Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

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Remembering joy

Ever remember feeling like this? With the eagerness of a child witnessing the world around you? Have a good – a really good – look. . . on what’s growing on the earth below your feet. . . at what’s happening in the skies above you. Remember how it was? I experienced a taste of […]


Other-centeredness – A life worth living, Part 20

  Before we move to the next topic—Women’s Rights—I’d like to draw your attention back to William Wilberforce and Charles Dickens. You will note that both individuals—as well as the others you will read about—lived with a focus on others, rather than themselves alone. They gave of themselves, thinking little about their own pleasures or […]


My greatest joy

  The greatest joy I’ve ever experienced was during the nine years I led my Living Room support group for people living with mental health challenges. During that time, I also carried out the exciting work of pioneering mental health awareness in the church. The world is a much different place now. And yet, it […]


Have you ever been this happy?

BUBBLES It takes a child to let it all out.    


Am I crazy?

Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? Job 37:15-16 First published April 2017 When joy overwhelms you and there’s no one with whom you can share it, what do you do with it? […]


Life in abundance

  “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10   This picture came to mind as I was waking up from a nap a while ago. I took it in 2013 on a trip to the Greek islands. Strange how thoughts and memories will appear out of the blue – […]


God’s gift of creativity

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27 I’m a creative person and it’s mysterious to me how ideas and inspiration come. I’m often in awe of what God has helped me produce. Not that I’m such a wonderful […]


Returning to joy (2019)

  In Return to God, Return to Joy which I posted on February 10, 2019, I realized that I badly need to change direction in my blogging. I want to write about what’s in God’s heart, not my heart. I want forgiveness to be the theme, not conflict. I want to return to love and […]


Finding wellness through story (2019)

I decided in November that I needed to tell the story of my life with Living Room: The joyful times, as well as the painful times Part of the reason for telling my story was to reclaim the life I had lost. I wanted reminders that I had lived a good life, though things had […]


Sheer happiness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  243  (July 7, 2009) Wow! Over the past little while I have found out what happiness truly feels like. I’ve been removed from that feeling for so long and become so unfamiliar with it that I actually feel kind of high, though my friends say I’m acting quite normal. Just the happy […]

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