when I went through pain I experienced. I had […]

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Have you ever felt this bad?

But is bad always ugly? There’s a beauty in all stages we might find ourselves in. Treat yourself with gentle compassion. Love yourself. God does.  

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Have you ever been this happy?

BUBBLES It takes a child to let it all out.    

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Greek alley cats

Scrawny and mangy, and yet there’s love. The love of a mother for her young one.    

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