Focus on the Family Broadcast

Living With Authenticity

Living With Authenticity

TV star and actress Sadie Robertson explains how she has remained true to her Christian values in the midst of the pressures that come with a highly successful career in the public spotlight.

Opening:

Teaser:

Miss Sadie Robertson: So, instead of being scared and running from these times, like embrace it, you know and run straight for it and find your purpose and your passion and be Spirit-led.

End of Teaser

John Fuller: Sadie Robertson joins us today on “Focus on the Family” and your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly. Thanks for joining us. I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, we’re all excited here at Focus on the Family to have Sadie with us. Next week is the official re-launch of Brio magazine. That was our publication many years ago for teen girls and it’s back and Sadie is the cover girl for the first issue. And that and her great story we’re gonna talk about today.

John: Yeah, it’s really fun to haveBrio back and the response from people has been overwhelming, Jim.

Jim: I’m shocked–

John: I mean, the number.

Jim: –43,000 subscriptions to the magazine in just a few weeks. So, we know you’ve wanted this and we are glad to say it’s back.

John: And as you said, Sadie is on the cover. Now Sadie is perhaps best known for her work on A&E TV’s reality show, “Duck Dynasty.” She also was on “Dancing with the Stars” and she’s an impressive young lady and I’m really glad to have her here.

Body:

Jim: Yeah, she is and Sadie, welcome to “Focus on the Family.”

Sadie: Thank y’all. That was such a nice introduction.

Jim: Hey, I have met your dad. Your mom has actually been on the program with her book and also your uncle Al and Aunt Lisa, right?

Sadie: Yes! (Laughter) I’m just joining the family tradition in coming.

Jim: So, they all really love Si kind of. (Laughter)

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: They said Si is actually that bizarre. Is he?

Sadie: Oh, yeah.

Jim: Now you’re the niece. Is Uncle Si [bizarre]?

Sadie: Oh, my gosh, I can tell you whenever we were little, like my cousins and I, we would wait for him to wake up from his nap, because every time he would do like the weirdest thing or have like extreme gas. (Laughter) Right? And we would be like, this guy is so weird. So, he used to be the weird uncle, but now that he’s like famous Uncle Si, we’re like, “Oh, hey, Uncle Si.”

Jim: He’s the lovable one.

Sadie: He’s pretty cool, yeah. He’s pretty funny.

Jim: Oh, he’s fun. He’s probably, you know, he just brings great humor to the show.

Sadie: Oh, absolutely.

Jim: Now were you ever in a position as a younger teen going, “Mom and dad, what are you doin’ with ‘Duck Dynasty;’ why would you do that?

Sadie: Oh, yes, for sure. It was a huge shock to us. But what was really cool is, I was at a Winter Fest event whenever I found out we were going to have the show “Duck Dynasty” and this year to be speaking at Winter Jam was kinda cool to see that “Duck Dynasty” got me there and so, full circle moment for me. It was definitely a huge life-changer though.

Jim: You’ve written this book, a New York Times best-seller. You’re 19-years-old. Don’t you know you’re supposed to wait till you’re at least 35?

Sadie: Hey, hey, that’s, no, no, no, no.

Jim: Live Original.

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: First of all, where did that title come from, Live Original? Your dad had a part in that?

Sadie: Oh, yeah, for sure. So, whenever I was 5-years-old, I got on the counter one day at my house and I just said, “Mom and dad, sit down.” And I started preachin’ to them. (Laughter) And I was like, “Y’all need to know that God loves you and it does not matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done.” I’m 5-years-old. I said, “And even if I’m famous one day, I’m not gonna think about myself. I’m givin’ it to God.”

And at the time there was no indication that we’d be famous. I mean, if you see my family, they don’t really strike you as TV stars. And (Laughter) men in our family and my mom and dad were just running a summer camp at the time. So, it was really random.

But my dad was like, okay, this is hilarious. So, they’d always get me to preach and in that time, he nicknamed me “the Original,” because he was like, “You have such an original gift of like speaking and stuff.”

And everywhere he would go and travel, he would come back with like a little thing that said, like, “Be original” or like “Originalize,” I think.

Jim: Oh, really.

Sadie: And so then, whenever it came time for me to write a book, they’re [asking], “What do you want it to be called?” I was like, Live Original; that sounds pretty Sadie.

