Mattering consists of feeling valued and adding value, to ourselves and others. By feeling valued, we mean being appreciated, respected, and recognized. By adding value, we mean making a contribution and making a difference in the world.

The mattering effect refers to the positive or negative consequences of feeling like we matter or not. Feeling valued is a precondition for personal health and well-being. Adding value, or making a contribution, is a prerequisite for a meaningful life. The negative effects of not mattering, however, can be devastating.


Listen to The Mattering Effect, Parts 1 and 2

Q: Do I Matter?

The Mattering Effect
The Mattering Effect

This week’s podcast prompts:

After listening to Paige Allen :

  • Could you find your very own “Wintering Rose Garden,” to meditate on your identity as “Daughter of God?”
  • Did you capture any whispers from the Spirit?
  • Describe your special quiet place to us. Activate our imagination with your sensory description.
  • Were you able to create a 1-6 word phrase that describes your true essence?

Sharing My Prompt Thoughts

The Mattering Effect
“There she was. Blooming in the bricks. I heard God whisper my six-word phrase:
Janell heartlifts every room she enters.'”

I accepted the challenge and made my way to my front yard. Sometimes we don’t have to go very far to find a quiet space.

With my gardening scissors, I clipped a few blooming daffodils and thanked them for their sunshiney presence.

I sat for a minute on the front porch to bask in the sun.

As I looked down, I saw her.

A little yellow bloom bursting from the bricks.

She made me smile even more and gently reminded me that sometimes we bloom in the most unusual ways. Don’t limit God.

Your Turn

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