My Spirit Refreshed, My Soul Fed

Today my spirit was refreshed and my soul was fed.

We attended a Young Chautauqua presentation—a wonderful group of young people that “became” various heroic, historic figures.  It was outside, in a safe place for me!  (I got out of my “MCS prison” for an afternoon!!!  🙂 )

We “met” Teddy Roosevelt, Sarah Edwards, Diet Eman, Jim Bridger, and Dolly Madison.  I have never experienced anything that made history come so alive!

I love history, and this was just wonderful; our children also enjoyed it and learned so much.

The performers were energetic, enthusiastic, and talented.  These young people even wrote their own presentations—fantastic first-person depictions of these historic people!

If you live or will be in the Black Hills area, you can see this presentation at:

  • Oelrichs Community Building on May 2, 7-8:30 pm
  • Real Life Church in Rapid City on May 9, 2-4 pm
  • Hot Springs Library on May 16, 5-7 pm

More reasons why this uplifted me:

  • It was so much fun meeting new friends!  People like me with severe MCS are often so isolated.  Not many events are outside like this was for me!
  • With two or three of the historical figures in particular, learning about their spiritual lives and devotion to the Lord was inspiring.
  • I got some more fresh air.
  • Our kids had a great time.

Thank the Lord for His blessings.

If you have MCS like mine, I pray that God will give you ways to get out of your prison, too!


Christa Upton        Black Hills Picture Books      PO Box 293      Custer, SD  57730



About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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4 Responses to My Spirit Refreshed, My Soul Fed

  1. Katie Updike says:

    We were so happy to do our presentations for you! We prayed that it would be a real encouragement. It was so nice to finally meet you and your lovely family. We definitely want to get together again!

    • Christa Upton says:

      Oh, yes, it WAS a real encouragement!!! It was just what I needed. We enjoyed SO MUCH meeting you all as well, and DEFINITELY we want to get together again!!!

  2. Kris says:

    Christa, I’m so happy that you were able to get out for a bit and enjoy some family time! YAY!! We all cherish those moments that we can set aside our illnesses for a little while. ((HUGS))

    • Christa Upton says:

      Thank you!!! Exactly; you know how I feel!!! (BTW, I don’t know why my website didn’t automatically approve your comment…sorry about that!) ((HUGS!))

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