Jim: Live Original, it’s great and you apply that to Scripture and I want to get that right up front for everybody.

Sadie: Yes.

Sadie: So, Hebrews 10:35 is the Scripture I’ve held onto. I actually remember writing it on my dry erase board in my room on January 16th, 2012, which was like right before the show started. And I never erased it. It’s on my board because it kinda started to change my life. And it ways, “So, then do not forget the confident trust that you have in the Lord, for that will be richly rewarded.”

And I thought that, that was so interesting, because up to that point, I was trying to find my confidence in myself or like what I was doing in life or my ability to play sports or whatever it was in school. And I was like, “Man, that is so crazy. Like it doesn’t say anything about being confident in, you know, all of those things, but be confident in who God is and who God is through you. “

And so, I kinda started to make that shift and then the next year with “Duck Dynasty” starting it was really cool, because I was so glad I was rooted in that and that was kinda my foundation, just to be confident in who God is in me and that’s what your original self is.

Jim: Now, you know, for teenagers today and this is one of the reasons we do Brio magazine and the main reason we’re bringing it back, because the culture today bombards teens—both teen boys and teen girls—but bombards them with messages that seem to tear them down. They don’t provide positive stories, positive ideas about who to, you know, who to believe in, how to present yourself, how to carry yourself, character issues. When you look at this for your teen community, what are you concerned about and where does faith play a role in all that?

Sadie: Yeah, that a huge problem, for sure. I think for me and the way I look at it is that, you see, they’re seeking the advice from the other teen or they’re seeking the advice from what they see on the Internet and what they see on TV and what they hear. And for me, it’s so important to remind myself that the only thing, that person I’m seeking advice from really is God and His Word and His truth, instead of like people’s opinion and then also, you know, people that love me.

And I was still in my family and parents and everything like that, because there [are] a lot of lies all around you. And so, to be sure to like root yourself in the belt of truth and walk out with that every day is so important.

John: Uh-hm, you know, I appreciated the story I read about you in New York City, because you ran right up against the fashion world. My three teen girls struggled with modesty as I think most girls do. How did you manage yourself? Wasn’t that a New York fashion show?

Sadie: Yeah, that was crazy. Like sometimes I’m like, what! Did that really just happened? (Laughter) But that was one of those [experiences]. So Sherri Hill, she’s like queen of prom dresses and she asked me to do something with her and like have a line and pair and walk and I just couldn’t even believe it.

And so, I get there and they’re all like 6′, like skinny and like beautiful. And I’m like, oh, great. (Laughter) This is awesome. (Laughing) And like, they had this snack table, which I thought was for us, right? So, I’m over there eatin’. I’m like enjoyin’ the M&M’s. It had a little Sherri Hill Logo on it. And I realize, oh, my gosh, I’m the only person eating. (Laughter) It was not for the models. It was for the workers and the models don’t eat the day of the show. I was like, okay, well, I’m not gonna do that.

So, I thought, okay, there are so many things here that, it was just really sad. Like everything that they were goin’ through and it wasn’t that they weren’t hungry. They were, you know, insecure and they didn’t want to like gain weight. And so, also all the models walking down the runway, they don’t smile. So, I go out there and honestly, I didn’t mean to smile, but I couldn’t help it, ’cause I was so excited.

Jim: Right.

Sadie: So, I have like the biggest smile on my face. It’s like, oh, this is awesome, just like walkin’. (Laughter) I’m like, not even walkin’ right. I’m just like walkin’ down the street and I’m smiling. And then she asked me back next year and then the next year and then the next year. And I ended up doing four.

And I’m telling you, this past year I brought Chick-fil-A for the girls and they all ate. (Laughter) And I only walked down. Sherry Hill told all the models that we smile at this show and that’s what we do.

Jim: Wow.

Sadie: And so, they all smiled. And I thought, you know, that was so awesome for me to see, you know, four different seasons. For the first one to be completely on the outs and everybody’s like, who is this alien?

Jim: Yeah, right.

Sadie: You know, here smiling and eating M&M’s? (Laughter) And then to the last one, all the girls eating Chick-fil-A for the first time and walking down the runway smiling was so cool just to see how, you know, whenever you stay true to yourself and whenever you like rock it like confidence and not doubt your own self, people, they gravitate to that, you know.

Jim: Yeah.

