Dear Grace: Words from Rita Manzella


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“So here’s what I want you to do,  God helping you:  take your everyday ordinary life, your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around-life, and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead,  fix your attention on God.  You’ll be changed from the inside out.”

Romans 12:1-2. MSG

A few days ago I was having lunch with a friend and we were discussing: “it finally got here, Hallelujah it’s Summertime”.  She mentioned that she had a pool in her back yard and asked if I would like to come over and swim?  I was so excited and immediately said: “yes”. Her response to me was: “really, I haven’t been able to get any of my other friends to put on a bathing suit and go swimming for years”.
This conversation has been replaying in my mind ever since. I know why, because like many of us I have struggled with this for many years.  Why don’t I wear shorts when it’s hot?  Why, up until this year, have I not bought a new bathing suit in 10+ years?  Maybe it’s because I’m only looking at my outward imperfect  self.  Maybe it’s because I’m no longer young and parts of my body have fallen to new lows, physically and figuratively. Also, I wasn’t blessed with the skinny gene,  pun intended.
So, this year, at the beginning of summer, I made up my mind to change my outward appearance by buying shorts, sleeveless tops, and a two-piece bathing suit.  The swim top is longer and slightly blousy, but the bottom is, now wait for it ……..a Speedo.  Ok, it’s a Speedo swim short.
So, ladies, be encouraged to enjoy more of this warm season this year, break out of our comfort zones and throw caution to the wind.  We need to be focusing on the security that the Holy Spirit resides in us and that the Father and Son love our whole being.  We are free to bask in the light of our savior, Jesus Christ. A little fresh air, water, sunshine, and exercise never hurt, but it might just make us healthier and happier.  Just saying, it couldn’t hurt.

RitaRita Manzella is a wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She has been attending Grace Chapel for over 5 years and is involved with Honored Ladies, Women’s Community Team and greeting at second service.  Her passion is for reaching those in the margins of society with God’s love and forgiveness.

{We love our Rita!  She is AMAZING!}

4 thoughts on “Dear Grace: Words from Rita Manzella

  1. Sharon Osterhoudt says:

    I bought a swimsuit last fall at the end of summer season, we were planning a trip to Hawaii and I was going to get on the beach. To my surprise i felt great with it on, I felt free, it is a one piece with a skirt bottom and it was fine in fact I will buy one more. Thank you for the encouragement.


  2. Sierra Smith says:


    I loved your words and scripture you chose. I think we can all relate, no matter our age. This year (and a little bit of last summer), I finally donned a 2 piece bathing suit, choosing to embrace my postpartum body. I’ve decided to let go of any fear and shame, and be grateful for all my body has done over the last couple of years, growing and nourishing a small human! My son doesn’t care about mommy’s squishy tummy, only that she’s there to chase him around. My 9-year-old daughter also sees an example of a woman who’s not afraid to be herself, flaws and all. I’m grateful we have women like yourself to model this for us, and be a reminder that God designed us perfectly. I bet you look amazing in your 2 piece, because confidence is sexy! 🙂


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