She is affectionately referred to as “First Lady Jakes” by The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas. Serita Jakes was born a coal miner’s daughter. When she was a teenager, Serita Jakes’ brother was murdered. Her grief led her into an abusive relationship with a teenage boy. Eventually, she worked through her fears by writing letters to God, whom she called her Secret Keeper.
Through a series of secret pal cards, Serita met the love of her life, T.D. Jakes. He was a pastor and she was a new convert. One night he came to her church for revival. The pastor’s wife introduced them and the rest was history.
Serita Jakes has been involved in Christian ministry all of her adult life and has served alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes, throughout their entire marriage of nearly 30 years. In addition to raising three sons and two daughters, she has assumed an active role at The Potter’s House as the Executive Director of Women’s Ministries. Serita’s heart for women is evident as she oversees Rahab International Ministries for survivors of domestic violence; as well as God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program (GLL) for women who seek to lead excellent spiritual, personal and professional lifestyles; and the Debutante Program for teenage girls.
Serita Jakes is an inspirational woman of God who leads with love, wisdom and grace.
Lessons to learn from Serita Jakes:
- Fear of God and desire to do God’s will.
- Trust God with everything including those embarrassing issues you have.
- Loves, respect, honor, serve and enrich your husband’s life.
- Centre your life around the Word of God.
- Have a teachable spirit/heart.
- Nurture your children with the love of Christ, disciplines
- Serve with a loving spirit
- Adorn yourself with kind speech and a sweet spirit.
- Be honest with God and with yourself.
- Don’t be anything that God has not called you to.
Our Favourite quotes by Serita Jakes:
“I want you to see Jesus in me”
“I was the first woman to benefit from my husband’s Woman, Thou Art Loosed message.”
“We have to protect our children. They will never be too grown where they can say they don’t need us.”
“You have to protect your space especially your home.”
“We are living epistles read of man. What signal are you sending out?”
“Now you want to see a battle? You want to see a war? Come against my children? Come against my family? And then it’s war!”
“Guard yourself from those who aren’t helping you to overcome.”
“God believes in you, it’s time for you to start believing in yourself.”
“It’s not that we are lovable. It’s that God is Love God loves you whether you like it or not Our Father knows best”
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