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Made Local: Pure Design Ministries A Pure Design Interview on Local TV By: Alissa Henry

Last week, Pure Design Teen Magazine had the privilege of being interviewed by Alissa Henry, a feature reporter for ABC 6 & Fox 28.  Her story aired on Good Day Columbus on June 8th. 

Check out the story that aired here:

http://myfox28columbus.com/good-day-columbus/made-local-pure-design-ministries

Here also is her excerpt on the story that was posted on the gooddaycolumbus.com website:

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Pam Lozano is the founder and president of Pure Design Ministries. After being in youth ministry for 19 years, she started Pure Design Magazine.

“I’d worked with a lot of teenage girls and I just saw a lot of heartache,” Pam explained. “I saw a lot of pain, I saw a lot of suffering and I just kept asking, “What can I do to help these girls that are in need?”

So she partnered up with her teenaged daughter Caeilen who is now the style editor and creative director.

“I was looking for something that she could be involved in with me and her dream is fashion and she’s going to be going to OSU in a couple of months to do fashion marketing and merchandising and so I was just trying to find something that we could do together,” Pam said.

Pam and Caeilen say they love working together and have a great relationship.

“We have strengths and weaknesses that play off of each other,” Pam said. “She sees things from a 19-year-old’s perspective that I don’t see anymore. I carry a mentoring piece – just life experiences and things that she doesn’t have yet, so it’s been fun to work together as mother and daughter on this.”

The quarterly magazine both online and in print is all about “inspiring teens in self-image, self- worth and pure beauty”.

Caeilen says the magazine is definitely set apart from others available on newsstands geared toward the same age group. “It’s not all about what makes you look thin, what makes you look sexy, what draws attention to different body parts, but this is empowering you to be your full self, and who you are, and how you were created.”

Pam agreed, “We want to present truth. We want to be counter-cultural, we want to tell these girls, ‘Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and it’s not about being stick thin or airbrushed. Beauty is how God’s created you to be.’”.

Pure Design is partnering up with KidsLinked.com and hosting the “Fashion in Full Bloom” fashion show at the Columbus Children’s Festival on Saturday, June 17th. Contestants will be showcasing the season’s biggest floral trends. Fashion show entry fees are $5 per person. Winners and runners up will receive prizes worth hundreds of dollars.

You can find out more about the fashion show here: http://www.puredesignteenmag.com/events/

Learn more about Pure Design Magazine: http://www.puredesignteenmag.com/

Alissa Henry is a feature reporter for Good Day Columbus on ABC 6 and FOX 28, a lifestyle correspondent on Fox 28’s Good Day Marketplace and the CW Star on the CW Columbus. Born and raised right here in Columbus, Alissa enjoys working in her hometown at her favorite TV station highlighting the best people, places and events in Central Ohio. Alissa is active in her church, enjoys community outreach and loves the color pink. When she’s not working, you can find her enjoying inexpensive activities around Columbus with her husband Joe… and tweeting about it.

Natural Beauty

It took me eighteen years to understand that I was beautiful. I worked with the world’s bag of tricks in hopes of feeling “pretty”. Exfoliating face masks, voluminous mascara, and burning hot curling irons threw me in for a loop. I could not keep up with society’s ever-changing looks. My face shone red, pimply and blotchy through my layered foundation and powder. My eyelashes could never be long enough or thick enough without those little black crumbs, and messy, beachy waves were impossible to perfect with my pin straight hair. The compliments that I received felt surfacy, so I never took them seriously which only made things worse. Satan made sure I woke up feeling ugly and once the natural beauty was exposed by night, he made sure that I was unsatisfied with the reflection I saw in the mirror.

1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” It is hard to extinguish the desire to fit into society’s trend. The standards are set in each billboard, flyer, television commercial and magazine, immediately killing self-confidence while elevating anyone who can emulate the latest look. However, God says something different.