Sadie: And they’re like that’s cool. ‘Cause I coulda gone in there and not smiled and done the thing.

Jim: Kinda fit in with them rather than [be different].

Sadie: And I would’ve been, yeah, and I would’ve been gone the next season and it’s just kinda cool that Miss Sherri kept me for that long ’cause she’s never done that with a celebrity before. But it was a neat little lesson for me.

Jim: Well, and it gets to the core of the book really in Live Original. You talk about happiness being a core value for you.

Sadie: Yes.

Jim: Describe why. Why is happiness so important to you and what does it do to other people?

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: You’ve kinda given that description.

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: But elaborate on that.

Sadie: Well, for me, I think like the joy of the Lord is so overwhelming and that’s what I was telling Miss Sherri, who she’s actually a Christian. Her family runs the business there, great people. And I told her; I said, “I really, even if you wanted me not to smile, I couldn’t, because I’m so happy to be here.”

And like when I walk out and everybody’s sittin’ there, I’m like (Laughter) this is so cool, you know. And I think that, that’s just the joy of the Lord, you know. It’s contagious and then to see the chain effect of that and everybody else smiling. It was a small example of how life is. You know, when you go and you smile and you have fun and don’t worry and don’t stress about things, people are like, “What is that?” And that’s joy. And that’s in your inner core and nobody can touch that, you know. I think people will say, “Oh, you have it easy.” Oh, my gosh. They were so mean to be the first year. People, like I got so many comments that like doesn’t touch me, you know.

Jim: But how do you manage that? I mean, you’ve had a couple of big breakups that have been out there in the social media.

Sadie: Oh, yes.

Jim: But people you don’t know, people who don’t know, they can say the cruelest things, the meanest things.

Sadie: Oh, yeah.

Jim: How do you, as a 19-year-old, how do you manage that when you’re in the limelight the way you and your family are?

Sadie: Yeah, well, I definitely say it’s not always easy and sometimes I remember pretty much now I’m fine. Like I don’t really read it honestly that much. But when the breakup happened, you know, like people think, oh, breakups are so hard, because everybody at school’s talking about it. Well, for me, it was trending on Twitter and everybody in the world was talking about, millions of tweets.

And it’s weird, you know and that can be a problem. And I remember one article came out and it was like fraternity Twitter account.

Jim: Right.

Sadie: And they posted this whole article about like how ugly I was and like just literally the whole thing was me and like all these beautiful girls that football players have dated in the past and like, how could anyone date this girl? She’s so ugly.

Jim: Brutal.

Sadie: And I mean, it was pretty tough and to be honest, like you know, I didn’t look at that and smile and be like, “Oh, ha, ha.” Like that kinda got me and I was upset. And my mom was like, “Are you seriously cryin’ about that.” And she’s so good, ’cause she’s like, speaks truth into my life. And so, I think for me, surrounding [myself with] people like that, ’cause I am human.

And sometimes, you know, my heart can be a little hurt or a little broken. But my family, because they’ve been in it, too and they’ve been through it, too and like had a lot of bad comments like that, they’re able to like hold me up. And it’s cool, ’cause there’s like 30 of us. So, when one’s down, we’re all there, you know.

Jim: Yeah.

Sadie: And that’s been awesome.

Jim: Let me ask you about your mom in that way, because there’s a lot of moms listening right now that have teen girls. What does she do that really lifts you up spiritually in the teaching moment here for the moms that may be struggling in their relationship with their teen girls.

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: What can a mom say that spiritually gives you the strength to get through that kind of day?

Sadie: Yeah, my mom, honestly like I’m not even just sayin’ that, she really is my best friend. And she is, I mean, the most amazing woman in the world. And I think what makes her so awesome is she’s so real and so relatable to me. She’s never hidden anything she’s done or went through. And for me, that was so good, because I feel like I’m able to talk to her about things like a real person. And how she’s got arms for me and yes, she disciplines me. She’s gonna be real, but at the same time, that love never fades and it never fails.

Jim: And you feel it.

Sadie: And I feel that. And it’s so important for a daughter to feel that and that you can relate, you know, because sometimes we’re like, “Oh, well, we don’t want mom to know that because she would freak out and she’d think all my friends are like this.” But she’s been through the same thing, you know. We forget that sometimes, that our moms have been through it. And the reason they say that is because they’ve been through it.

