Shucking Corn and Refreshing My Soul | Sarah Philpott

Shucking Corn and Refreshing My Soul

Shucking Corn

My dear friend came over last Tuesday and we sat on my front porch, in the golden August sunshine, shucking sweet corn for nearly two hours. Our babes played nearby. Amidst the pile of cobs.

She and I chatted about nonsense and about deep matters of our heart. At one point my eyes filled with salty tears while I recounted some events of late.

By the end of the afternoon I had 10 dozen ears of corn readied for the deep freeze.

She the same.

I taught her how to eat corn straight off the cob, and she taught me how to cream it.

We were pretending to be homesteaders;

although, we both prefer modern conveniences.

It felt nostalgic.

Like we should have been wearing cotton aprons tied-up around our waists.

And our husbands should have been out raising a barn or hunting big-game.

There is just something about the days of old that are ripe for the growing of community.

Built into the old-fashioned routine of life were pockets of time for females to tend to their work and to their kids. A time to chat. To build relationships. To have companionship.

Connecting with nature and people.

Sitting together breaking green beans, piecing out a quilt, or picking blackberries. Sharing favorite recipes.

Last week my friend and I were working toward a common goal- stocking our freezers for the winter.

So our families’ bellies would be full of a vegetable my husband had painstakingly cultivated.

So we could bite into a fresh reminder of the juiciness of summer on a dark winter night.

But most importantly—we sat on that porch filling our souls.

Sitting side-by-side, breathing in the fresh air doing a mindless task that seems to be anything but meaningless.  

Women need women.

We need our souls refreshed. We need to be able to meet together to encourage one another. To listen to heartache and happiness.

To laugh and giggle.

To refresh each others’ souls so we can continue putting our best selves forward.

I was revitalized while sitting alongside this friend of mine.   Each of us pouring out our thoughts as we shucked and silked.

I was encouraged and my heart strengthened. Ready to face the days ahead.

Today’s lifestyle gives very little margin for true cultivation of friendship.

We are to busy going from one task to the next.

So we’ve got to work a little harder. We’ve must set aside time to just sit, in an unhurried fashion, in the nearness of our Godly friends.

Soakin’ in their presence. Reaping their advice and love.

One thing my sun-washed afternoon spent shucking corn taught me is that just as much as I need food for nourishment, I also need Godly friendship for my own renewal.

Not a text. Not a phone call.

But time spent together.

Where we can see each others’ eyes crinkle when our voices erupt into raucous laughter.

And where we can revel in the joy of just ‘being with each other.


And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-15 ESV)

 Love & Blessings,


 You want to know my favorite EASY way of preparing fresh corn.  Here it is!  Enjoy.

Preparing Fresh Corn for the Freezer
Preparing Fresh Corn for the Freezer









About Sarah

Sarah Lewis Philpott, Ph.D lives in the south on a sprawling cattle farm where she raises her two mischievous children (and one little baby!) and is farm wife to her high school sweetheart. It's quite the chaotic household, but she adores the blessings God has provided. Sarah is represented by The Blythe Daniel Literary Agency. Her book, Loved Baby: 31 Devotions for Helping you Grieve and Cherish Your Child After Pregnancy Loss, will be published in October '17 by Broadstreet Publishing. You can go ahead an pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and at Christian Book. Sarah is a lover of coffee (black), rocking chairs, the outdoors, and Hemingway. Visit with Sarah at her All-American Mom blog where she writes about life on the farm and cherishing life in joy & in sorrow.

10 thoughts on “Shucking Corn and Refreshing My Soul

  1. Hmm. Freezing fresh corn for the winter sounds like an AMAZING idea.

    There is definitely something to be said for that one-on-one time with another woman. I know the days I feel most refreshed are the ones where I can just sit, have a good cup of coffee and a deep conversation with a close friend.

  2. Women do need each other and it’s so great when we carve out the time to enjoy being together. I’m going to find my mother-in-laws corn recipe – it was SO good. Dad grew the corn and she fed the family with it. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. I just saw you at First Baptist tonight, and I want you to know that God used you in my life. It was not platitudes and catchy sayings, but deep Bible truths layered upon layers of scripture. When you were sharing how God had worked in your life through trials, you began disappearing, and all I saw was God in His glory, and His nature as a Father we can trust, no matter what. I saw Truths of His word that I can use as handholds. I will be studying James for a long time. I’m telling you this to thank you, and ask you to consider sharing this message with more people who need it. As a Mom, I know we have to be careful about spreading ourselves too thin, but I believe it could bear much fruit. As a start, I would like to ask you to consider sharing this study with my church, Bellefounte Baptist in Cleveland. It would be at your convenience on your schedule. I only ask for 3-4 weeks to prepare our Ladies. Whether or not you take me up on this or share again, thank you for this weekend and what you shared. It was deep and needful, and God was praised!🌻

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