You are beautiful. The Lord tells us to find beauty in our character as it is far more valuable than rubies (Proverbs 31:10). The Lord never makes mistakes and you are not one of them. Although many people judge based on first impressions of waist size and hair texture, your character is what they remember. People remember the sacrifice of letting them go first in line or the smile you give them because it may be the only one they see that day. The Lord has created each of us uniquely inside and out, and He takes pride in what He has created in each of our hearts as we long for Him and display His loving, selfless character.

The Lord doesn’t say that makeup and styling tools are bad, but worshipping your outward appearance is not what He desires for your life. Do not be discouraged, you are stunning in God’s eyes and always will be. That is all that matters. He has fearfully and wonderfully made you and calls you His own. We aren’t called to live up to the standards and expectations of the world on you, but to find what the Lord requires of you and understand that you are beautiful. It’s in this understanding that you find peace and beauty.

Jordyn is a graduate from Olentangy Liberty High School and will be attending High Point University in the fall. She loves spending time with friends, photo shoots and shopping.

How Would Jesus Respond

You have had a long, tiring day at school and the moment you return home, your little brother yanks your arm as he gabs about the latest video game he just downloaded.  What do you do?  Your teacher just gave back your most recent test and you failed. You feel upset and angry that you procrastinated. Your best friend approaches you and lashes out at you for upsetting her earlier.  What do you do?  In these instances when your heart churns with anger and you want to retaliate, do you stop and think to yourself, what would Jesus do?  As cliché as it may sound, do you hold back your momentary rage and reflect on Jesus’ reactions to negative situations and encounters He had?

One reason you may be neglecting to act like Jesus in tough situations is because you honestly do not know how Jesus would have reacted.  If this is the case, I encourage you to immerse yourself in His Word.  Not just for one day or a single quiet time, but set up a time each day to simply be alone with Jesus and the Word.  Utilize your quiet time to dig into the message Jesus gave us.  Choose a book of the Bible and begin reading.  If you have no clue where to start, search for a Bible study or devotional to help you.  Since summer has begun and school is out, hopefully you have more time to invest in reading the Bible. I’d encourage you to find the time.

Reading the Word is only the first step to kickstart the process of changing your behavior in unwanted situations.  Even if you read the entire Bible and memorize it word for word, if you fail to apply it to your life, it will not benefit you.  Let the words you read sink into your mind before you blow a fuse and do something you will regret later.

We can choose to behave like Jesus when we take the time to take a step out of ourselves and try to imagine what He would do.  Take to heart the words of 1 Peter 2:21 which says, “For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps.”  This verse reminds us of our duty to follow the path of life that Jesus walked.  Do you think Jesus walked around angry when things did not turn out the way He wanted them to? Choose today who you will serve, your selfish desires or the Lord.

Sophia Kalinke is a homeschooled junior who is actively involved in church and youth group. She loves dancing, reading, writing, drawing, theatre, hanging out with family and friends, and ministering to God’s world. Writing is one of her favorite creative outlets and she seeks to encourage others through her shared Instagram account: @beautifullybelovedministries.

Summer Favorites

Summer is right around the corner and I couldn’t be happier. It is the perfect time for relaxing, soaking up sun and enjoying a break from the stresses of life. You know what else is great about summer – the fashion!

This first outfit is one of my summer favorites! To me, the shirt screams free spirit, but the whole look is adorably bohemian. The brown strappy sandals pair perfectly with the flower crown and the bright yellow of the pants brings out all the colors of the shirt. I’m so in love with this look and I can’t wait to wear it!

The next thing I’m obsessed with is the big trend of natural make-up.  I love it and it’s a perfect fit for summer. Caking on foundation and other products may cover up blemishes temporarily, but it also clogs your pores and makes your skin worse in the long run. And who wants wear a ton of makeup during the summer anyhow? Too much makeup mixed with heat is not a good idea. Let your freckles shine through! Nothing screams confidence more than a natural look, and trust me, your skin will thank you for it later.