And so, my mom to listen [to me], she did not have any sympathy. She’s like, “Why are you crying? Like that’s ridiculous.” (Laughter) I can’t even believe you’re like thinking about that.” And I’m going, “Mom (Crying), isn’t that mean?” She’s like, “Who cares? Don’t read it.” (Laughter) I’m like, “Yeah, it was 2 million followers.” “Who cares? It doesn’t matter. You know who you are.”

Jim: You mentioned in your book this camp, Survivor Day that you do at camp.

Sadie: Oh, yeah.

Jim: That really intrigued me. I thought to myself quickly, I’m gonna get my boys there ’cause it sounded brutally good.

Sadie: Yes.

Jim: Describe Survivor Camp and who runs it and what is it?

Sadie: Yeah, so Camp Chi-Yo-Ca is a camp that I’ve been to all my life. My family used to run it. My grandparents met at this camp and my parents met at this camp. So, just know that I was always, “Who you gonna meet? Who you gonna meet then?”

Jim: And this is in Louisiana?

Sadie: It’s in Louisiana.

Jim: Okay.

Sadie: It’s just a small little summer camp, like no air conditioning in the little cabins, so it’s pretty unplugged (Laughter)

Jim: Oh, that sounds good.

Sadie: You leave your cell phone at the gate, you know.

Jim: That’s good.

Sadie: It’s awesome. Well, there’s one day in particular called “Survivor Day.” So, basically what you do is, you’re all split up into teams and tribes or whatever. You’re runnin’ around doing challenges all day.

And I mean, it’s so intense and it’s funny, it’s just a day, you know, but it’s so intense. And it’s almost like emotional and you’ve already been at camp for like a week at this point, whatever. But it’s so cool, because it helps you learn, like you know, what your body can do and like, how important it is to have like teammates and like how to find [things]. I remember one girl on our team, the whole time she was like, “The joy of the Lord is our strength” and even just having those constant reminders of a team.

And so, it’s cool how, you know, summer camp, you take away and I’ll never forget that day and all the events, a hard day. It was one of my favorite days in my life.

John: Said Robertson is our guest today on “Focus on the Family” and you can find out more about her book, Live Original and the re-launch of Brio magazine. She is on the cover of the cover of the very first issue. We have details at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio or call us, 1-800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Sadie, you talked about in your book something I want to pull up, ’cause every parent would wish their teenager would catch this, ’cause it’s so powerful. And that is, when you notice a character flaw in yourself, you fix it. How did you catch that? And how do you apply it?

Sadie: Well, this is something my family, like I was saying, my parents are in a very good way tough like that. And my family, all of us—my brothers, sister—we’re so honest with each other and even my cousins and my aunts and uncles. And I think like, having that open heart to hear and receive, you know, what maybe my brother sees in me that I could work on.

Jim: You would listen to your brother? ‘Cause that right there, that’s good.

Sadie: As crazy as it sounds (Laughter), my brother, John Luke, we’re 21 months apart, so we’re pretty close and we’re like seriously like so close. He’s probably the closest person to me. And growing up with him, we were not close for a long time until like middle school and I started having this bully in my grade. It’s like kinda funny now that I look back at it.

But John Luke one day came to my class and went and talked to her and was like, “That’s my sister and like it hurts me to see her hurt. And I don’t know where this is coming from in your heart.”

Jim: Wow.

Sadie: And like it just was so amazing to see my brother do that and so respectfully and so loving to her, too. And he’s a freshman in high school, you know and he came and did that. And from that moment on, not kidding, we were like this close.

Jim: He had your back.

Sadie: We he had my back and I had his and so, I think even with that relationship, he would be able to tell me if I was doing something wrong. Or you know, “Sadie, are you doin’ that to make that happen?” I would go to say that to him and my parents and both of us. And so, my mom is like, “It’s okay. We’re all gonna have those things. Let’s work on it to fix it.” So, for me, I used to be like the most sensitive person ever when I was little. Like I would cry, like if I (Laughter) thought I made somebody upset, like, oh, my gosh, I was like so sensitive.

Or if somebody said like the smallest thing to me, I’d think about it for like three months. And my mom was like, “Hey, that is a power that is eatin’ you alive.” And they would call me like “sensitive Sue” and “sensitive Sally” and it would drive me crazy. And I was like, okay, I’m just not gonna be this way anymore. And it took like a year, you know.

