Sarah Henson is the type of woman who makes you feel like you really can do it all and still end the day with a big smile on your face. By day she leads the Women’s Ministry at The Potter’s House of Dallas, her parents’ Bishop T.D. Jakes and Serita Jakes famous mega church with over 30,000 members. In the evenings she’s a devoted wife to NFL linebacker Robert Henson, a proud mother of two and an inspirational blogger. Henson became a mom at 14, and despite what many expected back then, has since turned her story into one of success and triumph.

“You learn so much about marriage once you’re married, and it’s just about applying it,” says Henson, who sat down with us to talk about share her secrets to balancing faith, marriage and motherhood.

ESSENCE.COM: How do you and your husband juggle your careers and parenting duties?

HENSON: It’s important that we always have someone that’s at home creating that foundation and consistency for the children. My son is 9 and my daughter is 2. The twos haven’t been “terrible,” but she has way too much to say — way too much. (Laughs)

ESSENCE.COM: What are some of the strengths within your marriage?

HENSON: I think one of our biggest strengths is really being able to laugh and play with one another, because life is so hard and you have to. My husband is in the football world, which is so cutthroat and serious. There are so many injuries. And in ministry, especially on this scale, there’s a lot of criticism and a lot of people who won’t always be happy for you. Sometimes you just need to be able to laugh with one another. So, whether it’s him tickling me, or me making fun of his socks not matching — whatever — we find something to laugh about every day and that translates with our children. I’m proud to say that my children are happy children and that means a lot to me. They still have their innocence. At the end of the day, we’re all just little girls and little boys trying to make it in this world. Sometimes we just need to be able to look at someone and say, “I love you, and I want to laugh with you. I see that little person in you and I’m committed to bringing out all of the great things inside of you.”

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