Brand New Pure Design Items for Teen Girls (& Moms) Just in Time for Christmas!!

Pure Design Teen Magazine is expanding our brand and launching a new ONLINE STORE –  https://puredesigngirl.com

Pure Design seeks to create a counter-cultural brand that empowers girls to set higher standards by imparting confidence through truth and authenticity. We want to empower girls through our communication in our magazines, social media posts, blogs and conferences… but NOW we want to expand that message through products made available to YOU!!!

Now you can wear and carry with you our message of Pure Beauty as a constant reminder of your true identity in Christ.

And YES… these products will be shipping to you IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!!

Our new “FORWARD” designs are about leaving the past behind and moving forward. Our mistakes and failures do not define us, God’s truth does! No matter what you have done, whether you’ve failed miserably, or made poor choices, God desires to give you a fresh start and help you move FORWARD!

Our “From this Day Forward”social media campaign launched this spring at ourPure Beauty Conferencewhere many teen girls learned how to make positive choices to:
*love themselves
*walk in purity
*find emotional freedom

Won’t you join them?

Maybe 2018 hasn’t been your best year?  Today is a new day and you can begin moving FORWARD into all God has planned for you, one decision at a time!

Our store has many great products including:

  • hoodies
  • dad hats
  • T-shirts
  • mugs
  • water bottles
  • jewelry

                  

You can choose from a variety of colors and sizes and have them custom made and shipped right to your front door!  More products will be added in the upcoming weeks and months so make sure to CHECK BACK!!

Our fall issue, From this Day Forward, of Pure Design Teen Magazine is also available for purchase in the store!! Shop online this week at:  https://puredesigngirl.com and get 10% off using the coupon code: GRANDOPENING. (Limited to one use per customer.)

When you get your product, we’d love to have you post a selfie on Instagram and use the hashtag #fromthisdayforward or #puredesigngirl.

We know you’re going to love what you buy!  Can’t wait to see those selfies on Insta!!

Summer Day to Night Makeup Tutorial

Check out this amazing summer day to night makeup tutorial by the incredible Kenzie Norris!

Give us a shout and let us know what you think… leave a comment below or directly on our FB or Insta pages! We want to hear from you!

The Way to Your Healthiest Body

How Jesus became the best personal trainer I’ve ever Had

“What is healthy? “These verses are life savers! Literally. They are so powerful for our spiritual lives first, then our physical lives. They combat mainly against daily struggles of poor self-esteem, body image and even self-hatred. But they can be used to help build a healthier lifestyle.

Whether we realize it or not, health fitness and wellness can affect our moods, emotions and bodies. But often we do not make time for it in our very busy lives.  Questions such as “What can I do to keep my mental, physical and spiritual life in control going forward?  “I have to give up what!?” And my favorite “I just don’t have time!” circle a young woman’s mind a little more than necessary.

We end up being exhausted from working out extremely hard one day trying to change our bodies overnight, then we eat a slice of pizza and don’t work out for another 3 weeks.  We find it impossible to change these cycles we have been in for years!Here’s a bit of my personal testimony.  During my sophomore year in college, August 2015-May 2016, I gained 30 pounds of bad fat due to stress, very poor eating and a lack of sleep.  It was the first time I stopped doing Varsity Sports since middle school and I had less time to focus on my relationship with Jesus.

2014: working out, eating well and current in my walk with the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

2015-2016: not working out and not eating right:

 

 

 

 

But I found it all was all rooted from a deeper place where I needed inner healing. These outward habits were just the symptoms that were manifesting from the inside out. I had a fear of type 1 diabetes and was in a toxic relationship. I was not spending time in the Word but in the world and the farther I got away from Jesus, the unhealthier I became.  I used to make my workouts and runs part of my spiritual time with Jesus, but when life became hard I avoided my “Holy runs” and quiet time with Him all together because of shame and pride.  On top of all of this, I began dealing with intense depression.  Thankfully Jesus stepped in and rescued me from all of it!  It was only as I turned to Jesus, that I began walking on the right path again.  Here’s how he helped me do it!

