How do you react when life takes a turn in an unexpected and unwanted direction? When all your best laid plans are suddenly discarded, and the new normal is nothing like what you’d planned? Do you accept the new life, making the most of what you’ve been given, or do you resist, fighting it with every ounce of your being? Are you clamorous or contented?

In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at Rachel and Leah, two sisters, caught up in a web of deceit by their father’s scheme, forced to live the rest of their lives as sister wives. Both were victims, but one moved on and made the best of a bad situation, and one remained a victim for the remainder of her days.

Show Notes

The year 2020 opened with great promise. Then before we knew what was happening, we were all hit with a plot twist that none of us could have foreseen. Now we each have a choice to make. We can accept this new normal, make the most of our current situation, and praise God for our blessings. Or we can forevermore clamor about the unfairness of life. We can blame others, we can envy those around us, we can ultimately blame God. 

The choice is ours to make. 

You may feel mistreated or unloved. You may, in fact, be mistreated and unloved by those around you. But please know that you are not alone. God is with you and He loves you very much. He alone can provide you the contentment that you desire so desperately. 

In these days of trials and tribulation, turn your eyes to Him and to Him alone.

Show Notes

Scripture Focus

Genesis 29

Genesis 30:1-20

Genesis 31: 1-35

Genesis 35: 16-20


Helpful Resources

Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda

Mothers of the Bible by Dena Dyer

When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams by Jill Eileen Smith

Every Woman in the Bible by Sue and Larry Richard

All the Women of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer

All of the Women of the Bible by Edith Deen 

All the Women of the Bible by M.L. del Mastro


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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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