Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

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Devotionals set free – ready to download

MARJA’S REFLECTIONS ON SCRIPTURE – FREED It’s with great pleasure that I announce the release of 230 Reflections on Scripture. The writing of these devotionals began in 2013 and were emailed to individuals needing their hunger for God filled—those who needed help for their emotional needs and could not make it to meetings of the […]

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Leading from a place of brokenness

THE BEAUTY OF LIVING ROOM My first meeting of leading Living Room during this season of my life will be happening early next month. Yesterday, I met with the chaplain from the community where I’ll be volunteering. I felt I needed to warn him that I’m not the person I used to be—the person who […]

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What is God’s will for you?

PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE November 2018, revised   I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13   I’ve been reviewing an old blog which was active from 2006 to 2014. 2006 was the year Living Room started. Today http://marjabergen.blogspot.com/ can still be viewed, so many years after the fact. It’s amazing […]

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Becoming victors again

MENTAL HEALTH AND PEER SUPPORT   [Some men] said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days […]

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Hope for recovery

FAITH-BASED PEER SUPPORT AND HUMILITY When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you […]

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Talk with us, not about us

Bored? William Wilberforce, the British slave trade abolitionist, once said, “It is inconceivable that we could be bored in a world with so much wrong to tackle, so much ignorance to reach and so much misery we could alleviate.” I’m certainly not bored. I only wish I were younger so that I would have more […]

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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 […]

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Why another book?

  The Living Room Story—just out—shows my experiences as I obeyed God, building the Living Room ministry, and helping those with lived experience be accepted by the church. It shows how God helped me serve for nine years until symptoms of ageing got the better of me. I wrote this book to help me remember […]

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His other-centered life

  Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:19-20   Jesus was explaining to this scribe that following him was not […]

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In a snowstorm yet, Excerpt 5 from my book

  IN A SNOWSTORM YET In March 2008 a big snowstorm surprised us on a Living Room day. And it was almost April! Snowflakes fell, huge and thick and fast. They were sticking to the grass and to the trees. With all that snow, we expected to have a smaller turnout than usual. We made […]

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