 

STEPS TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE:

1. Intense Focus from Unseen to Seen NOT OUTSIDE IN:

The desire to change didn’t come from the outside but from within. When I started my journey the right way I had to ask, “why do I want to change and who do I want to change for?” The Holy Spirit guided me to read 1 Peter 3:4 along with the other verses listed above -“but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”  I also read about Ruth, Deborah and Esther.

I encourage you to read scriptures about what Jesus says about these women and you. Every woman must know how you are to be loved as Jesus loves the church – Ephesians 5:25. You are a Sharon rose and a lily of the valley. – Song of Solomon 2:1.  You are wonderfully and fearfully made. – Psalm 139:14. Your body is a holy temple of God – 1 Corinthians 6:19.

When I started reading these scriptures before my workouts, I was not so tempted to break my 2-week cleanses or fast or sin with my body.

These scriptures gave me strength. Jesus was my biggest coach and supporter in the start back to a healthy life. Through reading the scriptures, praying and with tears, He encouraged me to fight when insecurities of the past or not achieving my goal came up. Jesus always calls us higher and healthier but not just for ourselves but to help others overcome as well.

2. Be inspired by others, but don’t compare yourself to them:

When I approached my fitness, diet and exercise changes at first, I did it the absolute wrong way for the wrong reasons.

The first way was the worldly way, I kept striving and fighting out of my own wisdom, through Instagram, and the worlds versions of a “perfect woman” and ended up very insecure and even more broken. Although I had the best body I ever had and lost the weight, I ended up in a pool of confusion and tears where working out and comparison became an Idol, and I was even worse off then where I started.

2016-2017: I forced my body to be shaped through 7 hours of workouts a week. I formed my body how the world wanted it to be. I was the most lost in this time of my life.

3. Trust the process, be content, rest and don’t return to your old ways:

When we do it God’s way which is to come to Him and simply rest at His feet we can do all things.  Eating more veggies and fruits and drinking more water may not taste or feel great at first but then you notice your clear skin, higher energy levels and an ability to take that extra class this summer or tumble harder in your cheer camp. You’ll breathe better, and look better, but it will be from the inside-out!

Sleep is so important. But I’m referring to an ability to rest in his love and spend time with Him. This  gives you true beauty. Rest and you will be radiant.

Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me all who are burdened and heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Isaiah 40:31 says, “I will mount you on wings like eagles.” And Exodus 15:2 says “The Lord is my strength and my song he has become my salvation He is my God and I will praise Him.”

You can trust that God will be with you on your runs. He will be with you in every rock climb. Every lift, every dance and cardio workout. He will be there with you when you say no to the binge eating and cycles that are bad for you.

When you feel like giving up Jesus is right there and the Holy Spirit within you will give strength to your mortal bodies.

God bless you my sisters! Let’s endure till the very end!

Today I am healthy and in love with Jesus!  I am doing health the right way – spiritually first, physically second.  I work out 3 days a week and eat right – life is in balance!

 

LaAsia Jabara Medlock is a South Carolinian but Ohio raised woman looking to finish her degree at OSU with a bachelors in Human Nutrition. She is 22 years old and serves at Hope City House of Prayer on the worship team, on OSU’s T. B. O. C. College ministry team, and active volunteer in Columbus city school Franklin Heights for teen and young women groups that build essential self-esteem and life skills. LaAsia is a singer, musician, songwriter, poet, model, abolitionist, evangelist, wellness geek and lover of Jesus.

Some of LaAsia’s playlist: Catch the Wind, You make me Brave- Bethel music; Can’t live Without, Lovely – Hollyn; Fire- Steven Malcom;  Believe- Gemstones

Instagram Pages: laasia_medlock_ , holypescatariandishes

Life verses:

Matthew 4:4, “and Jesus said. Get behind the Satan. Man shall not love live by bread alone. But every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God”

1 Timothy 4:7-8 – “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

1Corinthians6:19 -20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body.”

