What do we really know about Sarah Henson, the 23-year-old daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes? We know that she is just as human as any of us; even though her father is one of the most influential preachers in the world! A lot comes with her dad being a public figure: the money, houses, cars, influence and power. Behind it all, Sarah is a beautiful young woman of God that doesn’t allow the fame to hide the fact that she has made mistakes and doesn’t mind sharing the lessons with others. Yes, we have seen the pictures of her lavish wedding ceremony to Washington Redskins Linebacker, Robert Henson. But recently, on her blog simply called “Sarah D. Henson: My Words, My Thoughts, My Heart,” she opens up about becoming a teen mom at the young age of 14.
In the post titled “Guided Me Home” dated September 9, 2011, Sarah admitted that she “wanted too much too soon,” and ended up with much more than she bargained for… a baby at 14.
She writes about the deeply personal revelation and how God used the situation to guide her back “home,” in right relationship with God.
“Sitting in the heart of our home expecting an outburst of anger, a yell of sorrow I learned in a loving embrace that you’d rather correct yourself than be corrected by God. You will never be able to stray so far away that God can’t reach you, but the further you stray the harder it is to find your way home. I found home at the age of 14 in a labor and delivery room, with my parent’s surrounding me, praying as God gave me an insurance policy that I’d never stray that far away again.”
Though she is now married and more mature, she has not forgotten how difficult it was to be a mom at such a young age. “I had to work twice as hard as everyone around me to make sure I didn’t get left behind. I exchanged sleepovers for late nights watching Barney, exchanged midriff tops for onesies,” she wrote. “For all of this I am grateful. God gave me weight to slow me down, so that I wouldn’t be like the prodigal son giving away my worth.
“I can remember feeling like everyone was staring at me, thinking negative thoughts…. I became very familiar with shame, learned quickly how loud whispers can be, how fast rumors travel. …More importantly I learned to never let anything or anyone convince me I was no longer worthy of dreaming, living my life to the fullest.”
After peeling back that layer of her life for all to see, Sarah encouraged others to release the shame of their past—something she has learned over time.