I’m wife to the most wonderful man in the world, and mom to three adult sons whom I love greatly. The truth of God’s Word and the power of His Spirit have held me through such challenges as widowhood, remarriage, step-motherhood, older child adoption, and raising special needs children. Healing has come slowly, but I believe these experiences have given me a fresh perspective on life that helps me minister to others with grace and hope.
Over the last 30 years, I’ve enjoyed such additional roles as speaker, Bible teacher, mentor and most recently writer.
I’ve had the privilege of taking part in developing and leading a women’s ministry and a women’s mentoring ministry. Through these I’ve worked with a multitude of extremely gifted women who love Jesus immensely and give freely from their lives and talents. I count their friendships some of my sweetest and most cherished.
Life has taught me, however, our true value never comes from the roles we play. Our value comes from our Creator who endowed us with His image and likeness so we could relate with Him and experience His relentlessly lavish love.
I love to travel with my camera as an ever-present companion. Recording memories of special events and God’s exquisite handiwork bring me much joy! You can find some of my work on Instagram @rlseaton
But one of my most favorite past-times is sitting with a friend over a cup of tea sharing heartfelt conversation.
Life hasn’t been easy for me and so I have a heart for those who are hurting and those who’ve lost hope.
I grew up in the church and began a relationship with Jesus as a child but often struggled with feeling as though I failed God and couldn’t quite please Him. I saw His Word as a set of rules given to show me how to make Him happy with me.
I’ve discovered that Jesus died to bridge the gap between God and us. He paid the penalty for our rebellion and messes through His own death, making a way for us to be transformed into a new creation filled by His Spirit. Through this transforming new life, God no longer sees who we came to Him as, but who we will become in Christ over a lifetime. He only calls us to yield to His Spirit, letting go of our agenda for His plan.
We can only know His plan for us when we saturate ourselves in relationship with Him. His Word plays a huge part in this relationship as it’s His primary means of communicating who He is, the depth of His love for us, how we are to relate to Him, and His plans for us.
God’s Word brought to life by His Spirit within our hearts is also the means by which He births and feeds this relationship that fills us with the life and hope our hearts crave.
Through my writings, I want people to see that God’s Word isn’t primarily a book of rules about how to please Him, but love letters calling us into an amazingly rich relationship with the God of the universe, built upon His lavish love for us.