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17 Items for your Christmas Wish List

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Whenever someone asks me what I want for Christmas, they might as well be asking me to solve the Rubik’s cube. All year I think, “Oh, I’ll ask for this or that for Christmas,” but when the time comes to put pen to paper, I can’t remember anything I needed. I always spend hours mulling over possible Christmas list options, and meanwhile I drag my feet and don’t put my list together until the week of Christmas.

Finding Christmas gifts for others, and for ourselves, can be difficult. Sometimes we just need a little help to know what’s out there. I love to hear what other people have on their wish list and gather ideas for my own, not to mention they’re great gift giving ideas as well. And thus I present to you: 17 ITEMS TO PUT ON YOUR WISH LIST.

 

 

1. A Subscription to Spotify Premium.

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Let’s be honest: if you could have it, wouldn’t you? This Christmas ask for a subscription to Spotify Premium and have access to millions of songs commercial free, and listen to them when you don’t have internet or cellphone service. It’s practically like owning all of your favorite music for free! And don’t forget to enjoy the themed playlists they have for every occasion and activity. Spotify is even running a special discount on subscriptions until the new year. It’s a Christmas miracle!

 

 

2. A Nice, Quirky T-Shirt.

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Shirts can be worn a million different ways, and that’s what makes them the golden wish list item. Etsy.com offers a wide selection of high-quality, custom made t-shirts, including this one that says, “Feed Me and Tell Me I’m Pretty”–because what more does a girl really need?

 

“Feed Me and Tell Me I’m Pretty” T-shirt, $34

 

 

 

 

3. A Phone Case of the Month Membership.

 

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If you are a phone case junkie, this is the perfect holiday gift for you. Phone Case of the Month is a service that sends you new, limited edition phone cases every month!

 

 

 

 

 

4. A Variety Lipstick Kit.

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The staple of all makeup: lipstick. Instead of dedicating a large chunk of your holiday funds to one or two lipsticks, opt for the cheaper variety pack and sport a different color every night!

 

Pure Delights 8-Piece LipSurgence Lip Set, $34, 

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5. A Polaroid Camera

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Haven’t you heard? Polaroid Cameras are all the craze nowadays!

 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8N Instant Camera, $94,

 

 

 

 

6. A Custom Chocolate Box.

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It doesn’t get more practical than chocolate. And, in the way of stocking stuffers, from one chocoholic to another, not much can top a chocolate box with your name on it.

Custom Chocolate Box, $39,

 

 7. Bath Bombs from Lush.

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It’s the only time of year you can justify spending this much money on luxury bath items, but every girl appreciates something that feels like a complete splurge for the holidays. And seriously, Lush products are worth splurging on.

 

Christmas Bath Time Favorites, $85

 

 

 

 

 

8. A Magazine Subscription.

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This is the gift that keeps on giving. I asked for a subscription to Writer’s Digest for Christmas last year, and every time my new magazine came in the mail it was like Christmas all over again. Find a magazine on a topic you love and ask for a subscription!

 

 

 

 

9. A New Journal.

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Barnes and Noble carries the coolest leather journals. Why not ask for one for Christmas?

 

 

Leather Brown Journal, $16

 

 

 

 

10. A Fabulous Perfume.

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Getting a new scent is exciting, but it can also be expensive. Go to a perfume store and test out which scent you like the best, and then put it on your Christmas list!

 

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, $55,

 

 

 

 

11. A Luxury Watch.

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People will think your time is worth more when you’re sporting a lovely new watch! The best part about watches is that you can find them at reasonable prices, but if you really want to splurge, you can invest more for a designer brand like this Burberry watch.

 

Burberry Small Check Strap Watch, 26mm, $296,

 

 

 

 

12. The iPhone 6s.

 

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The new iPhone 6s is out and ready to be wrapped and put under your tree! Did you know that it takes live photos? And no, that’s not the same as a video. It also films in 4K, has better picture quality, and has the strongest smartphone glass to date. Christmas list worthy? I think so.

