I received a nice severance payment from my job and we were leaving Chicago. I didn’t know exactly where we’d end up but I knew two things: we were heading west and I was somehow going to start a new career.

I didn’t want to be an executive assistant for the rest of my life. After some deep soul searching I decided I wanted to do artwork. I figured the first thing I needed was a pencil for drawing.

We accepted the invitation from my friend Sandy to stay with her family in a suburb of Kansas City. Kansas City was one of those places that was bustling during the week, but the downtown was like a ghost town on the weekends. Gray buildings lined the empty streets and only a few vagrants walking about. But the Holy Spirit prompted us to drive around anyway.

We couldn’t find any familiar-looking art supply stores, when my friend spotted the sign: ‘Clark Studio.’  “Maybe you can get some pencils in there,” she said. I went in for a pencil and came out with a job as a mold maker for a sculpture studio.

Twenty-seven years later I’m here in Las Vegas and I am still working in the arts field. We never know which step of obedience to the Holy Spirit will change our lives forever. And most of us experience several major changes in a lifetime, so just keep being obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, one step at a time. God says, “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.” (Jer 29:11).

At 211 degrees water boils. At 212 degrees it turns to steam. Steam can power a train. One degree makes a huge difference. One degree of obedience to the Lord can do the same thing.

Love, Carolyn

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