A short blog post, I know—but you will have get the scoop on family happenings in the next ministry update! (You are subscribed, right? 🙂 ) I have had a number of photos sitting in a folder—waiting patiently to be shared—that I’ve conglomerated into this small gallery. Several of them are from friends on Facebook, others from Mom’s phone, and then the rest were snapped on the family camera (thus the different looks!). There are so many stories connected with each of these photos and adventures, but regrettably I don’t have the time to highlight them all. The pictures will just have to do the talking for me.
Enjoy this run-down of happenings from our Florida trip in February to just two weeks ago!
Blessings to you all!
Taylor for TGF
“My tongue will sing of Your word, for all Your commandments are right.” (Psalm 119:172)
Today we set out from our comfy home to a fresh adventure of many miles, many faces, and much music. This trip of three weeks has snuck up on us—and yet we are desirous to accomplish what the Lord has planned. As always, there has been the rush and stress of ensuring we have all the outfits, equipment, food and
random essential items that we might need stuffed in the Nautilus. It’s an all-consuming task until we finally pull out of the driveway and wave goodbye to our house and cats. (Let’s hope Sam won’t forget his tennis shoes this time!)
Our practices have been intense lately, with a focus on harmonies (wait till you hear what Leesha, Sam, Jayme and Caleb did with “My Heart is a Chapel”!), arrangements (you will never recognize the new “Boundless Love” arrangement), and fine-tuning intonation. When we step on stage at Bar None Cowboy Church this Thursday, all the elements of practice will (hopefully) flow into auto-pilot and the Message of Jesus will be the focus.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep our perspective on why we spend hours in practice, why we pack and leave our home for weeks on end. Sometimes—well, honestly, more times than we like to admit—we gripe about the inconvenience a practice session causes or shrink from living from one Walmart to the next. We get comfortable with being “normal” folk who only venture out to church or grocery shopping during the week.
We need the reminders, like Dad praying before practice: “Even when no one else is listening, Lord, may You still get the glory.” We need to take a breath amid the mountainous stacks of clothes that there’s a reason for this: “…whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.” (Colossians 3:17) We need to recall the purpose behind “The Garms Family”.
Our family isn’t setting out to bring joy to faces and hearts, find an outlet for our musical bents, or just because we want to see the sights across the country. The reason we go is because we have been called to go. We believe beyond any doubt that God has called us to utilize music for His glory and to draw people to Himself. There is no way we can deny His calling on our lives: We’ve come too far on this journey to not see the clear leading of the Lord these eight years.
So, tomorrow, when the last pair of socks is jammed into a drawer and the final bay on the rig is locked, we’ll be accomplishing a greater feat than successfully getting eight people packed for three weeks: We will be humbly fulfilling the calling to go once more—for the glory of God.
We have been called to be children of God,
Into the fellowship of His dear Son;
Chosen, adopted, and saved by His grace —
In Christ we are now a new creation.
We’re living the call, spreading the Word,
Sharing the Good News to those who have erred.
United in faith, to God we give all,
We have been chosen — we’re living the call.
In Jesus we have been redeemed by His blood;
Freed from our sinfulness, covered in love;
It is our joy now to call others too,
That hearts be encouraged with from hope above.
Called by God, to be saved — our punishment has been waived.
We proclaim Jesus Christ, Whose life for us He sacrificed.
We gratefully appreciate your prayers and cannot wait to see y’all soon!
There are some fun videos coming to our YouTube channel (wait for future installments of the incredible duo, Sam and Caleb!), beginning with our latest, “Life as a Family Band”. We wanted to give you a glimpse into life as a family band, so we collected clips from the past couple of months to make this video. Watch closely for all the hilarious scenes and let us know which part is your favorite! 🙂
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6)