A few years ago, I had some genetic testing done through 23 and Me, a branch of ancestry.com.
In addition to finding out I have a few enzymes missing, I found out I am 87% Irish/English. My great-grandfather came from Ireland to the United States, but I had no idea I had that much Irish in me.
Throughout my adulthood, I have been told by complete strangers how “Irish” I look. I have even been asked where I’m from because of my “accent.” When I said Ohio, they laughed and said, “No, it’s not an Ohio accent I hear.”
I have never been to Ireland, but I am dying to go!
I read more about Ireland and things to do there. One interesting article I read had to do with the Blarney Stone found near the top of an old castle. You must hang upside down and kiss it to receive the gift of gab.
The gift of gab is defined as the ability to speak with eloquence and wit.
I need to kiss that rock!
The Irish American Mom, whose website you can visit here, quotes John O’Connor Power, an Irish politician.
“Blarney is something more than mere flattery.
It is flattery sweetened by humor and flavored by wit.
Those who mix with Irish folk have many
examples of it in their everyday experience”
~ John O’Connor Power (1846 – 1919)
I really love to talk but write, uh, not so much.
I want to speak with eloquence and wit. But, I’m not sure that is me.
Sometimes I write like I talk, too. Ugh!
So, when God called me to write I felt obligated to explain to Him that I was NOT a writer. He seemed unconvinced.
I wrote and taught a Bible study twelve years ago on Revelation. It was okay and my class liked it. Soon after that I felt led to write a Bible study on the book of Ephesians. I included Spiritual warfare since it is covered in Ephesians 6 and I titled it The Few, the Humble, the Church; A Study in the Book of Ephesians and Spiritual Warfare. (You can purchase yours at the bottom of my web site.)
I self-published it eleven years ago. Since I was inexperienced in marketing, I did my best to get it into churches and bookstores. I got very discouraged when it proved to be difficult.
I knew I was to keep writing, but I really had no interest in it. I avoided it for many years until 2017.
The Lord led me through the book of Hebrews during my quiet time. When I wanted to move past it, I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to write a Bible study on it.
I didn’t want to!
“Who will read it?” I asked. “What’s the purpose?”
He replied, “I can’t do anything with it if you don’t write it.”
It has been quite a ride writing this study. I have learned so much from Him and His Word. I began small Bible studies as well as attending writers conferences, and I have recently become a chapter president for a critique group called Word Weavers, International. My sister was an immense help reading and working through it as I wrote each chapter.
Its title is: The Jewels of Hebrews
Each chapter is named after a beautiful gemstone, like amethyst, ruby, sapphire, emerald, plus many more. #JewelsOfHebrews #ThisSideOfHeaven #StephaniePavlantosTweet
Each chapter is named after a beautiful gemstone like, like amethyst, ruby, emerald, oe sapphire, plus many more.
You will also STUDY the Bible!
I take you through the Torah, or Law, the Prophets, and the New Testament as we study Hebrews. It is a mixture of reflection, teaching, and fill-in. I pray God will use it to set people free and reveal His Son to everyone who reads it.
Here is the “back cover” for the book:
You are a treasure hunter on a mission to find hidden jewels. Your guide Stephanie Pavlantos has gone before you and now joins you on an expedition to unearth a hidden gem from each chapter of Hebrews. When you open your beloved Bible and dive deep into the book, you will find a rare diamond, ruby, sapphire, and other gems. You will explore the rich history of the early church and the connections the book of Hebrews has to the Old Testament. The supremacy of Yeshua and his royalty will be revealed as the Jewels of Hebrews are discovered one chapter at a time. Learn about these jewels and the meaning of their color as you find relatable and practical applications for modern times. Get ready for a life-changing journey! Yeshua is eager to reveal the Jewels of Hebrews to you and crown you his prince or princess.Jewels of Hebrews
It is not published, yet. That’s my next step.
But someday, Lord willing, I will be able to gab with you through my book while you read and study God’s Word.
I may not be the most eloquent or witty, but my desire is to teach you about Yeshua through my studies.
Be on the lookout for it!
Knew you were Irish the moment I met you young lady. Having been to Ireland and working alongside folks from The Emerald Isle, it was easy to spot those characteristics in you ma’am. As for “the gift of gab?” You are blessed indeed my friend. God’s blessings; and may The Jewels of Hebrews one day reflect God’s love into many lives.
Yes, I have heard that before as well. Thank you for your encouragement, J.D. I appreciate you, my friend!
Stephanie, I so enjoyed learning about your Irish heritage and wanting to kiss that blarney stone. 🙂 But most of all, I had no idea about your writing journey and the Bible studies. I love Hebrews and this one sounds like a “jewel.”
Thank you, Karen! I hope you may be able to pick up The Jewels of Hebrews one day soon.
First off, I’d love to go to Ireland. I don’t know how much I have in me, but enough to know that my family didn’t all come from Staffordshire, England. I think that might have something to do with how my two brothers got their red hair.
But secondly, let me congratulate you on your new book soon to come out. Maybe you want the gift of gab :0), maybe not. However, you definitely have the gift of teaching. I know that for sure from firsthand experience. Thanks for following after God’s persistent nudging and for the detail you put into your research and study. It most definitely shows. ~ Ben C.
Thanks, Ben! Maybe one day our families can visit Ireland together, wouldn’t that be fun? Thank you for being a great friend and supporter of mine.
I am enjoying reading The Jewels of Hebrews. Thank you, Stephanie, for following the Lord’s prompting to write it. This Bible study is a true gem.
Thank you so much Diane! Love you, friend.
I too would love the ‘gift of gab’ but not sure I’ll kiss a stone to get it. LOL. I am excited for The Jewels of Hebrews to get published, it’s a great study and I’m honored to have gotten a sneak peak!
I appreciate your help in editing it! Thank you.
Discovery upon discovery… first, your heritage and then your gift to “gab” through your pen… May your journey continue with excitement, contentment, and hope!
Thank you, Brita!
I look forward to reading, studying, and learning from your book!