Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Bible Mothers

Motherhood may well be the most challenging job we ever have. No matter what we do, we always second guess ourselves, wondering if we’re doing the right thing, worrying that we’re going to mess up. Each of these Bible mothers faced their own mothering challenges. Some of them did a great job. Others, not so well. Each of them has lessons we can learn as we raise our own children.

Gideon's wives

Gideon’s Wives

We first meet Gideon in Judges chapter 6, but it’s not until almost three chapters later when he’s on his deathbed, that we discover Gideon had many wives plus at least one concubine.  Gideon started off a humble man. The … Continue reading Gideon’s Wives



Tucked away among the Leviticus laws is a story that illustrates the penalty for blasphemy. In Leviticus 24:10 we’re introduced to an Israelite woman who we later learn is named Shelomith. She married an Egyptian, and they had a son. … Continue reading Shelomith



Moses settled in the land of Midian and married Zipporah, daughter of the Midianite priest. No mention is made of love on the part of either husband or wife. Moses needed a place to hide out after killing the Egyptian. … Continue reading Zipporah



During the time that Pharaoh was trying to exterminate the Israelite line, Amram, a Levite, married Jochebed, daughter of a Levite. They had a daughter, Miriam, then Jochebed conceived again and bore a son. Pharaoh’s command was that all baby … Continue reading Jochebed

Shiphrah and Puah

In the midst of a difficult time for the Hebrews in Egypt, God rose up two unexpected heroes – midwives Shiphrah and Puah. The king called in the two women and told them that when they were on the birthstool, … Continue reading Shiphrah and Puah

Lrsh and her children

Leah Laid to Rest

Leah had six sons and a daughter. In her children she witnessed praise and much sorrow. How it must have broken her heart to see the mess that came from Dinah’s decision to venture unaccompanied into Shechem. Dinah must have … Continue reading Leah Laid to Rest



Though Joseph spent time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, God had not forgotten him. Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, alerting him that Egypt would enjoy seven years of plenty followed by seven years of drought. He advised Pharaoh … Continue reading Asenath

Tamar and Judah

Tamar and Judah

All Tamar wanted was to have a son. She was willing to do whatever it took to make that happen, even risking death. She knew when she deceived Judah that she faced being put to death when she was found … Continue reading Tamar and Judah

Judah's wife

Judah’s Wife

Soon after Judah and his brothers sold Joseph into slavery, Judah left home and visited Hirah, an Adullamite. While there, Judah met a Canaanite woman, the daughter of Shua, and he married her. The Bible gives us no details about … Continue reading Judah’s Wife

Rachel and Leah Compete

When Leah realized that she’d stopped bearing children, she forgot about praising God and instead followed Rachel’s lead, giving her maid as a surrogate wife to Jacob. Zilpah, Leah’s handmaiden, bore Jacob two sons. Leah named the first Gad, which … Continue reading Rachel and Leah Compete

Leah finds love

Leah’s Sons

Poor Leah! Used as a pawn in her father’s deception. Caught up in a complicated situation with her sister. Married to a man who didn’t love her. But God saw Leah’s situation and had compassion on her. He opened her … Continue reading Leah’s Sons

Rebekah and Isaac pray

Rebekah’s Prayers

Rebekah and Isaac began their marriage with prayer. When Abraham sent his trusted servant in search of a wife for Isaac, the servant prayed, and Rebekah was the answer to his prayer. Once Rebekah and Isaac married, they longed for … Continue reading Rebekah’s Prayers

Sarah's death

Sarah’s Death

Though Sarah was ninety-years-old when she bore Isaac, God gave her another thirty-seven years to cherish Isaac and Abraham. When Sarah died, Abraham mourned and wept for her. Since they were living in Canaan as foreigners, he went to the … Continue reading Sarah’s Death

Hagar and Ishmael

Hagar and Ishmael

Abraham and Sarah hosted a great feast to celebrate the weaning of Isaac. Hagar and her son Ishmael attended the feast, but when Sarah witnessed Ishmael making fun of her baby boy, she threw a fit. She told Abraham she … Continue reading Hagar and Ishmael

Sarah and Isaac

Sarah and Isaac

For a quarter of a century Abraham and Sarah waited for their promised son. At times they lost hope. They took matters into their own hands. They messed up. They grew older. They continued to mess up. But God had … Continue reading Sarah and Isaac



Milcah was the sister of Lot, wife of Nahor, mother of Bethuel, and grandmother of Rebekah. Though the Bible provides no details about her beyond family relations, it does make a point to mention her numerous times. Milcah is introduced … Continue reading Milcah

Zillah in the Bible


Zillah married a man who already had a wife. His name was Lamech. It was the first recorded account of polygamy. The name Lamech means powerful. Zillah means shady or shadows. Did she provide comfort like a cool shade on … Continue reading Zillah


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