With Love Botanicals Blog

Hello lovelies! Today I want to take a couple minutes to share with you some amazing all natural products that we discovered! For all my beauty babes and gurus out there, these products are not only beneficial to your skin and overall health, but they also smell amazing and help instill a natural glow that lasts all day! Let’s jump in!

First off, these products are from the first launch of the With Love Botanicals line by Keely Dolan, a Seattle, Washington based blogger babe! All three products are made by Keely with hand-picked ingredients like rose quartz, coconut water, aloe vera and others to help moisturize and heal your skin!

The first product of her line, the Goddess Mist, is my personal favorite! It’s a rose quartz infused, rose water facial glow mist! This little glass bottle is MAGIC! From the first use, your skin feels refreshed and you get that instant highlight and natural glow! This bottle is perfect for on the go use or at home for an everyday routine! Benefits from this mist include pH balancing of the skin, hydration, minimization for pores or acne scars, and soothing of irritation or redness of the face. If you’re looking for a product that not only gives you a glow, but also keeps you moisturized while out in the sun, this bottle is for YOU!

 

Second, we have the Rosy Glow Spray! This baby is another miracle worker! For years I have tried several big name products to help set my makeup in place, but I end up feeling like my makeup is caked on, my face looks too matte, or my skin looks too dry! Gross! After only one day of using this setting spray I am happy to report that this product really works! It refreshed and moisturized, kept my foundation and full face makeup looking fresh, and lasted over nine hours from work to an evening out with friends! The best part is there’s only THREE ingredients: rose quartz, rose water, and aloe vera! Could it get any simpler?! Benefits include lowering stress, soothing itchy or irritated skin, hydration, and maintaining pH!

 

The third and final product from this line is the Pink Love Salts! This is a pink Himalayan bath salt mix infused with rose & lavender! If you’re like me, after a long crazy week, you’re ready for a little bit of pampering! Even in the summertime, my go-to is drawing a bath and playing some classic hits like my girls Aretha Franklin and Etta James! This bath salt mix is made of Pink Himalayan salt, epsom salt, dried rose petals, dried rose buds, lavender and rose fragrance oil! After two baths, my skin saw major results in healing of back acne, body acne and scars! This mix isn’t particularly for acne problems, but because the ingredients are all natural they have made a huge difference to my skin!

 

All in all, these products are the BOMB.COM! If you’re someone who doesn’t have a big beauty routine, these babies will help your skin and enhance your natural glow! (pictured on sides) If you are into the full face makeup, these work for you too! They not only heal your skin, but also help set your makeup in place and last ALL day! You can order them today at www.withlovekeely.com!

 

 

 

Caeilen Lozano is the Fashion Stylist & Editor for Pure Design Teen Magazine. She is 20 years old and has loved fashion since she was in preschool. Caeilen works at Express and a local flower shop, enjoys shopping, modeling for photo shoots, going for coffee or sushi with friends and loves a great concert.  She is a Jesus-lover, worshipper and is about to embark on a fun school year in Cali.  Follow her on Insta: @therose.diaries

Viva La Violet

HELLO Summer!

This weekend kicks off the warm weather festivities! Lazy days spent lounging by the pool, fun evenings laughing around a bon-fire, trips to the movies, late night snacks and convos and much more…

Here’s a bold summer look our girl Kenzie is currently rocking! Give it a try and tag us with #pdviolet on social media so we can feature you!

Happy trying:)

The Source

Last night I had the privilege of speaking to our teen youth group at church.  This blog comes from a portion of what I taught on:

As Christians, our lives should be attractive to those around us.  People should look and see a difference in how we live, act and in what we say.  What they see in us is the evidence of God at work (or not at work) in our lives.

