Single Mom Gives Away Her Last $10 in Risky Act of Obedience
CBN.com - Jessica Rocha is a single-mom with a teenage son. But their life together hasn’t always been easy. As a 19 year-old with a new baby, Jessica struggled financially. She had to delay her college education and career. Jessica lived on a strict budget, cutting corners where she could.
“My tires would blow out on me. And probably one a week”, Jessica recalls. “And I couldn’t afford to go to get brand new tires on my car. So what I would do is I would go down the street to the tire shop and have them put on $20 tires. I did that for months. Many months.”
Jessica remembered the teaching she learned growing up in her church.
“I knew, Biblically, who I was and who Christ was with me, I needed to give Him His portion that He required, that He asked of me to give. I just knew that Christ would come through because He doesn’t fail. He showed that right away with those tires. When I started paying my tithes, I realized that I wasn’t getting blow outs anymore, and I wasn’t having to put tires on my car anymore. And I had $20 tires on my car for probably a year and a half. Because I trusted Him, He was providing.”
When she landed a temporary position with a construction company, her boss immediately extended what was supposed to only be a three-day job.
“She came up to me and said, ‘you know what, you’re probably going to be here all month.’”
Out of gratitude, that Wednesday Night, Jessica put 10 of her last 20 dollars in the church offering, trusting God to see her through to her first paycheck.
“I had $10 left to put in my gas tank. And I had heard before what God had done in other people’s lives when they really trusted Him with their finances. I was like, ‘you know what, I can do that too,’” Jessica says. “I can trust You, too.”
Later that week, her boss surprised Jessica again.
“That Thursday she came up to me and she said, ‘we’re going to pay you tomorrow. We really feel like you could use the money.’ It was such a God thing. He was just completely taking care of me. And taking care of my son,” says Jessica. “Not only did He give me my paycheck that Friday, He gave me a job that was full time. And I was there for three and a half years.”
While she continued to work, Jessica completed her education earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She moved on to a job with a Houston chemical distribution company. It wasn’t long before she was promoted, giving her a 40 percent raise. Along with tithing to her church, Jessica also gives monthly to CBN.
“I really love The 700 Club,” she says. “I watch it all the time. It’s something that I look up to it. Because I would like to actually be out there doing it, but because I can’t, it’s something that I can give to. And CBN is kind of that connection to what I can do.”
While Jessica tithes and gives, she believes that she is setting an example for her son, of trust in God.
“It’s only been Nathan and me and God,” Jessica says. “I do believe that because of my obedience to the Lord in this, in tithing, it has, opened my son’s eyes, Nathan’s eyes to who God really is, what He is really doing. That’s not a small thing to have him be completely aware of who Christ is, even through tithing, and what we can have because of it. And my obedience is blessed. I can trust Him. He will hold us up every single time.”
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