 

 

 

 

 

13. A Sophisticated Briefcase or Messenger Bag.

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If you’re like me and you have to carry your laptop to and from work, a briefcase is a necessity. Briefcases don’t have to be stuffy or too business-like, and you can find them in all prices. You can even find briefcases that look like purses!

 

 

 

 

 

14. A New Calendar for a New Year.

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It’s not only practical for the new year, but the variety in calendars makes them a fun gift to receive. From cats doing yoga to inspirational quotes, there’s a calendar out there for everyone.

 

2016 Star Trek Wall Calendar, $11

 

 

 

15. An Adorable Coffee Mug.

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Coffee mugs are a big deal, and this one is shaped like an elephant and has a tea bag holder. ADORABLE.

 

Elephant Mug, $16,

 

 

 

 

 

16. A Feline Friend… And A Mug.

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This cat mug makes a purrrfect gift.

 

 

Cat Mug, $12

 

 

 

 

17. A Pillow Guide to the Introverts Heart.

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From the Sea of Books to the Isle of Netflix, and to the Land of Self-checkout lines, this pillow just gets introverts.

 

Introvert Pillow, $20,

 

 

 

 

What’s on YOUR Christmas list this year? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Kirsten Keesee is 19 years old and lives in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where she works as a content writer for the Drenda Show. She enjoys traveling, collecting books, and checking items off of her bucket list.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Are You in Danger?

20141117180945-right-business-wrong-social-media-cultureIt can be hard to live in a world that’s so social media saturated. We’re constantly seeing images that we should live up to: being fit, being the perfect mom, eating the perfect “Pinterest” dinner, and measuring up to the selfies posted by our friends.

Have you ever been to a concert and noticed everyone watching the concert through the camera on their phone?

Instead of living in the moment, we're living our lives behind a screen.

 

And suddenly, just because we can’t snap the perfect profile picture or get our Instagram theme on fleek, we feel unworthy.

It’s not that using social media to stay connected with friends is wrong, but it’s what we choose to do when we see those pictures. We can choose to be happy for them, or we can use those pictures to harbor feelings of jealousy, comparison, and worthlessness.

As women I feel like throughout the generations we’ve been targeted with tabloids, soup operas, and social media is basically a new form of this at our finger tips. That’s why we have to prioritize our time, and learn when to say yes and no. I know how it is when you hear your phone buzz with a notification, and out of habit you find yourself knee-deep in social media half an hour later.

I know people who have had to turn their social media notifications off entirely to protect their time, because once the notification popped up they couldn’t resist the temptation. I use the word temptation specifically, because I think that for many people social media has become an addiction. If you can’t go a day without checking your social accounts, that is a social media addiction.

Social media is a great way to connect with people you don’t see on a daily basis, but don’t neglect your real life for a virtual one. And keep in mind, people are putting their best foot forward on social media.

While we’ve gained instant access to everyone’s personal lives, we’ve lost the art of real communication along the way. It might be easier to post a status or send a text, but it’s important to have relationships face-to-face. We have to take the time to step away from our social media accounts and invest in our relationships, because some things can never be achieved through likes, comments, and shares.

Like accountability. 

 

We can be anyone we want to be with little accountability when we’re hiding behind a computer screen, and that’s a dangerous place to be. Mentorship happens in relationships. Growth happens in relationships. God created us with the need for relationships, and when we neglect that natural human desire we experience depression and loneliness.

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I can speak from experience that there have been times I have felt irritated after spending a day working on the computer, and I couldn’t figure out why.

My point is that social media has a lot of good uses, but just like with everything else, we have to monitor how much time we put into it. When we’re experiencing emotions like depression, anxiety, or loneliness, we have to take a hard look at how much time we’re spending on technology versus on the relationships in our life.

How do you monitor your social media use? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kirsten Keesee is 19 years old and lives in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where she works as a content writer for the Drenda Show. She enjoys traveling, collecting books, and checking items off of her bucket list.

 

SHAMELESS: Winning the Battle Against Secret Sins

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It’s easy to hide a life of “what if’s,” secret sins, regrets, and brokenness behind a forced smile and perfect church attendance. It’s easy to hide the side of ourselves we don’t want anyone to see—but does it ever really go away? Will we always have to run from our secrets? Feel ashamed? Guilt? Self-hatred?