Jim: Wow.

Sadie: But that was in middle school and had I not done that then, all these comments for the show, oh, I wouldn’t have been able to stand ’em all on TV. But I’m so glad and so, it really worked out for me, you know, fixin’ that character flaw, ’cause that could’ve been really bad.

Jim: Take me into a best friend relationship with you. How would you deal with that? How would you express to that friend to not be so taken by what others think of you?

Sadie: Yeah, I think, you know, for first of all, for the friend, you know, that’s so important that they be honest. For you, it’s so important for your heart to receive that. And so, I think just as much as your friend, you know, having that courage in her heart to say something, it’s just as much you have to listen.

And so, I think just like not, you know, not being too sensitive, not over thinking things, trust each other’s intentions. And that comes; I think you practice that in your friendship. And then later it comes in your marriage and it comes in your, you know, relationship with your kids and stuff. And so, for me, I think all these qualities that we learned in high school with our friends, eventually become our family and our husbands. So, I think for my friends and I, it’s been cool to kinda train each other in that.

Jim: And how do you work the Scripture into that as a star? I mean, people look at you.

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: They want to be around you.

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: That’s one of the burdens or one of the great opportunities for someone who gets a lot of notoriety. How do you weave the Scripture in your relationship with God? I think that’s one of the, certainly the reason you’re on the cover of Brio, is your steadfast faith as a 19-year-old, to be able to withstand the culture when they’re comin’ at you and say, “I’ve got principles I live by. I’m gonna do this. This is my dating approach.”

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: This is how I deal with guys.

Sadie: Uh-hm.

Jim: How do you weave that into the conversation with your friends about what’s God’s opinion of this?

Sadie: Absolutely, well, my friends, I’m very like blessed to have friends that are so, you know, in tune with the Word, as well. And so, it’s lot of pouring into me, as well and that has been so great, because a lot of times, you know what our job as a celebrity [is], is really to share with the world and to pour into, you know people that follow you or whatever.

And so, to me to have a same group like that and it’s really important for me to give back to them, too, but it’s been awesome. And so, they encourage me in my reading and in my faith and in my journey. And this year more than ever in this last year, I realize the importance of Scripture. And I feel like Scripture has kind of came to life finally for me. “Dancing with the Stars” kinda started that, because I needed it.

John: In what way?

Sadie: Well, I remember I was so scared, you know. I mean, that is scary. And I did not know how to dance like at all. When I went on that show, I had never danced in front of a human before in my life. Like I was like, this is gonna be potentially tragic. (Laughter) I thought for sure, like my family was like, just try to make it past week three.

Jim: But what courage. I mean, even though you had all that work. So many people would bail out.

Sadie: Yeah, I tried.

Jim: At least you kept goin’ forward.

Sadie: I tried to bail, but (Laughter) I kept tryin’ to bail before it started and my little sister said to me, ’cause I said, “I’m not gonna do it, whenever they ask me, I was like, no, not for me.” And my little sister took me out or I took her out to lunch and she was 11-years-old at the time and she looked at me and she said, “Sadie, I need to ask you somethin’. I thought, “Well, okay.” And she said, “Is this the fear talking or is this Sadie talking?”

John: Oh, my word.

Sadie: I was like, Okay! (Laughter)

John: What a great insight.

Jim: Now we’re gettin’ down to business.

Sadie: Yeah.

John: Yeah.

Sadie: And I was like, “You’re right, you know.” And as soon as she said that, I went to my mom and I said, “Hey, could you call those producers back and tell them that I’ll do it?” And she called them and I was a week late to everything. Everybody had all started.

John: Just to compound the problem.

Sadie: I flew out to L.A. the next day and started the journey. And for me, I was so afraid. You know, it was the first time to go away from my family and L.A., like the middle of Hollywood. And that’s when Scripture really came to life, ’cause I had to depend on it. And just speaking that Scripture like, speaking it over me and in my life and in that building.

And I remember just like putting my hand on the voting of “Dancing with the Stars” like CBS studios and bein’ like, “God, You are in this building and this is an opportunity for You to make Your name known to so many people through this amazing show that so many think it like so scandalous, like God, like use me in whatever way. And so, just really being able to pray like that and like read my Scripture and like make that come alive.

