Sadie Robertson has outlined the strict set of rules that she has laid down for herself and boyfriend Blake Coward in their relationship.
The couple has decided not to have sex unless they get married.
Sadie, 17, relays the rules in her new book “Live Original.”
“Make it your goal to stay pure and make that goal known from day one … Lay down the ‘rules’ for yourself in your dating relationship so you don’t get to that awkward moment,” she told readers.
“Don’t be home alone together. Go to a public place rather than staying home alone and perhaps opening yourself up to temptation.”
Sadie also says that she and Blake do not go into each other’s bedrooms. “Don’t lie in a bed together and watch a movie or even spend time alone in each other’s bedrooms,” she said.
Sadie and Blake also take some time before each date to remind themselves of what’s important. “Pray together before each date to keep God first in your relationship. By doing this you ill remind yourselves of Whose you are and that you are living your life for Him,” she said.
If things are starting to get heated up, Sadie says it’s okay to leave quickly. “Don’t be afraid to speak up and even ‘flee,’ as the Bible says. I can promise you, in the end, your boyfriend will respect you for it—that is, if you are dating the right kind of guy.”
Sadie recently described how tough it is to save herself for marriage.
“People are like, ‘It must be easy for you because you’re Christian.’ That doesn’t make it any easier for me,” Robertson told Us Weekly. “It’s something a couple really has to decide together.”
“I don’t really date guys who don’t feel the same way,” Robertson said. “It’s going to be way harder if we went into a relationship having different opinions about that.”
Coward, 18, was “raised in the same kind of family” and worships at the “same kind” of church as her family does, Robertson said.
She revealed some more details about Coward, about whom little is known. Coward actually lives in Alabama, making their relationship long-distance. He attends Madison Academy and plans on applying to Harding University in Arkansas.
“We’ve been dating for 10 months now, so he’s like a part of the family. We’re always together. When I’m in Louisiana, it’s a seven-hour drive away, and when I’m in L.A., it’s more like 32 hours. Basically, we’re best friends,” she told Us Weekly.
“He’s a great guy who really has a heart searching for God. He’s not perfect but he strives to be, and that’s all I can ask for. He’s really good at being kind.” She also said that every time she has brought a boyfriend over to her house, her grandfather Phil Robertson says “Hey, nice to meet you.”–then “Keep it in your pants, brother.”
“Papaw Phil has only met him a couple of times. The first time, the only thing he said to Blake all day was, ‘You hurt her, I’ll hurt you. I’m watching you like a hawk, and I’ll break your legs if you do anything to her,'” she recalled. “Blake was like, ‘Yes, sir, all right!’ But my dad loves him, the whole family loves him.”
Sadie also said that she would like to have three children of her own in addition to adopting a boy or girl from Uganda.