“BLESSED ARE THE FLEXIBLE, FOR THEY SHALL NOT BREAK!”
The Jan Woods Story
Despite her numerous intense storms her faith in God has never wavered.
At age 17 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and has lived with pain 24/7 for over 46 years. She was told to never get pregnant. She refused her doctor’s insistence to abort her first child Eric. He was born a perfectly healthy child. He eventually enlisted in the Army and 6 months into his service in Iraq he dies tragically while trying to save another life. The young man he was trying to save was the same young man he led to Christ just one week before his death. Despite her physical limitations, Jan and her husband Chuck adopted a special needs infant while she was pregnant with her first child. Jan has endured multiple hospitalizations with her MS over the years having nearly died on several occasions. Due to a massive infection her left leg was amputated which confined her to a wheel chair. She has had a near death experience. She had three children by birth and one adopted. She nearly lost her daughter to a tragic mission field auto accident. There is so much more to her story. Suffice to say, she is a walking miracle and an inspiration to many. Jan has a good sense of humor stating that she has a quote of her own that says, “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not break.”
It has been my pleasure to preserve this testimony to God’s faithfulness! Another message of hope is coming your way!
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I’VE BEEN THERE Ministries
Below is a tribute written by her daughter Amy which was read to her on the program:
My mom is the strongest, bravest, most inspirational, loving and caring woman I know. When thinking about her when I was a child growing up, she was just my mom. I didn’t know any different and figured all moms were like her. All moms are taxi drivers, chefs, involved in every school and church activity, volunteer to help with anything, take care of all the neighborhood kids, and spend countless hours helping with school projects, or so I thought because that was my mom. I didn’t realize until much later on in life that not all moms did those things or to the extent that my mom did and with the amount of pain she was in while doing all those things. I didn’t know how sick she had been while growing up because she never let it slow her down or get in the way of her being involved in my life and the lives of my 3 older brothers. She was in and out of the hospital all my life and even in the hospital, sometimes fighting for her life, she was still concerned about us and our lives and put us before herself all the time. Putting others before herself has been her way of life and is something she has passed down to my brothers and I. Taking care of others despite what is happening in her life and never once hearing her complain about her pain or discomfort has been a huge inspiration to me. She has taught me that no matter what trails or struggles you may be facing, there are others that still need you. Everyone has struggles and has times in their lives that seem like it can’t get much worse but it isn’t about us. Our lives are not ours alone. Our lives belong to God and every little and big thing is planned in His perfect will and timing. Life doesn’t always make sense at the time but with our faithfulness and trust in God in time, He does show Himself in every situation. I have learned to always trust and have faith because I have seen first hand God’s faithfulness to us and how He has used some pretty awful events in our lives for His glory and how our struggles have helped others to overcome their own struggles. Growing up with my mom I have been able to witness so much pain and suffering with her physical illnesses but not once do I remember her having a pity party or asking why me. This is because she knows life isn’t about her but how she lives and loves her God. She has also taught us to look at others and what others are facing as there is always someone who has a struggle worse than your own. Our family verse has been Philippians 4:13-I can do ALL thing through Christ who strengthens me. I feel beyond blessed to be able to call her mom and grandma to my son. I can only pray that I will be the same type of mom as she was to us. We love you mom and are so thankful for you and everything you have taught us over the years!