My favorite way to take care of my skin is using Burt’s Bees products. These all-natural products are 100% safe and really rejuvenate and refresh your skin. Some of my favorite Burt’s Bees products are the night cream, eye cream and of course their lip balm. I use these products regularly and can honestly say my skin has improved because of them.

I’m absolutely obsessed with this eye makeup look! It’s natural, fresh and perfect for summer. Just apply some shimmery neutral eyeshadow, which is perfect for any eye color! Add a coat of mascara to brighten up your eyes, and you’re good to go. Those are some of my favorite summer looks! I can’t wait until summer is officially here. Let me know what your summer favorites are by posting in our comment section or email them to me at CheyenneRoseMusic@gmail.com.

Cheyenne Rose Arnspiger, 17, is a journalist, musician, songwriter, fashion-enthusiast, and crazy cat lady. Due to a high-pressure background of performing and modeling, self-comparison, fear, and insecurity were all a part of her life before she found her identity in God. Now, she is passionate about inspiring other girls to be confident in Christ through the songs, blogs, and stories she writes.

Satisfy the Craving

My six-o’clock alarm jump-started my adrenaline as I reluctantly kicked off the sheets and internally griped about getting up. Being up this early should be illegal. The cold water stung the nerves on my face in an offsetting, but amazing way. It was a nice compliment for the warm dark roast coffee I would soon sip. I brushed my teeth, with tired eyes closed and mentally planned my outfit for the day. The forecast was sunshine and no clouds, but I knew the inside of our prison-like school would be an icebox. Skinny jeans, a T-shirt and light jacket… oh, and my go-to grey booties were the perfect combination. And just like that, the rush of my day began.  

The craziness only got worse as the hours passed. I am the type of person who doesn’t know how to say no. I fill every minute of my agenda going from school, to practice, to clubs, hangout with friends and work. There is never time to relax. My idea of relaxation is when the coffee wears off and I am back in my bed, or the car ride from one place to another or the wait in line at Starbucks. Rest is not usually in the forefront of my mind. In fact, it is usually an afterthought that gets cut from my busy day. Something else that is also rarely considered is my quiet time with God. As a Christian, I know is should be part of my day, but I’ve never been great at including it, even though it is something I desire.  

 Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Often times I read over this verse quickly. I am not one to stay still when there is so much opportunity and so many things to do. The Lord calls us to not only know that He is God, but to be still and let Him govern our lives. It reminds us to be still even on the busy days where I overbook myself or find other things to do.  I need to prioritize time to be with the Lord, to be quiet with Him and listen to His voice. Whether it is five minutes or an hour, I find peace in the reminders that God is exalted and governing the world. He is in control, not only of my life, but of everyone else who submits their heart to Him. 

 Slow down, drink in the goodness of God with your caramel Frappuccino. Be intentional about making time to be with Him. It will jump start your day and give you strength when you are weary. We all have the same amount of minutes in our day. It’s our choice on how to fill them. I challenge you not to “fit God in” because you have to, but to “spend time with Him” because you want to.  Go ahead, satisfy the craving.  He’s created you with a desire to know Him. 

Jordyn is a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School and will be attending High Point University in the fall. She loves spending time with friends, photo shoots, and shopping.

Dreaming God’s Dream

A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep. We all know the story of Cinderella. A girl who lost her father, was subject to the demands of her stepmom and stepsisters, and with the help of a fairy godmother, fell in love and married a prince. Now we know that this is a fairytale and that we aren’t going to turn into a pumpkin at midnight. But isn’t there something inside all of us that dreams; and knows we are created for something special and unique?

Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision from God, the people run wild, but those who adhere to God’s instruction know genuine happiness.” Dreams are an important part of what makes us get up every morning. These dreams may be anything from being a prima ballerina, traveling the world, or being married. No matter what the dream is, we all have them, and they give us vision and a purpose for life.

Dreams are given and planted, like a seed in our hearts by God. He knows exactly how to bring them to reality. He gives us gifts, talents, and strategies to fulfill those dreams. One of my favorite quotes is, ‘God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called’. Reaching our dreams takes action and perseverance.

