Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: insecurity

Who am I?

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh…?” (Exodus 3:11) …  “…I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; […]

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BPD – childhood trauma

  BPD (borderline personality disorder) has its roots in our childhood. It may develop as a result of abuse. On the other hand, the child may have been treated well but had periods of abandonment. Time away from home, in hospital or elsewhere, can cause significant trauma for a young child. A child who is […]

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A child’s heart and need – Excerpt

Excerpt from A Battle Against Stigma   After I started following God I came to see that what I had needed most was not the peace or the strength God offered. Mostly I longed for love. Through God I did find that love—a deep and steadfast love. He provided me with a warm sense of […]

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Safe with him

  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19   I believe all of us live with fears in greater or lesser degrees, though […]

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Emotional problems (2019)

I felt embarrassed sharing the last post from 2009. How sick I was! Not just physically, but emotionally. Not only from bipolar disorder, but from emotional problems stemming from childhood. I found friends who showed me the greatest love I had ever known, but ended up stifling them. Is that what created so many problems […]

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How sick!

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  226  (March 19, 2009) I need to have someone to complain to. I have a bad cold. Fever and a cough that scares the cat off my lap and – actually – would scare anyone. It sounds like I’m dying. I don’t feel like doing a thing, yet I’m bored too. What […]

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Comments on abandonment (2018)

In my previous post I talked about the feelings of abandonment I occasionally felt:  My worst moments are occasional feelings of abandonment. I usually experience these at night. I have a sense of doom, a chilly emptiness. There is nothing to hold on to. No hugs are tight enough to take away my sense of […]

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Forgetting ourselves through other-centeredness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  90  (August 8, 2007) A couple of days ago I felt so awful, even thinking I might be on the edge of depression again – all because I felt I had been leaning too heavily on my friends – bothering them too much with my phone calls and emails. Today I feel […]

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7. Healthy relationships with our supporters

Overcoming our insecurity I was just thinking, Lord. It would be so good to have a second chance at having a mother who would be all the things a mother could be for me. Warm and kind. Understanding. Giving. At times I sure long for that, though I have found friends in whom I see […]

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Under his wings

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” Matthew 23:37 I confess. Sometimes I get awfully childish. Not the delightful child-likeness with which Jesus calls us […]

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