Celebrating
nineteen years
of Internet
ministry

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

Available in paperback and
Kindle
  
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
Available
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
   
Reach Beyond
Your Grasp

Embracing Dreams That Reflect God's Best for You -- And Achieving Them
Available
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
   
Marry a Friend
Finding Someone to Marry Who Is Truly Right for You
Available
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
Available
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
   
Overcoming Shyness
 Conquering Your
Social Fears
Available 
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook
   
Faith and Optimism: Positive Expectation in the Christian Life (formerly The Optimism Factor)
Available
in paperback,
Kindle and Nook   

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

Knowing God's Will
Knowing God's Will
Finding Guidance for Personal Decisions
(Expanded Edition)
Available in
paperback and
Kindle
   
Should I Get Married?
Should I Get Married?
Revised/Updated Edition
Available 
in paperback
   
Knowing God's Will
 Biblical Principles of
Guidance
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, June 1, 2016
     

Tradeoffs Worth Making
Seven Shifts in Priority That Help Us Realize Our Potential

   
In my last Nehemiah Notes, I mentioned a burnout experience I had halfway through a graduate program. I noted that talking with the dean of students rekindled my zeal to tackle my studies again.
         The essence of his advice was simple: It was a reasonable tradeoff to spend some dry time in exchange for the creative period I had already enjoyed. Besides, I would soon finish the program and could then begin to enjoy its benefits. When all of the angles were considered, the tradeoffs were certainly more than worth it . . .
     
Finding God's best can mean choosing options that, initially, seem short of perfect to us. Making effective tradeoffs is often at the heart of it--as I note in this article.
    

    
 
     

Bailing Us Out
Appreciating God's Radical Protection in Your Life

     

Halfway through an intensive graduate program I lost my zeal. I came close to quitting.
         On Evie's advice I decided to seek counsel from the dean of students. When I walked into his office the next morning, he received me warmly and spoke with me at length, even though I hadn't made an appointment. After I explained my dilemma, he offered some simple advice: Since I had come this far in the program, it was a minimal sacrifice to continue. Besides, the long-range benefits of finishing the degree well outweighed the momentary relief of getting out . . .

   
God graciously performs many “rescue missions” in our lives, to protect and provide for us; I look at this greatly reassuring truth in this article.
    

     
Nehemiah Notes, May 1, 2016
     

Christians and Self-Talk
How Much Can we Psych Ourselves Up?

     
Few biblical incidents do more to ignite my faith than the story about the woman with the hemorrhage. For twelve years she experienced the indescribable discomfort and embarrassment of a blood flow that no physician could heal. To add to her misery, she became financially destitute, bankrupt from her extensive medical expenses.
         Finally, pressed through a dense crowd to touch Jesus. Though intensely afraid, she kept saying to herself, ‘If I can only touch his coat, I will get well’” (Mt 9:21) . . .
    
I explore the benefits of positive self-talk-- and its limitations--in this article.
   

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
Picture
Revising the Map
Guidance and
Intuition
Faith and Individuality
Pearls of Too Great a Price
Tradeoffs Worth
Making
Prayer and Your Personal Potential
Pacing Yourself
Many, many more!
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Damascus, Maryland
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