Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: self-esteem

Mental health care and the church: Building self-esteem

The Church has made great headway in offering more accepting communities for people with mental health issues. But is the acceptance and the support it now gives enough? I believe God calls us to do more. One of the most difficult things people with mental illness face is low self-esteem. With the love of Christ, […]


Fifty years later

Essondale Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3   My husband and I recently celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary, something many who know our story marvel at. I’m amazed when I look back and remember our many struggles – especially […]


But did I hurt someone? (2019)

I’ve been talking about how I felt back in 2010 when I said or did the wrong thing. I also remember several posts ago when I felt great pain and shame because I knew I had hurt someone. I’ve known many times when I had to beg God for a pure heart and a steadfast […]


Developing confidence

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  13  (September 26, 2006) It takes great effort to live with good self-esteem when the disorder we have is so stigmatized. It’s so utterly unfair that we, who through no fault of our own, have a disease and have to hide it, living in shame. If you’ve read some of my earlier […]


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