I remember being thirteen years old and the Lord placing a dream in my heart to work with Mercy Ministries, a home for young women struggling with life controlling issues. Fifteen years later I took the step to move to Nashville, Tennessee where my dream became a reality. The Lord had placed this dream in my heart at a young age, but I had to take some steps to get there. I had to get out of my comfort zone by moving to a completely different state, making new friends, interviewing for the position, and know that I was called to do this job. There are still other dreams I have, like wanting to be married for example, that haven’t come to pass yet.

Another aspect of dreams is that they are in God’s timing and not our own. This can be difficult especially when we want to have control and have things happen in our own way. We live in a culture where we want immediate gratification. We have to trust that God’s timing is perfect and He knows what is best for us. He doesn’t dangle dreams in front of us like a carrot. He is faithful to complete what He started.

Dream big! Ask God to reveal His dreams for you. There are no limits to your dreams.

Nicole is working on her Master’s degree at Liberty University in counseling. She has a desire to see young women know their true identity and fulfill their unique purpose. She enjoys blogging, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Trust Without Borders

One of my favorite worship song out called Oceans by Bethel Music that I listen to quite often.  There is an anointing on the entire song, but the bridge in particular is my favorite.  The lyrics of the bridge speak to me deeply every time I listen to or sing them:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders,
Let me walk upon the waters, wherever you may call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander,
And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.”

I desire to have a deep faith and trust in God, that wherever He leads I will go, and whenever He asks me to do something, my response is yes.  That my heart would trust Him and listen to His requests because I would know they were for my good.
Unfortunately, this kind of trust isn’t always my response.  This trust is often met with fear or uncertainty.  The things my mind know to be true about God – the things I’ve read and studied in the Word, the facts I’ve gained from Sunday school teachings, messages in youth group and sermons as an adult have given me the knowledge about who this God is.  Yet over the years, life experiences sometimes seem to contradict the facts, and my heart doubts.

I see good people suffer.  People who love God with all their hearts, who’ve served Him passionately experience pain and misfortune.  They fight diseases and have unanswered prayers.  They battle fear and sickness and I don’t understand.
I see others miraculously touched or saved, and my finite mind can’t make the calculations.  I know it isn’t about having enough faith or being good enough or any equation that I can come up with, but my heart often doesn’t get it.  I “get” that it’s all about God’s sovereignty, purpose and plan.  I “know” His ways are higher and beyond mine and above my thinking.  I know God is good, yet I struggle to find the answers to these mysteries.  My heart wants to know.

Whenever I sing this song, I imagine the story of the apostle Peter being called out of the boat by Jesus to literally walk on the water.  I picture Him looking right at Jesus’ face and reaching out his hands towards where Jesus is standing.  He knows Jesus is who he says he is.  I see Jesus standing there holding out his hands towards Peter and smiling, assuring Peter that he can do it.  Then I imagine the winds starting to blow, and the storm starting to brew again, maybe lightning flashes in the sky distracting Peter from Jesus’ gaze.  He suddenly looks down at the waves to see the water swelling around him and fear grips his heart as he begins to sink.

Terrified, he calls out to Jesus for help and Jesus reaches out to catch him.  Jesus then looks into his eyes saddened by his lack of faith and asking him why he doubted.

Now I’m sure had I been in the same story, I too would’ve looked at the circumstances around me and waivered in my faith…
What about you?  How would you have responded to Jesus’ invitation to come and walk on the water with Him?
Often the Lord makes these incredible invitations to us but fear gets in our way.  It may not be a literal walk on the water, but to do something extraordinary or beyond our own abilities.  It’s in these times we must decide whether we are going to take a risk, get out of the boat and trust His call, or stay where we are, where it feels safer.  We often forget that doing what He invites us to do, is the safest place we can be.  He invites us to come and do it with Him.

With Him is the absolute safest place to be – whether it’s on the water, in Africa, or our own neighborhood.  With Him is where we want to be.