Jim: Especially in that environment where you walk into CBS studios.

Sadie: In that environment.

Jim: That’s somethin’.

Sadie: Yeah, when people look at you like, “What is she doin’ here today?” And touching the wall and praying out loud and (Laughter) I don’t even care, like I have to do this right now.

Jim: That’s fantastic.

Sadie: And that changed my faith, my walk of faith, my life and how I started being like, it is so important to clothe yourself in Scripture, you know.

Jim: Yeah. You had something take place and again, another social media “phenom.” It was the Five Second Pledge.

Sadie: Uh-hm.

Jim: And that really busted out in social media. What was that? How’d it happen?

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: And what’d you express?

Sadie: So, this started in high school, my cousin started at Bible study. And it was with all our friends and one day. She’s older than us and she’s married now and has two little kids and she said to us, “Like girls, this is a really important lesson.” She said, “Always remember that five seconds of awkward can save you from a lifetime of regret.” And when she said it, I was like, you know, I thought, oh, that’s a good thing, you know, whatever.

Jim: Did you understand the context of what she meant?

Sadie: I kind of did, but I hadn’t been in any situation yet.

Jim: Yeah.

Sadie: We just were going into high school. And then we got to high school and I was like, oh, my gosh, five seconds of awkward can save you from a lifetime of regret. And I started to realize it takes that. And (Chuckling) it might be a little longer than five seconds to, you know, may be a little awkward for longer, but like the importance of saying no, the importance of sticking up for yourself in that moment. And then forever not having that to look back on and say, “If I would’ve just said no that day, you know.” And for me, that was a huge lesson in my life and so I wrote it in the book and it ended up being a video on YouTube. And so many high schoolers and college kids were able and middle school, too, were able to relate to that and say, wow, you know, like this has helped me so much.

And it’s so funny that my cousin was like, “I didn’t even know when I said that, that it was gonna stick for so many people around the world,” but it has, ’cause it’s so true.

Jim: And it’s great advice. You know, that’s hard to do, but it’s the right thing to do in those moments where temptation is running crazy, right?

Sadie: Yeah, for sure.

Jim: So, that’s so good. Let me zero in on just a couple of other areas before we sign off for the day. Teens, a lot of parents will look at where teens are at today and they have a lot of fear, ’cause they’re not seeing certain attributes developing the way they might remember them developing in them (Chuckling) as teenagers.

Sadie: Yeah.

Jim: What do you say about the teen culture today, people, the teenagers and should we have hope and faith in that next generation, that they can actually do it?

Sadie: Absolutely, I think for me, what I’ve realized lately is and I was actually writing a message yesterday that I’ll be sharing at an event that I’m doing this month. And I was thinking about the difference in how it used to be and how it is now and stuff like that. And I think a lot of teens right now are finding so much purpose in their passion and what they’re passionate about and doing that and that’s the journey they’re taking, as opposed to finding their purpose in maybe what the routine of the world says to do.

And so, I think it may look different and it may be different and you know, like for instance, a lot of people may not go to college nowadays and that’s a lot different than it used to be. But when they’re passionate about something that maybe can take off when they’re young, I think that that’s awesome.

And so, I think for so many people, nowadays they’re so Spirit-led and Spirit-drive and they’re like, no, no, no; like God has got this and He’s not gonna lead me where He’s not going.

You know, I think you shouldn’t be scared of these things. You know, people say, “Well, social media can be so dark.” But it can also be so bright and it can be set to light. And so, instead of being scared and running from these times, like embrace it, you know and run straight for it and find your purpose and your passion and be Spirit-led. And I think that a lot of people are doin’ that.

Jim: Well, that’s wonderful. Sadie Robertson, what an impressive young lady you are and I would say that you would say it’s because you’re rooted in the Word of God.

Sadie: Absolutely.

Jim: And you know Him as your personal Lord and Savior.

Sadie: Uh-hm.

Jim: And I’m just lookin’ at you going, what an awesome job the Lord has done in your life, [what] mom and dad and your siblings have done and it’s just beautiful to see a young person on fire for the Lord. So, keep it up, because people are watching you.

Sadie: Thank you. Yeah.

Jim: It’s a burden, but man, you’re doin’ great.

Sadie: Thank you.