Secret sins feel safe. Hidden. Secret. Locked away. We greet them in places like our bedrooms, our bathrooms, and on our computers, and we leave them there when we don’t want to carry them into our daily routines. In a sense, they seem to be detached from the rest of our lives. If schools taught a class on Sin Ed, secret sins might be labeled as the “safe” sins. In other words, many people think there won’t be any consequences.

But is there anything SAFE about a secret sin?

As I think about secret sins, a recent news story comes to mind. It’s a story about a Christian boy who fell for the “safe sin” lie. He struggled with secret sins as he grew up, constantly keeping secrets, running from his past, and lying to the people closest to him. During this time the boy’s family became a public icon. He began to take new career opportunities in government and started a family of his own—all the while proclaiming God with his lips, and sinning against God in private. Josh Duggar’s secret sins were not a secret for much longer. Soon the whole world knew about his “secret sins,” and besides already costing him his career, they nearly cost him everything else. What was supposed to be safe and secret ended up being very public and very costly.

So how can we live a life that's shame-free? How can we win the battle against secret sins once and for all?

 

1. Nothing is Secret

 

We live in a generation that believes unless people know about it and are talking about it, it didn’t happen. It doesn’t count. We feel that as long as people don’t know what we’re struggling with behind the scenes, those struggles don’t hold as much gravity in God’s eyes.

That’s a lie. 

Whether people know about our struggle with a certain sin or not, God knows exactly where we’re at and what we’re going through. No sin is hidden from God. It breaks His heart to see His children moving down a path towards destruction; and the simple fact is that’s where all secret sins lead.

“For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

So if we really want to overcome secret sins, we need to have a healthy perspective on why it’s wrong. Secret sins aren’t dangerous because our friends might judge us or people might find out–they’re dangerous because sinning is a direct attack on God and His plan for our lives.

 

2. Setting Up For Success

 

Have you ever been on a diet?

Well, when I’m on a diet the last place I want to eat at is our local Chinese Buffet. Why? Because I love Chinese food, and if I eat there I know I’ll break my diet! My plate won’t look healthy and green, it’s going to be loaded up with rice and noodles and sweet n’ sour chicken. When I’m on a diet I try to set myself up for success. I like to think through what I’ll order before I get there, that way when I see the chicken fingers and Ranch dressing on the menu I already know I’m ordering a salad.

So why don’t we set ourselves up for success in overcoming sin?

Accountability is a great way of accomplishing this, but we can even take it a step further. If we know that checking our social media before bed makes us feel insecure, or binge eating makes us guilt ourselves, or too much time on the internet puts us in a place of temptation, why don’t we change those habits? The Bible says that we are supposed to be like watchmen, and watchmen sound an alert before the enemy is at their door!

If you were on a diet and you went to the Krispy Kreme shop every day… 
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It probably wouldn’t take you very long, unless you are somehow immune to the deliciousness of a warm Krispy Kreme. So is your problem that you need more self-discipline? Should you just try harder tomorrow when you go to the Krispy Kreme shop? Maybe if you get really mad at yourself for eating the donut, then you’ll stick to your diet? Probably not, because the problem is the position you are putting yourself in. Are you putting yourself in a position to overcome sin?

 

3. By Grace

 

The best news is that God’s grace is sufficient for us to overcome any sin or temptation. We don’t have to do the same things we’ve always done; we are a new creation in Christ, free to choose a new path for our life. Sometimes we have to take some advice from Disney’s Frozen and just LET IT GO! There is NO condemnation in Christ, and nothing we’ve done in our past can define our future.

“Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)

Whenever we are struggling with addictions, temptations, self-hatred, depression, fear, or loneliness, God’s grace is enough to set us free. We have the ability to overcome secret sins and live a life that’s guilt-free. God knows where you’re at and what you’re going through, and He wants to help you out of your situation! You only have to let Him!

 

What do YOU think the best way to deal with secret sins is?

 

 

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Kirsten Keesee is 19 years old and lives in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where she works as a content writer for the Drenda Show. She enjoys traveling, collecting books, and checking items off of her bucket list.

