twenty-one years
of Internet

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
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 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 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 Godís 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, August 15, 2019

The Motive Trap
Don't Let It Keep You From Using Your Gifts for Christ!

God has given you the ability to do something well. It's an area of talent where you can express your personality, find creative fulfillment and be of service to others.
         Now, as a Christian, you face a dilemma: while using your gift will help others, it will also draw attention to yourself. Will this attention be spiritually unhealthy for you? Is it best just to refrain from using your gift altogether--to avoid any ego problems, and so that Christ will be glorified in your weakness and not in your strength? . . .
Focusing too much on our motives can discourage us from taking important steps with our life. Read the article.

Nehemiah Notes, July 15, 2019

Trust Your Judgment
When Following Your Best Hunch Makes Sense


Sometimes when counseling someone about a decision, Iíll give this simple advice: Trust your judgment.
I may add something like: You are in a better position to decide this matter than you realize. Make the choice that seems best to you, and believe that it is the right path to take. Yes, trust your judgment.
There are two situations where Iím particularly inclined to offer this counsel . . .

When should we follow our gut instincts, and when should we assume they're unreliable? I consider this vital question in this article.

Nehemiah Notes, July 1, 2019

Handling Life's Interruptions
Expecting the Best from the Unexpected

When I was in the early stage of writing Overcoming Shyness, my computer crashed. It was an unforgiving hard disk failure, and all data on it was lost. Because I hadnít backed up or printed out my work for over a week, I lost about two chapters that I had carefully crafted for the book.
         I probably donít need to tell you that nothing is more devastating to a writer than losing material youíve written. You'd rather be mugged on a subway . . .
Unwelcome interruptions are sometimes the gateway to unexpected blessings from God. I explore this fascinating truth 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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