As we are about to step into a new year, I wanted to write you all and say thank you so much for allowing me and my absolutely incredible friends to join in on your 2017 year.

Back at the beginning of summer, my friend Juli called me and said the Lord put it on her heart to ask me about starting a blog with different writers on my Live Original website, and I have to be honest in saying I was slightly hesitant at first. It had already been such a busy year, and in my little brain I could not even think of starting one more thing. In fact, the night she called I had just gotten back from winter jam of 3 months of touring. I was actually still in the thick of even trying to get the live original website up, because it had not launched yet. There was also a time crunch on that, because we had to get the ticket links and info out about the tour on some site somewhere fast, because we were announcing dates for the tour in just 2 weeks. It was the stressful month of tour planning because everything has to be locked in to make it public. I was also in the middle of writing my new book. I was at the start of a new project that y’all will know about soon (seriously can not wait to announce), and I had just gotten a call that I would need to be in Mexico to film a hallmark movie with just a 2 day notice in the middle of it all, so with all of this a going on I would be flying in and out of Mexico. It was a bit of a crazy time. I thought, if I do this…how in the world would I keep it up?  What if no one wants to write and it’s all on me? Will words through a screen really make a difference?  I told her that was a good idea, but she is just going to have to let me think about it for a minute, and to be honest, the time just did not seem right.

After getting off the phone with her, I went back to the first thing she said to me that I kind of overlooked at first. She said, “the Lord kept putting it on my heart to call you and ask you to do this. I know you are busy. I know this does not make sense, but I would be disobedient to Him if I didn’t mention it to you.” Immediately, I felt a sense of conviction that this blog idea had nothing to do with me or my timing, but it was something that a generation of young men and women have been crying out for, and the Lord was asking me if I would just say yes. It was not just a random offer or just one more thing, it was something the Lord was asking and something that was so far beyond my team or me. Two days later after prayer, and asking the Lord to silence my thoughts and enlighten my eyes to see His vision for this, I called her back and said, “let’s do it.”

People have always said to me, “if He calls you to something, He will equip you. All He needs is a yes.” I had never seen that more than this moment in my life. Sometimes, you have to expect miracles and posture yourself in a radical way to see God do the miraculous things. It’s called faith. That day I text some friends to ask if they would share their story, and every single person not only said yes, but they got vulnerable and shared their heart. Blog after blog that they sent in seemed to be an answer to someone’s prayer around the world, or just the encouragement someone else needed. I was completely blown away. Not only was I blown away by the yes, the faithfulness, and the vulnerability from this side of the screen, but also, I was completely undone by the response of the other side. The testimonies people sent in of their perspectives, every email we received of how each blog changed someone’s life…it was an answer to someone’s prayer, and it was a way the Lord spoke to so many individual people all around the world—by hearing encouragement or truth from someone writing their story. It really has been so unique to see such a diverse group of people writing and bringing so much unity to those who are reading. Through starting this blog, I have fallen so much more in love with God and have fallen into the saying, “love should run further than fear and faster than doubt.” I have learned to trust Him first, and loving Him fully makes that easy. I have seen His faithfulness in new ways. I have learned the power of a yes. I have learned and been challenged myself, and even moved to tears on so many of the post from my extraordinary friends. I have seen the power of unity. I have seen that there is something to learn from everyone. I have treasured every response.

 And I have learned that when something seems to be impossible—whether it’s bad timing, or crazy random, if God has called you to something… fasten your seat belt and get ready, get expected, get excited, and scream YES. It has been an amazing journey with all of you starting this blog this year. Thank you for being a part of it all.

 Cheers to many more adventures, stories and God moments walking into 2018 together! May we forever be in unity through faith, hope, love, testimonies and our life adventures. I love every single one of you, and I have prayed over every eye that reads the words to encounter His presence and feel a touch of His love. Never would I of ever imaged that their would be 1.2 million of you reading in 195 countries, but I know His love extends far beyond what we could imagine.

