Advent #3: Sometimes Christmas Is Hard

Christmas is a wonderful time of year!

But sometimes the joy of the season is not always what you’re feeling.

Maybe you’ve recently lost a loved one.

Maybe the season brings up hard memories.

Maybe you’re alone this Christmas.

Maybe some other situation has left you in a difficult place.

Join me at my house this week as we talk about the best thing you can do in those hard moments.

(Technical difficulties? Here’s the YouTube link)

Did you hear that?

You are ADORED by God.

You are loved. You are appreciated. You are enjoyed.

My friend, He is with you.

Even if it feels like you’ve got nothing else going for this Advent, cling to that truth.

It’s what Christmas is all about. Immanuel. God with us.

If you know someone who might find this helpful, please pass it along to them.

Make sure they know they can find hope in the manger.

Merry Christmas, my friends.

May you know the hope in the One who has come.

See you next week.

Peder

Christmas is coming!

It’s not yet Halloween and I’m still talking about Christmas already. I can’t help it. I’m so excited because we’ve got some new Christmas music this year!

Have you see the video?

(Or watch it on YouTube)

When shooting the video in Nashville, I was trying to get out the right words and information. I do ok at this kind of thing but sometimes it took more than a few takes. The pressure is high when you know what you say will be recorded forever!

At one point getting frustrated because I kept goofing up. I was trying so hard to find the right phrase. My friend Adam producing this clip said,

“Just tell me like how you would tell anyone sitting in front of you.”

That worked and made a lot of sense. A simple truth that needs to be louder for each of us I think.

When I thought about my heart for the person across from me it came out so much better. In fact, even better than I could ever conjure up with all the practice. I love Christmas and it’s truth about God’s love and His compassion for His children.

I think we make sharing Christ’s love and message of salvation full of the right words and certain types of prayers.

What if we pause, look across from ourselves, feel the love we have for the person we’re talking to and just offer our heart?

recording xmas video

You might be surprised how the Holy Spirit comes through you and out of you. It’s probably way better than what you could come up with on your own. :)

God’s heart for us shows up this Christmas. It was His love for us that caused Him to send Jesus to redeem us. If Christ is in us, we can have that same heart for anyone.

Maybe don’t try so hard.

Just love the person in front of you. It’s like your showing them Christmas even before Halloween!

God is good all the time.

Peder

New This Christmas

I just can’t help it. Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. Of course, it’s all about our Savior’s birth. I love that story! And I love all of the December celebrations that go with it–the traditions, the movies, the family time, and especially the music.

This year we’re bringing some new music to your Christmas.

(If it won’t load here, watch the video on YouTube)

This Christmas is unlike any other Peder Eide Christmas CD because it’s a music card designed for you to be able to gift it to those who need to hear about the love of Christ.

With gifts in mind, we’re running some special sales in the online store so you can pre-order your copy of This Christmas and some copies for your family and friends.

Plus, I’d love to celebrate Christmas with you:

Wednesday, December 3–Alexandria, MN
Thursday, December 4–Rosemount, MN
Saturday, December 6–Grayslake, IL
Sunday, December 7–Pewaukee, WI (morning worship)
Wednesday, December 10–Brookings, SD
Saturday, December 13–Wausau, WI
Sunday, December 14–Grand Forks, ND

December 17, 2014–Fargo, ND
Friday, December 19–Oshkosh, WI
Sunday, December 21–Hampton, IA

You can find the details for each event on the tour page.

We’d love your help getting the word out.

This Christmas FB header

Buy This Christmas for everyone on your Christmas card list.

Invite your friends to a Christmas show.

Share the video on social media. It means a lot to me so be sure to tag me so I can thank you. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Blessings, my friends. And let me be the first person to wish you a Merry Christmas this year!

Peder