(Photo: Kimberly Elise Instagram)
Kimberly Elise, an actress known for classic movies like Woman Thou Art Loosed and Diary of A Mad Black Woman, posted pictures of her baptism on her 54th birthday.
“Today is my birthday. I mean that literally, 54 years ago my mother gave birth to me after a long, hard labor (thank you Mom). And spiritually, YHWH has given me a new birth. Though I was first baptized when I was 16 years old and it was beautiful and powerful as the Holy Spirit filled me, there is something extraordinarily profound to so consciously give one’s life to the Lord at my age,” she wrote in the caption.
The actress went on to open up about how although she was baptized at 16 years old, she strayed away from her commitment to her faith.
“After I was baptized at 16 I, like many #Christian teens, wandered back into the world. But the Holy Spirit never left me🙏🏾❤️. Though I didn’t always make the best choices over all these years, the Holy Spirit kept a hedge of protection around me to keep me from falling too, too far astray. And God continously blessed me greatly in spite of my errors (He will achieve His purpose no matter what!)”
After years of drifting, Elise shared that she rededicated her life to God in 2019 and that God quickly worked to change her.
“In 2019, YHWH said enough wandering daughter time to come home, and Jesus rescued me,” she admitted in her post. “I very consciously rededicated and gave my life to Jesus in 2019 and haven’t looked back. Since that time, the Holy Spirit has done a fast and deep work on me – I had a lot of catching up to do!”
To commemorate her recommitment to God, the Beloved actress chose to undergo a second baptism on her birthday.
“Today, on my birthday, I was baptized again – this time fully aware and understanding what I was doing and of the promise I’ve made to the Lord,” she wrote. “So, all these years later, He has wiped the slate, restored what the locus ate and made me like 16 again. Hallelujah!”
She ended her post by inviting others to join in knowing Jesus.
“If you don’t know Jesus, seek Him before it’s too late and there are no more chances, believe, repent and surrender to Him. If you knew Him once but lost your way, repent, call out to Him—He wants you to come home too.”