As a mother, what would you be willing to do in order to save your child? Would you give away your child to an unfit mother in order to save him from death? How far will your maternal instincts take you?

In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at two mothers and their dramatic court battle over custody of one of their children. 

So many stories we read in the Bible and we wonder why they’re there. What is the significance of them? Why did God include them in the pages of His Word. In today’s story of two harlot mothers, we know why God included their story. It was to illustrate the wisdom of King Solomon. In the process, though, it shows us much about motherhood and maternal instincts.

Motherhood is scary. Each and every day you make choices that affect your child. Sometimes those choices don’t turn out the way you expected. Sometimes you just mess up, not purposely, but just because you’re human. 

Ultimately, though, the best thing we can do for our children is to keep their best interests in mind. If we make decisions based on what is best for their eternal well-being, we can’t go wrong. Many times those decisions won’t be easy for us or for our child, but that’s all part of parenting. 

Hopefully, you’ll never have to make life or death decisions for your child or give up your child to save them. But maybe you will. Being a mother is never easy. Fortunately for us, whenever we’re facing a difficult decision about our children, all we have to do is to take it to our King. He’s oh so wise and eternally available to hear our pleas. His ways may not make sense to us, but be assured, He is constantly watching out for us and our children, and He will always do what is best for us. 

Bible Study

Scripture Background

1 Kings 3

Bible Study Review

  1. How did the baby die?
  2. How did Solomon determine who the real mother was?
  3. What was the reaction to Solomon’s ruling?

Thoughts to Ponder

  1. Why did the one woman swap babies?
  2. Who was best fit for motherhood?
  3. What might Solomon have done if both moms had agreed to the sword?

Personal Reflection

  1. How does motherhood change you?
  2. How have your priorities changed after having children?
  3. What’s the most difficult decision you’ve made as a mother?

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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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