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Fayth Lore of the Lore Family talks about a Mother’s Love

Written by Staff on May 12, 2018 – 12:05 pm -

Fayth Lore and the Lore Family

Fayth Lore and the Lore Family

When you’re a little girl, you watch your mother with the intent of being just like her. She’s what makes you love people a bit deeper. She’s what makes your home look and smell good, and she’s the epitome of God’s love. Little boys go to their mother for care and concern and live with the expectation that she can make anything better again. Their mother is who shows them love in the first place.

 

If God blesses you with a mother, or someone who treated you like their own, He has blessed you with something that will last a lifetime. Mothers deserve more than just a day to recognize them, but take a moment today, or two, and wrap those arms around your mother or the special lady in your life and remind her of the love she has given you.

 

Fayth Lore

Fayth Lore and her mom, Sandy

Fayth Lore of the Lore Family truly knows the leadership and guidance of having a special mother. I asked Fayth the following questions, to which you can feel the reality of their relationship, and the love and respect she holds for her mother.



What do you admire most about your mother?

“There are so many things that I admire about my mother. It’s hard to pick just one. Anyone who knows Sandy Lore knows that she loves God, and she loves her family. Mom isn’t the type of person who just lives for Jesus on Sundays and on stage. She lives for Him each day and behind the scenes when nobody’s watching. One thing I have always appreciated about my mother is that she is as real as they come. She’s not a fake person. She sincerely cares about people and hurts when they hurt. I’ve watched her talk to individuals after concerts and later write their name down on her prayer board that she prays over daily. She is a woman of faith.

 

“She is absolutely hilarious when you get to know her and extremely sarcastic, but she’s never been afraid to let me see her hard days. She’s allowed me to be her best friend, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I share pretty much every detail of my life with my mother, because I have confidence in her discrepancy, advice and love. She’s always told me that she loves me, but she’s never shied away from telling me when I’m wrong. She is the epitome of class, but she knows how to cut up and have a good time.”

 

Fayth Lore and the Lore FamilyWhat is it like singing on stage with your mother?

 

“It is something special to have the opportunity to sing with my family on stage. Not very many young women get that chance. We’re a pretty normal, average family. We all drive each other crazy, but that’s what makes road trips so fun. Hah. We say that we’re like a three-ring circus, and it’s probably true. In the end, I know that family is the most precious possession that God has given me on this side of Heaven. I wouldn’t trade singing next to my crazy bunch, for the world.

 

“At our latest teen girl conference, True Purpose Girls Conference 2017, Mom and I both caught eyes while singing a duet together on one of our latest songs, “Many Sparrows” (written by Marcia Henry). Looking each other in the eye, we both began to tear up. Later, we discussed what was running through our minds as we caught eyes, and we discovered that we were thinking the same thing. The lyrics say, “You are worth more than many sparrows. It’s important that you know, God knows exactly where you are. And you, don’t be afraid about tomorrow. For no matter where you go, God goes. He is looking out for many sparrows.” Running through both of our minds was the thought of how special the other person is. The quality time that I get to spend with my mom every weekend, I’m sure I take for granted many of times. But, I will never forget our special moments that God gives us.”

 

Of all the amazing traits your mother has, what do you feel is her best?

 

“Her hazel eyes. She does have beautiful eyes, but in all seriousness, my mom has a pure heart. Like I said, she is just real with people. When people come to her with questions or prayer requests, she always tries to sympathize with them and takes time to listen. If there is an issue, she’s not very good at sweeping it under the rug. She believes in getting things into the light, because the truth will set you free. We always say that if someone is going to get hurt or sick in the family, it will be mom. We say it’s because she’s the most spiritual one of the four of us, and Satan is trying to take her out. But, she has full faith in the power of God. She’s not afraid to pray about anything and believe what she’s praying for.”

 

What trait(s) does your mother possess that you hope to exemplify one day for yourself?

 

“Her faith and her class. Mom and Dad both grew up at the same church, up the holler. We’re country as cornbread as they say. Maybe not that country, but we do live in Southern Ohio. My mother is a classy woman, and she believes in taking care of yourself and looking your best. But, she also showed Samuel and I how to make Indian War paint with river water and river rock. She’d smear it on our cheeks when we were younger, and we’d pretend like we were Indians. I hope to have her sincerity and faith someday. I tend to be too analytical and downcast about situations or goals. But, when Mom claims something in Jesus’ name, she believes it wholeheartedly.”

