Finding Yourself

God’s Everlasting Love

Hello friends, ever since my new Bible came in the mail a few weeks ago, i have been reading like crazy! It’s gorgeous and leaves me a few inches of space on the sides to journal and write down my thoughts on the verses I read throughout the night. I purchased mine from Amazon so definitely check there if you’re looking into buying one.

One of my absolute favorite chapters is 1 Corinthians 13, as I find that the words of it are absolutely breathtaking. It says “If I have all faiths as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not get jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

These words speak to me so loudly, for it is a reminder that the Lord’s love is forever and we should seek his qualities in the people we surround ourselves with. “It bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” One of my dearest friends Jeanie always says “if love fails, it wasn’t really love” and as I read these verses from Corinthians it dawns on me that she is right. Love rejoices in the truth. I’ve learned that if you love life, it will love you right back and if you seek God’s everlasting love, you will have the power to love.

Let me know what you’ve been reading lately, I would love to chat about it! thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Never forget YOU are loved; wishing you the best today and all the ones to come. With love, McKenz.

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Half Way Through the Year/Life Update

Happy Friday friends, I feel like I haven’t really been able to sit down and chat with you guys lately. The last few weeks of school are always super hectic but luckily yesterday was my last day of school so I am finally free! Which reminds me, I wanted to tell you guys about my new uploading schedule. During the school year I was pretty all over the place depending on whether or not I had theatre, cheer, or other obligations. Regardless, I will be uploading Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the summer. However, Sunday’s are always devoted to Weekly Wrap Up’s. I’ve also been getting lots of new followers here on the blog, so if you are one of them: Welcome, I’m McKenzie and I really hope you stick around! ūüôā I feel like a lot of people consider my Weekly Wrap Up’s to be more like vlogs but the pictures from each day are actually what I found happiness in that day! Last summer around this time, I did the 100 Happy Days Challenge and I adored it. It allowed me to look for the good in every day and remember that there is always always always better things ahead. So now, on Sundays I include my happiness posts with my outfit of the days! ¬†Anyways, starting Thursday through the first week of July, all my blog posts will be prewritten and scheduled to go up. I will be visiting family in Wisconsin and am not entirely sure if I will have service. I honestly wouldn’t be blogging much there anyways because it’s inconvenient and I really just want to spend some good quality time together while I am there. That¬†being said, that new uploading schedule will still apply those couple weeks!

Also, I wanted to take the time and thank you all. I can not even believe that the year will be half over on Sunday. It is absolutely mind blowing to see how far I have come in such a short period of time. Everyone of you reading this has played a part in my success here on StyledByMcKenz and I can not express my gratitude enough. I can only dream of where this blog will take me next, thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You guys mean the world to me! And please, if you have ANY suggestions leave them below. I want to produce content that you guys are interested in and I am happy to write anything you would like to hear about. I promise I don’t bite (;

Oh my gosh guys, I just ordered a new Bible journal off of Amazon and I am SO excited for it to get here. I will show you all asap, it’s gorgeous!! That reminds me, if you all have a youth group in your town; please go! A bunch of the highschoolers here get together and it’s so much fun. If you don’t have one I encourage you to get a few girls together and just sit with some blankets and snacks and read your Bible’s together and embrace the world around you. The world is at YOUR fingertips and it is up to you what you do with it. You get one shot at life so I suggest you use it wisely. Never forget that God’s love for you is so great and He will be as present in your life as you let Him!

Well this post is getting awfully long and I know it has been all over the place but I really just wanted to get my thoughts out. Thank you all so much for sticking around. If you’ve even made it this far, you rock!!! I love you all always. ‚̧ With love, McKenz.

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I Chose To Love Life

Hebrews 6:10 says “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.”

