Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rejoice, He is Alive






















Who has believed what we have heard?[a]
And who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to?
He grew up before Him like a young plant
and like a root out of dry ground.
He didn’t have an impressive form
or majesty that we should look at Him,
no appearance that we should desire Him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.
He was like someone people turned away from;[b]
He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.
Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,
and He carried our pains;
but we in turn regarded Him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.
We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for[c] the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
He was taken away because of oppression and judgment;
and who considered His fate?[d]
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
He was struck because of my people’s rebellion.
They[e] made His grave with the wicked
and with a rich man at His death,
although He had done no violence
and had not spoken deceitfully.
10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely.[f]
When[g] You make Him a restitution offering,
He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,
and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.
11 He will see it[h] out of His anguish,
and He will be satisfied with His knowledge.
My righteous Servant will justify many,
and He will carry their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give Him[i] the many as a portion,
and He will receive[j] the mighty as spoil,
because He submitted Himself to death,
and was counted among the rebels;
yet He bore the sin of many
and interceded for the rebels.

I guess since Spring is springing in (haha :P I'm so funny) when Easter comes we all think of flowers when it's Easter. At least I do. This Monday I was having a stressful day and while driving to the library we passed this church. Outside of it was a cross and tons of gorgeous tulips. There I looked at it and thought to myself, "Why am I mad? Why am I stressed out? REJOICE. Jesus has paid the punishment that YOU deserved. And he has rose again victoriously."

Please remember as these days go by to rejoice. Have a joyful heart. Love others. Praise the One who paid your debt.

"I can face tomorrow because he lives."

bouncing in to say bye,
                                   bernie

Friday, April 7, 2017

My First Broadway Musical // Motown


WE WENT TO OUR FIRST BROADWAY MUSICAL GUYS. HOW COOL IS THAT?

So, one of my dad’s oldest friends (that he tells stories about all the time) is in the Broadway musical Motown. Motown is a musical telling the stories behind popular African-American artists through around the 50’s-70’s. Long story short, my parents were just going to the musical (and us kids go to Beauty and the Beast) until a couple hours before the show our friend told us he could get us tickets too. The only down point was we’d be separated in twos. I was a little scared at first having to separate during the show but it all turned out fine. Enough said about that. Enjoy the pictures and comments about this wonderful experience.  
this is what the sign looked like. I'd never seen it before so it was really cool to see.


it was about 5 minutes till the musical was going to start and we were waiting for our tickets someone was going to give us. everybody was hustling through the streets so it was busy. me and Danny stood in the box office, glancing at the clock, hoping we'd get our tickets soon, and looking around the streets for two random people we didn't even know, that'd be giving us tickets. they finally made it and we hurried to our seats. THANKFULLY, we made it JUST on time. I realized how much of a blessing it was that we made it on time because if not, we would've been trying to find our seats in the dark. 

when we opened the door into the theatre it was amazing. it was big. it looked old. it involved tons of details.  

one cool thing about the show was ALL of the music was live. 

after the show our friend got to take us backstage and we got to go on the stage. it was really cool to see the view. I would be terrified to perform in front of that many people but our friend told us that they can only see the front row of the audience because the lights are so bright. 

right here is the where all the costumes are. there was tons of costumes. amazingly there's about 40 characters in the show but there's only about 15 people in the cast. Our friend said he played 7 different characters in the show. At one time he played one man and right after he got off stage he had to completely change his clothes in another outfit in 32 seconds because he had another part to play.



all these ropes and chords changed the backgrounds during the show. also the big (whatever you call it) on the bottom left was what made steam come out onto the stage. what's so amazing is they take all this stuff with them to every show. I can't even imagine putting away all this stuff and packing it away, then a couple days later having to put it back together again. and I complain about making dinner and then cleaning up my mess. 
 our friend also took us up the stairs to everybody's dressing rooms. everywhere you looked there was murals of musicals that were performed in this theatre. whenever a musical would perform there, they had a mural that everybody in the cast would sign there names on. I didn't know any of the names (since they're mostly old) but apparently they were BIG names. It was sooo cool.

ain't it beautiful?