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My Mom by Selena Day

Written by Staff on May 12, 2018 – 8:03 am -

Selena Day and her mom, Sue Brantley

Selena Day and her mom, Sue Brantley

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and at SGNScoops we want to wish all the moms out there a beautiful weekend.

To celebrate we will be printing some of the loving tributes by our Scoops family. This one is written by Day by Day author, Selena Day.

Chuck and Selena Day

Chuck and Selena Day

I was asked to write a short paragraph about my mama for the Mother’s Day issue for the SGNscoops. A paragraph will not be enough to describe my mother.  She is a woman bigger than life packaged in a 5’3 frame.  A woman with a lot of words and a lot of love.

She is the type of woman that movies such as “Steel Magnolias” and “Gone with the Wind” were written about.

My father drove race cars when I was a little girl and because of this, people may think that I get my sense of adventure from him; but anyone that knows my mother knows that I really get it from her.

When I was a little girl, she and my aunt would pile all of us kids in the car and take us wherever they went.

She is really a woman ahead of her time.  She never backs down from a fight, whether it is taking in a distant relative and standing nose to nose with that relative’s very large, very mean stepfather; or fighting for the lives of our loved ones suffering illnesses such as cancer and liver disease.

She always had a way of making the mundane special and she has taught me that laughter really is the best medicine, and strength in a woman is a very beautiful virtue.

Selena Day

Selena Day

Happy Mother’s Day Sue Brantley.  I love you and you have always set the example of what it means to be The Queen.

 

Luke 8:22 “Also, some women were with him. They had been cured of evil spirits and various illnesses. These women were Mary, also called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, whose husband Chusa was Herod’s administrator; Susanna; and many other women. They provided financial support for Jesus and his disciples.”

 

I have been blessed with many strong women in my life. My mother was the oldest of six, and her mother was the oldest girl of 13. These women strongly influenced my life.

In the Christian world, we talk a lot about spiritual mothers and fathers, and to be honest, I have never felt the need for one because of the great support I have had from my parents and from the influence of such a large family. It was not until I was older that I became thankful for their influence in my life. I would like to share the stories about several of those women.

My mother has a strength to her that I have not seen in many. She has really been the constant in my life. She has pushed me and tough-loved me when I needed it. She has blessed my family over and over by giving so much to us. Just yesterday, she took us girls out shopping at the thrift store so we could use her senior discount, and then, she would not let me pay her back. She has taken care of my father through his liver transplant and my aunt and uncle when they battled cancer. She was there for my cousins when those same parents passed away.

Then, there’s Chuck’s mother.  She is a female evangelist, and I am thankful for the strong spiritual heritage she has instilled in Chuck. Recently, she began sharing some of her stories of traveling alone and preaching as a young woman. She spoke of the camaraderie she experienced with the older women saints praying for her and encouraging her to keep doing what she felt called to do. She loves being a grandmother. My youngest daughter laughs and talks about how she is the only person she knows that can make you jealous of the younger version of yourself.

Then, there are my grandmothers. Mildred Felice Smith, whom I am named after. She was a spitfire. She was a woman way ahead of her time. Back in the early 1970s when women usually were very grandmotherly, she broke her arm by trying to jump a pile of bricks with her motorcycle. I hope you’re not envisioning a biker chick, because she was far from this. She was very much a junior league southern matriarch. She gave me her sense of adventure. When I was a little girl and would stay at her house, she would load us up in her car and set out to play the “get lost game” … each child would pick the turn at an intersection. It was so exciting as a child to think you were discovering new places.  

 

Next is Ernestine Brantley Minton. She was your classic southern lady. This is where I got my artistic nature. She was the type of woman who made everyone feel as if they were special. I know that she lead each one of us grandchildren into believing that we were her favorites. She wanted all her girls to be beautiful ladies and all her men to be strong and kind. She called her family “her clan” and always signed her notes and cards with, “thanks for being mine.”

 

I could go on and on about all the women in my life. I am forever thankful for each of them. Recently, we lost my aunt in a tragic fire, and it made me realize once again how important it is to tell those whom you love and who have made a difference in your life how thankful you are for them. So, if you would allow me to, I would love to say how thankful I am for Sue Brantley, Grace Day, Grace Ward, Jeannie Kyser, Lucy Brantley, Kelly Miller, Ruby Eskew, Nancy Kenney, Gail LaBach, Joy Nesbitt, Carol Pitts, Belinda Dutton, Kathy Brantley, Georgiana Rhea, Carol Byler and Michelle Green. Many of these women are not mothers, but they have made an impact on our ministry. We could not do what we have done without them.   

 

Happy Mother’s Day, and don’t forget to celebrate the women in your life.

