Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Chronicles of Sightings: Riding "No-Handed"

Earlier this summer, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb challenged me to try riding bike without holding on to the handlebars: "no-handed", as they call it. Mustering up my courage and relying on the fact I can ride bike with only one hand, I took up their challenge. After several near crashes and wimpy attempts, I finally succeeded in riding "no-handed" for more than five seconds, using all the balance tricks I could think of and riding very slow! My little siblings applauded me, and then showed off how long they could ride with "no hands"! :)

Thinking of that experience brings my mind back to September 27th, 2010. I was at our home church uploading Caleb's first "Legacy Six" video when I got the call from Dad: he lost his job. A great fear gripped my heart as Dad told me the news. To be certain, we've always dreamed of Dad being home with us, but it seemed so sudden, and it definitely wasn't our timing. If it had been our will, the band would have been so busy that Dad would have to quit his job and we could easily transition into full-time ministry and concentrate fully on expanding it. But God had other plans.

You see, throughout this year of unemployment for Dad (and even without unemployment supplements!), we have learned to trust in the Lord, to lean on Him, and rely on Him for all of our needs. We have been riding on faith, "no-handed", you could say, as we let go of our plans and expectations and lay ourselves in God's gracious Hand. Have things been scary and uncertain at times? Yes, no doubt! But, time after time, we have watched God provide for all of our needs. We have not missed a single house payment or bill, we've never been hungry, and have even been blessed above our expectations. Time after time we have spotted "sightings" of God's Hand of provision working in our lives.

Let me give just one testimony of God's amazing provision: last week, bill time rolled around, and Dad and Mom wondered how they were going to cover the bills. The day bills were due, an envelope came in the mail with a sweet note of encouragement from someone who attended a recent concert...and enclosed was a check for the amount needed to cover our shortage! What a precious gift it was, and did we praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Yes, this has been a "no-handed" ride of faith, a journey of joy, and we are looking forward to what's ahead! Thank you for all of your prayers, and remember to praise God for His wonderful provision.

As a close to this post, here is a song we sang this last Friday in Baxter, MN, which has come alive to us through this season of trusting:

"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Legacy Six Returns!

Yep, y'all: Legacy Six returned this Friday (September 23rd, 2011)!

Trey Ivey called Caleb up on stage during Legacy Five's encore, and Gus Gaches shared the last note on "Somebody Sing" with Caleb - "it was a hoot!"

If you haven't seen the first Legacy Six video (or just want to see it again), here it is:

More coverage from our time at Baxter soon to come. :)

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Higher Ground" Video and A Prayer Request

Good Morning!

Usually before a concert if we have some "waiting" time, you'll more than often find us singing together. Even while we set up and tear down, the room will be alive with song and harmony! Such was the case back at our concert in Pequot Lakes, MN on April 30th, 2011. While the audience was eating dinner before the concert, we sung our hearts out. One the songs we caught on video.

Our actual arrangement of "Higher Ground" includes instruments, but we had fun trying it out
a capella. Here's the result:

As a side notefor today: Taylor fell ill with a cold last week (right before our concert on Friday, too!), then Leesha caught it, and now Mom and our friend Mal are coming down with it as well. All four of us had been at the local clinic last Tuesday for Mal's doctor appointment and obviously contracted a mean sore throat and cough. So, as the Spirit brings us to your mind, would you say a prayer for swift recovery for those who are sick and protected health for the rest of the family? We would certainly appreciate it, especially as we have two concerts this week. Thank you!

And, for those who may attend the Legacy Five concert this Friday, our set starts at 7:10 p.m. and then Legacy Five begins when we're done; we're so excited! (Anyone want to join us in the front row?) We're looking forward to seeing y'all there!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
The Garms Family

Friday, September 16, 2011

Who Is This?

Last week, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb had the privilege to talk with a special person. Do you know who he is*? (If you're into Southern Gospel music, it should be pretty easy!)

Look for a special video interview on SouthernGospelBlog.com and pictures coming soon!

*For those who aren't familiar with Southern Gospel music, the man the LAs are speaking with is Ernie Haase of the Signature Sound Quartet.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Legacy Five and Great Adventure Gospel Band

Legacy Five with Great Adventure

We were exceedingly honored and humbled to be asked earlier this year to open for Legacy Five on September 23rd, 2011. (Our first reaction was, "NO WAY!" :) ) We are very excited (and yes, VERY nervous) to "warm up the audience" for our "Favorite Quartet of Today", and are looking forward to a night of fun and praising the Lord. (And yes, we still claim the front pew!)

The concert starts officially at 7:30 p.m., but our set begins a short time before then. Tickets are $16 in advance and $19 at the door, so order yours today to join us for this special concert! (Click on the Legacy Five button to get more details and order tickets.) We would love to see you there!

And please pray we don't get chicken pox or any other illness this year which would hinder our time in Baxter! :)

P.S. If you would like to view our latest e-newsletter with other newsworthy items, including information about the Glory Bus and the Christmas CD, click here.