If you build it they will come

“If you build it they will come.” If you will they will? We have all heard these words and some of us have watched and loved the movie “Field of Dreams” over and over hoping to learn how to build so they will come.
In “Field of Dreams”, an Iowa farmer all his life was searching for his dreams. Then one day, his dreams came looking for him. He hears a voice in his corn field tell him, “If you build it, he will come.” This farmer interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm.” And, come they did!
A tag line for this movie is, “If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true.”
We at times while dreaming our dreams read the words of Luke from the Word of God, “With God nothing is impossible.” (Luke 1:37) In this story, Mary the Mother of Jesus, soon to be, hears a voice telling her that her cousin, Elizabeth, in her old age had conceived a son. Mary believed the impossible and went to see and the incredible came true. Have you ever thought about making a tag line for your dreams?

Why not try one of these:

Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of he world. Is anything too difficult for Me?”
Matthew 17:20 “I say to you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.”
Matthew 19:26 “With God all things are possible.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.”
Mark 10:27 “Looking upon them, Jesus said, ‘With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
Have you ever had a dream that orphaned children would have food to eat and hope instead of hopelessness. Lillian Trasher (1887-1961) DID! Lillian was born into a very successful business family in Florida, USA. In her late teens she committed her life to Christ. She would read about the power of God from the scriptures in the Bible and could not quite understand from her lifestyle “why” the needs of orphaned children. She decided to go to Bible School and stayed only one term. Yes, Lillian had a dream. She left for Africa as a missionary. After some time she had a dream to build a home for orphans in Egypt and the children would come. They did, and there she spent the rest of her life. Many of us have read the story as told by an Egyptian man who was aghast when he heard that Lillian had no food for the following day for all her children.. He wondered how she would be able to sleep that night. One of the orphaned girls responded, “Why, Mama never has any food for tomorrow, and she never loses sleep over it!” Yes, Lillian Trasher trusted God to provide what they needed each day. She modeled a life of faith for her children and her children’s children.
Do you have a dream? Or, have you had a dream and not seen the impossible? Find and live a tag line. Try one of the tag lines from above and go for it. Start with the prayer tag line from Mark 11:24, “…whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will.” Build your faith by recalling that this tag line applies to every Christian. Add to your faith the gift of grace from the Holy Spirit that wants to get involved in your building.
“If you build it they will come.”
“If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true.”

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21 thoughts on “If you build it they will come”

  1. Amen. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9).

  2. Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
    Mark 11:24 “Therefore, I say unto you, Whatever things ye desire, when ye pray,”believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” dj

  3. “When you set out to build, first sit down and count the cost.” Luke 14:28

    For great motivation to persever and endure to the end….
    “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back to the things behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

  4. I had the opportunity of meeting Lillian Trasher when I was very young. She visited our church and it left a great impression on me as a young child. As you said, Sara, “She modeled a life of faith for her children and her children’s children” .This makes me realize we are modeling our lives at all times.

  5. The farmer above pursued his dream with diligent action. Often there are obstacles and that can make us grow weary, get discouraged or just plain give up from following our dream. Luke 11:5-10 encourages me to keep diligently and persistently pursuing.
    “Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.'”I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.”So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”

  6. Even though I have read “over” it several times in the past, this verse of Scripture suddenly stood out to me. King David told his son Solomon as he instructed him in the building of GOD’S temple….
    “ARISE AND BE DOING ” ….1Chron. 22:16

  7. When I travelled and ministered in India, I was awestruck with the poverty of all but my heart went out to the children and still does. We see the suffering of children in our nations and we are heartbroken, for a time.
    Matthew 19:14: “But He (Jesus) said, Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed. vs. 15 And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.”

    I want to stand in a place, in position, that when a child comes into my presence that I can lay hands on them and bless them and they are blessed of God. I love how Jesus tells us that we need to understand that the Kingdom of heaven is composed of the little ones that came to Him.

    I must say I am still awestruck how the children of India that was (that is) so deprived of material things and food came running to hear about Jesus. I have noticed at times in other places that children run from those teaching about Jesus. Of course, material things boom larger in their being as they grow than that of Jesus and His Kingdom. But, “If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true.”