 

Selena Day is a motivational speaker and is available to speak at your conference or event.  You may contact her at selenaday@me.com http://www.queenliving.org  http://facebook.com/queenismsbyselenaday. Photographs courtesy of Selena Day.

By Selena Day. Written in May 2017.

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David Staton: One day a year is not enough for Mom

Written by Staff on May 13, 2017 – 8:06 am -

David Staton and his mom

David Staton and his mom, Geneva Staton

David Staton, monthly columnist for SGNScoops, writes this about his mom:

My mom, Geneva Staton, still lives in the house that my dad built in Hamilton, OH, and at eighty years old, she still pours herself into the lives of her children and grandchildren.  The doctors told my mom that she would never be able to have kids, but I’m one of five that call her mom.  I was fortunate enough for God to place me in a home full of love.  I had parents that loved each other, loved us kids, and loved God more than anything.  As a kid, at the center of all of that love was my mom.  She had 5 kids (I’m in the middle), and we all grew up singing together.  We learned to sing harmony at a young age.  I remember my mom getting in the floor and singing a harmony part in my ear loud enough that I would not be distracted by the other parts going on around me.  She could sing, but I never remember hearing her sing in public.  However, I do remember her and my dad driving us kids all over when we did.  She was always and still is an amazing cook!  Her dishes are legendary in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky!  She always made sure that we had dinner together as a family, and she still loves to have all of her family together for meals.  When I was really young, her and my dad would always take us five kids to Levi Jackson State Park in London, KY with a pop up camper.  I still wonder how they did that.  I remember my mom along with the ladies from the families in our church that would go with us, getting up at 5:00AM to make breakfast, cleaning up until lunch time, cleaning that up until supper, and then preparing for snacks around the campfire.  For mom, it was anything but a vacation.  After years of doing this, I remember my mom telling my dad, that if this was all we could do for a vacation, she’d rather stay home.  I sure did not blame her.  That same year, there was a for sale sign that went on the camper and that was when we started going to the beach.  Thank you mom! When I think of all that my mom has done for her family and for the Kingdom of God, one day a year is not enough to honor her.  

Happy Mother’s Day Mom,

From your favorite son,

David Staton and family

David Staton

David (In case you forgot)

About David Staton:

Through the years, nearly every major artist in gospel music has recorded David’s music.  Artists like Gold City, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Kingsmen, Singing Americans, Dixie Melody Boys, Imperials, Dottie Peoples, Ball Brothers, LeFevre Quartet, Palmetto State Quartet, Priority, Trailblazers, The Greenes, Ivan Parker, Brian Free and many more have recorded music written by David Staton.  From 2005 to 2013, Staton was the Executive Vice President for Song Garden Music Group in Nashville, TN.  In recent years, the National Quartet Convention has asked David to be a part of an industry advisory panel to help artists who need assistance and training.  Not only has David made a mark in gospel music as an artist and a writer, he is passing on his knowledge and experience on to new artists which will influence and shape the future of gospel music.

More about David here.

Thanks to David Staton for his eloquent tribute to her mom today. Would you like to tell us about your mother? Email me today at lorraine@sgnscoops.com

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Mother’s Day greeting from Stephanie Kelley

Written by Staff on May 12, 2017 – 11:46 am -

Stephanie Kelley and her mom

Stephanie Kelley and her mom, Sharon Kramer

Stephanie Kelley is part of the creative and design team of SGNScoops Magazine. She is responsible for our lovely covers and is also the cousin of publisher Rob Patz. She gives this tribute about her mom:

My mom has always been my very best friend and a whole lot more.  She has been my confidant; I have told her everything that has ever happened to me and she always rejoices in the victories and comforts me in the defeats. She supports me in every possible way. She is the benchmark that I try to aspire to now that I have my own children. She is smart, compassionate, patient and is such a talented poet. But what I admire most about her, is her love for the Lord. She has taught me to trust the Lord in all things, big and small and demonstrates this faith in her daily life. I love you, more, Mama.

Stephanie Kelley and Rob Patz

Stephanie Kelley and Rob Patz

Stephanie Kelley is a public speaker and owner of QueenO-Q, a blog featuring coupon match-ups, freebies, samples and information on frugal living. She is married, has three children and lives in Washington State. Queenoq.blogspot.com.