Although scary at times, going to Motown was a wonderful experience. I'm so glad we got to go. Our friend told us he could get us tickets to Hamilton when it comes to the Fox Theatre. AHHH. I don't really like Hamilton (no hate please lol) but I really want to go to another Broadway musical again.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.

Have you ever been to a Broadway musical? If so, which one?

bouncing in to say bye,
                                 bernie

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hey April

it's april guysss. Let me something first. IM HORRIBLE. It's April 3 and I'm posting my March highlights. It's bad guys. Sorry. I'm going to try try try to post on time this month. So sorry. Okay back to happy things.  March was fun, but I'm excited for April. Anyway, on to my March.





Some Exciting Changes.
   The time changed. it was a little hard losing an hour of sleep but I'm really happy the sun is coming down later.
   Yup it's defs spring around here. been raining like crazy.
   Flowers are blooming!! Ahhhh I'm so excited. I can finally take pictures of flowers and trees with their pretty colors. Not dead trees. *sorry for the flower overload. ITS JUST SO PRETTYYYY AGH*

   The weather is actually consistent. It's not 30 one day and then 80 the next day. *gaspssss*

   Okay all these changes are about weather but who cares.

March Highlights
The warm weather
   Agh please don't get annoyed of me. Seriously though. I LOVE IT. you can still wear a sweater, but you would be fine if you wear shorts.  One thing I kinda don't like about it though is I'm starting to sweat when I do gymnastics outside. ehh it's not that big of a deal. ITS SO WARM AND I LOVE IT. okay I'm done with talking about the weather.

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt
   I was excited for St. Patrick's Day this year because I really like green hehe. and our youth group was doing a scavenger hunt for st Patrick's day. IT WAS SUPER FUN. we didn't win. Sarah's team won.  We had to solve a riddle and that would you give a clue to where you need to go and take a picture. Thankfully we had an expert who knew all about the town it was in so it wasn't super hard. Anywho, it was super fun and we had a lot of laughs!!

Motown
   WE WENT TO OUR FIRST BROADWAY MUSICAL. and it was AWESOME.  I'm not going to say anymore because I'm doing a post with more details about it. so be watching out ;)

Bowling
   We've been doing a lot of bowling lately. Usually we bowl 2 or 3 times a year but this year we've already bowled at least 5 times and it's April. WOAH. it's awesome though. I'm not really good, but ITS FUN. yeah there's not much to say except, YOU SHOULD GO BOWLING WITH YOUR FAMILY.

 Filming our Movie
   it's finally happening guys. My friends and I are making a new movie. Alice in Wonderland. I'm the Mad Hatter. AHHHHH I get makeup, a big hat, a long dress coat kinda thing, and I GET TO BE HIM IN OUR MOVIE. I'm so pumped about it. The Mad Hatter is weird and being weird isn't hard for me (especially when I'm on camera). This Tuesday we got to film the first part which was mainly Alice (Ellie the other one. not me) finding Wonderland. IM SO EXCITED FOR WHEN I MAKE MY APPERANCE. EEK

Sound of Music musical
   yeah another musical. just a high school one though. it was really fun. We went with our friends. There two sisters (and my best friends) were in it. It was really good too. It was interesting to watch a high school musical after watching a Broadway musical and seeing the differences. Obviously Broadway musicals are better but for how younger the kids are in a high school musical, they do very good. Before the musical we played on the trampoline at their house and went out to eat. It was a blast (as always).

Gymnastics
   well.....I've been doing vault. I'm not good at it because I haven't had much experience but it's still entertaining. I'm also nailing the front flip on the tumble track. My coach wanted me to try it on the floor. and I didn't do so good. But ehhh we'll get it next time ;)

March Goals 
write more letters - idk if I wrote a letter this month.
draw more -yeah I never did this. oops.
make a special St. Patrick's Day dinner - didn't do this either. ahh yeahhhh oopssss

April Goals
Post two times a week at least TWICE this month.
Do an aerial (no handed cartwheel) again. I just can't do it anymore. ugh

Happy April everyone!!

what's one of your march highlights?
any april goals you have?
are you enjoying the warm weather (if you're having it)?  
thanks for reading
bouncing in to say bye,
                                   bernie


