Please enjoy today’s post from Triple B’s newest editorial contributor, Laura Eustache!
Bride-to be: Brigette McLeod; Senior Marketing Counsel, Colgate- Palmolive Company
Groom-to-be: Carl Williams; Law Enforcement Professional
Dating: 2 years
Potential wedding date: September/October 2012
In God’s House: December 31st 2011. A packed house at Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle, New York and 46 year- old Carl Williams walks to the podium to give a testimony. The Lord had been good to him and he couldn’t help but share his joy.
But a testimony wasn’t the only thing Carl had in store for the three church families in attendance for watch-night service. He had an engagement ring in his pocket and was ready to make his girlfriend Brigette his wife. “I prayed on it and as usual God had a plan for me, “says Carl. “I am a private person, but I [felt] God replaced my initial fears with a burning desire to share this momentous occasion with my church family.”
The reward for his obedience: an engagement for the New Year’s Eve storybooks.
In front of cheering, congratulating and even some crying congregation members, Carl proposed to Brigette on the church’s balcony. After a moment of shear shock, she accepted. “I was stunned and at a loss for words initially,” says Brigette. Equally as private as her future husband, Brigette is not the type who likes the spotlight, but she commends him for sticking to his guns. “I think the most important thing is Carl did what he felt God was leading him to do [and] that took a lot of courage,” she says. “Folks will say ‘it was a long time coming’ and I say ‘God is always right on time.’”
Perfect Timing for a Master Plan: For most, getting engaged on New Year’s Eve during a service might seem simple, but Carl insists that setting up his “master plan” didn’t come easy; it took a lot of prayer and required the permission of the church’s pastor. “Pastor Weaver asked that he be able to pray on it, [and] after a subsequent conversation, he gave me his blessing,” says Carl. “I thought to myself, ‘God is really testing me’ but I have learned that my love and obedience to him is paramount so there was no turning back.”
However, as fate would have it, the night of the planned proposal, Brigette got sick.
With his testimonial notes and ring ready to go, Carl wondered if he would be able to pull it off. “I didn’t plan on Brigette not wanting to attend the service, [but] I know it was nothing less than God’s will that gave her enough strength to get dressed and head over to the service,” says Carl. And as the saying goes, there’s no time like the right time; Carl and Brigette made it just as the testimonial portion of the service began. The rest is BlackBridalBliss.com history.
Carl’s 3 tips for fellow brothers:
1: Ask God for direction.
2: Stick to God’s plan, not yours.
3: Make sure you know what kind of stone your lady likes.
The couple’s words of wisdom to future engaged couples:
There are only 3 people allowed in your relationship: you, your significant other, and God. That is it! Try not to rely on advice from your boys, girlfriends or your parents.
The love this couple shares proves that love knows no time, space or boundaries.
Congratulations to the future Mr. & Mrs. Carl Williams!
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