by Austin Painter
Many of the dorm rooms on FHU’s campus are set up in a suite style arrangement. Basically in this layout, you have two bedrooms that each house two students and are connected by a shared bathroom. Often times, suitemates will rearrange the furniture to create a bedroom in one room and a living room or hangout area in the other room. When this happens, it’s a guarantee that you’ll have multiple people coming and going from your living room during all hours of the day. Many students take advantage of the space in their hangout room and host Suite Devotionals for students in the dorm.
These devos typically take place after curfew and are great opportunities for students to connect to one another, encourage each other, and grow closer to God together. Said one social club chaplain, “I love suite devos. Dudes talking with dudes about what we are thinking and feeling. Everyone is supposed to be in the dorm anyway, so why not take advantage of that time to increase our spirituality.”
These Suite Devotionals are typically open for anyone to attend, and many times students not only see themselves uplifted spiritually, but they observe a greater sense of family with the other students in their dorm. Said one Scott Hall resident assistant, “The idea for our suite devos is to just get a group of girls together and just talk about our lives and our struggles. No one is made to feel embarrassed and all are willing to speak up. It truly brings our dorm together spiritually.”
With so much going on in our lives, it’s nice to have this time to focus on God and to refocus our thoughts. It’s incredible to see student’s taking personal responsibility for their own spiritual growth, and finding ways to serve others and be an encouragement as well.