Often, we talk about wanting to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to do the works of the kingdom.  We want to be empowered to heal the sick, preach the gospel, bring deliverance and freedom to others, but we totally forget to engage with Holy Spirit to work on the inner man inside us.

The greatest gauge of whether we are engaged with the work of Holy Spirit in our own personal lives is – do we have the evidence of His fruit in our lives?

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

The fruit, not the fruits…  all of it, not some.

If we are connected to Jesus as the source and empowered by His Holy Spirit in our lives, not only will we be able to do the works of the Kingdom, but we will have evidence in our lives – in the spiritual fruit we produce.

We will have love for others.

We will have JOY.

We will have an inexplainable inner peace that goes beyond things happening around us.

We will have patience for those we live and work with, go to school with, interact with in the store or on the highway.

We will be kind, not just when we feel like it, but all the time.

We will choose to do what is good.

We will be faithful and loyal to friends, spouses, neighbors and those around us.

We will be gentle.

We will have self-control and live balanced lives directed by the voice of Holy Spirit.

ALL of these are the fruit of the spirit.

It isn’t 9 different fruits to pick and choose from. The fruit of the Spirit is all of these encompassed in one.  Often I pick and choose and as long as I am doing well in most of these areas, I rationalize that my children make me impatient, rather than facing the fact that I have sin issue that needs to be dealt with.

 

So what happens when anxiety creeps in?

We allow the outside circumstances of life to dictate our inner peace.

 

What happens when we become depressed?

We allow the lies of the enemy to overshadow the truth and reality of our status as a son or daughter of the King.

 

What happens when we are unkind?

We allow our flesh and selfishness to overtake the reality of putting others before ourselves and live humbly like Christ.

 

What happens when we are out of control?

We allow the circumstances of life and our human desires to dictate our choices and often we choose to disobey how Holy Spirit instructs you to live.

 

The choices often dictate us and how we feel and how we live – the varsity coach that compliments us and pleads to have us on the team, the rehearsal schedules that keep us out every night of the week on top of our work, school and family responsibilities.

How often do we ask Holy Spirit if we should do something before we say yes?

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are valid reasons for us to feel depressed, anxious, sad and upset.  We are human and situations often affect how we feel. I’m not saying we should not have feelings or just sweep them under the carpet and shout, “God is in control”.  However, when this becomes the ongoing status of our lives – depression, anxiety or fear, we are not aligning our soul to the work of Holy Spirit and allowing him to dictate the choices we make.

We have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us and if we choose to activate His power, He can help us overcome anxiety or depression. His power can enable us to live a self-controlled life and make wise choices.

Today I want to encourage us to partner with the work of Holy Spirit in our lives, to align our hearts, minds and souls to his gentle whispers.  He will lead and guide us, often we aren’t listening.  We must learn to plug into the source, not only to do the works of the kingdom, but to live as a believer with spiritual fruit that others can be attracted to.

If we would only walk in love, joy and peace – how attractive is peace right now to the world? How priceless is peace in today’s society?

How attractive is kindness and gentleness?

The world will be drawn to us by the spiritual fruit we produce and the evidence of Holy Spirit at work in our lives.

 

Pam Lozano is the Founder and President of Pure Design Ministries and Magazine, a Youth Pastor and worship leader. 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.

 

Stressed Out? – Me Too!

I am currently going through one of the most stressful seasons in my life. During the summer, I auditioned for a part in the musical “Into The Woods”, and was cast as Cinderella’s Stepmother. I was so excited about it, but there was one problem, I had a schedule conflict. My practices for cross country were 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. everyday. Luckily, I wasn’t alone, other cast members also had after school activities. The directors said it would be totally fine. “Into The Woods” was scheduled to open the weekends of September 9th & 10th and 16th &17th, then I could just focus on cross country.  Then late summer, my church decided to do an outreach production the last two weekends of October. I auditioned for a role as a teen addict and got the part.  My schedule should’ve worked, because by the end of October, the school play and cross country would both be over.

