Lover of Socks

by Jan Cox

A few weeks ago I tried to tell my husband that he used to be a … an … afish… afishian.. a fish in ando? What is that word? I tried to tell him that he used to really love grapes with a passion but I couldn’t find the word I wanted. So we both looked it up and how to spell it.

Dictionary meaning for aficionado:

a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity


addict, fan buff, bug, devotee, enthusiast, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, lover, maniac

Someone else in our family is an aficionado for socks. Yes, Snowball, our little malt-poo loves socks – any sock, anywhere, anytime. If she can find one she wants it. It is hard to put on socks as she loves to jump at them. Yesterday she took off with one and this time she hid under the bed. She KNOWS she shouldn’t do it but she is incapable of stopping herself. Such is her passion for socks. It is fun for her but very frustrating for us (funny too). So off to obedience classes in the New Year.

This made me think of myself. Am I an aficionado and if so for what? I found lots of things:

I started to make a list:

  • Write and think about what to write
  • Walk and dance
  • Paint
  • Read God’s Word
  • Talk about God
  • Teach about God

I have two life verses. Jesus spoke both of them:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing” (John 14:12 NIV).

“Feed my lambs” (John 21:15 NIV).

I think I haven’t been doing a bad job concentrating on my passions. But now I believe I need to pray about this and about my verses, so God can be part of this or can show me what to do and what not to do.

My prayer:

Father, You made me. You have guided me thus far. Continue to help me to feed your lambs and to do what Jesus did. I need Your guidance and vision to be Your feet. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

What do you have a passion for? What do you like and appreciate above all else? Do your passions line up with the plan that God has for your life? Do you pray for His help and guidance to make the most of your passion for His purpose?

Next week I will talk about having negative passions that can take us off the true path.

My Gratitude List for this week: I have reached 800!

  • Birds at the bird feeder
  • Watching the bunnies jump away as Snowball approaches
  • Snowball’s antics
  • Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
  • Two worship songs I love, Countin’ on God


Awake My Soul

  • Making cards for Christmas
  • Fun at a dance with friends
  • Christmas cookies delivered from a neighbour
  • I can dance – toes, knees and back don’t hurt
  • That You, Father, give me courage to speak Your word
  • Being able to pray in emails
  • Signing up for Financial Peace University in the New Year

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.