Thanks to Steph Kelley for her eloquent tribute to her mom today. Would you like to tell us about your mother? Email me today at lorraine@sgnscoops.com

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Mother’s Day wish from Justin Gilmore

Written by Staff on May 12, 2017 – 7:41 am -

Justin Gilmore with Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

Justin Gilmore with Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

Justin Gilmore is a writer for SGNScoops Magazine from Fallbrook, California. He sent in this Mother’s Day note for his mom, Laurie Gilmore:

Mom, I cannot begin to express my love for you. You are a sweet and caring person and I don’t know what I’d do without you. I can always count on you to be there for me whatever the situation. You have taught me so much: compassion, trust, to stand up for myself, and to laugh. I truly appreciate all that you have done for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Laurie Gilmore, mother of Justin Gilmore

Laurie Gilmore

Love your son,

Justin Gilmore

Would you like to wish your mother a Happy Mother’s Day? Send us a note at lorraine@sgnscoops.com

Justin Gilmore is a resident of San Diego, California and graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in History in June of 2014. Passionate about Southern Gospel music and its history, he decided to venture into the blog world, starting Southern Gospel Spotlight in order to share his love of this great style of music.

Look for a feature by Justin Gilmore on the fabulous Legacy Five and Tribute who were recently in concert in California.

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Erin Stevens gives a tribute to her Mum

Written by Staff on May 11, 2017 – 9:18 am -

Erin Stevens with her mum and dad

Erin Stevens with her mum, Tami, and dad, Rich.

People have the misconception that road life is glamorous. If you’re one of those folks, let me stop you right there. It’s hard. It requires a strong back bone, and a good sense of humor.

My mom grew up with the call of ministry on her life at a very young age. For the past 32 years, in full-time ministry, she has been the picture of grace and poise at my father’s side.

Erin Stevens with her family onstage

The Stevens onstage

So many know her as the eloquent lady on stage, but I know the hours she spends in prayer behind the scenes, booking our family’s dates, and I know the strength she possesses even on the toughest days. Not to mention, she makes the best Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake known to man.

Erin Stevens

Erin Stevens

I am truly blessed and honored that God handpicked her to be my mum. 

By Erin Stevens, staff writer for SGNScoops, member of The Stevens Family, photographer at Photos For Keeps By Erin.

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About The Stevens Family…The Stevens Family, from Warren, Ohio, has been traveling in music ministry since 1985. Rich, Tami and Erin effectively minister the gospel to people of all ages through a variety of musical styles. They have completed many recordings, which showcase their creative songwriting abilities. They have written songs that have been recorded by artists such as Greater Vision, The Whisnants and The Inspirations… The Stevens Family has a special message and an apparent sense of direction in their ministry. Their music could best be described as Christ-centered and family-oriented. The purpose of their ministry is to offer encouragement and hope through the message of God’s Word in song…(for more click here.)

Thanks to Erin Stevens for her eloquent tribute to her mum today. Would you like to tell us about your mother? Email me today at lorraine@sgnscoops.com

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My Mom is my best Friend: Vonda Easley

Written by Staff on May 10, 2017 – 9:00 am -

Vonda Easley and her mom, Margaret Turner

Vonda Easley and her mom, Margaret Turner

One day out of the year, we have this beautiful opportunity to give back to the people who have given us so much: our moms.

So on this day, I’d like to say a few things about my mom, Margaret  Ann Turner.

Vonda Easley and her mom, Margaret TurnerLife has been difficult and there have been times when I’ve felt like giving up, when things were not going my way. Each time, my mother was there to remind me of my worth.

She encouraged me to keep reaching for the unreachable and never settle for anything less than I deserved. No matter how bizarre my dreams were,  I’m thankful my mom never stopped believing in me.

Perhaps it was easier for me to take my frustrations out on my mom when I was growing up because she loved me unconditionally. During my teenage years,  there were times when I was a selfish brat; still, she loved me anyway and I am forever grateful. My parents sacrificed so much in order to give me a better life than they had when they were kids. Like the old Loretta Lynn song says, “We were poor but we had love.”

My mother taught me to sing at an early age. Later, she taught us how to sing harmony. Music is all we knew. I am so thankful for that.

Vonda Easley and her mom, Margaret TurnerSo on this Mother’s Day, I want to say: “I love you, Momma. You are the best friend I’ve ever had.”

By Vonda Easley, Owner of Hope’s Journey and Hey Y’all Media; VP of Sales and Marketing  SGN Scoops Magazine

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Vonda Easley with Hope's Journey

Hope’s Journey

Today we hear from Vonda Easley, an integral part of SGNScoops,  as she explains what is unique about her mom.