Friday, March 24, 2017

2nd Samuel 11 // What I Got Out of It



 A couple weeks ago my girls bible study started reading the book Seamless by Angie Smith. Angie's goal in this book is to cover the whole Bible in 7 weeks. Now obviously she doesn't cover every. single. point. but she does a great job of giving an overview of these stories. She's told us these stories in such an interesting way that I'm curious to study more about every topic. We're in out 4th week and this is so far my favorite chapter. Right now we're going over some of my favorite stories, the story of Samuel, Saul, David, and Solomon. This story really encourages me and I'm here to share my thoughts on it with you =)


   In 2nd Samuel 11 it talks of David having an affair with Bathsheba and him murdering Bathsheba's husband Uriah. Because of this sin that David committed he took away his son. Now right now you might say, "That's a horrible thing to do God. Why'd you do that?" But my pastor has been talking a lot about the patience of God. After Cain murdered his brother Abel because of his anger, God let him live. Yes, God cursed and alienated him, but God in his mighty power could've done something much worse. God could've killed Cain, but instead he let him live.


   In 2nd Samuel 12:13-14 it says,


David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord,[a] the child who is born to you shall die.”




   There you see it. The Lord put away his sin, and he shall not die. God could've done far worse than killed David's son. And yes while this is still a big punishment we still need to see God's mercy.


   We can also be reminded of God's sovereign plan in this story. Why do you think God didn't kill David because of his sin? Because he still had a plan for his life. As horrible as this tragedy was, God uses these tragedies to shape us into more godly people.




Psalms 119:71 says,


 "It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes."

   Okay, I finished covering two things I was encouraged by in this study. One more.
   Psalms 51 was written by David after Nathan confronted him concerning his sin. David shows humility as he confesses his sins to God. Often when say, "Oh I'm sorry for my sin, but I really like doing it, so I think I'm going to do it again." But David comes to God and says, "Create in me a pure heart." This sin is horrible. I don't ever want to do it again.


   This really encouraged me and made me more aware of myself when I say sorry. Not to just say sorry and think I can do it again, but cast myself from it. I hope this encourages you too :D





Thanks for reading!!
bouncing in to say bye,
                                   Bernie

Friday, March 17, 2017

My When Calls the Heart Thoughts



  random picture my limited edition st. patricks day lucky charms. HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY. I love this holiday because I love green (it's my favorite color) jsyk ;P

  okay any when calls the heart fans out here? *proudly raises my hand as high as I can* yup I'm one of those proud fans.

   We just started watching the episodes of season 4 and I'm like "woahhhh. It's totally normal that Jack's just so likeable. and then Elizabeth and Jack's relationship is *a bijillion heart faces*  AHHHH I love it. I'm also enjoying Bill aka the bessttttt umpire eva lol and the bestttt cooker ever. I'm always laughing whenever he's in the scene. I like how there's finally a married couple in this show (Lee and Rosemary). I like their relationship a lot. I especially like Lee trying calming down Rosemary (cause she doesn't even know the word calm). So what about you? Who's your favorite character so far? mine's Jack if you didn't know *tears of laughter*

   Which makes me think of a random question? Do you emphasize your feelings about a show, movie, etc. Because whenever I watch when calls the heart my face is as straight as a line but like in my mind I'm thinking, "AHHH THIS IS SO AWESOME. IM DYING." So who are you? Someone who tells your feelings about that show aloud while it's going on? Or someone who keeps it to yourself?

   Anywho, back to my thoughts. Everything is going so perfect and WOAH there's this random (he already looks like a horrible person) dude who just comes up and says "I'm the new teacher." WHAAAAT? ugh so now we all have to wait for ONE WHOLE week to find out what's going to happen.

   Which makes me think of something else. You might say, "well we all know what's going to happen. Elizabeth is gonna get her job back. duh." And yah I'd agree with you, but it's still cool because we can see how it happened. Sure Elizabeth will probs get her job back but HOW? And yeah this random dude in this random movie might die but HOW? and how's everybody going to react to it? so it's still cool to see shows and movies even when they're predictable =) do you agree with me?

