Made To Thrive : Lieutenant Joseph C. Rocha

 Joseph Christopher Rocha : Made To ThriveOne person can do unbelievable things. All it takes is that one person who’s willing to risk everything to make it happen.” -Sam Childers



Why He was Chosen for Made To Thrive:


Meeting by happenstance in 2009, while visiting Las Vegas with my best friends, I had no idea the impact Joseph would have on my life, my families life and the world as a whole. A humble man of God, Joseph Rocha has waded through the waters of some of this world’s most difficult challenges, receiving his strength from God alone, ultimately carving a new path for thousands of men and women of this country. 


As a leading advocate for the Repeal of, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,”  Joseph was given the honor by the Log Cabin RepublicansWhite & Case Law Firm and The United States Senate, to testify in the Federal Court’s challenge of it’s Constitutionality. Upon it’s repeal, Joseph was then invited back to the bill signing, where he had the pleasure of meeting with President Barack Obama.

In all honesty, I could go on for hours regarding Joseph’s worldly accomplishments. However, what truly makes Joseph unique, and in my eyes, a testament of Christ’s love is the way he treats the people and the world around him. Joseph is one of the most selfless, humble and loving people I have ever met. Having spent numerous “weekend-breakfast-visits” with him while he was completing OCS in Quantico, I was always amazed and humbled, how despite the circumstances he had endured the week before; regardless of any hardship – Joseph was always first and foremost concerned with how I was; how my week had been; how my family was doing. When he would finally begin to talk about his week and the ups and downs of OCS, never once was there talk about giving up, or it being too hard. Rather it was always talk about, how God had shown his face throughout the week; how right when he needed Him most, he could feel God with him;  and how humbled he was to have the opportunity that lay before him.

This former bomb-dog-handler, who is now in his final year of law school, contracted to be a JAG/ lawyer for the Marine Corps is not only a world changer, he was and is, “MADE TO THRIVE!”

**all thoughts and opinions expressed in this writing, are solely those of myself, Casandra Tressler.


Lieutenant Joseph C. Rocha In His Own Words

Favorite Scripture Verses

  • Jeremiah 1:15 : Listen! I am calling the armies of the kingdoms of the north to come to Jerusalem. I, the LORD, have spoken! “They will set their thrones at the gates of the city. They will attack its walls and all the other towns of Judah.
  • Job 38:4-7 : “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together. And all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
  • Joshua 5:13-15 : “Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

What has been your biggest struggle and how did you see God’s face in it?

The path to to my commissioning as an officer in the Marine Corps. With “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” only recently having been repealed, this 10 year journey from my original enlistment at 18 years old, has come with many professional, personal, and private relationship challenges. Nevertheless, along the decade, small gains reinforced that I was not alone and I would succeed when and how the Lord saw fit. I’ve gained deep patience and trust in Him.

Who are your biggest “heros” or role models?

My little sisters. They are 12 and 17 and there’s nothing they think I can’t do. I’ve spent my life trying to set a good example for them and not prove them wrong.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Most people will never even try, and so many other will give up, but if you are relentless your dream becomes inevitable.




Made To Thrive : Linda Mendible

 Ever meet someone who just makes you want to shout “AMEN!,” all the time? As a momma, a wife, a designer, and most importantly a devoted, daughter of Christ, this beautiful lady, inside and out is a living, breathing, leading example of what it means to be “Made To Thrive!”

Let’s Take a Moment to get to know one of our beautiful “Sisters-in-Christ!

“Hello, I’m Linda Mendible and I blog over at my site, it’s not just a blog it’s also where I highlight my work as an interior decorator and aspiring fashion designer! I’m a wife and we have the cutest lil munchkin that God so blessed us with, he’s going on 14 months this November! How time flies. I love design and I’ve been designing for a little over 4 years now. It’s so amazing working with fabulous clients and it’s a blessing I get to do this everyday! From custom work to interior spaces it’s all design and I love it.”

What is your favorite bible verse?

I can’t really pinpoint just one favorite verse! I have so many. The ones I really draw from are:
1 Timothy 1:7
Isaiah 40:31
1 Kings 19 (yes the whole chapter, it just speaks to me!)
Jeremiah 29:11

These verses really speak to me when going through trying times, and are great reminders of God’s love for us.

 What do you feel has been one of the hardest obstacles in your life and how have you seen God’s hand in all of it?

Actually at the moment, right now. It’s not easy creating with a wee-one and I have so many wonderful deadlines to meet, but I love it. I just can’t do it with out HIM. Right now I’d love some prayers because I’m also going through something outside of design that’s really making it hard for me to focus, but I’m holding on strong because I know our God is Faithful. He’s gotten me through far worse and I know I can always lean on Him no matter what it may look like.

What was one of the hardest things you found in being a first time mom, wife and having your own company?

That my time was more precious then ever. It wasn’t just about me anymore. Before I became a mom, I didn’t understand the value of my time as I do now. It’s been a transition but one that’s made me a better business person and designer.