 

 

 

Perfect doesn’t make Pretty

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Yes, you!

Do you believe me?

I can’t see your face, your hair, or your body right now as you’re reading this but I know you are beautiful – because my definition of beauty is different than yours.

I’m not talking about your amazingly unique brain, stunningly compassionate heart, or thrillingly awesome mind. These are obviously all gorgeous! I’m talking about the outside of you!

Maybe you look something like me right now – damp hair, no makeup, and comfy clothes. We wouldn’t necessarily want our picture taken like this. And there is a good chance that no one in Hollywood would take a picture of makeup-less, frumpy me, stick it next to an airbrushed picture of a Kardashian and say that I was beautiful. But guess what, I think they are wrong. And by the end of this article, you may too!

Let’s do an activity. The next time you read CATABUNGA, I want you to close your eyes, and picture beauty. Hair, face, eyes, skin, body, nails – get an image of all of it. Ready? CATABUNGA!

What did you see? If you saw a perfect skin tone, high cheek bones, glossy lips, ultra-long and luscious eye lashes, a 26 inch waist, designer clothes, shiny wavy hair and picture-perfect finger nails, keep reading, this is about to get good.

When I did this activity a year ago, that was my picture, too.

Why is that what we saw? Because that was our definition of beauty as society has taught us. However, society’s definition is a lie.

Today I see sun kissed skin, and eyes of a rich, deep, vibrant color. I see a smooth, rounded body in soft, warm clothes. I pictured hair that has not been situated by bobby pins or by the heat of a curling wand, but that lays messy on the shoulders.

I have redefined beauty for myself, and I encourage you to work to do the same.

There are still days when I wish and strive to have less ‘goosh,’ as I call it, on my stomach. The big red pimples that still appear on my cheeks from time to time still get covered up with concealer, and I still try everything to make them go away. And when my ever-so-loving boyfriend calls these unsightly blemishes ‘beauty bumps’, I remember: perfect doesn’t make pretty. I am beautiful and that fact is perfect, no matter what society makes me think I should look like.

We can still wear makeup, do our hair and wear nice clothes – that’s all a fun part of being female. What needs to change, though, is our confidence in being ourselves even when natural and “exposed”.

When you take off your makeup at night, put your hair in a bun and change into the old sweat pants you keep for bumming around, your beauty doesn’t fade, change, or disappear. This is when it becomes real.

Will you believe that with me?

Song of Songs says, “You are all together beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” This is what God says about us!

You are beautiful inside, outside, and naturally, just the way God created you!

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IsabelIsabel Siegel is 18 years old just moved to Westerville, Ohio. She has a passion for all aspects of wellness – organic veggies, nature adventures, and the pursuit and understanding of truth. Non-fiction books, house plants, trips to Whole Foods, and running at Hoover Reservoir are some of the things she loves to do. She is a true conversationalist, and an ideas girl with a massive love for connecting with people. Right now, the Lord is teaching her to trust Him, and to dream big

Love Yourself so you can Love Others

girlwitharmsI read a quote from Tumblr the other day that I’d like to share with you. I don’t know who the original author is, but these words pierced my heart. It says

“So many years of education yet nobody ever taught us how to love ourselves and why it’s so important.”

I hope you really read that. I hope you really understand what that is communicating. You are fed in school a massive amount of information that you are told is important, and how you will succeed in life is by mathematics and social studies, and business. Which is all well and good, school is important, and knowledge equips us. I believe though in the midst of this practical information we’re missing out on who we are, where our value comes from, and that our identity and self-esteem is just as important as feeding our brains and logic. What good is all of this wisdom if you hate yourself and cannot look at others with love? I want to take some time to tell you an important truth that you won’t be taught in school, to love yourself.

My pastor always tells us that we can’t give what we do not have. This sounds so elementary but think about it. If I do not have one hundred dollars then I cannot give you one hundred dollars, so in the same way if I do not love myself, how can I possibly properly love others? It is so very important to love ourselves because we give of what we have, so we want to have love. It is difficult to love yourself when you know the deep corners of yourself isn’t it? You know every ugly thought that you have ever had, you have seen yourself at your very worst, the ultimate evil that you are capable of. How could you love yourself like you love others when you see all of this wrong that you do? May I challenge you to look to Jesus the one who gave his life as a sacrifice for even your worst day, because he loved you?

