#172 -The Single Woman & Spiritual Motherhood – Johanna Fisher

#172 -The Single Woman & Spiritual Motherhood – Johanna Fisher

She wrote out all her wedding plans and hoped to have a big ceremony. Her high school friends said she would be the first among them married. She longed to birth her own children. She is now in her 70s. What she expected in her life hasn’t happened the way she thought it would, but God has gifted her with the joy of relationship, motherhood, and fulfillment in a way that only He could. Today, I’m talking with Johanna Fisher, who I affectionately call “Aunt Jo”. She is a long time member of my home church and has been around cheering me on since I was little girl.

When Aunt Jo as a single woman and a desire to mother without  prospects for marriage, she considered adoption. She dreamed of being the mother to one little girl.  But God had other plans. Over the years, the Lord has sent Aunt Jo not one, but EIGHT spiritual daughters and she has intentionally poured into these women and mothered them over the past thirty plus years.

In this episode, Aunt Jo shares the joy she’s experienced watching her wonderful daughters grow up, develop, and bless her life in ways she never could have imagined. But she also shares the real struggles and disappointments that singleness can bring and the wrestling that happens with God when you’re wondering why not me.

Do you have plans penned down that aren’t playing out as you would have hoped?  If so, it’s understandable that you might be struggling with disappointment or frustration. Aunt Jo says, we get to choose if we change for better or for bitter and today’s podcast might help you see your circumstances in a new light.  Bitterness can cause us to miss the blessings God has in His plans for us. Is surrendering our plans easy? No. Will feelings of disappointment still arise? Absolutely. But the desires of your heart will be met, even if those desires come packaged vastly different from what you would have expected.

Don’t miss the wisdom, encouragement and honest truth that Aunt Jo offers on this episode.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Spiritual mothering as a single
  • Cultivating mentorship in your circles
  • What spiritual motherhood looks like in different seasons of life
  • Ideas for planning gatherings with spiritual daughters
  • Dealing with feelings of disappointment


Resources From Today’s Show 

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  • Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Where in your life can you cultivate mentorship? Do you know someone who needs a spiritual mother?
  2. Do you need a spiritual mother/mentor?  Who in your life can you connect with in a natural way? Where are you engaged or involved in your spiritual community to foster connections?
  3. What plans have you penned down that haven’t panned out as you expected? How can you ensure that you respond in a way that will change you for the better and not make you bitter?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

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1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

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  1. Nancy Griggs May 21, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I have a lot of opportunities to mentor young women through my role of small group leader for P31 OBS. Also I have signed up at my church to be a mentor. Haven’t been connected with anyone yet.

    • Chrystal Hurst May 21, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      It will happen. It’s so great that you are WILLING!

  2. Ebony May 21, 2018 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    This was an amazing conversation. But this is also when of my biggest fears it does so loudly of rejection too me in someways but this is very encouraging.

    • Chrystal Hurst May 21, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Yes, I can understand what you are saying but be encouraged. What is for you is FOR YOU!

  3. Clarise Cannings May 22, 2018 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Hey Chrystal! Great chat! So you know this podcast got me over here with tears stinging my eyes for two reasons: 1) the Lord is so gracious and kind to me that he has provided me with an awesome spiritual “Mutha” and 2) He has allowed for this season in my life to be available to “mother” by fostering. The other side of the tears is the realization that there is still disappointment (that I struggle with sometimes) of the life that you feel is out of reach. Great episode! Proud of you!

    • Chrystal Hurst May 24, 2018 at 5:36 am - Reply

      Love you Reesie!!!

    • Jonita Joseph May 24, 2018 at 4:11 pm - Reply


      That is awesome that you are fostering. I am attending a luncheon about fostering this Friday. Do you have a blog/social media where you have detailed your journey or any resources/insights about fostering you can share? Thank you.

      • Chrystal Hurst May 25, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

        See Clarise! You are supposed to be writing about this!!!!

  4. Karmalita May 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you SO much for this podcast. I am 41 and I am still single with no kids. I have prayed and ask God about my legacy. When motha said and I heared your mother say…..look for ministry opportunities where you are. I have been a social worker for 11 years and I have many opportunities to pour into these children’s lives. I don’t have the notebook like motha has but I still have a desire for marriage. I was in tears listening to this message. I was reminded that God’s way is the best way. Thank you so much. Please tell MOTHA I have been challenged to trust God and accept His will for my life. Everyday is not easy. All my friends are married, dating and have children. I often say….What about me God? Then I do what your mother said….look at myself in the mirror and remind myself who I am in Christ!!! Thanks

  5. Jonita Joseph May 24, 2018 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I love listening to Ms. Jo. She was unhurried and careful with her words and full of wisdom. I meet with my mentor once a week 6am and then I have another mentor who has been in my life around 15 years. This podcast has caused me to really want to press in to the amazing opportunities I have with these ladies. My mentor asked me this week if I would be a part of a mentoring group that she feels like the Lord is calling her to start and I shared with her that I had just listened to this podcast. I love how God connects things in our life.

    • Chrystal Hurst May 25, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Love this!

  6. Melanie June 10, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Please thank “Aunt Jo” for giving voice to the longings and disappointments of so many of us while also acknowledging our awareness of and gratitude for His provision in His own way. The podcast made me cry, but in a good, cathartic way. Listening to her share made me feel “heard,” if that makes any sense. I imagine many others felt “heard” after listening as well.

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