How do you remain at peace in the midst of all the chaos? 

Reminding myself of the time God spoke to me, you know, the kind that you know that you know it’s HIM!
After I had gone through one of the hardest times of my life, He said to me “I got your back no matter what.” Coupled with knowing that He is faithful. At my house we listen to the WORD not once a week or whenever we go to church, but everyday! I always make it a habit, no matter how busy I get, to at least read one scripture a day. I believe this has allowed us to transcend so many obstacles.

What is one piece of advice you want to give to first time moms, wives, and woman in general?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5
Life is a rollercoaster, there’s those fearful moments, the high, the surprise and the Low. After it all though its always worth it, and what you may think you can’t handle now you will find that His grace is always sufficient, just lean on Him no matter where you’re at on the ride.

What do you feel has been your biggest blessing is in life?

Jesus. Yes, its just that simple for me. I’m nothing without Him. My marriage wouldn’t work, I wouldn’t be alive and forget about having a business. All that I have is His, but you know what…I have the greatest gift of all and that’s Jesus.

What do you think it means to say that we as Christians are “Made to Thrive”?

If God be for us, Who can be against us?
I think it means that when you live a life that is centered in Christ, there is nothing Impossible for you.

Made To Thrive : Alexis Maday

Maybe the first person I ever got into “trouble” with, and for sure one of, if not the first person I call when “trouble” finds me (or my family). Alexis lives her faith out loud in all aspects of her life, through the giving and sharing of wisdom, truth and love. As a former stay-at-home mom to two beautiful children, she has just re-entered the work force and is working a double career in the medical field and as a gymnastics coach, while remaining a Christ-led mom, wife, active member of her church, and leader of the Sr. High Sunday School. (Can we hear an AMEN!)

It is said, “You are only going to be as a good as the people you surround yourself with.” I strive everyday to display the love, strength, understanding, wisdom, truth, and generosity Alex provides to her family and friends.

I am honored to feature my sister-in-Christ, Alexis Maday on Made To Thrive Monday.

Lets take a minute to get to know our beautiful Sister-in-Christ who was,  Made To Thrive.

What is your favorite bible verse?

I still am fairly new in my faith (I accepted Christ as my savior the night John and I were talking with our Pastor about getting married…. Ok so almost 10 years ago), but it was only in the past two or three years that I have really begun to seek God.   I went through my bible and read all of my highlighted verses and I am torn between two.

Philippians 4:8 –“Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right…Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about it.”

Matthew 5:6-9 – “Happy are those who long to be just and good, for they shall be completely satisfied. Happy are the kind and merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. Happy are those whose hearts are pure, for they shall see God. Happy are those who strive for peace – they shall be called the sons of God.”

I love these two verses because they are SO SIMPLE. Be kind. Be good. Be just. Be fair. Be happy! How hard is that? We want to know how to be better people, how to love God, how to deal with others?   Just. Be. Kind. Thank God for what you have and be happy you have it. So so simple. Love it.

What do you feel has been one of the hardest obstacles in your life and how did you see God’s hand in all of it?

Ok hear me out on this one…. No judging until I am finished! Being a mom is THE hardest obstacle in this season of life. It is not easy nor is it for the faint of heart. To quote one of my favorite authors/bloggers, Glennon Melton, “It is brutiful.” It’s brutal and it is beautiful. It is exhausting and it is exhilarating. She compares raising kids to climbing Mt. Everest – you have all these people around you cheering you on, encouraging you, but when you are so utterly overwhelmed with life, you just want to push them over the edge instead of accept their support. Then, when you finally get to the summit, it is so emotional and exhilarating that you forget all of the pain, suffering, blood, sweat and tears it took to get you there and you can’t wait to experience it all again. Welcome to everyday of my life. My two favorite times of the day are when my kids first get up in the morning and when they are going to bed at night. Can I get an “Amen!”? After I get my kids to bed at night, I usually collapse in to the closest piece of furniture and think about all of the things I did wrong that day. I think about all of the times I was negative, or raised my voice, what I could have-should have done, and I pray. I pray real hard that tomorrow is a better day. I pray that I can be a better mom tomorrow than I was today. It is so emotionally exhausting being a mom, to go through these ups and downs daily.

      I see God’s hand clearly because first, Psalms 127:3 says “Children are a gift from God; they are his reward.” I am beyond blessed that God entrusted these two beautiful creatures to my hubby and I; believing that we will raise them to the best of our abilities. But I can clearly see how He works in my life. I have two people that have been my friends since I was in middle school – Casandra and Becca. These two gals have grown up with me. I have seen them both get married and have babies of their own.   They know who I was before I became a mom, and I believe God has kept these two in my life because it is so important to remember where I came from and what I have been through to get where I am today. Secondly, God has also plopped me down in a church filled with Godly women raising their own families. He knew who I would need around me to share my highs and lows, my struggles and my triumphs, of raising kids.  Clearly, this obstacle is worth every single … Continue reading