eighteen 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
Turning the Page
Finding the Courage
for Major Life Change
and the Wisdom
to Reinvent Yourself

Available in paperback and
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 links to online sellers where they are available. And theres also a history of this ministry, and I've posted some recent photos (updated April 2015 and afterward), 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



 * * * New Book by Blaine Smith * * *

Turning the Page
  Finding the Courage for
Major Life Change and the
Wisdom to Reinvent Yourself

I’ve just published this new book (April  2015). And it’s available through amazon.com in paperback and Kindle, can be ordered through bookstores, and is available through many international Amazons as well. As the title implies, this is a book about making new beginnings, about the joy of redefining your life. God on occasion prompts us each to take a new direction with our life. But how do we know when that time is here? And how do we get beyond the various fears and inhibitions that can keep us stuck in place, or keep us from recognizing that change we ought to make in the first place?

In Turning the Page I look at how to overcome these hurdles, and I do my best to fire your passion for taking on new adventures. Please see the book’s Amazon page for a fuller description, and on the Kindle page you can preview the first chapter and more, plus the table of contents (the paperback page preview offers snapshots through the book). I do hope you’ll find this book a helpful resource for your Christian walk!


Nehemiah Notes, October 1, 2015

Pearls of Too Great a Price?
Does It Work Against Us to Desire

Something Too Much?

Ever since reading John Steinbeck’s The Pearl in high school, I’ve been haunted by a reflection of Juana early in the novel. After her husband, Kino, hauls a basket into their boat containing a bloated oyster with a mammoth pearl, Juana senses his excitement. Yet she pretends to look away. “It is not good to want a thing too much,” she muses. “It sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough, and you must be very tactful with God or the gods” . . .
In this article, I look at how our desires can aid or success or hinder it.

Nehemiah Notes, September 15, 2015

Serving Christ for the (Highest) Benefits
The Hope for Reward Is Essential to Faith

Is it right to follow Christ for the sake of personal advantages that result? Or is this a vain and selfish motive? Is it better to live for him without any expectation of reward? Which motive is the higher one?
         For most Christians the push-button response is that our commitment to Christ shouldn't be based on any hope of personal benefit. Yet this comes dangerously close to missing the essence of the biblical idea of faith . . .
The hope that I'll benefit in certain ways is both a healthy and necessary motive for following Christ. I explain in the article.

Nehemiah Notes, September 1, 2015

Am I Praying in God's Will or Against It?
When to Be Bold and Persistent With Requests

When praying for personal concerns, two questions often confuse us. One is how long to persist in making a request to God. Do we reach a point when persevering in prayer amounts to pushing God and refusing to accept his will?
The second question is how boldly we should frame our requests to God. Should we straightforwardly tell him what we wish him to do, and leave it at that? Or should we pray only provisionally, saying, “Lord, if it be your will, please answer this request”?
I address both of these questions in this article, and urge you to pray with high expectations.

What you'll find
on this site . . .
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!
Copyright 1997-2015 M. Blaine Smith
Damascus, Maryland
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