(Photograph: Instagram/ Sarah Henson)
Sarah Jakes, daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, announced in August that she would be divorcing her NFL linebacker husband Robert Henson, and is now speaking about how she is overcoming the tough times associated with the split.
Jakes, 24-year-old who leads the Women's Ministry at The Potter's House in Dallas, first broke the news of her divorce on her personal blog, www.sarahdhenson.com.
"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 personal website, www.sarahdhenson.com. "As much as I wanted my marriage to last, it cannot."
Over one month after revealing that her marriage to NFL free agent Robert Henson was over, Jakes wrote a new blog post about having overcome the hardships in her life in order to give a testimony to 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 on her personal website. "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."
Despite the hardships that Jakes has been facing after deciding to split from her husband, the bishop's daughter said it is important for her to share her story with people.
"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," Jakes wrote. "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."
Jakes was not afraid to list all of her shortcomings, and spoke about being redeemed by God despite her decisions in life.
"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," Jakes said. "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."