You are so loved my friends.

From your friend and sista,

Sadie Rob <3

Sadie Robertson

Author Sadie Robertson

More posts by Sadie Robertson

Join the discussion 19 Comments

  • Lidia Cruz says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement! Reading these blogs has made such an impact in my life. Grateful that God is doing this through you!

  • Sophie Weiss says:

    Opening your blog and scrolling through has been such a joy especially when work isn’t going as planned. Just pre-ordered your book yesterday and I’m so thrilled to get to reading! I love seeing how God uses you and all your friends daily through so many outlets! You’re such an inspiration keep doing your thing girl! 🙂

  • Abby Jensen says:

    This really helped me with the inner debate I’ve been having recently, thank you so much for starting this blog!

  • Matthew Burchfield says:

    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • jennifer jaden says:

    So glad you followed the call! XO Jen

  • Kaitlyn Hardee says:

    Love youuuu❤️??

  • Sarah Edwards says:

    God bless you and your friends! ?????

  • Hannah Murry says:

    I love you so much! You’re so inspiring and your walk with the Lord is so amazing to see!

  • Kylie Gillespie says:

    Sadie I had no idea this was your first year of the blog! I had read a couple of posts, then subscribed, and then shared it with my friends! I love how you shared the story behind it and I love the quote you used! "Love should run further than fear and faster than doubt" I’ve never heard it before and I absolutely love it because this year I’m trying to work on faith, hope, love, trust, and less worry and doubt. So THANK YOU Sadie for all that you do for everyone around the world! Your words and the words others have shared through this blog are truly inspiring!

  • Candice Smith says:

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I really needed that. You are blessing to so many young people. Keep on going.
    Be blessed.

  • Kaitlyn Moriarty says:

    You’re the coolest person ever

  • Belle Bullington says:

    Thank you so much Sadie for encouraging me throughout this whole year with your blogs, Instagram posts, stories, YouTube videos, and Live Original tour. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in 2018! ☺️❤️

  • Jami Watson says:

    ??

  • Kendal Meredith says:

    Thank you so much for you encouragement and all that you have done along with those who share their stories. Please let them know we appreciate it a lot! God bless, hope you have a new year!

  • CeCe Cogliano says:

    “if He calls you to something, He will equip you. All He needs is a yes.” Before you were even born God asked you to be an angel and a savior to all and you said yes before he even took you on your journey. You’re changing lives one step at a time. I can’t thank you enough for giving me a kick in the butt that I’ve needed for a while and an attitude to trust the Lord and take on 2018 head first. Love you Sadie!?

  • Tammy Spears says:

    Hi Sadie,
    I am excited 2 come on board as I myself was called by the good Lord above 2 publish my first poetry book "Flutter of an Eye" in memory of my Mother who passed away at a young age of 61 in 2007. She was & still is my inspiration in life who provided our family with much love and a strong faith in God that she gave to us as well. I would encourage you & your friends 2 go to poetrynation.com and view my collection "Flutter of an Eye" written by me Tammy Spears. In my book that I am in the processof publishing at the moment consists of love 4 our mother, a mother’s love, blessings in life, love of family,love to share, God’s gifts & blessings, honoring the military, life experiences, seasons of change, memories of the past, present and future, remembrance of a loved one, reminiscing and cherishing precious time, and love of a child and spouse. God is the reason for everything we have been blessed with in life and i am grateful for all of them! Thank you for allowing us to share our stories with you as well! God Bless You along your journey in 2018! Tammy Spears

  • Lindsey Johnson says:

    Dear Sadie,
    My name is Lindsey. You are such an inspiration to others and God has given you the spiritual gift of encouragement. I look forward to all of your projects. God has also given me the gift of encouragement and have written devotional books. It has always been a dream of mine to get them published. Is there anyway you could help me get them published? I would greatly appreciate you helping me in anyway possible. All things are possible with God. We just have to have faith. Here is a devotional I wrote today. It’s long, but extremely good. I actually used the Bible verse on the Scripure cards of yours. "Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity."
    1 Timothy 4:12
    "Our hearts are not made happy by words alone. We should seek a good and pure life, setting our minds at rest and having confidence before God."
    -Thomas Kempis
    "The secret of purity is God. Get a pure heart from God and you can be supremely happy no matter what the circumstances and no matter what is going on around you."
    -Billy Graham
    "The pure in heart live transparently… no guile, no hidden motives."
    -Charles R. Swindoll
    "Love is not getting, but giving. Not a wild dream of pleasure and a madness of desire-oh no- love is not that! It is goodness and honor and peace and pure living- yes, love is that and it is the best thing in the world and the thing that lives the longest."
    -Henry Van Dyke
    As Christians, we are to model how to be Jesus disciples in everything we do. This includes the words we say, how we live our lives, how we love others unconditionally, our unshakable faith, and our sincere purity. We need to remember that young people look to us to be examples of how they should live their lives. We should be careful about the words we speak, the decisions we make, loving others unconditionally, having unshakable faith, and having a pure heart because God and everyone else is watching. We need to have a personal relationship with God, and study His Word (the Bible), so we know the absolute truth. We should live our lives that completely displays the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We should be God’s beautiful shining light in this world. A light so incredibly bright that nothing you do can dim it, you can’t miss it, and you want to have that God light as well. Everyone shine the light you were born to shine. The bright light inside of you that God gave you. We should live our lives unconditionally loved, absolutely holy, and
    beautifully purely. We should love God and others unconditionally, all absorbing, and all consuming kind of love. Why? Because this is the kind of pure unconditional love God has for all of us. We should model this kind of unconditional love and holy life to all the young people and everyone else God has set in your life and care. Our spirit and heart should radiant with unconditional love, holiness, and purity- when someone looks at you that is what they should see. They should see God inside of you that radiants to the outside to encourage those around you and they will see God in you. To all the young children and everyone else in our lives we should act and react just like Jesus. We should show as an example our trust and faith in God, God’s strength, His unconditional love, His understanding, and His promise to always and forever deliver us. When we show young people and everyone else in our lives we have God qualities, it gives them faith in God that they can have these qualities too. So, no matter what we all face in life as long as we have faith in God and His qualities we can get through anything and everything. We are all OVERCOMERS in God If you because God OVERCAME the whole entire world!!! "If you fear, you are lacking in faith. If you have faith, you will not fear."
    To all young people and everyone else out there- We should all be an example of purity of mind, purity of heart, and purity of conversation. The world is looking for leaders to follow. We should be the ultimate example they see. The ultimate example they should see is God and follow Him wholeheartedly. Too many are attracted to bad examples, and are following them to destruction. Set the ultimate example and standard that will lead them to eternal life- knowing and following God wholeheartedly always and forever for all of eternity- HEAVEN!!
    PS: You can always and forever make a difference in everyone’s lives by leading them to God, spreading God’s unconditional love and beautiful shining light, and a sincere smile that ultimately comes from a sincere heart! Everyone do not look down on anyone because their young or anyone in general. We were all created and born to make a huge difference for the Kindgom of God!!! ????❤️❤️❤️?????????????????????✌️✌️✌️??????
    So please if you could help me in anyway to get my books published I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much Sadie in advance. I felt God telling me to send this.
    In Christ,
    Lindsey Johnson
    PS: My email address is lindseyjohnson1008@gmail.com

  • Sue Jaske says:

    I’m so glad you have a Blog, you are an inspiration and if ppl are having a bad day just go to your Blog’s and read what you have said or what other comments ppl have wrote, always some good advice to think about. Have a good start to 2018 and i miss your family on TV, hope everyone is doing well.

  • Kiana Bergen says:

    You go girl! Say yes to God! Keep pursuing the dreams he sets before you! Live fearless! LOVE God and others! You are totallyrockin it!!

Leave a Reply