Guest Blog: Barbara Goss

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Randomness Readers, it is with the greatest of honors I give you my mama today.  Love her.  Lu-huv her.  Take it away, Mom.

Do You Know Him as Father?

I would like to thank Dusty for giving me this opportunity to be a guest on her blog.  I do not take this lightly.  I consider it a huge honor just to be asked.  So, in an attempt to be half as interesting and not nearly as funny as my wonderful daughter, here it goes.

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and I would like to share a little of my life and what I have learned from my father.

To provide for our family, my father was a truck driver.  He was rarely at home, so I did not have a relationship with him.  I saw my dad one week a month (sometimes), and then when I did see him, it truly was a strain and very stressful time.  I won’t bother you with those details.  Growing up in a family without a “father figure” would become an issue with me later in life as one would probably imagine.

After giving my life to Jesus and growing in my faith, I still felt I was missing out on something.  I was longing for something more.  A part of my heart ached.  There was a part missing.  

I cried out to Jesus. 

I will never forget to this day how He spoke to me.  I can even recall where I was standing at that very moment.  He spoke these words to me:   “You know me as Jesus, and you know me as Lord.   And, My Holy Spirit you know and have experienced.  But, do you know me as your Father?   Have you opened that door”?   In Psalms 68: 5, He said He would be a Father to the fatherless.

Overwhelmed, I couldn’t hold back the tears. 

It was then and there that I realized I didn’t know what a father was.  It was once said to me the way we see our earthly father is the way we see and accept our Heavenly Father.  For me, that was so true.  I petitioned God to teach me – show me what a father is, and does!  And, it all started from there.  He began to teach me about fathers, and how a father loves his children. How a father will protect them, never leaves them, guides them, and how a father longs to give and bless his children.

The Miracle?  God restored and gave me an amazing relationship with my earthly father!  My father went to be with the Lord in 1985, but I had a wonderful relationship with my father for almost 10 years – one that I would have never imagined. God, our Father, is an awesome God and an amazing Father.  Do you know Him as your Father?

I would also like tell my dearest and best friend, who not only happens to be a wonderful father to our daughter, but great father to an incredible church (Eagles Way):  Happy Father’s Day Buren Goss.  I love you!


Filed under God Stuff, parenting, Relationships, Spiritual Journey

20 responses to “Guest Blog: Barbara Goss

  1. WTG Barney! Love the blog!

  2. Sweeeet….but we gotta talk about that best friend stuff :)…and everyone should know that you wrote a song about that experience with God….LOVE YOU BG!!!

  3. Peggy

    Wow Barbara !
    How awesome to read your story. I had no idea!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Peggy Anderson

  4. Lindsey Takle

    Wonderful blog!!!:) Can you say tears? Barbara, you are an amazing woman and a great inspiration! I Love u! Also, a big “Happy Father’s Day” shout out to Bur Bear!

  5. Bonnie

    Great job!!! Thanks for sharing!
    One mother and daughter is a little protective about the best friend thing… have to watch it! 🙂

  6. Cheryl Colwell

    You are a very inspirational speaker. It must run in the family. You really gave me some words to think about! A wonderful start to a wonderful day!

  7. You are a very inspirational speaker! It must run in the family! You really gave me some words to think about. What a wonderful start to a wonderful day.

  8. Betsey

    Awesome. Great writing, wonderful wisdom and insight. Thanks, Barbara. Love you.

  9. He IS a wonderful Father AND a God of restoration. I am so glad that God loves earthly fathers and mothers as much as he loves His sons and daughters. Just as we can be both mother and daughter, we can experience Him as Savior, Lord, Jesus, Friend, Lover and… Father. Our relationships (all of them) matter to God. I love you too BG!

  10. RonJon

    Way to go BG!! Love you!! Happy Father’s Day, Buren!!

  11. Sharon

    That was so touching. I got to learn something about you that I did not know. Thank you for sharing your heart. Love you!

  12. Jaime Fausnaugh

    Yet another awesome blog on!
    You guys are great!

  13. Mom

    Thanks everyone for the sweetest comments.
    You are all awesome!

  14. Dusty Takle

    Love how He truly is a Father to the fatherless. Love you, Mom!

  15. Great blog Barbara!! Loved hearing the story.
    You are amAzing!

  16. Wendy Verdon

    I just read this (a day later), and Barbara, I can see where Dusty gets her incredible writing skills. That was a wonderful story. I am so thankful you had those 10 years before he passed away. God is truly wonderful.

  17. Randall

    liked your blog about our “father” we had some really difficult times – we learned from his mistakes to make our lives stronger for our family today – but my true example of a father came 35 years ago with Jesse Tyson and of course “Jesus”
    both came into my life about the same time-
    love you baby sister!!!!! Always here for you!

  18. This is awesome, Barbara. I can identify (sort of) since my father died when I was 19. I have learned over the years who my Heavenly Daddy is.

  19. Linda Hardwick

    So beautifully said!❤️😀

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