I’m a Traveling Nerd


Most people won’t understand this, but I’m a traveling nerd. Whenever I fly, I feel like I’m seven years old going to Girl Scout camp. Back then, days before I left, I packed my handbook, forest green socks, collapsible cup, toothbrush, red Lifebuoy soap, and pre-addressed postcards to write home.

This morning, I’m seven again.

Here I go. I’m leaving for the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in St. Louis. A week ago, I opened my suitcase and imagined how everything would possibly fit. Then there were the questions:

What’s to come? What’ll I say? What’ll I wear? How long will the security line be? Carry on or check my luggage?

I had to work through the shoe dilemma. Boots or flats? I wanted to wear boots, but they’re hard to take off in the security line.

Will I get stuck by a Chatty Cathy on the plane?

Should I bring extra snacks? Jacket  or sweater? Umbrella ? I checked the weather over and over.

I know my problem. It’s not one bit attractive and goes beyond being prepared. I’m trying to control.

Just now, I opened my hands as a symbol of letting go.

“God, forgive me. I can’t pack Peace in my suitcase because You are my Peace. You’ll go with me, before me, behind me. You’ll sit beside me on the plane. You’ll be with me when I approach editors. You’ll help me find my luggage and ground transportation. You alone are my Peace. I love You.”

“For He Himself if our peace…” Eph 2:14 NIV




  1. Love this Julie. How refreshing, how peaceful is His peace. He will use you to complete His will. Praying for His will to be done through you!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Tom. Your prayers were answered. I experienced His Sweet Peace!!!! Thank you so much for praying.

  2. Have an abundance of fun, laughter, joy, and above all, peace. You are enough. Hugs & love!

    • Julie says:

      Hey, B.J. Thank you, thank you. I experienced everything you mentioned. Fun, Laughter, and yes, big time Peace!!

  3. Wellllll, you’re the cutest little traveling nerd I’ve ever seen! You will do great as always…and I know God sends you out because He needs you to love on someone…xoxo
    praying from here 🙂

    • Julie says:

      Ohhh, Robin. Thank you. You always say the right thing–and once again, you were right. xoxo

  4. I pray ACFW is all you ever hoped for…and MORE!

    • Julie says:

      Hey, Vonda. It was amazing!! Thank you so much for reading and caring.

  5. Julie, you have come so far in your traveling peace….and now letting go and trusting that you will pack the right things and everything will be okay. Have a fantastic time at the conference. luv Megs

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much, Meg. Just got home. Incredible trip. Thanks for your prayers. Much love!!

  6. I love the photo of you in the suitcase, Julie! LOL This was one incredible conference, wasn’t it?

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