I am woman, I am invincible, I am tired.” These words from a T-shirt echo the sentiments of many women. And it was an apt description of the hectic life Cynthia Heald lived as a younger woman, when she says the highlight of her day was often going to bed at night. When she realized she wasn’t living as God intended, she began to pursue a life of simple devotion to Christ, a “God-paced life.” What she learned (and is learning), along with her desire to encourage others to live as God intended, became the basis for Becoming a Woman of Simplicity, an addition to her popular Bible study series for women. TCW talked with Cynthia about what a God-paced life can look like amidst the pressures and demands of our busy world.
What does it mean to live a God-paced life?
As I began to study simplicity, I rediscovered . When the LORD is our Shepherd, we have everything we need, so we don’t have to worry. In that psalm he tells me to “rest in green meadows” and that he “leads me beside peaceful streams” and “renews my strength.” Leading a God-paced life allows the LORD to be our Shepherd so that we can go on the right paths that honor his name.
So to honor God, we don’t have to do more in God’s name?
That’s right. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are God’s masterpiece, created “anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Pursuing simplicity doesn’t mean we don’t do anything; we do what God has planned for us, on the path he has for us, at the pace he has for us. That is the essence of simplicity—abiding in Christ, allowing him to guide us in what we do.1