Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder of the Dallas megachurch The Potter’s House, and his wife Serita Jakes, are celebrating 37 years of marriage – reminding us of what true, lasting love looks like.
The couple shared a recent photo shoot on Instagram in which they celebrated their longlasting union and the love between them that grows stronger every day.
“Babe, You are my armor, my baker, and my one true love,” Mrs. Jakes caption a photo of the two gazing at one another. “Every love story is special, unique and beautiful – but ours is my favorite. I love lifin‚Äô it with you, but forever isn‚Äôt long enough. Happy Anniversary.‚Ā£‚Ā£”
Bishop Jakes celebrated his wife with a scriptural message of his own. “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor of the Lord,” he writes. “@SeritaJakes, you are my good thing! ūüíē I am grateful that God blessed me so immensely when He gave me you! May our love grow stronger and burn brighter to the end of time. Happy 37th Anniversary!”
T.D. and Serita Jakes met when he visited her home church in Beckley, West Virginia as a guest preacher. At the time, Bishop Jakes was only 23 years old, and his future wife was absolutely smitten by him as she watched him deliver the good word. Not long after, the pair officially met and were married in May 1982.
The couple has spoken openly about the tests they survived throughout their married. Not even a year married, the two were involved in a car accident where Mrs. Jakes sustained severe leg and foot injuries.‚ÄúI prayed for her, I took care of her, I cooked for her, I washed her hair, I taught her how to walk ‚ÄĒ literally. [I] stood in front of her and said, ‚ÄėYou can do this,‚Äô and taught her to walk again,‚ÄĚ Bishop Jakes said. ‚ÄúIt brought us together. We have an unexplainable connection… I guess, at the core, we‚Äôre friends.‚ÄĚ
Bishop Jakes and his wife have five children together and a host of grandchildren.
Scroll through the gallery below to see their sweetest moments together.
The Jakes shared this throwback family portrait of themselves and five children. Time flies!
Life His Name On High
Bishop Jakes and first lady worship with their congregation.
Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife, first lady Serita Jakes address worshipers at the Potter's House in Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2006. (Photo by Jill Johnson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
The Jakes's attend 'Julius Caesar' Opening Night on Broadway back in 2005.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - APRIL 3: Serita Jakes and Bishop T.D Jakes attend 'Julius Caesar' Opening Night on Broadway - Arrivals at The Belasco Theater & Gotham Hall on April 3, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Erik T. Kaiser/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
So In Love
The couple continues to inspire their church with gems on how to sustain a healthy marriage.
Family Over Everything
Bishop and First Lady pose with their children and grandchildren in this fab family portrait
The Jakes's pose with DeVon Franklin and Megan Good at the 'Miracles From Heaven' premiere in 2016.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 09: (L-R) Actor DeVon Franklin, actress Meagan Good, Serita Jakes and producer T.D. Jakes attend Premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Miracles From Heaven' at ArcLight Hollywood on March 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
Martha Stewart, Serita Jakes and Christopher T.D. Jakes pose together a A Celebration for Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Issue in 2005.
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 19: (L-R) Martha Stewart, Serita Jakes and Christopher T.D. Jakes attend A Celebration for Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Issue at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 19, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
The couple posed with Brandy, Aretha Franklin and NaTasha Yvette Williams backstage at the Chicago musical in 2015.
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)(L-R) Brandy Norwood, Aretha Franklin, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Serita Jakes and NaTasha Yvette Williams pose backstage at the hit musical "Chicago" on Broadway at The Ambassador Theater on May 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Supporting Black Businesses
Bishop TD Jakes, Sarah Jakes and Serita Jakes mingle with Forest Whitaker at the "Black Nativity" premiere at The Red Rooster in Harlem, New York.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Actor Forest Whitaker, executive producer Bishop TD Jakes, Sarah Jakes and Serita Jakes attend the after party for the "Black Nativity" premiere at The Red Rooster on November 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Celebrating Every Milestone
The couple couldn't be prouder of their son Thomas Dexter at his high school graduation.