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Standing on the Rock
Strength of Woman Series, Vol. 1
Copyright Ellen H.Rice, Ocean View, Delaware, 2001. All rights reserved.
A limited number of archival gicle'e prints from the original 48" x 36" painting by Ellen Rice are available.
If I should take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall Thy hand lead me and Thy right hand shall hold me.” — Psalm 139:9, 10
Standing on the Rock
by Ellen Rice
If we could discern the truth about everyone and live out from that understanding in every situation in our lives, a new sense of oneness would be established among all people on the earth. Think about it. War would end. Crime would cease. Drugs and alcohol wouldn’t be needed. There could be no corruption. We’d come closer to achieving the Biblical promises of establishing “heaven on earth.” We’d come to the time mentioned in Isaiah when we would “learn war no more.” Is this possible?
We can’t do it all at once. We can start this moment, individually, by searching our own hearts and communicating honestly. Truth isn’t something done in groups. It starts with each of us. One by one, moment by moment. It means not taking the seemingly easier route when faced with challenges. This is my challenge to everyone reading this. As much as you can, if you are not already doing so, strive to live out from your own personal truth and seek out the highest truth in every situation and every person. There is great strength in standing on truth.
Women have always had to be strong. In this age, we need to be stronger. We have done more than just trade challenges of the past with those of the present — we’ve kept most of the old challenges and taken on many more.
The strength we need can’t be gained from acquiring wealth, success, possessions, jewelry, awards, climbing the corporate ladder, getting your child in Yale, having the perfect home, sailboat and car or finding the “right” man who will provide all of the above if you can’t or don’t know how. True strength — and peace, the kingdom of heaven itself — is only found within. The understanding gained from searching your own heart and relying on your highest sense of right is a wellspring of life, an undying fountain of true riches and healing. It’s much better than the broiling sea. It is the strength of woman.
This painting is dedicated to all those who have found themselves on the rock. Stand strong.