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You are Loved

Lyrics

We hide pain in the weirdest places
Broken souls with smiling faces
Fighting for surrender
For now and the after, yeah
Just look around and you’ll see that people
Are scared to say how they really feel
Oh, we all need a little honesty

You are loved
If your heart’s in a thousand pieces
If you’re lost and you’re far from reason
Just look up; know you are loved
Just look up; and know you are loved
When it feels like something’s missing
If it hurts but you can’t find healing
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, know you are loved

We’re not made to be superheroes
Photoshopped, all size zeroes
A light not expected
But not quite perfected yet
Look up; see the sun is shining
There’s hope on a new horizon
Calling you, it’s calling

You are loved
If your heart’s in a thousand pieces
If you’re lost and you’re far from reason
Just look up; know you are loved
Just look up; and know you are loved
When it feels like something’s missing
If it hurts but you can’t find healing
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, know you are loved

You, don’t have to prove yourself
Don’t try to be someone else
You don’t have to prove yourself
Don’t try to be someone else

You are loved
Just look up; you are loved
Just look up; you are loved
Just look up; you are loved, just look up

You are loved
If your heart’s in a thousand pieces
If you’re lost and you’re far from reason
Just look up; know you are loved
Just look up; and know you are loved
When it feels like something’s missing
If it hurts but you can’t find healing
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, know you are loved

If your heart’s in a thousand pieces
If you’re lost and you’re far from reason
Just look up; know you are loved
Just look up; and know you are loved
If it feels like something’s missing
If it hurts but you can’t find healing
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, know you are loved

Written by Jeff Sojka, Josh Zegan, Christopher Cleveland, Kyle Williams • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

God’s Not Dead

“God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion)”

Let love explode and bring the dead to life
A love so bold to see a revolution somehow

Let love explode and bring the dead to life
A love so bold to bring a revolution somehow

Now I’m lost in Your freedom
In this world I’ll overcome

[2x]
My God’s not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion

Roaring, He’s roaring, roaring like a lion

Let hope arise and make the darkness hide
My faith is dead I need resurrection somehow

Now I’m lost in Your freedom
In this world I’ll overcome

[2x]
My God’s not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion

Roaring, He’s roaring, roaring like a lion
He’s roaring, He’s roaring

[3x]
Let heaven roar
And fire fall
Come shake the ground
With the sound
Of revival

[4x]
My God’s not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion

He’s roaring, He’s roaring, He’s roaring like a lion [2x]

In the News with Anne Hart of Savannah Morning News


Hart to Heart: Helping the homeless on Savannah’s southside

Heidi Peterson knows firsthand what it is like to be homeless in the suburbs.

She’s spent about four years homeless, often looking for a hidden spot in an office complex to sleep.

 

Today, Peterson is no longer homeless. But she hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to live without a place to call her own.

As founder of Southern Soul Survivors, Peterson is working to help people who are homeless on Savannah’s southside.

She began the organization as a way to address the lack of access to services for the homeless living on Savannah’s southside from DeRenne Avenue to I-95. The main focus of Southern Soul Survivors is to provide hygiene items and clothing to the homeless on the southside of Savannah. With the majority of the resources for the homeless located in or around downtown, shelter, food, showers and laundry aren’t easily accessible to the homeless on the southside, Peterson said.

“Having been homeless, and a recovering addict and alcoholic, and a rape/attempted murder survivor, it is but for the grace of God that I am alive. I am a Southern soul survivor,” Peterson said. “Now, with six-plus years’ sobriety under my belt, God has guided me through my adversity so that I might provide greater good to the community.”

The public is invited to Southern Soul Survivors charity auction from 3 to 5 p.m. July 22 at Trellis Apartments club house, 15 Brasseler Blvd., in Georgetown. Pizza will be provided by Marco’s Pizza and beverages provided by Trellis. Donated auction items include antiques, photography, art and restaurant gift certificates.

What lifted Peterson out of homelessness? Peterson credits her family, mental health therapy and her church family at The Sycamore Church in Savannah for helping her start a new life she says “is foreign to me.”

“A life filled with love, trust and without condemnation. Being homeless steals many things from you, to include your self-esteem,’’ Peterson said. “Without my family and The Sycamore, I don’t know where I would be.”

Homeless families who are living out of their cars are reminders to Peterson of that startling statistic that most American households are less than two paychecks from being homeless.

Peterson recalls seeing one family at the Dollar General in Georgetown over the holidays. The daughter asked her father for a coloring book. He said they had to get baby formula and diapers.

