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Chosen Shells

Shell•ing (verb) – To hand-pick seashells from the beach and admire their beauty in hopes of keepsakes.

Walk slowly and scout out the sand beneath you. If your neck and back are sore, you are doing it right. Focus your eyes and your thoughts on what the sand quickly exposes as the water rushes over and under the fragile handmade shells that were once brought to the shore.

As you go shelling, your goal is often to find the prettiest, most unique shell and, if you’re lucky, you’ll find enough to fill up a bucket or two. You’ll throw the broken, dull, small, ordinary ones back into the ocean and hope that the ocean’s most valuable one will ride the wave to your exact spot on the shore.

In a sense, God represents us and we are His shells, but He sees all of us as the shiniest, prettiest, and most unique creation on this earth. He sees our alluring magnificence as He gazes upon us. Once we commit ourselves to God, we fill the bucket of His prized possessions. I often compare to the broken, dull, and average shells waiting for God to throw me back. I fall for the lie that I am not good enough for God. A lot of the time I am too timid to ride the wave so I struggle to stay afloat by myself in the depths of the ocean. It’s crazy that we ignore and overlook the Savior waiting on the shore to pick us up and put us in His bucket.

As I search the beach, I look for shells that would be worthy to string on a necklace or put on my wall. Thank goodness God isn’t as picky as I am. He stands on the shoreline waiting for us to arrive and He uses us as we are, although we may feel broken and dull without purpose. Once we come to Him, we become born again and a new creation with a purpose to glorify him!

2 Corinthians 5:17 says “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

No matter our shape or size, the Lord uses our beauty to glorify Himself. He gives us a new life the second we put our faith in Him. He admires us as His prized possession, hand-picked to be put to use and shared with the world. He is proud of our work as we serve and love Him wholeheartedly. We stand boldly as His beautiful creation, flaws and all, because we have been chosen by the Creator of this universe. There’s always room for you in God’s bucket. You just have to be brave enough to ride the wave.

Jordyn will be attending High Point University in the Fall. She loves spending time with friends, photo shoots, and shopping.


Day by Day

Summertime. One of my favorite seasons. It is a time to relax, spend time by the pool with friends, and let’s be honest eat lots and lots of ice cream (Buckeye Madness is an Ohio favorite…yum!). Summer can be a time where we stop and take time to enjoy life just a little more. We are more carefree and can be ourselves without a lot of other demands of life. This season has taught me what it means to live day by day and to take time to focus on the important things of life.

Living day by day can be exciting because it gives a sense of adventure. It allows us to get up and look at each day with new possibilities and opportunities. It’s like when we wake up on Christmas morning and wonder what is going to be under the tree. I have experienced this in the season where I have not had a full-time job. While scary at times, it has allowed me to be open each day to what the Lord has. Living day by day also allows us to step back and see the blessings in each individual day. When we are focused on all that we have to do or get done, we often forget miss out on what is right in front of us. Things like our family, friends, or the warmth of the sun by the pool.

Living day by day also helps to develop trust in God for what we need. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions. Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.” When we put our trust in God with the details of our lives and allow Him to take care of it, we are able to relax and rest, knowing that He has everything under control. This means everything from our friendships to our future. He has great plans for our lives.

Take time to live in the moment and count your blessings. You will be surprised by how much joy it will bring!

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



Another school year has passed by and you are facing another summer. You are looking ahead to another school year or even adventuring now to college! So many new feelings come with new seasons and many dreams come alive when our surroundings change. As you take on these next life decisions you may be also remembering some promises God has made to you for your future. I encourage you to hold onto those promises!

God loves speaking promises to His children, and He’s done it again and again in the Bible. How do you know it’s a promise from God, because it’s good and it could only come from someone who has perfect plans? You know it’s a promise from God, because it’s a desire of your heart that’s too big for you to accomplish by yourself. I know that you have dreams of the future and God gave you those big bright dreams.

It’s frustrating sometimes when you have a great dream, vision, and promise in your heart but it seems so out of reach. Maybe it’s financially out of reach or maybe you’re not old enough. I want to encourage you with Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1:6 says, And being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

One of the pastors at my church, Pastor Michael Yergan, likes to always tell people that God is the “Author” and the “Finisher”. We know that these are true characteristics of God because it is stated right there in Philippians. God has not forgotten the promises He has made to you. In fact, He’d love to talk to you about them again! Those promises are specific and precious to your life, and God wants to make them come true in your life!

Whatever this next season brings into your life, wherever the next steps lead you, remember the promises God has made to you and the dreams He has given you. He will be faithful to complete them.

Carly Sage is a Ministry School graduate and she plans to use her experience on the mission field. She loves to write and hopes to have the opportunity to write a book in her future, and keep touching other people with the Gospel through written word.

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

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

Check out the story that aired here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can find out more about the fashion show here:

Learn more about Pure Design Magazine:

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

Natural Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

How Would Jesus Respond

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Favorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

Satisfy the Craving

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

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

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

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

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

Dreaming God’s Dream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trust Without Borders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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