   So, SHOOT ME YOUR THOUGHTS guys. If you want to be my when calls the heart buddy (txt me or Instagram direct me or something) Literally I always send random videos to my friends (who don't care about the show really) but YOU CAN BE MY FRIEND.


   Heyyyy guess what? Me and Sarah share our blogger account. That's why my name always pops up as Sarah and Bernie when I comment on your blog.  but Sarah got her own account so now I have my OWN name. Yayyyyy. It's Ellie (or Bernie) cause you can call me whichever :P yayy I'm excited about that =)

do you like when calls the heart? if so, who's your favorite character?
do you express your feelings during shows?
what's your blogger account name? hehe
bouncing in to say bye,
                                 bernie

Saturday, March 11, 2017

// What I Like About The Song Come Thou Fount //

Hey guys. Today I'm going to share what I like about the song, "Come Thou Fount." 

         A couple weeks ago I played it with my guitar teacher and I couldn't stop playing it. I hope I'm not annoying my family, because I play it all the time. Seriously, I could play it all day. Sometimes you play a song and never realize what it means, which was the case for me, until last night. As Sarah was writing a blog post I played it for her for inspiration and I really paid close attention to the words. It was so encouraging and comforting to hear the words. Pay close attention to these words and I pray they will be encouraging to you too.

"Come thou fount of, every blessing,
tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise. 
Teach me some melodious sonnet, 
sung by flaming tongues above. 
Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it, 
mount of Thy unchanging love. 

Here I raise my Ebenezer, 
hither by Thy help I've come. 
And I hope by Thy good pleasure, 
safely to arrive at home. 
Jesus sought me when a stranger, 
wandering from the fold of God. 
He to rescue me from danger, 
interpose His precious blood. 

O to grace how great a debtor, 
daily I'm constrained to be.
Let that grace now, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to Thee. 
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, 
prone to leave the God I love. 
Here's my heart, O take and seal it
seal it for Thy courts above." 

           I just LOVE the last verse. It's so true how I can so easily wander from God. I feel like sometimes I do my Bible study in the morning, feel so closer to God, close my Bible, and forget about everything I learned about in my Bible study. So easily can we wander away from God and cling to the things of this world.

This verse is soooo awesome.

"Let that grace now, like a fetter, 
bind my wandering heart to Thee."

NOW THIS IS SUPER COOL GUYS.

The definition of "fetter" is:

"a chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles."


"Like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee."

Like a chain that restrains a prisoner, "bind my wandering heart to Thee."

THIS IS MY PRAYER EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. 

How can this not be your prayer?

That God may bind you to Him. That you'd never wander away from Him. That you'd be chained and bound to His Holy Spirit. That your heart would be close to Him. 

"Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, 
prone to leave the God I love."
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for Thy courts above."

        I can't do this on my own, God. I can't live a second without wandering from You. I ask that You would take my heart and seal it for Thy courts above. Only You, alone can do that.

        Side Note: We've been talking in church history about justification. Some people thought that we could be saved by works, but justification means that WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE ALONE.

The Five Solos are:
Faith Alone
Grace Alone
Christ Alone
By Scripture Alone
For God's Glory Alone.

We can't be saved by OUR works.

ONLY GOD CAN SAVE US.

Okay back to the song I'm talking about. 

OH MY.

Whoever wrote this song, was seriously thirsty for God.

I PRAY THIS IS YOUR PRAYER.

That you would truly want God to bind your heart to Him. 


"Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; give me life in Your ways."
Psalms 199:37


Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right[a] spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Psalms 51:10-12

bouncing in to say bye,
                                    Bernie

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hello March












Hello guys. I'm pretty excited cause I'm posting my February Highlights. yeahhhh this month was very busy, but exciting so I'm pumped to tell you about it ;)




February Highlights




Sunny and Warm Days with Friends
It's been reaaally warm around here. All month it's been 70 degrees. Even though I love winter I really liked it being warm too. UNTIL I GOT A MOSQUITO BITE. Anywho, we walked that cute dog (the mayor's dog. yah we're cool) and it was awesome. Then, we strolled around town with a scooter and a bike. it was like back to my childhood days when I scootered everywhere. seriously scooters are so fun though.