Psalm 139 says, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

In this chapter David writes in verse 13 “Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for the darkness is as light to you.” Does that speak deeply to you as it does me? I believe that no matter what darkness you think you observe in yourself, God the Father, sees past that to the light that truly resides in you. He has searched you, and he knows your every thought, and surely he still loves you unconditionally, and would run after you relentlessly. God loves you with an everlasting love. He has taught you how to love by the way He loves you. I challenge you to see yourself through the eyes of someone who sacrificed everything for you, because He looks at you and He thinks that you are to die for.

carly_sThis blog was written by Pure Design Teen Magazine’s blogger Carly Sage. Carly is 19 years old and lives in Youngstown, Ohio where she attends Victory School of Ministry through Victory Christian Church. She hopes to be in full-time ministry as a pastor one day and loves to express herself through writing!

Big change starts with small Actions

imagesI’ve been back from Cambodia for less than a week now, but the streets of Cambodia linger in my mind like a disease. I can see the children climbing through the mosh pit of traffic to beg for money in the streets. Many parents will punish their children if they come home empty-handed, and for some their financial situation is so dire that they will sell their daughters into sex trafficking to pay a bill.

I never imagined the kind of conditions people were living in around the world. I’ve seen the commercials fundraising for children in Africa before, and you probably have, too. The problem is that we filter those images with the same processing capabilities we use to filter everything else we see on TV. Our minds interpret those very real situations on the same level they interpret crazy movie affects.

Our minds tell us, “Don’t worry, none of this is real.”

Well, it was real. It was very, very real. And it is real right now to millions of people.

Ever since I got off the plane and stepped back into this world of instant gratification, I’ve been asking myself, “What can I do to make a difference? What can I do to make someone else’s life just a little better?”

What I’ve discovered is a new passion for people–a challenge to impact everyone I meet in some small way.

Every single person has a purpose for their life, and God has strategically put you in a place of influence with your friends, co-workers, and the acquaintances you pass on a weekly basis. God has given you the ability to make a difference wherever you’re at, simply by being like Christ.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” 

 Catherine of Siena

I frequently make the mistake of thinking, “When I have a really big opportunity to share Christ, then I’ll do it. Maybe if God really shows up and tells me to do it then I’ll go pray for that person in the grocery store.” The thing is that God has already given me the huge opportunity to share Christ! God orchestrated those people to be in my path—me, out of billions of other people in the world. And I could be the very reason they’re standing where they are—because God wants me to make a difference in their life.

I can’t help but wonder how many people God has put in my path that I’ve missed, simply because I was waiting for God to do something He already did. The Bible is a book about evangelism–so why am I always waiting for confirmation that God wants me to evangelize? It makes no sense! That’s because it’s an excuse. It shifts the responsibility from us to God, but let’s be clear: the responsibility is on us. God would take every opportunity to minister to people if He could.

I have had experiences in my life where I had to make the decision to reach out to someone, and not in a “smile across the foyer” way, but actually taking the time to share the love of Christ with them. It was hard for me to do, but every time ended with an amazing story of how God put me in the right place at the right time. In fact, those simple conversations brought people to know Christ and even reached people who were on the verge of suicide.

After I reached out to these people and heard their stories, it became clear to me how selfish I was for not wanting to share the good news that’s changed my life with someone else. The excuse that once felt so cement, the embarrassment that tried to hinder me from reaching out, all of it now seemed worthless.

God has a plan for you. Where you’re at, the people you know, the strangers you pass by—those aren’t coincidences. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s life a little bit better.

Be bold. Be courageous. Stop waiting for the “magic green light” and GO! Do what God’s called you to do! Big change starts with small actions.

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Kirsten Keesee is 19 years old and lives in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where she works as a content writer for the Drenda Show. She enjoys traveling, collecting books, and dreams of someday owning a first edition Jane Austen novel!