  8. How fortunate are we who are teachers, nurses, parents and grandparents where a flow of youngsters is ever before us, daily,…children needing to be ministered to and needing a taste of the the KINGDOM of GOD instead of a steady flow of pap that this world delivers to our children, day in, day out by the media, the school systems and the world system in general.
    Our children need Jesus, desperately, but the materialism of this world bespeaks another agenda. Many of our children have so very much of the material world. Jesus said, ” how hard is it for the rich to enter into the Kingdom of God. Jesus says in the book of Revelation that those who have everything of this world and think that they are rich and prosperous and in need of nothing…and do not realize “that they are poor and wretched, pitiable and unclothed…” Let us save our children from this, so that they also may be clothed in white garments when Jesus comes for us to be with Him in the rapture. Let us lay our hands on the little children; let us model the life of Jesus Christ before them. Let us inspire within them a yearning and a longing for the LORD JESUS CHRIST and His great love, understanding and compassion for the little ones….for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.

  9. Sara, I want to thank you for laying your hands on my three children when they were small (now they are grown adults), praying and prophesying over them. Over the years they have all been very blessed and protected in so many ways. I truly believe it was because of your laying on of hands, praying and prophesying over them out of a heart of God’s love. I truly believe with all my heart that you implanted a powerful seed into each of their lives that will one day grow into good fruit for God’s kingdom.
    The children of this world need your hands to touch them, just as ‘children’ young and old were healed, delivered and set free in India and under a tent in powerful tent meetings in North Carolina. My dream is that you will once again have a tent (or many ‘tents’) all over the world to lay hands on and bless God’s children.

  10. The Scriptures say, “train up a child in the way that he should go…” that is , according to the Spiritual law and toward his natural gifts & talents …his natural bent “and when he is old he shall not depart.”…neither from the life of the Spirit & the faith nor from his giftings…so that he will bear much fruit in his gifts and talents.

  11. At this time of year I remember the ministry of Sister Gwen Shaw, because we were always planning to go to one of her conferences around July 4th. She is such a beautiful teacher of the scripture and in her ministry to the world she has loved many children, prayed for many children, and allowed them to use their many beautiful talents in world conferences. In one of the last conferences she performed the marriage ceremony of her grand daughter who was going with her new husband to minister in South America. She dreamed big and God worked out the details as she walked her faith out.

    To dream, I would dream that Sara would be like Gwen Shaw and even greater touching many children. I know that over the years many children have felt her prophecies in my classrooms. My own personal children have been impacted by her prophetic word. I would dream that our retreats would grow into world conferences and many children would be touched. It may not occur in the same way as Sister Gwen as God is a God of change, but we welcome it. Lord open the doors. If it be a tent may it be a very modern tent. May she walk and talk to the children God places before her in that holy anointed tent of the Lord. May all who come be set afire with the spirit of the living God. May the givers and artisans come forth and may the dream come forth as we as a team dream of the Daily Lily Tent coming to a town near you.

  12. Thanks Rena for reminding us about Sister Gwen and her ministry to the children and men and women of the Nations of the world. She will be in Ashland, Va. this August and it would be such a blessing to sit under her teachings once again.

    I love to hear and be encouraged through God’s special ministers. I love to tell and show His story. Yes, we dream and follow our dreams to our next step.

  13. Speaking of dreams, I had a parent who wants a sign painted for his children with the words “Dream Big” for his children’s room. He wants it to always be before them. Great idea!

    What date will Sister Gwen be there?

  14. Gwen Shaw will be in Ashland Camp, July 27-31,08.

    ‘Dream Big’ and then my Mother always taught me “Follow your dreams wherever they may lead you.”

    Lillian Trasher in our blog followed her dreams right into Egypt. Even though she died in 1961, her dreams still live in the hearts and lives of orphan children each and every day. We need to hitch our wagon to a star! I believe it was Ralph Waldo Emerson that first gave us this idea. In other words, aim high, dream big. If you hitch your wagon to a horse you stay on the ground but if you hitch it to a star, you will fly high. “Look unto the hills from which comes your help.” Psalm 121:1 This is known as one of Dr. Graham’s favorites. He has a wonderful book “Unto the Hills”, a daily devotion. We know that Dr. Billy Graham lifts His Eyes unto The Lord for His help. We know that he dreams big and we know that His dreams still lives in lives to numerous to count. And, always will!

