Celebrating
seventeen 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
  
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, 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 * * *

     

   1968

1972   

     

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.

     

       
Nehemiah Notes, July 15, 2014
     

No More Catastrophizing
Not Letting Imaginary Problems Consume Us

   
The capacity of the human mind to conjure up imaginary problems has long intrigued and amused me.
         During my first year out of seminary, I occupied the drafty attic bedroom of a one-hundred-year-old home that I shared with other members of the Sons of Thunder. This rundown house, an abandoned monastery bordering a cemetery, had been donated to our use for a dollar a year plus some TLC. Early one morning I awakened and edged myself to the side of the bed. I suddenly realized I was staring at . . . a bat, clinging to the wall in front of me.
     
I look at how to put the breaks on out-of-control worry in this article.
    

    
Nehemiah Notes, July 1, 2014
     

When Someone Lets You Down
Not Losing Heart When Others

Disappoint Us

     

A woman in a class I was teaching once asked a favor of me. The community where she lived had an unfortunate ordinance, which could result in her losing the lease on her home. Cary had joined with other residents to lobby for the policy’s repeal. She asked if I would be willing to write a letter to the town council urging this change. I told her I’d be glad to help, and promised to get the letter off quickly.
         The following week I caught the flu, and then, with other pressures, never got around to fulfilling my promise . . .

   
When others hurt us, God sometimes brings long-term benefits that astound us. I explain in this article.
    

     
Nehemiah Notes, June 15, 2014
     

The Problem of Unanswered Prayer
Our Prayers Are Often
More Effective Than We Think

     

It really seemed that filling the concert hall would be a cinch. The Sons of Thunder had rented a 4,000-seat civic center in Salisbury, Maryland, and scheduled a concert, which we hoped would attract hordes of Christians from around Maryland’s Eastern Shore. To be sure, we had never staged a concert outside the Washington, D.C. area, and Salisbury was several hours away.
         But we understood the effect of fervent prayer . . .

    
In this article, I look at a reason God sometimes denies our requests that will inspire to keep praying!
   

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 1997-2014 M. Blaine Smith
PO Box 448, Damascus, MD 20872
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