Would you call yourself an emotional individual? How do you respond when tragedy hits? Can you handle yourself during a crisis or do you break down into hysterics?

In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at the Shunammite woman, a take charge woman of few words. But when tragedy hit, she could’t hide the emotions bubbling inside.

2 Kings chapter 4 goes directly from the prophet’s widow to the Shunammite woman. The two could not be more different. One was destitute; the other wealthy. One a widow; the other married. One had two sons; the other was barren. Both, however, needed a miracle, which the prophet Elisha provided.

Are you an hyper sensitive or are you stoic like this woman? Do you do your best to bottle up any emotion, not letting anyone see the raw feelings inside? What are you afraid of? Are you afraid if they ever leak out you’ll not be able to contain them anymore? Are you afraid people will think less of you if they know you have feelings? Do you equate emotions with weakness? 

Isn’t it wonderful that God gave us glimpses of all different women so that we could see all levels of the spectrum? Don’t you love that even if you never tell a soul what you’re feeling, He still knows. He knows the desires of your heart. He knows your deepest heartache. And He’s there for both. He longs to give you all that you need and to comfort you in your time of sorrow. All you have to do is to give it to Him.

Bible Study

Scripture Background

2 Kings 4
2 Kings 8

Bible Study Review

  1. Why did the Shunammite woman build a guest room for Elisha?
  2. How did Elisha repay her for her kindness?
  3. How did Elisha save the woman from famine?

Thoughts to Ponder

  1. Why did the woman get angry when Elisha told her she’d have a baby?
  2. Why did she dismiss Gehazi’s attempt to heal her son?
  3. How did the woman react to the healing of her son?

Personal Reflection

  1. Have you settled in your current situation because you’re afraid of getting your hopes up?
  2. How do you respond to tragedy?
  3. Are you willing to fight to save your family?

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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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