echoes of excellence

anonymous asked:

“I just want this.” Captain swan

I just want this/Do you ever think we should just stop this? (2-for-1!)

A/N: This one wrote itself every time I did not have access to a writing implement yesterday, and then it would fight with me when I would sit down to actually get it going. So it’s a little rough a tumbled. Thanks for requesting this one, anon!! 

The bathroom mirror fogs due to the hot water from Killian’s shower, and Emma takes a moment to wipe some of it clear with her hand before attempting to fix the mess that is her hair. The shower was supposed to do that, after it was tangled from his hands, and her own as he fucked her into the mattress. It’s not that she’s complaining because, come on. But the shower didn’t help because she had no sooner stepped under the spray when he walked in to grab his toothbrush, and she was dragging him in with her.

Now her hair is not only tangled, it is tangled and wet. Killian starts whistling as he finishes up and Emma takes a moment to glare at the reflection of the shower. It is at least partially his fault, after all. Her gaze softens just as quickly, and she turns her attentions to managing her hair while she straightens out her thoughts.

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anonymous asked:

I don't think people dislike echo because of blecho but because of her character. She's portrayed like an antagonist. She betrayed Bellamy and Gina died, she threatened Clarke and almost killed Octavia who is an important person for Bellamy. They're trying to make us hate her. Also, I think we don't have good experiencies with the writers choosing a grounder girl and giving her more story and attention than the own main characters. So I guess people is scared they might repeat the same story.

Nah, most people dislike Becho because they see her as a potential threat to the ship. Even in this ask you couldn’t NOT mention her as a possible threat to the ship. 

Objectively speaking, Echo is an excellent character who is not actually an antagonist. Our mains don’t really spend a lot of time fighting against her. Their main adversary this Season is time. Echo is just extremely loyal to her clan and her King. Her actions temporarily pitting her against Arkadia don’t actually make her a villain. She was trying to survive, just like they were.

Echo is a good character, she’s well written and well acted, but the fandom is too worried about her interfering with Bellarke to see it. 

Oh, what a grand design! To make our joy the echo of your excellence. To make our pleasure proof that You now hold the place of Treasure in our lives. To make the gladness of our souls the essence of our worship, and the mirror of your worth. To make yourself most glorified in us, O God, when we are satisfied in you.

How could I, Lord, have ever been so blind to think that being loved by you means making much of me and not yourself? How could I put my eye to some great telescope, designed to make me glad with visions of the galaxies, and notice in the glass a dim reflection of my face and say, “Now I am happy, I am loved”? How could I stand before the setting sun, between the mountain range and the vastness of the sea, and think that everlasting joy should come from making much of me?

No, Father, love is this: At great expense you made yourself my glory and my boast. The cost was infinite by which you made yourself the Treasure of my life. You sent your Son, the blazing center of your beauty and your love. You gave him up to mockery, betrayal, thorns, the whip, the rod, the fists, the nails, the shame, and death.

For what? To swallow up your wrath, and satisfy your righteousness, and bury all my sins as far as east is from the west and in the deepest sea, so that I might come home and see the galaxy. This is your love, O God, not to make much of me, but do whatever must be done so that I waken to the joy of making much of you through all eternity.

—  Don’t Waste Your Life // John Piper

This is Echo! She likes helping me with my grad school work. Echo wanted to know if the sticky frogs like helping the Big Pink Tree!!

Hi Echo! 🐍🐸😄 What excellent helping!

The best helper at the Stickyfrogs’ house is Wayne! 🐸 Any job you have, Wayne can help you with her face!

Wayne is glad you are a great helper too Echo, she sends you a big hug! 😊🐸

The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological. At such moments we are made for a magnificent joy that comes from outside ourselves. And each of these rare and precious moments in life - beside the Canyon, before the Alps, under the stars - is an echo of a far greater excellence, namely, the glory of God. That is why the bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).
—  John Piper - “Don’t Waste Your Life”