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Transformed!

Leanne Goff

Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little


Girl with a Big Daddy"
I came to Christ September 1976. I wanted to tell anyone and everyone about
my newfound lover, Jesus. In less than five years, my husband, who came to
Christ eight months before me, and I were on our first mission trip to
Honduras. Our hearts were immediately captured with a desire to bring the
Good News we had received to the nations.
Two years later, with our two young children, we went to YWAM for training.
Over several years we were either living in Mexico or nations in Central
America, or living stateside hosting teams to these nations. In 1992 we were
invited to work with Teen Challenge in Iowa as Evangelism Supervisors, which
we accepted. We served with Teen Challenge just short of ten years,
eventually becoming the Womens Director for Teen Challenge in Chattanooga,
TN, and Ray the Vice-President of the ministry.
In June 2002 we were offered the opportunity to move back to Mexico and
work with another ministry. We resigned our positions with Teen Challenge
and headed south, a move we later regretted. But God! had a plan that would
totally redirect the course of my life.
Things did not go as we thought in Mexico and our stint was short lived. After
five months we moved back to the states ... to Iowa. I was devastated. I did
not want to be back in the states, much less Iowa. I spiraled down into a state
of depression, eventually on anti-depressants, something I never would have
condoned. I was a wreck and nobody knew what to do with me. I lived this
way for months, giving up on anything and everything. I've realized since then I
had been living for God instead of from my wonderful Father.

Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little Girl with a Big Daddy"

Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little


Girl with a Big Daddy"
Prior to our move to Mexico, my son-in-law would tell me about this revival in
Toronto, Canada. I had been to the Brownsville Revival many times, but had no
desire to go to Toronto. But one day, after throwing myself on our living room
floor and crying out to God, I told Him, Something has to change in my life. I
know you did not create me to live this way. I dont care anymore about my
reputation, my ministry, my credentials, or titles. I lay them all down before
you. Out of a place of desperation something began to happen in that
moment.
I soon found out that our church was taking their first team to the revival in
Toronto (known as the Fathers blessing). I was one of the first to sign up. I
was a a hungry and desperate woman. A few months later we headed to
Toronto. Prior to the trip, I remember telling my pastor and friend, Dave
Olson, I know Jesus as not only my savior, but my friend. I am very close to
Him. But I still have a hard time with God as my Father. I know He is Father,
but my Father? I know this had a lot to do with my biological father being
totally detached through my entire life. He never wanted to have anything to do
with me, though he was a large part of my being created. I had the same
image of God. He created me, but didnt want to have anything to do with me.
He tolerated me, but didnt celebrate me. Many times if I needed something or
wanted something from Father-God, I would ask my brother, Jesus, to ask Him
because I knew Hed do it for him. To me this is the ultimate of an orphan
mindset.

Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little Girl with a Big Daddy"

Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little


Girl with a Big Daddy"
As soon as I walked into the church in Toronto I sensed a love that I had
NEVER sensed before. Again, I was desperate, but so expectant! The first
service began and our team was seated in the very back of this huge room of
approximately 4,000 people from all over the world. At one point during
worship, John Arnott asked for the large group from Mexico to raise their
hands. To my delight, this group was seated very close to us. John then
asked the entire group to come forward. Then I heard John say, Anyone who
speaks Spanish.. Well thats all I needed. I went forward to be prayed for,
as well. God had set me up! You see, I thought they were going to pray for
those that spoke Spanish, too. But I later learned what John did say was,
Anyone who speaks Spanish, would you come up and help us pray for these
brothers and sisters.
So I found myself up front with all these dark skinned, black hair Hispanics,
with my eyes closed and in position to be prayed for. Its been said by what
happened next, that in my desperation, I stole the birthright. Someone,
a nobody (Father loves using a "nobody" in this season), on their ministry team
came along and just barely touched me and prayed, More Lord. Well that
was it! I fell to the floor and began to wail. I cried and cried for 2 hours.
During this entire time I felt the liquid-love of Father-God flow in and through my
being, over and over again. I was stuck to the floor not being able to move. I
was caught up into a love experience with my Father that transformed my life.
When I got up off the floor, my life had been drastically transformed. It wasnt
a touch, or a change; it was a transformation that has radically altered my life
and ministry since. Before this encounter I always saw God at the Father.
Since then He is my Father. I didn't have my biological father in my life so I
really didn't know how to "do-life" with a father. Now more than anything in the
world I absolutely adore "doing-life" with my heavenly Father.

Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little Girl with a Big Daddy"

Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little


Girl with a Big Daddy"
Many family and friends who have known me through the years are a witness
to this transformation. He has told me, Leanne, youve been a Woman of
God, a woman of integrity, with a heart after Me. But I dont want a Woman of
God anymore. My desire is to have a little girl who knows she has a big
Daddy. So now, thats my identityA little girl with a BIG Daddy who loves
her, is pleased with her, delights in her and finds her extraordinarily valuable!
Im no longer fatherless! I'm now a "Little Girl With A Big Daddy!" AND kids
have more fun!!!
He's your Dad too and you are His favorite as well. That's the beauty of our
loving Father. We can all be His favorite!
The purpose of writing my book "A Christian Life Without Father God" is
because I was always looking for the missing piece. I was a Woman of
God living as a spiritual orphan. I want others to know God as their Father, as
well. You can order my book from www.leannegoffministries.org/store/
If you don't know God as your Papa God, pray this prayer out loud, "God I
thank you for creating me as your son/daughter. I want to know the reality of
my identity as your favorite one. I desire to live from you and not for
you...feeling your embrace, seeing your face, and hearing your heartbeat (see
Deuteronomy 33:12). Baptize me in your affirmation and love in order for me to
re-present you as a patient, caring, and loving Dad. I invite you to do a total
make-over in my life in order for me to live as a daughter/son in order to fulfill
my Designed Destiny."
I bless you to be-loved by your Heavenly Father,
Leanne Goff
His Be-loved Little Girl

Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little Girl with a Big Daddy"

Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little


Girl with a Big Daddy"
Leanne Goff Ministries
Kingdom. Nations. Family
Leanne Goff Ministries (LGM) is a non-profit organization
founded by Leanne Goff. Leanne is the Senior Pastor of Family
of Faith Community Church in Newark, OH. She is also an
author, speaker and a certified 7-Mountains consultant trained
by Lance Wallnau. LGM also leads teams to the nations. Visit
our website at leannegoffministries.org for more books,
Vision Trip opportunities and speaking requests.
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Transformed from a "Woman of God" to a "Little Girl with a Big Daddy"