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Episode 17:

The Beginning Was His Word
With Jessica Paewai


Jessica Paewai is a mother of two, a business owner and training to be a Religious Instruction teacher.
After growing up in a strict Pentecostal church in South Africa, Jessica had wandered far from God and her faith. After many years in the world, one morning, she found herself literally running to church. And yet her relationship with God remained lukewarm until the day she and her husband received the devastating news that their 3 year old son had been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a severe and progressive muscular disorder which affects all muscles in the body, including those used for breathing and spine support. Children with DMD generally lose the ability to walk by the age of 12 years.

Jessica shares how this event brought herself and members of her family back into deep relationship with God, and how it began writing a story of both physical and spiritual healing into her life. We discuss these events and the extraordinary power that speaking the Word of the Lord can have on body and soul.

Scriptural References

All of the scriptures discussed are referenced below using the World English Bible version unless otherwise stated.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.

2 Corinthians 10:3 - 5

For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, 5 throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

Matthew 4:4

But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth.’”Deuteronomy 8:3

Romans 12:2

Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Though not quoted directly in the episode, Cheri provided the following scriptures which have been important to her through her journey as a mother.

(All WEB unless otherwise stated).

1 Corinthians 2:16

“For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him?” Isaiah 40:13 But we have Christ’s mind.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Additional Quote

Wesley, John. The Sermon on the Mount, Bridge-Logos, 2010 pp.77.



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