Modest is Hottest!

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Modesty! Everyone’s favorite topic…. ESPECIALLY during Homecoming season!

Let me just say this: you can do it. You can be gorgeous without twice the makeup you usually wear. You can be outrageously stunning without showing off your body. You can have the perfect, magical dress, without spending hundreds! It is possible and you are capable. We believe in you and are cheering you on! Be that beautiful, classy girl and show others what it looks like.

There are so many aspects of modesty… and I’m going to give some insight on a few of them! The first thing that comes to mind is sexual modesty. And there is a lot to be said about this.

Throughout the fashion industry, social media and cultural groups today, there is much controversy over what it means to be modest, and what modesty is or is not. In the most concise, understandable possible, modesty is class.

Modesty is not making sure you don’t get assaulted sexually, but modesty is realizing that guys are inherently visual creatures and being considerate of that unchangeable and sometimes struggle-some fact. Modesty is asking yourself why you want to wear something, and choosing clothes for the right reasons. If, as a female, you’re into wearing belly shirts, low cut tops, small shorts – or ultra-short, ultra-low, form fitting dresses – ask yourself why you like those clothes. Is it because if you wear what’s in and post “outfit of the day” photos online you will have more followers? Is it because you feel you need to dress fashionably, and that happens to be what pop culture labels as fashionable? Or, is it because when you do wear those things, that really cute guy who’s a few years older than you pays a bit more attention? Are revealing clothes, the attention you draw, or your fashionability where you find your self-worth?

Consider these questions, answer them honestly, and pull out some of that warrior strength from within your heart, and make a hard decision. Do you need to rethink your clothing choices, or, even scarier, reconsider your homecoming dress?

Modesty is not a rule – it is a lifestyle. Modesty is not relative – it is all-inclusive.

Do you want to be thought of as a classy, put-together, respectable person? Do you want to be treated as one? I’m going to assume you do! Class is universal, not circumstantial. It is contradicting to claim that you “have class” while inconsiderately disregarding the fact that men are inherently visual, or choosing to wear an outfit to gain popularity or attract a desired eye. That is just the way it works!

We believe in you! Keep the motives behind your clothing choices pure. Empowerment, beauty, and self- confidence are more abundantly found in nurturing relationships with good people, pursuing your passions, learning about what you love – and doing it all because you are loved by a Father who died for you, who wants the best for you, and who is by your side every step of the way. There is more joy found in choices that are pure, even when they are really, really hard.

Another type of modesty is economical modesty. Economically immodest people dress to “flaunt their wealth.” – Randy Richards; “We see no dangers in the human tendency to assert our status in the way we dress.”

Being economically modest is often discounted (or entirely forgotten) next to sexual modestly – but it is of the same importance; as the downfall sexual immodestly is lust, while the downfall of economical immodestly is jealousy and/or pride. Both are corrupt, and aren’t participated in by people with class, or people with God’s heart.

Being modest isn’t only about wearing clothing that covers private and intimate parts of your body; being modest is also about not displaying yourself in a way aimed at being noticed by others for how nice your clothes are. It’s hard to represent Jesus when people can’t see past your glamorous attire that is all about drawing attention to yourself.

People with class are considerate of others, mindful in their decisions, and regardful of the overall way they present themselves – these things all resulting in true modesty, in every sense.

Be blessed and be modest – you are loved!

IsabelIsabel Siegal, or “bel” for short is 18 years old just moved to Westerville, Ohio. She has a passion for all aspects of wellness – organic veggies, nature adventures, and the pursuit and understanding of truth. Non-fiction books, house plants, trips to Whole Foods, and running at Hoover Reservoir are some of the things she loves to do.  She is a true conversationalist, and an ideas girl with a massive love for connecting with people. Right now, the Lord is teaching her to trust Him, and to dream big!

 

What I know is True!

