seventeen years
of Internet

Over 100 
Nehemiah Notes
posted on
this site

  The official website for Blaine Smith’s ministry and Nehemiah Notes 

Books by
Blaine Smith

With Sample Chapters
Beyond Stage Fright and into the Spotlight
Overcoming Performance Anxiety and the Fear of Public Speaking -- and Winning the Hearts of Your Audience
Available in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
Should I Wait in Faith or Step Out in Faith?
Balancing Patience and Initiative in the Christian Life
Available in paperback, Kindle and Nook
Emotional Intelligence for the Christian
How It Radically Affects Your Happiness, Health, Success and Effectiveness for Christ
How to Achieve It Where It Counts Most
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
Reach Beyond
Your Grasp

Embracing Dreams That Reflect God's Best for You -- And Achieving Them
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
Marry a Friend
Finding Someone to Marry Who Is Truly Right for You
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
Goal Setting for the Christian
Harnessing the Stunning Benefits of Focus and Persistence to Realize Your Potential for Christ -- and Your God-Given Dreams
Available in paperback, Kindle and Nook
The Yes Anxiety
Taming the Fear
of Commitment in Relationships, Career, Spiritual Life and Daily Decisions
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
Overcoming Shyness
 Conquering Your
Social Fears
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
Faith and Optimism: Positive Expectation in the Christian Life (formerly The Optimism Factor)
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook   

One of a Kind
A Biblical view of Self-Acceptance
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook

Knowing God's Will
Knowing God's Will
Finding Guidance for Personal Decisions
(Expanded Edition)
Available in
paperback and
Should I Get Married?
Should I Get Married?
Revised/Updated Edition
in paperback
Knowing God's Will
 Biblical Principles of
The original
1979 edition
Translations and
British Editions

Welcome to the Nehemiah Ministries website . . .

And thank you for visiting! I began this site in 1997, as my effort to bring encouragement and counsel to Christians online -- especially regarding relationships and realizing their personal potential. I've posted a Nehemiah Notes article twice each month since then, and all are archived here. While Ive reissued some, over 100 individual articles are available. Youll also find information on all my books, with sample chapters, and most can be ordered through this site. And theres also a history of this ministry, and I've posted some recent photos, in case you're interested. I hope an article or book featured on this site will provide the help you need, and Gods best to you as you browse!  - Blaine Smith



* * * Sons of Thunder Website * * *





From 1967 to 1974 I directed a Christian rock band called Sons of Thunder, and played guitar with them. SOT was highly active in the mid-Atlantic U.S. , and sometimes beyond, and they produced the first nationally-distributed album by a Christian rock band in America. I’ve just launched (Nov. 2013) a web site dedicated to Sons of Thunder’s legacy, which includes hundreds of photos, a detailed history of the band, and links to their music online. This site has been overdue for a long time, and I’m thrilled to finally have it up!

Just added (1/9/14): A 45-minute video of SOT's Original Five in live performance: Sons of Thunder Live at the Forum Tea House and Gallery, 1968.



 * * * New Books by Blaine Smith * * *

Beyond Stage Fright
and into the Spotlight

  Overcoming Performance Anxiety and
the Fear of Public Speaking -- and
Winning the Hearts of Your Audience

May 22, 2013: I have just published this book, in which I look at how to master your fears of facing an audience, and how to become effective at public speaking or performing. The dread of facing an audience is the most common and debilitating fear Americans face. Yet most of us have to give a talk on occasion, and our job may require it. Or we may have a music, speaking or acting talent that we long to share with others, yet fear holds us back. This book is addressed to all of us in these predicaments, as well as to anyone who simply wants to improve their effectiveness with an audience. Please see the book's page on this site for more information. It is available from Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle, from many international Amazons, and soon from Barnes and Noble online, including a Nook edition (already available).

If you'll check the column to the left, you'll see several other books I've recently issued, including Should I Wait in Faith or Step Out in Faith, Emotional Intelligence for the Christian, and Goal Setting for the Christian.