As a normal teenage girl with responsibilities, a family, and a social life I have found myself feeling aimless¬†in my own name time and time again. I am fully aware that feeling lost in place with ourselves often means feeling lost in Jesus’s name as well. A few months ago if you asked me where I stood with myself I would’ve told you that I wasn’t sure. It felt like everything in my life was temporary, that I was putting forth so much effort into everything I did and getting absolutely nothing in return. I felt lost. And then one morning I snapped out of it and realized that nobody else was¬†going to mend myself but me. So I threw myself into action. I began to invest my time in people that invested there time in me. I joined theatre and started doing stage makeup. I dove full force into my blogging, setting record views for myself within the weeks. I started going to church on Sundays, spent time with Bible every night. I told my friends and family¬†I loved them everyday, tried my absolute hardest not to take them for granted. I looked in the mirror and saw the good in myself rather than picking out every flaw. I shared more laughs with my best friend in one hour than I had in the last month. I put myself out there to make new friends who I’ve spent some of the best days of my life with. I chose to love life and it loved me right back. I’ve come to realize that the effort we put into life is only recognized if we believe it is. I now know that regardless of how close or far I am to God His love for me is everlasting and that my deeds do not go unnoticed by Him. I’ve learned that “The pain you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” -Romans 8:18

I’ve realized that God’s love endures forever. I realized that there is no weakness in forgiveness. I realized that true love is being as happy for someone else’s accomplishments as you are for your own. I¬†realized that the world was mine and life was only as good as I chose to make it. I realized that I’ve found people that I see nothing but absolute greatness in, people I would do anything for. I realized that I love myself and I’ve created a life I couldn’t imagine any other way. And most of all I’ve realized that you have to lose yourself in order to find yourself.

I hope one day you feel a smile inching it’s way across your face for no reason as much as I do, but until then I’ll continue to tell you how I’m managing to do so. Sending so much happiness your way. With love, McKenz.

 

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I Finished Psalms!

Hello friends!!! This week I had the pleasure of finishing Psalms. If you’ve been around for a while or know me personally, you would know that I’ve read a little bit of Psalms every night since January 1st. It’s the only book I have ever truly finished from my Bible but I am more than pleased that Psalms was my first. I think that there is so much to learn from every verse in Psalms. It has truly opened up my eyes to trusting the Lord, finding peace with old friends, finding courage in myself, and remembering that God’s love endures forever. If you are new to reading the Bible, please read Psalms because it is absolutely breathtaking the way it has impacted me and turned my world upside down. My next goal is to finish Proverbs and start either Hebrews or Matthew. If you’re a Christian let me know what you prefer. That’s it for today’s super simple post. I hope you feel all of God’s glory upon you today and all the days ahead. With tons of love and a very happy heart, McKenz.

Psalm 150:3 “Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord.”

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Faith Update//What I’ve Been Reading

Happy Wednesday everyone. It’s been quite some time since I last sat down and wrote a Faith Update. It’s actually kind of strange since my relationship with God right now feels stronger than it ever has before. My heart has felt so full and the more I have turned to God and put my trust in Him, the happier I have been. I’ve surrounded myself with people that have close relationships with God and been devoting so much time to just siting down and reading my Bible; to write down my thoughts on what I’ve read and just really feel like I’m letting God know what’s going on in my life. If you ever have the chance, please listen to “I Surrender” and “Oceans” by Hillsong. I absolutely love listening to them while I have Bible time at night and I promise you won’t regret it. Here are some verses that I’ve recently read and have really stood out to me, I know there’s a lot but I’ve been trying to keep an open mind when reading!


Psalms-

“The Lord answered me when I called and my distressed, Lord deliver me from line lips, from treacherous tongues.”
“Too long and I love among those who hated peace when I spoke of peace they were of war.”
“You stretch out your hand, you’re right you can save me. The Lord is with me to the end. Lord, your love endures forever.”
“Lord, I call to you, come quickly to help me, listen to my plea when I called.”

Proverbs-

“One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing, another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.”
“Walk with wise men and you will become wise, but the companion of fools will be bear badly.”
“Listen for God’s voice in everything you do and wherever you go, he is the one that will keep you on track.”

John-

“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his masters doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my father.”