    We dream big at times but fail to hitch, don’t you think? Maybe we can find and list here some powerful ways to hitch!

  15. If you build it they will come. Not only did Kevin Costner build it, he was obedient to the voice in the corn field. In this movie Kevin, the Iowa farmer was about to loss his farm, due to financial difficulties. The voice told him to build it and he built it. He used his corn field, although he needed the corn for financial support. Then the voice told him to ease his pain. He had a dream about Terrence Mann. The farmer knew he had to go find Terrence, even though he didn’t have the money to do so. The Iowa farmer was about to lose everything, but he took a chance and believed what the voice was saying. He was right to believe, because at the end people came from miles away. If we believe it and are obedient to God all our needs will be taken care of. We must study God’s word and pray daily. We must listen to what we read and be obedient. The Iowa farmer risked everything and stopped at nothing to do what the voice from the corn told him to do. We need to be like this farmer, as we listen to our Lord. Not letting anything get in our way and being obedient to what God wants us to do. So BELIEVE IT and IT WILL COME TRUE. Ease God’s pain by believeing and walking in faith…… obedience.

  16. Amen, Chickenfarmer, look what the Book of James has to say about the farmer. He uses the farmer to instruct us just as you have.
    James 5:7 (The Message) “Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.

  17. The graduation speaker at our high school technology center’s graduation where I teach exhorted students to think/dream big. Secretary of Technology for Virginia, Aneesh Paul Chopra, gave an example of someone who dreamed big and saw his dreams fulfilled as he pressed forward to ask and seek and use his talents. He told of a George Mason University (Fairfax, Va) chemistry professor Abul Hussam, who wanted to do more than just teach chemistry. He had a passion to find a way to remove arsenic from drinking water that was poisoning his native Bangladesh people. He began by asking someone in his department for $10,000 to do the research. His request was grante and he continued to pursue his dream by using his chemical knowledge and invented a simple low-cost filter that the people of Bangladesh could use by filling a bucket like container with river sand and the chemical to filter out the arsenic.

    He won a $1 million National Academy of Engineering prize for his work and has ‘now embarked on a global mission to develop solutions to water problems and help millions around the world.’
    Sounds like he hitched to a star.

  18. Debi, thanks for the great inspirational message given by the speaker at your ’08 graduation. The speaker gave an example of someone who ‘did it.’

    On this blog we are giving examples of ones who ‘did it’ or are ‘doing it.’

    We all love success stories as told by others on the behalf on another. It is the best. We are telling our stories of Jesus Christ and His friends. Friends that knew Him when He lived on the earth and shared their lives together. Friends that know Him by faith and still live and walk with Him daily. We all have great stories to tell of others that have and are overcoming.

    I love school graduations as it brings inspiration popping-up all over the earth like spring, summer and fall all mixed together to bring life, hope and peace on earth. All the grads are going out into their life work and/or schooling and are being motivated and given love, hope and finances to pursue their dreams. Whoa just imagine what the earth will be like when the classes of ’08 will be teachers, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, preachers, cooks, custodians and computer programers, and the list goes on and on. Probably careers we have not yet heard of yet. But, my congratulations, thoughts and prayers go with the students throughout the earth that are graduates of the class of ’08.

    I stand and salute each of you!

  19. On this day we can recognize a man who accomplished his dreams. That was Tim Russert. Our thoughts and prayers extended to his family. His son graduated this year and may he realize his dreams. Go get ’em Luke.

  20. Tim’s son, Luke, graduated big time from “Boston College.” High School, St. Albans in Washington, DC. Can’t go wrong with those schools, can you?

  21. Our Elementary Shcool’s motto is,
    Pursuing a dream has been re-released back (pardon the redundancy) into the atmosphere. It reminds me of a Broadway musical lyric that could have come from the Word of God, actually.

    Happy Talk, keep talking Happy Talk
    Talk about things you like to do (or SHOULD DO–James 1:22)
    You gotta have a dream
    If you don’t have a dream
    Then how you gonna make a dream come true.
    (__South Pacific)

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