Women Celebrating Women
The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out. Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves, told by those they inspired most.
Photography by Rich Smith
inspired: Morgan Everett
inspiration: Jane Henegar
By divine appointment, I met Jane nearly a decade ago. She had just retired from her teaching career and agreed to mentor a group of young women. I will never forget entering her peaceful home and feeling a natural sense of relief. She had a message that I did not expect. She said, “If you can admit that life is messy, this group is for you.”
Ever since then, Jane has given me a consistent picture of what it means to show up. She has taught me the power of being available and willing to be present in others’ pain. She has walked with me through many storms, always reminding me that God is faithful. She doesn’t always have the answers, but she points me to the answer: Jesus. I have adopted her simple, powerful prayer: “Lord, we don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” She has taught me that it’s the small things that matter, as they are actually the big things. Jane’s steadfast faith, generous grace, and selfless love have shown me what it looks like to live an abundant life. Her impact on countless lives is changing history for generations to come, and I know I am writing on behalf of many women whom Jane has immeasurably blessed with her tender, wise care.
“She doesn’t always have the answers, but she points me to the answer: Jesus.”