Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: confidence

Breaking free

When we begin to struggle with mental health challenges, we’re given meds and we’re given a label (a diagnosis). And from that time forward, it’s hard not to live without a different persona—one that is looked down on. One that even we ourselves look down on. We may lose our confidence. Many in this unfair […]

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Gaining confidence – A life worth living, Part 3

You may be living with low self-esteem, thinking you’re not worth much. But listen to this: “You are of great worth to God, your Father. You are his child and he wants you to get the most out of life.” This is something you need to believe. The writings you’ll find here will help you […]

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Updated introduction – A life worth living, Part 1

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 more […]

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If we were given a chance

Something extra-special   It’s not often that a person with serious mental health problems gets the chance to make something big happen. Something like the Living Room faith-based support groups I started in 2006. Many individuals came into my life uplifting me in my faith and courage. When I look back at my 55 years […]

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Part 22 – How did Jesus overcome injustice

  The time has come to draw this series to a close. And what better way to do it than by looking at Jesus and the ways in which he overcame injustice? What can we learn from him? Biblical justice starts by seeing people as God sees them—recognizing that we are created in the image […]

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Part 11 – From my heart to yours

  Hello everyone, 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 […]

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Part 5 – Why was I not ashamed?

  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12   Let’s pause for just a moment: So far, you have seen three significant people who came into the early part of my adult life. There will be more. Note how the emergency room […]

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Part 1 – My journey from patient to leader

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11   I’ve been writing a great deal of my story, so much of it including sad parts of my journey. But there have been […]

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Fifty years later

Essondale Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3   My husband and I recently celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary, something many who know our story marvel at. I’m amazed when I look back and remember our many struggles – especially […]

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