Staying out of a Summer Slump!

For many teens, we are now halfway through the season of friends, fun and the sun! Summer is often a time where we tend to become lax and lenient with our time with God. It’s so easy to do with so many other activities on our minds and schedule. But just like every other relationship in our life, we must try to invest and spend time with our Heavenly Father. He wants a relationship with you, but it can’t be one-sided.  

I completely understand the problem of getting into a summer slump with my devo. time. I become so consumed with worrying about problems and to-do lists, or spend too much time hanging out with friends or doing extracurricular activities that I lose sight of the most important thing in my life – God. I want to share with you a few things that help me stay committed and intentional about my relationship with my Heavenly Father. 

  • Be intentional.

Make it a practice to schedule time with God, otherwise you’ll keep putting it off and never do it at all. I find it works best for me to do my Bible time in the morning during the summer, but if you’re a night owl, set time aside late at night! Do it whenever works best for you, but the key is to make sure to ACTUALLY do it!

  • Stay creative.

Sometimes, we think of spending time with God as repetitive or boring. Try changing it up with new and creative ways to be with Him. You can have your Bible time outside or at a park. You could pray while taking a walk or doing some stretching. Turn on some worship music and have a dance party. Pick a chapter in the Bible and talk about it to yourself out loud (I know, it sounds weird, but I find that the more I talk about the Bible to myself, the more I understand and love it!) 

  • Include others. 

Sometimes the best way to stay accountable with our devotions is to bring a couple friends along. Set up a weekly time to meet and go over a study plan, Bible verses, or just talk about some things you’ve been learning from God. Not only does this help you stay intentional with your relationship with the Father, but it also gives you a chance to grow and learn together as Jesus-followers where you can discover His incredible kingdom together! 

I hope this gives you a few new and creative ideas to stay intentional and passionate about your relationship with God during the rest of the summer. Even though it can be so easy to forget or put off, time with the Father is the most important time we can spend. He loves every moment with us. I encourage you to stay connected and pursue your relationship with Him wholeheartedly. You definitely won’t regret it!

Ashley Geideman is a senior in high school and lives in Grafton, Ohio. She loves all things fashion, beauty and music. Her passion is seeing others set free and living in the truth of God’s kingdom. Ashley’s other pursuits include writing, leading, speaking, singing and dreaming big. She shares all her dreams, inspirations and encouragement on her Instagram @legitashleytaylor.

Identity Crisis

Have you ever seen a picture on Instagram and thought, why can’t I be more like her? Why is she so much prettier than me? How come I can’t travel all over the world like she does?I believe these are thoughts we’ve all wrestled with at one time or another. 

As women, we are constantly being bombarded with videos and pictures that try to sell us an image, position or personality to attain. The enemy has twisted and used social media to attack the most beautiful and lovely part of God’s creation: women. He hates women so much because he knows we are life-givers and have an enormous capacity for empathy and love. We have the job of carrying on and exemplifying the core of beauty that God created!  Satan absolutely hates women and the love and purpose they bring to the world. 

Because of this constant barrage of programming, we question our purpose, second guess ourselves and wonder if anyone truly loves and cares for us. We’ve lost the basic component of our identity. Instead, we look for purpose and worth in a guy, beautiful makeup, a friendship, new hairstyle or whatever the latest trend is. These things are wonderful to have, but we can’t start there. We can’t base our self-worth and identity off of something that isn’t eternal. 

We have to start with the Life-Giver, the one who put the universe in motion and created and breathed life into you. What does He say about you? Who did He create you to be? What is His plan for your precious life? Spend some time each day getting to know your Heavenly Father and learn about the goodness He has for you. Quiet your mind so He can share His secrets with you. He wants to impart into your heart the love and peace that He embodies. He wants a friend in you! Isn’t it mind-blowing that the Creator of Heaven and Earth, who spokethe world into existence, wants to have a deep, intentional relationship with us?! 

Over the last couple months, I’ve learned the immeasurable value and importance of staying rooted in who you are. We have to go back to the beginning and remind ourselves of who created us and for what purpose. 1 Peter 2:9 says that, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” My friend, youare God’s chosen, holy possession, born again into royalty! You are His light, shining for all the world to see! 

I encourage you to read this verse in 1 Peter every day so you don’t lose sight of the beautiful identity you have as a child of the King of Kings. He loves you and is ready to pour His grace and love into you. You only need to open your heart and receive it.  

Ashley Geideman will be a senior this fall and lives in Grafton, Ohio. She loves all things fashion, beauty, and music. Her passion is seeing others set free and living in the truth of God’s kingdom. Ashley’s other pursuits include writing, leading, speaking, singing, and dreaming big. She shares her all dreams, inspirations, and encouragement over on her Instagram @legitashleytaylor.

Pure Beauty Conference – Empowering Girls to believe Truth!

“Last April, I attended an event with my daughters who are ages 15 and 11 called Pure Beauty.  From the moment we sat down at the table, I couldn’t hold in my tears. Neither could the girls.

Macie felt so anxious and nervous being on the young end of a crowd of teens she couldn’t hold back her tears of nervousness. Her anxiety was pegged. We cuddled and it soon passed as she felt so welcomed and included.

I shed tears of joy / sorrow / gratitude / unworthiness at how good our God is to place the three of us there for that day. A much needed day of rest for us.

In April, we were at a peak height of emotion with the divorce details and just ending Maya’s inpatient anorexia treatment and preparing for Jackson’s graduation and recent decision to move to Arizona. Life was on emotional overload.

Maya so very bravely listened and watched as the keynote speaker told her own story of battling eating disorder demons.

At the end, the girls were invited to declare a truth in their life. Maya went up on stage and shared this: “I am not defined by anorexia.” (or something close to those words. I’m not remembering exactly.)

*******sobs, basically, lots of ugly crying**********

My chest is tightening up as I remember the moments.

Young women mentors laid hands on and prayed over my daughters and I so fervently. It was one of those moments that you just stop time and feel the literal presence of the Holy Spirit acting all around you.

I was consumed with the need to help this brand, this small ministry that needed to reach MORE young girls and trusted that in His time, we could make that happen.

I have had the privilege to work with Pam Lozano and Pure Design this year to launch some amazing products online.  This year’s Pure Beauty Conference is coming up again – I’d highly recommend it.”

THE PURE BEAUTY TEEN CONFERENCE IS SATURDAY MARCH, 16th, 2019, 9a -4p at the Medallion Golf Club. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW on our website:  http://www.puredesignteenmag.com/events/pure-beauty-conference-2019/

Head to our site TODAY and register your teen girls for a day filled with:

real-life stories ::  fun activities  ::  worship  ::  fashion show  ::
mini make-overs ::  shopping  ::  give-a-ways  ::  food  ::  friendship

DON’T MISS OUT ON ALL THE FUN!!!

This will be an impacting day that we hope will change and empower girls to believe the truth about who God says they are!

p.s.  Moms, join Founder & President, Pam Lozano for an encouraging Mom2Mom morning session (ONLY) at 9:00 a.m. to discuss the realities of raising daughters in today’s crazy world!!  Register TODAY on our website:  http://www.puredesignteenmag.com/events/

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.