Jim: So, just stay the course and stay close to the Lord. And let me also add, thanks for participating with us with the launch of Brio magazine. That’s such an honor for us.

Sadie: Oh, man.

Jim: So, thank you.

Sadie: Such an honor for me. Thank you all.

Jim: Hey, for the listeners, here at Focus we’re here for you. We want to equip you as parents. We certainly want to equip teenagers to fall in love with the Lord, to follow the Lord, like Sadie is outlining. We are here for you, so if you’re strugglin’ and you need some help, you need some tools or resources, contact us here at Focus on the Family. And consider partnering with us today to touch lives in the name of Christ. That’s the goal, not simply to help a family, but to help them at the basic level to introduce them to Jesus Christ.

John: Yeah, your financial support, your prayer support, they make all the difference and we’ll encourage a generous donation today when you swing by our website. In fact, with a financial gift today, no amount is too small by the way, we’ll be happy to send you a copy of Sadie’s book, Live Original. And then while you’re at the website, sign up for Brio. It’s our newly re-launched magazine for teen girls and it’s available only from Focus on the Family. That website www.focusonthefamily.com/radio, or our number is 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Sadie, before I cut you loose, just two things you would tell a parent to encourage their teenager, what would you say, two things they could do today, that they may not have tried?

Sadie: Good question. I would just say, well, from what my mom does and from what my dad does and I guess that’s all I knew is that, just continue to reinforce what they should be competent in. And bring that out of them and remind them what they should be competent in, because they may not know. They may be searching and they may not realize those small qualities that you see and so, it’s so important to speak those over them and you know, cherish those, the things that God has given them inside their soul. And so, just continue to speak confidence in their life because that goes a long, long way.

Jim: Well, from the confident Christian, Sadie Robertson, thanks for being with us.

Closing:

John: And be sure to join us again next time on Monday. We’ll have Dennis Swanberg here, providing a really fun and lighthearted look at love languages.

Excerpt:

Dr. Dennis Swanberg: I guarantee you that if you will love them in their language, their fuel, it just fills ’em up to overflowin’. They feel good about life.

End of Excerpt

Today's Guests

Live Original

Receive Sadie Robertson's book Live Original for your donation of any amount!

Recent Episodes

Focus on the Family Broadcast logo

Overcoming the Betrayal of an Affair

The Bulmans’ marriage almost shattered when Rick discovered his wife Tiffany, was having an affair. The day after the revelation, Rick remembered a conversation from their premarital counseling where the minister said if adultery necessitates divorce, then God is not big enough to fix a broken relationship. In this interview, Rick and Tiffany will share how their marriage was restored and offer hope to other couples.

You May Also Like

Focus on the Family Broadcast logo

Accepting Your Imperfect Life

Amy Carroll shares how her perfectionism led to her being discontent in her marriage for over a decade, how she learned to find value in who Christ is, not in what she does, and practical ways everyone can accept the messiness of marriage and of life.

Sara Hagerty, author of Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

Being Seen by God

Offering encouragement found in her book Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to be Noticed, Sara Hagerty describes how we can experience God in ordinary, everyday moments, and how we can find our identity in Him apart from what we do.

Focus on the Family Broadcast logo

Being the Hero Within You

Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, encourages listeners to make a heroic impact on the world in an inspiring discussion based on his book, Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

Do you love your spouse, or do you truly cherish them? Gary Thomas encourages couples to make a daily effort to go beyond the ‘duty’ of love, and combat the natural inclination to drift apart, by choosing to see the best in their spouse.

Mr. Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is an international speaker and best-selling, award-winning author whose books include Married SexSacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting. He has also written numerous articles for several prominent national magazines. Gary and his wife, Lisa, reside in Texas and have three children. You can learn more about Gary by visiting his website, www.garythomas.com.

cherish front cover

Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

“Most marriages survive by gritting teeth and holding on. But marriages can and will not only survive but thrive when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another.” Those are the powerful words of bestselling author Gary Thomas in his newest book–Cherish. And in a world desperate for marriage redemption, it is needed now more than ever. Thomas shows that although there are a countless number of marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions, there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words.

