Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

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Pray without ceasing? Really?

May 2017 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Is it possible to “pray without ceasing?” I’m sure I couldn’t do so if praying meant to sit still and talk to God hour after hour. I think […]

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Nearer My God to Thee

  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelations 3:20   A few days ago, my therapist told me to tend to my relationship with Jesus. He’s a person who […]

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Only God is perfect

   “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven….Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-45, 48   Controlled by an inner […]

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God on my side

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  256  (November 11, 2009) My friend asked me this morning whether I’ve prayed over my anxieties, all the stuff that seems to be triggering the threat of depression right now. And I realized that I hadn’t prayed. Hadn’t even thought of praying. Pretty bad. She pointed out Psalm 37: 3-5 in particular, […]

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Agape love at living room

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  224  (February 28, 2009) We had a Living Room meeting yesterday and it left me with the wonderful deep joy I so often feel afterwards. I will copy here part of an email I sent to my pastor about it: “Tonight I’m getting to the end of the book my friend lent […]

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The email that unstuck me

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  202  (November 9, 2008) I don’t know if all this is going to sound silly to you, but my final escape from my last depression came so clearly and so dramatically after I sent an email to over forty Living Room members last Sunday morning. Such power there was in that! I […]

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Please pray

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  200  (November 5, 2008) I feel heavily burdened today for a friend, a Living Room member, who is in hospital. Her psychiatrist certified her and she is not allowed her clothes. On top of that, he and her therapist have turned her over to a new psychiatrist, withdrawing from her case. This […]

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A life of love

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  196  (October 11, 2008) Living Room was wonderful yesterday, yet I was worried about myself going into it. Wondered if I could lead the way I needed to. Life has been so very complex, especially with my mother sick. We found out she’d had a heart attack. She will be in hospital […]

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Letters to God

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  163  (June 4, 2008) My emotional health has greatly improved from writing – writing in my journal, in emails to friends, in blogging, and in writing my books. My last book, A Firm Place to Stand, to be released in the next month, has especially strengthened me. This made me think: If […]

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Keeping company with God

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  157  (May 11, 2008) Every once in a while I’ve referred to Philip Yancey’s Prayer: Does it Make a Difference?, a book that I’ve gradually been working my way through. I’ve only read small amounts at a time, not because it’s boring, but because I want to chew on every little bit, […]

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