“I look at the hands of a man who had worked hard all his life, their leather texture cracked and darkened from grease, holding a loaf of bread and peanut butter,” Peterson said. “This wasn’t a man afraid of work.”

She watched them get into their vehicle and it was obvious that all of their bedding was also in the car.

Peterson handed the man crayons and a coloring book through the broken driver’s window and said “Merry Christmas.”

“His eyes teared up as he said ‘Thank you,’ and his daughter giggled. This wasn’t a family out buying beer. They were just trying to get by, day to day.”

Peterson aims to make Southern Soul Survivors a resource that provides clothing, hygiene products, and eventually shelter and shower locations for those in need.

The southside’s homeless problem is not always visible, Peterson said.

“You may see one person pushing a cart, or someone riding a bike, but what you won’t realize is that cart has everything they own. All their worldly treasures reside in approximately four cubic feet. The person on the bike may live in the woods behind Wal-Mart.”

Eventually, Peterson would like to expand the organization to include temporary housing for women and children. She envisions the housing to incorporate basic home economic educational services (bookkeeping, thrifty spending habits, money saving, etc.), resume writing classes, basic computer skills and job interview skills.

Southern Soul Survivors also works with Savannah nonprofit organizations when possible, including the Savannah Care Center.

As this advocate for the homeless says: “I am dedicated to helping others not for glory or some pat on the back, but because it is what one should do.”

Save while shopping

Most stores will do price matching.  Price match + Coupons = Savings! 

Remember if you are using SNAP/EBT you will have to pay taxes on the coupons. Also, please remember not to shop with your SNAP benefits in convenience stores, it is just a drain on what few resources that you have available to you.

I know for certain that both Wal-Mart and Kroger offer the price match option. So, before you go shopping, try to virtually shop either through the news circulars, or online. If you present the other stores’ prices at checkout, and they are lower, you will have that price matched, add in a coupon and you have just saved even more money.

To save time shopping, Wal-Mart now offers shop online and pick-up in store. I have not tried this feature with their grocery department, but have found other departments to be hit and miss. 

Crowder – Come As You Are

“Come As You Are”

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are

Save money at the laundry mat

Typically, no matter what laundry mat  you go to,  you wind up having to put more quarters into the dryer in order to get your clothes completely dry.

Well today I’m going to tell you how to avoid this problematic waste of money. Bring two clean, dry bath towels with you to the laundromat.

When it comes time to dry your clothes, you put your laundry into the dryer and add the bath towels. Because the towels are dry and absobant, they will reduce the time it takes to dry your clothing.  You won’t have to put in additional money to get your clothes completely dry, and you will save money.

I hope this helps you out have a good day and be blessed.

Note: Small clean dry blankets can also be used. For those with home washers and dryers, this will cut down on the electric bill

 

 

Volunteers needed

Volunteers needed for the 1st Charity Auction hosted by Southern Soul Survivors. 

We are looking for people to help with setup, and organization of donated items. If this is something you are willing to help out with, just give us a ring or shoot us an email. We appreciate all the help that we can get, the more help we receive, the more souls we can aid. 

info@southernsoulsurvivors.org   (912) 376-0464

Savannah International Airport – American Airlines Employee an Example for ALL

American-Airlines-Savannah-Helping The Homeless

Everybody talks about helping those less fortunate than we are, but Callie Sinclair, Environmental Services employee at Savannah International Airport, is doing something serious to help! Working with her neighborhood group, Pinewood Seniors in Motion, and Faith In Christ Church, Callie received a huge supply of plastic grocery bags donated by employees of AMERICAN AIRLINES at the Savannah International Airport. Callie and her group crochet these plastic bags into functional 3’ x 6’ plastic mats that homeless folk can use as a moisture barrier between them and the ground.
Callie is always collecting materials and goods for the homeless community. Donations of grocery bags, clothing, toiletries, canned goods, and non-perishables (as well as cash!) are always welcome.

Savannah Care Center Fund Raising

 

     Here’s a new way to support Savannah Care Center, especially if do not have time to volunteer or attend the banquet!  While helping make your skin look beautiful, you can also help with the beauty of ALL that is done at Savannah Care because they will get all of Sofia’s profits from Beauticontrol skincare & cosmetics sells from now until April 1st! 
Visit Sofia’s website at www.beautipage.com/sophiaforester.

Donations are Profits from your purchases!

 

Coming Soon

We have a spend thrift guru who is going to be sharing some pearls of wisdom for those of us on a tight budget. 

Kasee will be writing a weekly blog in the Money Wise section, we look forward to having her as part of the team. 

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