twenty-one 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 photos (updated June 2017), 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



 * * * Memorial Photo Tribute to Evie * * *

Evie Kirkland Smith

November 14, 1951 -
March 8, 2017

On March 8, 2017 my wife Evie died at Casey House Hospice in Rockville, Maryland, from ALS. She was diagnosed with the disease in November, 2015, but, looking back, she had probably suffered from it for close to three years. It is a brutal, degenerative disease, and this vibrant woman ultimately lost the use of both legs and feet, her left arm and (primary) hand, and some right arm function as well. Then in her last weeks she suffered serious respiratory decline. As is so common with ALS patients, this is what finally took her life.

By the time she was hospitalized on February 21, she had reached the point where she wanted to be freed from her sufferings and be with the Lord. Her longing for Heaven, and her confidence that Christ had a place there for her, was so strong that it stunned some who worked with her at Casey House, the hospice to which she was transferred on March 1. She went peacefully, with joyful expectation of a much better life to come. While I am heartbroken over losing her, I am so glad she is relieved of her suffering and is now in the presence of Christ.

Evie taught elementary school music in Montgomery Country, Maryland public schools for 25 years, and was highly successful at the task. She was loved by a great many people, and will be dearly missed by so many. Most of all, she was the most amazing possible wife and mother of our two sons, Ben and Nate.

The photo above is of Evie and Ben dancing at his wedding reception, July 28, 2008. I've posted a photo tribute to Evie on YouTube, including about 100 pics from throughout her life. Even if you didn't know her, you may still enjoy watching this display, for she was highly photogenic, and her constant smile was an inspiration.

Your prayers for me and for my family are much appreciated during this time, and I'm so grateful for the condolences that many on my Nehemiah Notes list have sent to us.  - Blaine


Nehemiah Notes, June 15, 2019

Moving Ahead After the Letdown
Finding the Heart to Make New Beginnings

One of the most helpful insights we gain from studies of longevity is the importance of resilience. Centenarians, and others with exceptional life spans, are often those who are best able to accept loss and make new beginnings. Not that they don’t feel the pain of major disappointments and grieve them profoundly. Still, the point comes when they are able to put the past behind them and move on. And they are remarkably adept at making fresh starts, even at unlikely points in life . . .
God has given us each stunning resilience, and appreciating this makes a world of difference when losses and setbacks occur. Read the article.

Nehemiah Notes, June 1, 2019

If God Loves Everyone,
Where Does That Leave Me?

Appreciating God's Distinctive Love


“For a long time I had no doubt that God loved me, but it made no difference to me--for the fact is that God loves everyone. And if God loves everybody, what’s so special about the fact that he loves me?”
         Although I had never heard it expressed this way before, I realized immediately that Nancy had her point. Our manner of talking about God can imply that there’s no distinctiveness in a relationship with him . . .

Have you ever considered that God loves you in a way that's different from his love for anyone else? I explore this deeply encouraging truth in this article.

Nehemiah Notes, May 15, 2019

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.

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 1997-2019 M. Blaine Smith
Damascus, Maryland
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