Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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BPD – How to help

Do you remember the story from the  person in Wichita, KS? Here are some more of her thoughts: “My surroundings have left me feeling like there is no hope, because no one wants to help. Not someone like me. Not someone with questionable actions in their past.” “I read The Art of Asking by my […]

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Could Job Help Being Job?

Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend     forsakes the fear of the Almighty. Job 6:14 It’s all about love, isn’t it? It’s about forgiving others for who they are and what they’ve grown to be. It’s how we follow God. Can anyone who’s hurt by others help it when they’re no longer able to be […]

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A torrent of pain and anger

  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13   In June 2015 I wrote: “Now-a-days I often have to preface what I say to everyone with “Have I told you this before?” My short-term memory has become […]

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Have mercy on me! – life with BPD

I wrote the following in November 2015 during one of the most difficult periods in my life. It would lead to years of ongoing suffering. Today, thank God, my life is starting to turn around…or is it? When one suffers from bipolar disorder as well as features of borderline personality disorder—two major mental health problems […]

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Forgiveness in our personal lives – A life worth living, Part 12

  Wilberforce wrote the following about those who were not able to see the sinfulness—the inhumanity of the Slave Trade: “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” Let’s look at what dealing with sin looks like in our personal lives. Years ago, when […]

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Will God forgive? – A life worth living, Part 11

On May 25, 2020, an African American man named George Floyd was brutally killed during an arrest after a store clerk alleged he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis. One of four police officers who arrived on the scene, had knelt on Floyd’s neck for a period, initially reported to be 8 minutes […]

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I’m sorry, God

   If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9   I’ve been writing about the Atlantic Slave Trade and the efforts last year to have those who were responsible apologize for those great sins. William Wilberforce, the abolitionist, wrote the […]

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Part 14 – Mandela forgiveness and reconciliation

  When he was finally released from prison in 1990, Mandela did not succumb to bitterness. All he could think about was the healing of his country and to bring old enemies—the blacks and the whites—together to rebuild in a common cause. Mandela will be remembered to have lived and died, loving and forgiving. Instead […]

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Brokenhearted

  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17   We all do things that are wrong at times. And how we regret it! It’s hard to find the words to express how badly we feel. I’ve found that reading Psalm 51 helps. […]

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What if Jesus didn’t forgive?

  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13   It would have been so healing if I could have been forgiven for who I am—a person with mental illness. Wouldn’t the attitude towards me have been kinder? […]

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