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A sister recently wrote a blog asking for words of encouragement as she works through a workbook. I remember how many times I would flip back to the words written by a friend and they encouraged me to keep moving forward. They were imperative to my healing process.

If you find you have a few extra minutes, please click on the blog "Updates and Reaching Out" and offer your words to assist a sister in moving forward.

Thank you,


Wisdom from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Last night I had the opportunity to listen to a keynote speech delivered by John Legend. He spoke of Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and how every person needs to continue to pick up the torch. When he spoke the quote above, my ears perked up and my head tilted to the side; I had not heard that quote before. The words resonated deep inside of me and gave me chills. 

Marching On

Another school semester is about to start. It is usually about this time that I wonder where all the time went during my vacation and why I didn't accomplish all that I wanted to. It seems like no matter what plans I make I cannot quite get to them all.

The last semester finally ended. I wasn't certain I would make it through the last couple of weeks, but I somehow did. Finals were atrocious, but they usually are. I spent many late nights finishing up homework and studying for exams and somehow got through it all.

Finding a Good Quote

Times can be rough, or life can be smooth.  Life is like the ocean - tranquil and calm one moment, full of turmoil and upset the next.  Coping with the sudden changes is not always easy, but we do not have any other choice.  If we choose not to deal, then we are not living a full life.

Time or Strength?

"Time heals all wounds", so it has been said, but does it really? For each one of us the answer might be different. I personally do not believe that time heals all wounds. I think the pain lessens in time, but time alone does not heal. We have to actively seek out healing, explore different avenues that may or may not work for us, and discover the strength to continue the journey.

My First Day

Today was my first day at school, in a new city, in a new house. I was afraid that I would feel intimidated or overwhelmed, which typically happens when I undertake a new adventure. I went to my first two classes, they are back to back and then had an hour break before my next class. I stood in front of the practice football field and looked around me with awe and amazement. I took inventory of my personal feelings and checked for fear, but found none, instead I realized I was filled with happiness.

Creating Boundaries

Creating a boundary is difficult for most people, but even more so for us. As children we were not taught to create boundaries, we were not listened to when we said (screamed) "no", we were not in charge of our personal space. We did not have control THEN, but we do NOW.

Creating a boundary is healthy. What will we allow and what will we not tolerate? Boundaries are hard to set and it is even harder to enforce them. However, this is the secret: NO ONE can do it but you! NO ONE is going to live your life for you! You ARE in charge of YOUR life!

Searching for an Answer

I think there comes a point in all of our lives when we ask, "Why?" Anger usually follows quickly, because there is not an answer that will ever quell the burning desire for the truth. If I allowed myself to focus on the question I would be consumed with anger. I will never know why I was singled out, I will never know why my father chose me, I will never know....

Going Back

Today I went back to WERDCC - I was not in trouble, CHAMP had a 10 year anniversary celebration, and I attended (in the visiting room). It was a hard decision to make, going back. I wasn't certain I could mentally handle being there, but CHAMP has been a HUGE influence in my life and I wanted to be a part of their celebration. The service dogs I trained changed my life, changed me.

Giving the Dog a Bath

There are some moments in life that are true bliss, but of course life has to be balanced so there are other moments that are the opposite - giving the dog a bath is one of the opposites! 


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About Stacey Lannert

Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.

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