Motion sickness cure


Summer vacation for my family meant traveling by car to places like Dogpatch. Anyone remember Lil’ Abner and Daisy Mae Yokum? Oh how I wanted one of those off the shoulder, hillbilly shirts. My memories of the attractions at the now-abandoned theme park are hazy, but I distinctly remember the curves of Highway 7. And the nausea…



I looked out the window of the car at the expansive valleys and the trees whirring by my vision were blurry. My eyelids drooped from Dramamine and we always stopped for Sprite to soothe my stomach. To some extent, I’ve outgrown it, but sea sickness still plagues me. It is even worse because you can’t pull over and stop.  While on a tropical sunset catamaran cruise, I discovered a little trick. Fix your eyes on a large, immovable object in the distance to avoid nausea. Stare at a big mountain far on the horizon, because if you look out at the motion passing by, you’ll be retching soon.


Focus on the crazy, out of control things happening outside the window of your life and you will literally be sick: stomach churning, knots in the shoulders, headache, can’t sleep kind of sick. Choose instead to focus on that big, immovable object in the distance- our loving Father, mighty Creator, never-leaving, never-forsaking God who will never change.

Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” HCSB


I cannot control my situation, I can only control my attitude. It’s not always easy. It’s a choice and it’s all about perspective. We choose to focus on the positive or the negative side of our circumstances.

I focus on what I can do, not what I can’t do.

These words from a wise friend challenge me. He has ALS  (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  If he can say that, so can I.  So can you.


You probably don’t want to be around me when I miss my quiet time in the morning,. I might not want to be around myself. I need to get focused as soon as my feet hit the floor. Actually I have to drink coffee as soon as my feet hit the floor. Don’t judge me – caffeine improves the ability to focus. God has revealed Himself in so many real ways to me since I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, usually first thing in the morning.

Lamentations 3:21-23, “This I recall to my mind, and therefore have I hope.  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”  KJV


The alarm jolts us from our sleep, we roll out of bed and rush through the day, then wonder why we don’t hear God speak. We question where He is in our troubled lives. We wait until are desperate and shoot up a little prayer. We fall into bed exhausted at night breathing a prayer as we drift off to sleep.

Psalm 63:1, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You’ In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. ” NKJV


It’s a hard choice many days, but worth the effort. Though the passing scenery is mesmorizing, resist the temptation to look around and get distracted.

Hebrews 12:2, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.  Study how he did it.  Because he never lost sight of where he was headed-that exhilarating finish in and with God-he could put up with anything along the way:  Cross, shame, whatever.” MSG

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15 thoughts on “MOTION SICKNESS CURE

  1. Wow, Thank you for sharing this. It couldn’t have come a better time. My husband works in the oil field. Everyone is panicking over gas prices and people are being laid off left and right. Thankfully he still has a job, but while he’s been gone I’ve had way too much time to think about the chaos that is erupting in the oil field world. I needed to hear this exact thing. I feel like Peter when he was walking on the water. He took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink. Time to refocus.

  2. I find myself excited to see your blog sitting in my e-mail and just have to read right then. I tune out the world and concentrate on your words. Sorry MG had to happen for you to slow down and start writing again. But, if things had not happened in the time frame they did I would not be reading your blog. Looking forward to the next one.

  3. I so needed this today. This week has been controlled chaos – emotionally and physically. I have not always responded as God would have me respond. I lost sight of the “mountain”. Thank you for putting me back on track!

  4. We spoke of a quote the other day in practice by Mich St Head Coach Mark Dantonio. It read, “Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy…” Your blog made me think about it all over. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Vickie, I loved all of your post. God is good all of the time. He brought me thru an awful time so we know he is able to do anything.

  5. I needed this today. You are really so inspiring. God is doing great works through you, do doubt at times it may not seem that way. But Wow… your heart spoke to me where I needed it most today. Thank you…..

  6. You described my days and most of my nights in one of your paragraphs “breathing a prayer as I drift to sleep” I’m embarrassed to admit this but I am also glad to know I am not the only one. I often live life in such a rush that I am practically not living at all. I loose focus, get distracted and spend little time with God which leads me rushing through a devotional and saying prayers as I lay down to sleep. I try to change my habits and do well at the beginning but then I find myself drifting away, loosing focus and so again I start over. I remind myself that Jesus is my perfect example of how to do life here on earth and is only when I remain close to God that I find myself truly living life!

    Thank you Vickie for speaking to me through your writings.

  7. Vickie, I am enjoying your posts so much. They are so true. God is good all of the time. March will be 10 years since my brain aneurysm, so I know God can do anything.

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