Thinking-teen-girl-BlogSumming it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious- the best, not the worst; the beautiful not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Philippians 4:8(MSG)

Take a moment and look at what the Word has instructed to think on. Do you think about these things? Things that are:

true :: noble :: reputable :: authentic :: compelling :: gracious :: the best :: beautiful :: praiseworthy

These are quite a lot of things I know to be true of how we should think. This is also a lovely guide for our thought life. Who doesn’t want to think about beautiful things right? Well maybe we are not entirely realizing what is ugly in our thought life. Do you think badly of yourself? Do you ever put down the way that you look or the way that others look? Those can quite quickly become very ugly thoughts. We all talk to ourselves and have a degree of self-talk right? Our self-talk isn’t always reputable, or true, or noble. Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (NKJV) If the things that we think are a reflection of who we, then we should seek after beautiful thoughts, relentlessly.

I want to encourage you going into this school year to put into practice having beautiful thoughts. What I know to be true is that when I have happy and lovely thoughts, you can see it in my eyes, in my smile and on the words that I speak. How you present yourself truly comes from the things you allow your mind to dwell on. At the end of the verse it says that simply thinking on noble things, and putting that into practice will cause God, who works everything together, to work you into his most excellent harmonies. Your thought life really has a very key role in how you interact with people, and simply just live your life.

One last thought from Romans 12:2, says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Let’s look at this in two parts: the first part is to not conform to the patterns of this world. My dear ones swim against the current. Dare to be different and be true to who you want to be. The world says that it’s acceptable to think poorly about yourself and use words to put yourself and your appearance down. Do not conform! The second part is to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Going into this new school, we should renew our thought life with beautiful thoughts! Think on the things listed up above, think on true things, not gossip or slander. Think on noble things, not things you will regret. Think about gracious things, not things that will make you angry or upset. Think about the best things you could possibly think on, like how much Jesus loves you or that there is always a clearance rack to be explored.

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose, and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”- Roald Dahl

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This blog was written by Pure Design Teen Magazine’s blogger Carly Sage.  Carly is 19 years old and lives in Youngstown, Ohio where she attends Victory School of Ministry through Victory Christian Church.  She hopes to be in full-time ministry as a pastor one day and loves to express herself through writing!

 

How to Be Confident When It’s Hard

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I have to battle insecurities on a daily basis. Some days confidence comes easier, and some days it seems downright impossible to stay confident. We regularly place our confidence in fragile things, like how good our hair looks, if our skin is acting up, or if we can find something cute to wear.

Don’t you ever get tired of it?

I remember as a young girl looking at old pictures and saying, “I’m going to dress better and try harder this year. I’ll wear more makeup and learn to live with high heels if I have to.” I’d wake up the first day of school and scramble to find something to wear, grabbing out handfuls of shirts to try on and piling the leftovers on my bedroom floor. I’d try to smuggle my frizzy hair into a bun and inevitably cake on too much makeup. After getting so frustrated with the results, I’d climb into the car almost in tears.

Have you ever had a morning like that?

Well, I was tired of letting the condition of my skin, hair, or even my clothes dictate the condition of my day. I wanted to feel confident no matter how my morning routine went.

That’s when I heard a quote that rocked my world!

It’s a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, and it says, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

That quote did something amazing for me—it gave me permission to care a little less. I read that, and I thought, “Wait, everyone isn’t waiting for me to mess up? I don’t have to worry about what others think?” When I realized that there wasn’t a spotlight shining on me all the time and people weren’t keeping a record of my off-days, it was like somebody lifted a burden from my shoulders. There was no pressure anymore.

When I’m having a bad day, I have to remind myself:

Life.

Goes.

On.

When small things start to look like big things, those three words ground me. I can take a deep breath. Nobody will care about this a week from now. I can start every day fresh.

Confidence is the most attractive accessory you can wear. Whatever it is you don’t like about yourself, there is someone out there using the same thing you see as a “flaw” to set themselves apart from the crowd. Confidence turns what you consider imperfections into unique qualities that make you gorgeous!

Be you, be comfortable in your skin, and don’t take yourself too seriously. Today is a stepping-stone, not your final destination. Life really does go on no matter what kind of hair day you have, I promise.

I leave you with this wonderful quote I found on Pinterest (the source of all cliché, fantastic advice):

“Confidence is quiet. Insecurities are loud.”

It’s true! So don’t let your insecurities do the talking!

 

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