Valentines Day Banquet
Our church band does a show every Valentines Day where the youth perform songs from different genres in the olden days. You know cause it'd be like Throwback Tuesday to the old people ;) So we did old gospel songs in the Grand Opry. We dressed up in country dresses, boots, and lots of rhinestones. Before we performed we served them with a delicious dinner. It was a lot of work, but sooo fun. The best song was He's Got the Whole World which had a very interesting twist in it. Please check it out on Youtube right here. It's really good. And if you watch it, tell me if you liked it ;)




IHOP and Mall Adventures.
Once Sarah and Mila finished their book we wanted to celebrate by going to IHOP. I'm pretty sure it was my first time going there. and it was really goodddd. After that we went to the mall. We have this thing about going to stores, trying on weird clothes that you'd probably never see us in, and taking pictures together. We've done ugly Christmas sweaters, old lady clothes, suits, and then we did dresses. I was in a black lace dress, Sarah was in a white sparkly dress (we all agreed she looked like a three year old with her pink pants under them), Mila was in a romper (that was funny. she looked like she just got our of jail), and Ellie was in a really long black dress (and she just got back from prom lol not really. it looked like it though). So there you are, now you know what we do at malls. #secretrevealed




Piano Festival
Although it was very nerveracking, it was fun. Basically piano festival is where you play for judges two songs that you've been practicing for about 5 months and they judge you. For the five years that I've been doing it I've got a superior (the highest score you can get) every year. This sixth year I got another superior. So, I was really excited. Danny and Sarah got a superior too!! After our festival we went to Golden Corral. AHH FOOD. it was sooooo good. I was glad to get another year of festival done.




Gymnastics
So two things that are really cool happened this month concerning gymnastics. Firstly, I went to my first gymnastics meet. EEP it was awesome. If I do competitive gymnastics this fall I will compete the level I got to see. I didn't expected it to be as advanced so I'm really excited to do all those skills. Lordwilling I'll be competing this fall. AHHH anywho that was really fun. Secondly, I did an ariel (no handed cartwheel) for the FIRST TIME this month. All by myself in my backyard. I was super encouraged by that because I barely even practiced with my coaches. So it's kinda weird that I would just GET it. but it's really exciting. :D oh one more thing hehe :P Every week we practice any skill we want on the trampoline (a perfect time to do my front flip) but I was scared to because I fail at it a lot. One day I told myself to do it so I can get better and I did. It was a lot better than I thought. I'm finally starting to get a hang of it, but it's a very hard skill.




Roadshow Concert
Every year we go to this concert that has tons of Christian artists. We got to see Jordan Feliz, Passion, Rend Collective, Franchesca Battistelli, Family Force 5, and Steven Curtis Chapman. You might've not heard of Family Force 5 but you should check them out. They have great music to dance too ;P everyone else I really enjoyed listening too. I really liked Franchesca Battistelli, Family Force 5, and Steven Curtis Chapman. :)


Random fact: our youth group is going to see NF (a Christian rapper that IS AWESOME)!! I'm so excited. Look him up dudes. Therapy Session, How Could You Leave Us, and Mansion. Please.
YOU WILL BE PLEASED.




February Goals
Earn a superior in my piano festival. YESSSS I MADE IT
Drink more water. ugh noooo I definitely failed at this
Condition more. #proud yesss I did this :D
Do another photoshoot with Sarah. Teach her some tips on photography so she can start doing picture of me :P. ugh nooo
And finally do my roundoff right. so yeah I'm not totally perfect on this but I definitely got better so ima gonna check it off ;P

March Goals
write more letters
draw more
make a special St. Patrick's Day dinner
I literally don't really have anymore.
(watch me publish this post and think of like a hundred goals for this month)

so yeah happy March. I'm pretty excited about March because of St. Patrick's Day. dude, that's like my holiday because my favorite color is green hehe :P. I'm gonna wear green a lot this month and I'm going to make a special Irish dinner yup :D


Btw, I failed at trying to post this before March ugh maybe next time. Sorrrryyyy

thanks for reading
bouncing in to say bye,
                                bernie