This is one of the websites where I also had the fun to do event photography as a bonus! Most of the recent photography on the site is by me. Below is one of my favorite snapshots: I just know Larry Delawder is trying to finagle some cookies away from these gals...
A newspaper—from our hometown—wants to know what makes our family and band tick. They may be surprised at the answers. I doubt half the responses we have given will ever see publication.
But at least we said them.
As I typed up quotes from my parents and siblings, the common thread I noticed was Jesus Christ. How warming to know I have a family who holds Jesus Christ as the most precious jewel of their lives. Really, what a rarity.
And then I felt afraid.
A nonreligious periodical is going to trim down and diminish the emphasis we have cast on our Lord and His calling. Our words may get twisted. There will be readers who will scratch their heads, throw down the article, and subsequently ridicule us.
I suddenly wanted to edit the article, soften it, make it less offensive.
But I thought: "How can I?"
I remembered a night we gathered in our family room and prayed with tears. It was after one of our first appearances (four songs at a local festival, I think?) in 2008. We had no idea of what lay ahead of us—we knew nothing. But every member of our family was strongly impressed to make a commitment before the Lord, to dedicate our musical abilities solely to Him. There were no questions. We simply handed our talents, our music, our desires back to the Author.
It's what we did, it's who we are—how can we deny it? If I am not ashamed to proclaim Christ from the stage, why quail at sharing Him at every opportunity, despite who is listening...or not?
One of the questions posed to us was "What do you want your fans to know?" You may never see our full answer in the article, but here's what we said:
"Not one of us claims to be worthy to stand on stage. Each one of us has an account of failure and sin—daily we fall short of the glory of God. But, because we serve a Savior Who died for our sin, Who saved us—not because we were worthy of saving—we proclaim the hope we received with our voices and instruments, to be a living picture of God's faithfulness and grace. That’s what we want people to know."
Lord, may I never be ashamed to tell the world—though they may mock and scorn me—the beauty and truth of Your gospel, what You have done for me.
(We can't wait to see which posts made the top 50!)
The Lord hath done great things for us.
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.
Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.
In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.
We start a 20+ day tour this Thursday and I'm scouring Pinterest for fresh meal ideas for eating on the road—particularly ones I can throw together in a crockpot. This chicken noodle soup is one we tested and proved to be delicious.
Ladies: Any simple slow cooker meals that you love and would be willing to share?
What a privilege to work a dream: To provide media services for musicians. The websites today that I crafted and updated prove it, with two gospel sings/conventions, two quartets and one family group. Only once have I promoted my business (through a simple flier)—the Lord has literally opened each door for me. I need to remind myself that this is a _gift_—one for God's glory and to assist my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
True, it doesn't make responsive website design any easier. But it sure does make me grateful. :)
- The Garms FamilySinger, musician, IT, songwriter, 2008 - present
- Lacheln DesignsGraphic and Web Designer, 2011 - present
I am learning to decrease while Christ increases, so I will attempt to introduce myself without self-centered promotion or subtle boasting! (Do you know how much of a challenge it is?)
My name is Taylor Garms, and I am the third child of David and Kris Garms. Our family of ten lives primarily in a comfortable home amidst the swamps of Braham, Minnesota, though several members now live away from home. Those who are still at home are involved in music ministry and travel across the United States as The Garms Family (we love Southern Gospel, with several other genres mingled in for variety).
I am a grateful 2010 homeschool graduate (what a privilege homeschooling was and is!). Photoshop is almost always running on my MacBook Pro as I manage a small graphic design business. I enjoy writing books (they are never seen by anyone other than the other members of the "Hooded Authors Club") and songs to encourage the church. I muse out loud at ArisetotheCall.com. Besides these, I love drawing with pencils, dabbling in photography, and cooking up spicy meals for my family (if you dare, ask about my famous fried potatoes!). And, as somewhat of an extrovert, I like to talk and spend time with those I love.
People have labeled me everything from "fundie" to "liberal", but I prefer to be simply known as a follower of Christ.
- His Light Lutheran School (Home school)1998 - 2010
- Prince of Peace Lutheran School1998