Play Video

Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

Discover the amazing work our PRC’s Directors, Nurses, and Volunteers are making in their communities! You’ll see firsthand testimonies of a PRC in action, and that there are other options outside of abortions! You’ll also discover how your family can support your local PRC!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Play Video about see life episode 4 normal version

Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

Hear real life stories of parents who have made the decision to choose life even though the circumstances were overwhelming. You’ll see why “ALL” life is precious to God and why choosing life is always the right decision!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Play Video

Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

Have you ever wondered what a baby looked like in the womb? With today’s technology, Moms and Dads can see the baby’s heartbeat, facial expressions, and movements! You’ll find out why more women choose life once they hear their baby’s heartbeat and realize it’s a real living human!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Play Video about see life episode 5 normal version

Newest Release - Episode 5: It’s Going to be Amazing!

After a couple has chosen life, hear the heartwarming stories of children that culture would have cast aside, yet are making tremendous impacts in their communities. Whether the diagnosis was adverse or the circumstances were difficult, these stories will inspire you to come along side of families who have chosen life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Play Video

Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

So, after all you’ve seen through the SeeLife ‘21 Episodic journey; what can you do now? We’ll share how you can partner with some amazing organizations that are making significant impacts in the pro-life movement! You want to Celebrate Life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

Cover image of Jodie Berndt's book "Praying the Scriptures for Your Children"

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

To be an effective parent, you must be a leader in your child’s life, guiding with a gentle hand and setting a solid example. Dr. Randy Schroeder provides the insight you need to be a leader-parent. As he explores the foundational Rs—relationship, routines, responsibilities, and rules—you’ll better understand the role you play in your child’s life. You’ll learn great phrases to employ such as “Either/Or/You Decide” and “When You/Then You”. While there is no perfect parent, this nuts-and-bolts material will equip you to lead your child in a loving, confident manner.

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Dr. Randy Schroeder

Dr. Randy Schroeder

Dr. Randy Schroeder has spent more than four decades writing, counseling, speaking, and teaching. For nearly 25 years, he was Vice President of Student Personnel Services, Dean of Students, and a professor of pastoral counseling at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. He’s also led a successful counseling practice helping individuals, couples, and families to thrive in their lives and relationships.

Cover image of Dr. Randall Schroeder's book "Simple Habits for Effective Parenting"

Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

Effective parenting is now within your grasp! With this inspiring how-to comprehensive book, achieve extraordinary results in raising a child to be self-assured, self-reliant, and responsible! You will be able to successfully lead and lovingly encourage your child toward a Godly life!

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

God designed marriage to reflect His love to the world; and because of this, the enemy wants to destroy God’s beautiful design. Based on his book, Defending Your Marriage, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff share about the reality of spiritual warfare against marriages, and how to combat the enemy’s lies with the truth of God. Couples will be encouraged that they’re not alone in the fight for a godly marriage and better equipped to be a shining example for the world around them.

Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff Cropped

Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

Dr. Tim Muehlhoff is a professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in family communication, interpersonal communication, apologetics, gender, and conflict resolution.  Tim and his wife, Noreen, are both on staff with Biola’s Center for Marriage and Relationships  where he is a co-host of The Art of Relationship podcast. 

Defending Your Marriage

Is your marriage under attack? Sometimes it can feel like the world is trying to tear your marriage apart. Internal conflicts or external pressures might make you wonder if something sinister is going on. How can you tell if you’re facing spiritual opposition? And what can you do about it? Tim Muehlhoff provides a straightforward resource for protecting your marriage from the threats of the evil one. He looks at what Scripture says about spiritual warfare and how our everyday struggles have deeper spiritual realities. And he provides practical steps for guarding our marriages with the whole armor of God.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

Headshot photo of author Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

Headshot photo of author Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 2

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

Headshot of Kevin Thompson

Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

Cover image of Kevin Thompson's book "Friends, Partners & Lovers"

Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

Tactics front cover

Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

Headshot image of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Dr. Patti Giebink

Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

Cover image of the book "Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life"

Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

Author Wendy Speake smiling as she holds up her book "The 40-Day Social Media Fast"

Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

Cover image of the book "The 40-Day Sugar Fast"

The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Dr. W. Lee Warren

Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

Cover image of Dr. Lee Warren's book "I've Seen the End of You"

I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

Cover image of Jodie Berndt's book "Praying the Scriptures for Your Children"

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

Play Video

Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Thank you for committing to pray for the pre-born!

Sign up below for your free seven-day prayer guide. This daily guide will help give direction to your prayers for the pro-life movement. We will be praying with you!