Celebrating
eighteen years
of Internet
ministry

Over 100 
Nehemiah Notes
posted on
this site

  The official website for Blaine Smithís 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 ďNehemiah NotesĒ article twice each month since then, and all are archived here. While Iíve reissued some, over 100 individual articles are available. Youíll also find information on all my books, with sample chapters, and links to online sellers where they are available. And thereís also a history of this ministry, and I've posted some recent photos (updated April 2015), in case you're interested. I hope an article or book featured on this site will provide the help you need, and Godís 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

Iíve just published this new book (April  2015). And itís 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 bookís 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 youíll find this book a helpful resource for your Christian walk!

   

       
Nehemiah Notes, May 15, 2015
     

The Eureka Factor
When the Answer Eludes Us, Then Suddenly Comes

   
When we are able to move beyond our blind spots and cloudy thinking, and open our minds creatively to solving problems, we are often able to see solutions that have escaped us. The answers that come are sometimes downright surprising.
         Each of us enjoys such breakthrough moments of insight from time to time, when the answer to a perplexing problem suddenly becomes clear. Few experiences are more thrilling . . .
     
I look at how God helps us find answers to ďimpossible problemsĒ in this article.
    

    
Nehemiah Notes, May 1, 2015
     

The Shortest Cop on the Force
Turning Your Weaknesses into Strengths

     
I have only a vague memory of him: he was an enormous man who dwarfed me. Of course, to a four-year-old, all adults are mammoth. He died that year, and thatís the memory I carried of him from that point on--my grandfather as a towering giant.
          A huge photo portrait of him from the shoulders up reinforced the impression . . .
   
Simple changes in how we think about our limitations can make a radical difference in our destiny. I explore this greatly encouraging truth in this article.
    

     
Nehemiah Notes, April 15, 2015
     

The Art of Faith-Inspired Thinking
Transferring Lessons of Christ's Provision
from One Experience to Another

     
Recently a friend of mine, Jennifer, reached an impasse in a relationship. She has dated Brad for over two years, hoping to eventually marry him. Yet they had a serious talk, and Brad conceded that even though they are both in their mid-thirties, he isnít ready yet for a lifetime commitment. While he didnít rule out the possibility at some future point, he knew he wasnít ready for marriage at this time.
         Although Bradís response was far from a full-scale rejection, it flew like a mountain of sand in the face of Jenniferís expectations . . .
    
Trusting Christ with new challenges comes easiest by recalling his help with past ones. I explain 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!
Copyright 1997-2015 M. Blaine Smith
Damascus, Maryland
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