Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: depression (page 1 of 9)

God delights in you

  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17  Many years ago, as I went through a long deep depression, this Scripture gave me much comfort. I clung […]

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He took the children in his arms

January 2016  People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. […]

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Why live?

May 2017 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7 “Why live?” was the question I had in the subject line of an email I sent someone years ago. I had asked him to remind me why I should live. It was an honest question. […]

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Where can you turn?

April 2009 Excerpt from A Battle Against Stigma What puzzles me is this: When a person feels so down that they become suicidal they are told that they should reach out. They’re told they should let others know how they’re feeling. Yet how many people really want to be told how crummy a person feels? […]

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When you don’t feel like doing anything

All of us who have had bouts of depression know what it’s like to have a hard time doing anything. Sitting around like a blob makes you feel worse than ever. More than a few of us are fighting such a battle today. In 1999 my book, Riding the Roller Coaster: Living with Mood Disorders […]

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Will you forget us forever?

  Adapted from a Living Room interactive devotional How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, […]

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Coping with our pain

Adapted from 2010 Living Room interactive devotional. To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift […]

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Feeling Hopeless?

  Adapted from a 2010 Living Room interactive devotional More than ever, people today are dealing with depression. It’s not surprising. But for many, depression is more than a condition caused by a difficult situation. The most painful thing for them is the endlessness of it. All they see is a life filled with darkness. […]

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Will I find my way back?

  Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, […]

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I took a walk

I took a walk, first in a week. The streets have changed. Fewer people. They must all be where I have been, hunkered down at home. Slowing down. A darker life, with less purpose. Less and less life in their souls. Oh Lord! Bring us back to life.    A few weeks ago I sent […]

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