I, Jessica L. Morris, have spent the last 25+ years working in the field of higher education advancement. My intention when I started in that field was to get a job that would allow me to continue partying and misbehaving as I had while I was in high school and college. Needless to say, I received a rude awakening when confronted by the realities of being a grown-up.
Fortunately, at the age of 29, I was blessed to find my way to recovery from my main addictions – food and alcohol. After many years of searching within myself, I finally did the one thing I always knew, deep down inside, that I was meant to do – write a book. That book was Dewdrops: A Daily Devotional, and was published in October 2014 by Aperture Press. Writing Dewdrops was the catapult to the next season of my life – attending seminary to learn more about the Higher Power (…who I choose to call God) that had saved me from myself.
While studying the academic side of the Bible and all things theology, I stumbled upon an introductory class called “Individual Spiritual Direction.” Almost immediately, I knew I was going to be adding a Spiritual Direction Certificate to my master’s degree. Doing so added some extra time to my studies, but I did not care, as studying and practicing spiritual direction had become more fulfilling than anything else in my life. In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, I successfully defended my master’s thesis: Personal Eschatology: The End of My World as I Know It, and completed all my practice hours and course requirements in spiritual direction. On May 9, 2020, with no pomp and circumstance, I became an official recipient of a master of arts in theological studies and a certificate in spiritual direction from Moravian Theological Seminary (Bethlehem, Pa.). The sense of accomplishment I felt upon receiving these academic “titles” is far from what I had expected. Instead of being proud of myself, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the path God had chosen for me. Instead of feeling like I now have all the answers, I knew more than ever before how much I do not know!
After six years of part-time studying, I am still working full-time in higher education advancement. While it has never been my dream job, it has supported my needs for more than 25 years, and has offered me opportunities I would not have had otherwise. It also offers me the ability to work part-time as an independent spiritual director, as I start my own “business” in helping others navigate their own spiritual path.
When I created this web page to continue to share my thoughts with others via blog entries and, of course, to continue to advertise my book, Dewdrops, I never imagined where I would be today. Since 2017, this platform has given me an outlet for sharing my unpublished works, as quickly as they appear on the blank pages before me; and now I am able to add space for my practice of spiritual direction. What a gift to me that God has been showing me the way before I even knew it! I hope you will peruse my website to find out more about spiritual direction, and/or start following my blog.
Of course, my dream is to continue writing (maybe full-time someday) and practicing spiritual direction. In the meantime, my book is still available for purchase in paperback or on Kindle via Amazon. Feel free to treat yourself to a copy or buy one to give as a gift to someone else. The book is for people in recovery or not in recovery. I hope it helps you to read it as much as it helped me to write it.
You can find Dewdrops on Amazon by clicking on the image below:
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- Caron Treatment Centers (Wernersville, PA)
- Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), 1 unit
- Moravian Theological Seminary (Bethlehem, PA)
- Master of Arts, Theological Studies
- Spiritual Direction Certificate
- Recipient, The Henry Gerdsen Memorial Prize
- Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA)
- Bachelor of Arts, English Literature
YOU ROCK, MY FRIEND! !
THIS….and YOU…are amazing!
Is this Jessica from Rosie’s?
I am so inspired to hear that you also are in recovery. I gave Christ the insanity in July of 1998. Wishing you many blessings!
This website is amazing and will reach a new group of people who need to hear your story. I have been blessed by your transparency about difficult life events and your journey to recovery. Praying for you as you continue to share your many talents
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Thank you my dear friend!