In March, 2017, we will celebrate fifteen years in the pedal steel guitar business. And now it's time to change directions.
The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." (Read it for yourself) Spirit Steel Guitar had a time and purpose, which during this time a lot of people were helped with their guitar needs while encouraged to keep pressing on to reach their fullest potential, both musically and professionally. Ecclesiastes 3:13 says, "Every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor. It is a gift from God." I surely have enjoyed serving the pedal steel guitar players around the world. I believe God used this time to prepare me for a new work. Preparation time is never wasted time.
LOOKING BACK OVER 15 YEARS
Little did I know in 2000, when moving to Broken Arrow, OK, to attend
Rhema Bible Training Center, that I would own and operate a guitar shop for fifteen years. During this time I have met, talked to, and served a lot of people, had my hands on a countless number of pedal steels, electric, acoustic and bass guitars, and have shipped pedal steel parts to Canada, Germany, Netherlands, North & South Ireland and Sweden, not to mention the USA. Also, starting at Harmony House Guitar on Main Street in 2000, I have taught over three hundred children (and adults) how to play straight guitar and sing about Jesus. Our mission statement in March, 2002: Proverbs 22:6 (Please read it) "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." We did just that and now that chapter of my life is closed. It will always be cherished and remembered.
NEW DIRECTION AND ARENA
The new direction is in song writing and arranging, and collaborating with other writers in the ministry of praise and worship. The arena, Christian acoustic folk, rock/hard rock, and bluesy-style Jesus tunes.
NEW WEBSITE AND DOMAIN
We are in the process of building a new website and will be phasing out the
Spirit Steel Guitar website. It will be replaced with an all-new work known as SPIRIT 'N TRUTH SONGS. The wed address is www.spiritntruthsongs.com. The Spirit Steel Guitar website will still be active for several more months. Both addresses will lead to the new website.
My email address, email@example.com is still good
but will eventually will be replaced with firstname.lastname@example.org
With my webmaster's help, the new website will be updated periodically
during this transition. Thank you, Don Sullivan, for all that you do.
Yes I'm on FaceBook, Richard L McDonald.
Folks, II Timothy 1:7 says, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." Right now I just want to encourage all of you to step out and follow after the desires God has placed in your heart so you can fulfill your God-given destiny.
Psalms 37:4&5 says, "(4) Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart. (5) Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass." (Read it for yourself)
When we were born, God gave all of us different gifts and talents to use in our life. I just want to take this opportunity and encourage you to GO FOR IT, GET OUT OF THE BOAT, COME ON IN, THE WATER'S FINE! I don't know who, but someone once said; I would rather have tried and failed than not have tried at all. Remember, if we miss it, God will pick us up, dust off our britches and put us back on the right path.
Well there you have our new and exciting changes for 2017 and beyond. How about some feed back. What has God placed in your heart?