Coffee Talk Topic: Trading Shame for Joy

This episode’s coffee talk topic encourages us to trade shame for joy, so that those who have lost joy to shame in their lives, will regain the courage to seek and find it again.

“Shame holds us captive to fear, but joy triumphs over shame. Shame is born from many lies we believe about ourselves. Lies that blind us from seeing and embracing the simple joys in everyday life.

When you’re caught in the grip of shame holding you back in life, make a trade by replacing each lie with God’s truth. In turn, you’ll be trading shame for joy. He says you are enough!” ~Brandee Nielsen

Read Psalm 1[39:13]-16

For you formed my inward parts you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

Featured Guest 1: Denise Pass

Denise Pass is an award-winning CCM recording artist, as well as an accomplished writer, speaker, worship leader, and podcaster. She’s a graduate from the University of Maryland, and founder of Seeing Deep Ministries, and is happily married to her “Kinsman Redeemer” husband and mom to five children.

Denise joins us to talk about her new book, Shame Off You, which helps us to understand how God’s word enables us to remove shame, and how God can use conviction to bring us back to Him.

Denise says “a shame-free life isn’t afraid to examine shame. On some level, everybody is impacted by shame. People try to discern matters from the flesh, but our hearts are deceitful and beyond cure.

So are we going to listen to the author of this universe and what he has to say about shame in our life? Or we going to listen to our hearts? For me, I found that my heart got me into trouble.

Shame Off You is a resource guide. It references different types of shame that we experience. Whether it’s from our past, or from finances, or from sex abuse. The Book begins with my story of sexual abuse discovered in my home.

It was particularly painful in my situation because I made a promise before I even married, that it wasn’t going to happen in my home because I was sexually abused as a little girl.

And so Shame Off You, I pray, is revolutionary in helping people recognize shame and find a way to deal with it.”

Featured Guest 2: Candace Payne

Some of you may know her as Chewbacca Mom when a simple joy that Candace experienced and shared on facebook-live went viral and brought 4 minutes of pure laughter into the homes of hundreds of millions.

Since then, Candace has been featured in more than 3,000 media outlets including Good Morning America, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The New York Times and now, Christian Coffee Talk!

Candace joins us to talk about her latest book, Simple Joys.

“Everybody has to have their own ability and desire to seek out joy. Many people have lost Joy from their lives, and they don’t go seeking it out. They don’t see the importance of trying to find it again.

One of the five things I talk about in my book that holds us back from our joy journeys is a shame. I think a lot of things we don’t ask for is because we think we’re not worthy of them.

But I think when people realize that they are good enough to ask for the things that they want, it makes space to be able to have joy. When I talk about a joy journey and simple joys, that’s really what I’m talking about.” ~Candace Payne


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