On top of all of this, I was chosen to attend a performing arts school thirty minutes from where I live.  My school schedule would have me traveling to the performing art school for the morning then returning to my regular high school for afternoon classes. It was a great idea on paper, but the reality is more challenging than I expected.

My daily schedule is not easy. I wake up at 5:30 a.m. to attend my performing arts school, then get on the bus to return to my regular high school, after school, I go to cross country practice, get home to take a shower, eat dinner, and return back to school for four hours of rehearsal.

I told myself that I would be okay because we were so close, but two weeks before opening night, our director called a meeting. Since many students had to miss rehearsals because of illness or other schedule conflicts and because the orchestra had double booked themselves, the show was postponed for late October.

The dates were finally set. We would perform “Into The Woods” during the last week of October. I was happy that rehearsal schedules were lightened, but it also meant that all of my activities would end around the same time and that this stressful situation would be prolonged. Now that we are in October, I have been through so many ups and downs. I’ve dealt with sore throats and needing vocal rest, to extended testing periods (which I could’ve used that time to work on homework), to running difficult cross country courses.

I’ve had anxious moments and days, wondering how I would ever if I’m ever make it, and feeling like I should just give up even though I’m so close. But, through this tough season, God has taught me a few things that I would love to share with you.

Come back next week for tips on how to cope with stress…

Nia (pronounced “Nye-ah”) is an aspiring actress and author. She is a student at Westerville central High School and Fort Hayes Perfoming Arts School . During her free time,  she loves reading, writing, and listening to music, and is passionate about bringing the Kingdom of God through the stories she writes and the characters she portrays on stage.

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Change is inevitable. There is absolutely no way to avoid it. God incorporates big and little changes in His plan for our life as stepping stones, in order to become who, He wants us to be. Sometimes these steps can be slippery or rough. Not all of them are smooth and stable enough to hold you as you jump from one to the other, but all are necessary for getting to where God has intended you to go.

A completely new atmosphere can be scary. Scratch that, traumatizing, because you know nothing about where you’re at. Maybe the words sound funny, the food tastes weird, or the people look different. You feel out of place, like you don’t belong there. You tell yourself that you can’t be used for God’s purpose because you don’t quite fit in or know the walk or talk of where you are now. You make a million excuses which only result in curling up on your bed and watching Netflix while others actually do something with their lives. You escape from the world you’re in because, “in fact”, you tell yourself, “you don’t belong here”.

It is human nature to hate being wrong. But girl, if you think that you don’t deserve to be in this world, you are wrong. Dead wrong. God provides you with boldness, bravery and courage like no other. He is the way to make change happen. Even if you can’t always be in control of it, you can trust in Him. After all, if He had the power to speak and set the universe into motion, he has the power to give you confidence and a mission for your life.

There’s a lyric by Hillsong that asks the Lord to lead us into uncharted territory. There is no way of knowing all of the details of the journey and sometimes that is the way God intended it to be. When you ask the Holy Spirit to lead you where your trust is without borders, you hand the wheel over to Him completely. He will take control and bring you through even if His path is different than yours. He may call you to be a teacher in Ohio, an accountant in New York, or a missionary in Uganda. But it will all turn out to be the best thing to ever happen because you will be glorifying Him by obeying Him. The good news is He can use you no matter what – whether you have experience or not.  You can be used by God, as long as you are ready for action. Go be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ because there is plenty for all of us to do.

John 13:7 “Jesus replied, ‘you don’t understand what I am doing but someday you will.”

Jordyn attends High Point University. She loves spending time with friends, photo shoots, and shopping.

Where is My True Identity Found?

Whether or not we like to admit it, everyone is guilty of allowing the complacency of life’s mountaintops to override our will to be changed by life’s valleys.  We get so comfortable with our circumstances that we are left feeling abandoned when the Lord throws a challenge our way.  If you find yourself confused and questioning God’s ultimate plan every time He gives you battles, you may not be finding your identity in Christ.