1 Corinthians-

“If I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and I had my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not insulated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

Joshua-

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


I started Psalms at the beginning of the year and I never fail to find something good from it. I feel like I gain so much knowledge while reading even from the smallest verses. It has completely opened up my eyes to the world around me and allowed me to feel confident when putting my trust in God. Proverbs is so full of short, meaningful verses that always hit home. The amount of wisdom that Proverbs emits¬†astonishes me. I’m so happy that I started reading it in March. Along with those, I’ve been reading some small verses here and there. I absolutely love these few from Corinthians, John, and Joshua.
It seems as if the words I am choosing to read lately all categorize under wisdom, love, trust, and courage. And if I’m being honest I feel like I am thriving not only in life right now but in all four of those aspects more than ever. I have put my trust in the Lord and I have watched with my own eyes as He has completely flipped my world upside down and allowed me to understand things I would have never dreamed of before. Not only have I felt better with my relationship with God, but with myself as well. I have thrown myself in action, strove to better myself in every way I can and it feels like I’m succeeding.
I can only hope one day you surround yourself with people that radiate as much love and happiness as the people in my life do. I can only hope that you see the world in people like I do. I can only hope you strengthen your relationship with the Lord. And most of all I can only hope you realize that the second you choose to love life, it’ll love you right back.
Wishing you the best this week. With love, McKenz.
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Denim and White- A Lookbook (with the girls)


Words can not express my gratitude toward these girls. For as long as I can remember they’ve¬†continuously provided me with love and support that never fails to leave me smiling. I hope one day that you find people that see the world in you the way these two look at me. And if and when you do, I hope you never let them go. If I could lock our friendship in place so that it could never be taken away, I would.¬†When we’re together we don’t have a quiet button. We’re loud and crazy at heart. We make our own fun wherever we go and if you’re on the outside looking in we share a wild kind of love. Far from picture perfect. Today we put on our smiles and strove to look it.

I was really opting toward a white, denim, and gold color palette. The weather here on the East Coast is still rather bipolar so I wanted something that would be perfect for a brisk Spring day. It ended up working perfectly and we all looked unified without looking like we were having “Twin Day” for second grade spirit week. Here’s what we wore and where everything is from-

McKenzie: shirt- H&M, jeans- Hollister, shoes- Pierre Dumas, bracelets- Alex and Ani

Jeanie: shirt- Forever 21, bralette- Aerie, jeans- American Eagle, shoes- Pierre Dumas, watch- Target, necklace- Target

Celia: shirt- Target, jeans- Target, shoes- TJ Maxx


 

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The Best Days With You

I can’t seem to put my thoughts into words but the overwhelming amount of happiness you guys bring me is enough to make me sit here and try. ¬†The happiest days I’ve spent are with you. Can’t even begin to thank you all for the smiles you bring me even when¬†you’re not with me. You guys make my life feel full. I tried to capture the essence of these moments together, but it’ll never be the same.

2:00 PM- Hiking up the Mountain to see the view. Not sure our little adventure would have been as fun if it wasn’t for the porta-potties, rainy trip down, Jeanie and I taking fake pics with Tyler, and not being able to find the car. Shoutout to you GB for capturing these moments of us all together, wouldn’t want these days to be any other way.

4:30 PM- By far my favorite picture of the day is the one of me and Garrett on the left. I can feel how genuine my smile was just by looking at that picture. Btw thanks for matching with me Madison, you’ll always rock my world. Sorry Colby, you didn’t make the cut in our squad basketball pic. You’ll get ’em next time.

8:00 PM- Dinner time in the Morgan Household consists of frozen Eggo Waffles and three different prayers before eating ¬†(courtsey of Jeanie, Cedric, and myself.). So happy Tyler joined us at nine because everything’s funnier when he’s around. Wouldn’t be a normal day without an eyebrow picture so Tyler and Madison joined in. Thanks for checking my blog Instagram with me Dustin. And don’t worry GB we missed you and wished you could’ve joined us tonight. We never did catch the final score of the basketball game we were watching but that’s okay because our day together¬†went down in history, not the game.

Laughing so hard your stomach aches. Spitting out jokes so fast your breath starts to shorten. Tearing up because the width of your smile doesn’t seem to lessen. If I could bottle up these feelings to keep them forever I would, but I guess that’s what memories are for. I’ve always said ‘life’s too short to be anything but happy’ and somehow you all have showed me what this means in its entirety.¬†You all have given me so much to be thankful for, so much to love, and so may reasons to be happy. I feel like I’m making the memories I’ll think of¬†as I’m driving home from a stressful day at work with my kids in the back seats rambling about their days as I smile off in the distance thinking of the times I once wished would last forever,¬†and hoping you all are doing well. I don’t know what the future holds, but I hope you guys never leave it. With a whole lot of love, McKenz.