To send in your tribute, write to lorraine@sgnscoops.com

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Tribute to Mom by Selena Day

Written by Staff on May 9, 2017 – 6:57 am -

Selena Day and her mom, Sue Brantley

Selena Day and her mom, Sue Brantley

I was asked to write a short paragraph about my mama for Mother’s Day on SGNScoops.  A paragraph will not be enough to describe my mother.  She is a woman bigger than life packaged in a 5’3 frame.  A woman with a lot of words and a lot of love.  She is the type of woman that movies such as “Steel Magnolias” and “Gone with the Wind” were written about.

My father drove race cars when I was a little girl and because of this people may think that I get my sense of adventure from him, but anyone that knows my mother knows that I really get it from her.  When I was a little girl she and my aunt would pile all us kids in the car and take us wherever they went.  She is really a woman ahead of her time.  She never backs down from a fight, whether it be taking in a distant relative and standing nose to nose with that relative’s very large, very mean stepfather, to fighting for the lives of our loved ones suffering illnesses such as cancer and liver disease.

Selena Day and her mom, Sue Brantley

Selena Day and her mom, Sue Brantley

She always had a way of making the mundane special and she has taught me that laughter really is the best medicine and strength in a woman is a very beautiful virtue.

Selena Day

Selena Day

Happy Mother’s Day Sue Brantley.  I love you and you have always set the example of what it means to be The Queen.

—by Selena Day, write for SGNScoops

As Mother’s Day approaches on May 14, we at SGNScoops would like to share with our readers about the special women in our lives. We know that you will see many of the same attributes in the lady you call Mom. Please write us and let us know what you love about her!

Today we hear from Selena Day, one of our monthly writers, as she explains what is unique about her mom. Selena is a published author of the book, “Queenisms, ” and travels with her husband,  Christian Country artist Chuck Day. She also leads Family Ministries.

To send in your tribute, write to lorraine@sgnscoops.com

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Chuck and Selena Day

Chuck and Selena Day


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Sarah Murray: Tribute to Mom

Written by Staff on May 8, 2017 – 7:37 am -

Sarah Murray and her mom

Sarah Murray and her mom, Kelly Edens

As Mother’s Day approaches on May 14, we at SGNScoops would like to share with our readers about the special women in our lives. We know that you will see many of the same attributes in the lady you call Mom. Please write us and let us know what you love about her!

Today we hear from Sarah Murray, one of our new writers, as she explains what is unique about her mom. Sarah is with Bless’d Ministries.

Let’s hear from Sarah!

My momma- Kelly Edens

If I had to sum her up in a few words: Selfless, devoted, Christ-like.
She’s selfless in every aspect. She literally lives to please others and see them succeed. She’s devoted to everything God has given her: Her family, her career, her home, her marriage, but most of all, her walk with Christ.

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

My mother is the image of the Proverbs 31 woman. She carries herself with honor, she attends to her family at all times, and she lives a life fearing God yet living and walking in a true love with him.

My momma wears a lot of hats and plays a lot of roles. A lot of people depend on her every single day. However, she takes on every task of life with a pride in the life God has given her and doesn’t let a day go by that she doesn’t share Jesus with someone.

She’s my best friend, my saving grace, and the woman I aspire to be. I’m beyond thankful God created her to be my momma.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day not always easy, possibly painful

Written by Staff on May 7, 2016 – 8:10 am -

Steve Proctor

Steve Boctor

By Steve Boctor—Husband, Father, Author and Pastor

Mother’s Day can be an absolutely wonderful day of celebration. I can picture the children and their dad tip toeing to the kitchen early in the morning quietly making breakfast for their mother. They set the plate of food, a hot cup of coffee, her favourite flower and a card on the tray and bring it all up to her while she’s still in bed. What a special moment of love and appreciation for such a deserving mother.

However, Mother’s Day can also be very difficult for some women as it can conjure up many feelings of sadness and pain.

– Some are hurting because the mother you love deeply passed away.

– Others are wrestling with the reality that your mother has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and cherishing every moment you have with her is bitter sweet.

– Some have longed to be a mother for so long; but the medical reports have crushed those dreams.

image– Some of you may even be grieving, or angry, because you never really had a good mother in your life and were left to raise yourself.

– Some mothers are feeling the tremendous burden of a child (or children) that has not only left home, but is living an unhealthy lifestyle.

– Some are even dreaming of how old your child would be today if they weren’t taken from you so prematurely.

On such a day as this, no matter how good or difficult it may be, I believe there is one thing worth remembering: God created each of you with unique qualities that are worth honouring and celebrating.

The Apostle Paul wrote; “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—THINK ABOUT (ie FOCUS on) such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

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