So, as the Lord is inviting me to Trust without Borders, I also invite you to explore things the Lord is inviting you into.  If He’s inviting you into it, then He will give you the grace and strength and ability to do it with Him.  Allow your trust in Him to grow as you take a risk, step out of the boat, and walk into all that He has called you to do!

Pam Lozano is the Founder and President of Pure Design Ministries and Magazine. She is a conscientious leader who believes in investing in and mentoring the next generation to raise them up to be who God has designed them to be.

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Me

Neil Armstrong was prepared for this and tested over and over again with tons of scientific equipment. He was given a nice, shiny, white suit before his ascent to the moon and was more than ready. I was not ready.

My college decision was right around the corner and I had to pick the right one. I wanted to be successful and picking the perfect college was the first step in doing so. I was the kid who applied to two colleges only wanting to get into one. It didn’t matter which one, just one. I was horrible at making decisions and a major choice like this was terrifying. I hoped to receive one envelope with a letter of acceptance and the other with a letter of rejection. Funny enough, God put the decision in my lap.  I received two letters of acceptance. Dang it, this meant both doors were open.

I constantly prayed that God would give me an obvious answer. As I got ready for school, brushed my hair, or read a book, I asked Him to show me His plan for me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

During Wednesday night youth group, I talked to my youth pastor about hearing God. He said, “Don’t ask for obvious answers. Ask for faith.” I adored my pastor but was concerned he thought I lacked faith. “It’s okay to ask God for the wisdom to make decisions, but the step of faith – the leap of faith – is what God asks of you. You ask for wisdom from God and he just asks you to leap.”

His words rang in my head and heart for days. I could not shake them. Step out in faith?! I actually had to decide?! I was terrified I’d make a huge mistake.

Week after week of college shout outs and full email inboxes, I sought God and opened my heart one last time. It was the weekend of Presidential Scholars at one of my top choice schools. Attending this event was such a great honor. Ultimately, it would help me decide and feel confident about my college decision. I made a deal with myself that the next Monday I would choose. After a seven-hour car ride of earnest silence and prayer, I began my ascent to the moon. Time passed so sloooowly. I contemplated every positive and negative of the situation and tried to go without second-guessing myself. “What if’s” flooded my mind. What if I made the wrong decision?  Finally, after the mental war was over, I put my trust in God and leaped. I decided to go to High Point University!

God desires us to seek Him, even if it means riding silently in the car for seven hours. He loves when we ask in faith for wisdom. Paul says that God gives wisdom generously as long as we fully believe in Him. Sure, a giant picture in the sky or an audible voice from God would be great, but if it were that easy we would take God’s wisdom for granted. It’s a two-way street; one of which both parties are giving and taking. God takes our leap of faith and gives us wisdom.

Jordyn is a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School and will be attending High Point University in the fall. She loves spending time with friends, photo shoots and shopping.

 

Watch Your Mouth

You’ve heard the saying, ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’? I wish this was true, but as we all know this is not the case. Words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Words have power in matters of life and death, and those who love them will savor their fruit”. Our words can either be used to bring encouragement to someone or to bring them down.

Many times, we don’t know the full impact of our words and the affect it will have on those around us. I remember back in middle school, there was a girl that kids made fun of because of her curly hair and buck teeth. One day on the bus I began talking with her. That day when she got off the bus she excitedly shared with her mom that she made a friend. Little did I know she had been battling with depression, did not have any friends and was feeling lonely. I found out we had a lot in common and she was fun to be around. We became close and remained friends throughout middle school and high school.

James 5:9 says, “Brothers and sisters, don’t waste your breath complaining about one another. If you judge others, you will be judged yourself.” It is important that we are not so quick to use or words to judge others, because we do not always know what that person may be going through or their life circumstances. Growing up I was constantly being teased for being short. But these students didn’t know that I was short because of a medical condition. Their words had an effect on me, making me feel I was different from everyone else. I made a decision that I wouldn’t do this to others.