As a teen, I constantly face the daily battle of where I base my identity.  When my freshman year rolled around, my struggle with identity began to escalate.  Suddenly, the pressures and mood swings of adolescence really started to affect me, and instead of trusting that God was the source of my identity, I would look to my grades to make me feel better.  Throughout that first year of high school I felt like had to get a perfect grade on every single paper, test, and quiz I handed in, because it made me feel worthy.  Since then, though, I have learned that God is only place I can look to find my identity.  He is source of who I truly am. 

A woman supported by and rooted in Christ, will not fail. Psalm 46:5 says, “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.”  When the entirety of our life springs from the one and only King, we will find purpose, joy, fulfillment, and true identity.  The more firmly planted we are in the soil of God’s truth the harder it is for Satan to uproot our faith. 

Another component of finding your identity in Christ, is to treasure Him above all else.  Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  In a day and age where a multitude of distractions exist in an attempt to steal your focus on Christ, we must be armed with a heart that is guarded from evil.  God alone can guard our heart and we make it possible for Him to do so when we rely on Him as our source of strength.    

Placing our trust in Him and treasuring Him above anything else, we will be able find our identity in Him no matter what struggles we may encounter.  What a blessing it is to be able to fully trust in Jesus to sustain our paths every single time we face a challenge, because, without Him, we fail every day.

Find your identity in your Maker, as He will supply you with the courage to take on difficulties.  Not only that, but He is the only way you can overcome trials.  As the absolute Overcomer, our God is able to give you the provisions to overcome trials or find joy in the midst of them.  Although His plan may not always be what we want or expect, if He is the source of our identity, and if we find our true worth in Him, no hardship or temptation will be able to keep us from living our lives for Him.  

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.     

Electronic Unplug

I remember a few years ago when there was an intense storm outside and it caused a power outage. Our TV and computer turned off and cell phones eventually ran out of battery. My family and I were “forced” out of our own little world of technological devices and “had” to spend time together. My parents convinced us to play old fashioned board and card games. At first we dreaded the idea, but after playing for a while, we started to enjoy them. We were so busy playing games and bonding that we didn’t go back to watching TV or playing on our phones when the lights came back on.

That night taught me something very important; technology in itself isn’t a bad thing, but many of us (including myself) have been guilty of spending way too much time on our devices. Technology can get in the way of our relationships with people: friends, family and even our relationship with God. We need to unplug our devices and start spending time in the real world.

I am not saying it’s easy.  Just the other day, I meant to take a minute and check my email and I found myself sucked into website after website.  I wasn’t doing anything bad, but at same time, I could have been on a walk with my mom, talking with my dad, or having fun with my brother and sister.  Even more importantly, I could have taken some time with the Lord and read my Bible.  But, instead, I was looking up memes on Pinterest. It’s amazing how much time had gone by and I didn’t even realize it.  From that point on I had to start making a conscience decision to make myself “unplug”.

Here are a few simple choices I’ve made to make sure I am not tied to technology or social media. First, I know longer bring my phone to meals when I sit with family and friends to eat.  I keep my phone in my purse when I’m having quality time with people. If I don’t see it I’m not tempted to check it every five minutes; that way I can engage in the conversation instead of seeing who’s posting on Instagram.  Another thing I try to do every day is have devotions before I pick up my phone to start scrolling.  These are small things, but these habits help me keep my relationship with God, family, and friends a priority.  After all, they are more important than the people I only know online.

I know unplugging is hard; however, there are so many reasons to put your phone down or log off your computer.  I encourage you to take the challenge and unplug for one month and see what amazing things you can accomplish, the people you can get to know, and how your relationship with Jesus will get so much stronger.

Nia (pronounced “Nye-ah”) is an aspiring actress and author. She is a student at Westerville central High School and Fort Hayes Perfoming Arts School . During her free time,  she loves reading, writing, and listening to music, and is passionate about bringing the Kingdom of God through the stories she writes and the characters she portrays on stage.