Sarah Jakes, daughter of the renowned Bishop T.D. Jakes, announced this past August that she and her husband, former
Washington Redskins linebacker Robert Henson were getting a divorce.
“I have built my ministry and identity around being the best wife and a mother I can be. For quite sometime I have tried to steer through some serious troubles at home,” Henson wrote on her blog at www.SarahJakes.com. “As much as I wanted my marriage to last, it cannot.”
Now the 24-year-old Jakes, who heads up the Women’s Ministry at her father’s ministry The Potter’s House in Dallas, is acknowledging that she really had a tough time emotionally after splitting from her husband.
In a new blog post, Jakes explained that sharing the heartache of her marriage ending is a testimony she hopes can help God’s people.
“This time last year I was preparing an introduction for my father at ‘Woman Thou Art Loosed’ that would change the very essence of who I am. A year later and I have experienced many highs and lows, but I haven’t faced anything as devastating as who I was before I gave in to that small still voice,” Jakes wrote. “I, nor anyone who knows me, would have ever imagined that I would stand before a crowd and speak from the heart about who I am, what I’ve done, and how God used me anyway. When I spoke last year at the conference I spoke about what I did and what happened TO me, this year I will stand a living testimony about what I discovered was IN me.”
Jakes wants her honesty to inspire and help others who may be facing obstacles in their own lives.
She continued: “A part of trusting Him, for me, means being honest with the people He has placed me in front of… From the moment thousands heard my reality or read my blog there has been one consistent message: transparency… It is the desire of my heart to always remain the most authentic version of myself, to never lead a life that suggests there was no need for the blood shed on Calvary. I will not choose to live a life where I lead people to a God, I can no longer access for myself. I truly believe his strength is made perfect in my weakness. I will constantly live a life displaying my weakness and vulnerability so I can tell you about the strength of our God.”
The preacher’s daughter, who came under scrutiny for having a child out of wedlock as a teenager, takes ownership of all of her flaws in her blog post in an effort to encourage others to push beyond their shortcomings.
“So here I am….teen mom, divorcee, preacher’s kid, daughter, sister, book lover, writer, chef, part-time comedienne, smart mouth, mother, friend, food lover, and television enthusiast…good and bad this is what I have to offer… I may look like a mess on paper, may not be much to look at yet, but He still trusts me with this genuine message. I am not perfect, I am not always right, I do not always handle things the right way, and I have certainly had my fair share of struggle, but I am redeemed,” she concluded.
Jakes is slated to have involvement in her father’s forthcoming talk show on BET, “TD Jakes Presents.”