Nehemiah Notes, April 15, 2014

The Triumph of Simple Persistence
Winning Life's Battles in Horizontal Time

During the California gold rush a prospector named R. U. Darby helped his uncle mine a vein of gold that the latter had discovered. It appeared at first that they had a prosperous find. Yet the vein soon disappeared, and Darby and his uncle searched frantically for the spot where it continued. Finally, they concluded their prospects were hopeless and sold their equipment to a junk dealer.
         The junk dealer consulted an engineer, then began mining the shaft again. He quickly discovered the elusive vein and a supply of gold worth millions of dollars--just three feet from where Darby and his uncle had stopped digging . . .
Sticking with a goal, even when we're tempted to quit, makes a radical difference in what we accomplish. I explain in this article.

Nehemiah Notes, April 1, 2014

The Power of (a Good) Suggestion
Even Brief Advice or Encouragement
Can Be Life Changing


When I first considered beginning a teaching ministry, I weighed getting more education. I was eager to move ahead at full speed giving seminars. I sought the counsel of various people about what to do.
         One afternoon I had lunch with a friend whom I respected and asked his opinion. Not surprisingly, he said that going back to school was the right idea. But he couched his advice in a metaphor: "By doing so you take away a number but you add a multiplier." As basic as his point was, it was the right thought at the right time and it clinched my thinking . . .

God often gives us vital insight or encouragement through a brief  conversation with someone--or through words spoken just in passing. I look at this reassuring truth in this article.

Nehemiah Notes, March 15, 2014

Seeing the Best When It's Less Than Perfect
And Finding the Courage to Choose It


A friend told me he once had the chance to marry a woman he worshiped. “I thank God now that it didn’t work out,” he said, “for I would have ceased to be who I am.”
         My friend showed uncanny wisdom in turning away from this enchanting option. Although greatly attracted to this woman, he concluded that marrying her wouldn’t be right in light of how God had made him as an individual. It would have diverted his attention from areas where he needed to grow, and important areas of his potential would never have been realized . . .

God's very best options for us sometimes seem to fall short of our expectations -- at first. Read the article.

YES! We have
The Yes Anxiety
in stock (with
online orderin
Over 100 Nehemiah Notes archived-- articles by Blaine Smith--including:
Waiting on God's Timing
Seizing the Moment
Confronting Your Social Fears
Growing Wise Emotionally
Listening to God: Why It Helps to Be Moving
When We Get Our Wires Crossed
When Waiting Is
 Worth It
When Someone Lets
You Down
Don't Look Back
Facing Your Fears of Success
Your Life's Bigger Picture
The Triumph of Simple Persistence
Trust Your Judgment
When Is a Door Truly Closed?
Reshaping Assumptions That Shape Our Life
If God Loves Everyone, Where Does That Leave me?
Looking Inward and Looking Outward
Handling Life's Interruptions
The Challenge of Optimism
Should I Wait in Faith--Or Step Out in Faith?
The Eureka Factor
Keeping Your Life in Motion
The Motive Trap
Turning the Page
Learning to Fail Successfully
Golden Opportunities and God's Will
Confronting the Fear of Change
Waking to Your Hidden Potential
Paranoia Can
Annoy Ya
Regretting the Choice That Seemed So Right
Christians and Self-Talk
My Desires and
God's Will
Dare to Dream
Keep on Dreaming
Seeing Your Life Dynamically
Obedience to Christ--What Does It Mean?
Hearing God in a Time of Crisis
Is God a Matchmaker?
Embracing Your Signature Style
The Greatness of Small Beginnings
No Fatal Errors
When God Does the Unexpected
Serving Christ for (the Highest) Benefits
Bailing Us Out
The Triumph of Hope
The Positive Side of Mixed Emotions
Fresh Starts
Fooled by Fleecing
The Shortest Cop on the Force
Welcome Guidance from Unwelcome Interruptions
The Joy of Late Blooming
Bad Days -- What Do They Mean?
The Problem of Unanswered Prayer
Past Guidance and Present Decisions
Aiming Straight,
Aiming High
Faith and Assertiveness
Helping Others by Asking for Help
When Trying Again
Makes the Difference
You're a Gift to Others--But Not a Savior
Grasping the Bigger
Revising the Map
Guidance and
Faith and Individuality
Pearls of Too Great a Price
Tradeoffs Worth
Prayer and Your Personal Potential
Pacing Yourself
Many, many more!
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PO Box 448, Damascus, MD 20872
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