Our words can also determine and affect how we will respond to issues in our lives. We can choose to either speak positively and allow the situation to make us a better person, or speak negatively and walk around with a bad attitude towards everything and everyone around us. Words have the power to change the feeling of our homes, schools, and relationships.
Next time you are about to speak, think of the effects it will have. Remember you have the ability to speak positively or negatively. So, choose your words wisely.

Nicole is working on her Masters degree at Liberty University in counseling. She has a desire to see young women know their true identity and fulfill their unique purpose. She enjoys blogging, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Comparison

Over the past four years, my life has been radically transformed! As I look back, I am truly amazed at God’s goodness. It’s hard to believe how far He has brought me as I have grown in my giftings, learned to trust Him more, and developed a self-confidence founded in his love for me.

I wasn’t always like this, though. Throughout my life, I’ve struggled with self-doubt, self-shaming, self-comparison, and fear to name a few. My self-confidence has always been tied to my talents and abilities, in which I took much pride; however when anybody was better than me at something, all confidence would immediately wither and I’d fall into comparing myself to them. In this day and age, it’s especially difficult to not compare ourselves with the constant images and ideals being beat into our minds by the media & culture, along with self-comparison’s biggest incubator: social media.

Why can’t I have hair like her? Why don’t I look as good as her? Why aren’t my lips fuller? Why aren’t my eyes bluer? Why isn’t my body built a different way? Why can’t I sing like her? Why can’t I have her voice? Why can’t I be the best or why can’t I be better? In my past, all of these thoughts were ammunition the enemy shot into my mind; ammunition that I dwelled on.

The funny thing is that my desires would always change as the pictures before me changed. That’s how you know comparison is a useless trap! You’re never satisfied. One day I’d see a pretty picture of a girl with dark hair and tan skin, and I’d wish to look like that. The next day I’d see a brunette girl with green eyes and I’d wish to look like that. The same thing would happen with my music. I’d hear one girl’s voice and think, wow, if I could just sing that way… The next day I’d hear a different song and wish I could sound like that singer. The list goes on, and the self-comparisons were endless!

But there is good news! Throughout the past two years, God has been redefining the standards I set for myself and revealing His love to me. I have always heard God loves me, but you know how it goes: it gets cliché and meaningless after being raised in church and hearing it all the time. However, through seeking him, building uplifting Christ-centered friendships, and having Godly role models who spoke into my life, I received a new revelation of God’s love for me. There is literally nothing we can do to separate ourselves from His love. Did you read that!? It blows my mind every time.

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT) says, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death, nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”

When you get a hold on how much he adores (loves) you, you realize he made you EXACTLY how he wanted you to be. The freckles you hate? He sprinkled them across your cheeks before you were even born. The voice you have? He designed it uniquely, like NO ONE ELSE’S. He planned out every aspect of your being before time began, and he gave you different looks and talents from everyone else because that’s exactly how he wanted you! YOU are the best version of you. God said so!

When you realize all of this, and firmly set your identity in Christ & Christ only, comparisons become almost laughable. Now, when those thoughts try to come at me, they literally seem stupid! Why would I wish to change how God made me, when he knows I’m the best me exactly how I am now? Why would I compare myself to someone else’s looks or talents when God formed mine how He knew would be perfect for my destiny? It really is crazy!

Girls, it’s time to stop wishing to be different. It’s time to stop comparing ourselves. It’s time to stop letting jealousy ruin relationships and cause insecurity. God can’t use us or let us step into our destiny when we are shaken by such petty things!

I encourage and challenge you – find your security in God and what he says about you, nothing else. Remember that He made you the most perfect version of yourself there ever could be. God doesn’t make mistakes!

You are LOVED!

 Cheyenne Rose Arnspiger, 18, is a journalist, musician, songwriter, fashion-enthusiast, and crazy cat lady. Due to a high-pressure background of performing and modeling, self-comparison, fear, and insecurity were all a part of her life before she found her identity in God. Now, she is passionate about inspiring other girls to be confident in Christ through the songs, blogs, and stories she writes.