Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Women in the Bible Who Failed

We’ve all failed, every single one of us. It’s just part of being human. We can find comfort in the stories of these women in the Bible who failed. Like us, they fell short, made mistakes, and underperformed.

It’s easy to get caught up in our failures and give up even trying. But God understands. He knows we’re going to fail. And He’s right there ready to pick us up, dust us off, and give us a gentle push back into action. He will take our meager offerings and use them for His glory. He doesn’t require perfection, only a willingness to serve Him however we can.

Miriam and Moses

Miriam and Moses

As a young girl Miriam watched out for her baby brother. When he led the Hebrews out of Egypt, she led the women in rejoicing and praising God. But being out in the wilderness got to Miriam. She went from … Continue reading Miriam and Moses

complaining women

Complaining Women

After covering all the laws in Leviticus and Numbers, Moses switches back to stories in Numbers 10. He picks up when the Hebrews left Mount Sinai and explains the procedure for their packing up and traveling. Numbers 11 opens with … Continue reading Complaining Women

Unfaithful wives

Unfaithful Wives

The books of Leviticus and Numbers are not exactly light reading. They’re full of laws and punishments, many of which are hard for us to understand. It’s easy to gloss over the difficult Scripture and focus on the feel-good stories, … Continue reading Unfaithful 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

Potiphar's wife

Potiphar’s Wife

The Lord blessed Joseph, giving him success in his work. Potiphar saw that all Joseph did prospered, so he put him over his household. Joseph oversaw all that took place within the house and the field. The Bible tells us … Continue reading Potiphar’s Wife

Tamar's tragedy

Tamar the Widow

Judah found a wife for his son Er. Her name was Tamar. But soon after their marriage, God killed Er due to his wickedness. So as was the custom, Tamar was given to Judah’s second son, Onan, so that he … Continue reading Tamar the Widow

Esau's wives

Esau’s Family

When Isaac died, his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Then Esau took his wives, sons, daughters, servants, animals, and worldly goods and moved to a country far away from Jacob. The land where they were dwelling was not big … Continue reading Esau’s Family

Rachel steals idols

Rachel and the Idols

In the process of fleeing from Laban, Rachel stole his household idols. When Laban returned home and realized Jacob had left with his daughters, grandchildren, and idols, he pursued after them. Laban confronted Jacob, claiming to be upset that he … Continue reading Rachel and the Idols

Sarah in Gerar

Sarah in Gerar

After the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham and Sarah moved from Mamre to Gerar. Upon their arrival in the new land, he told King Abimelech that Sarah was his sister. And just like in Egypt, the king brought Sarah … Continue reading Sarah in Gerar

Lot’s Wife

The Bible provides little information about Lot’s wife. The first mention of her is when the angels came to stay at their house in Sodom and in the early morning, they told Lot to take his wife and daughters out … Continue reading Lot’s Wife

Lot's daughters

Lot’s Daughters

The city of Sodom was so bad that God couldn’t find ten righteous individuals in the entire city, and yet, this is where Lot chose to live and raise his two daughters. Lot had originally pitched his tent in the … Continue reading Lot’s Daughters

Hagar and Sarai

Hagar and Sarai

As Sarai’s maidservant, Hagar held a position of honor among the servants. She was in a position of authority, perhaps overseeing lower domestics. Still, as a servant, she had no personal rights. She was subject to Sarai’s rule. When Sarai … Continue reading Hagar and Sarai

Sarai devises a plan

Sarai Devises a Plan

Despite God’s promise to Abram, his wife Sarai remained barren. Ten years they’d resided in Canaan, their promised land, and yet they still had no promised son. Losing confidence in God and desperate to provide Abram children, Sarai devised her … Continue reading Sarai Devises a Plan

Eve: God's Grace

Eve: God’s Grace

Though Adam and Eve did not die immediately after eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, from that day forward, their days were numbered. God pronounced his judgment on Adam, Eve, and the serpent. … Continue reading Eve: God’s Grace


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