Welcome to the Laurel Wood
Home of EE Otter and Friends
God’s world is a wondrous and miraculous place! He created everything in it, both the things we see and the things we cannot see and His Word, the Bible tells us the story of creation. Here’s an invitation to you and your family join me and EE Otter here in this corner of the Laurel Wood as we discover the amazing treasure of truths in God’s Word and how we can apply those truths to our lives everyday!
As we travel along learning about God’s love, you might find having a copy of my children’s book EE Otter and the Bullfrog Bullies would be helpful as we will be using it as a resource for our exciting journey. However, you can adventure along with us regardless since our compass will be the unfailing Word of God himself. Let’s get started!
God’s Amazing World: And it was GOOD!
Scripture References: Genesis 1:1-20; Colossians 1:16
EE Otter and the Bullfrog Bullies: Chapter One: Meeting EE
Grown Up Preparation
Take some time to re-read the Genesis account of creation and the verse from Colossians. You may also know of a few other verses, such as Acts 17:24-31, that can help as you prepare your heart and mind for this family devotional time. Think about the amazing world God created, about the truth that Christ was there with Him, about the fact that we were created for Him and spend a few minutes just praising Him for these things. Decide, depending upon the ages of your children, which verses you will read and if there are other verses that you might want to use to support the fact that God designed and created this world. You may want to make a list and have your children look up verses on their own throughout the week and use these as talking points during car rides, dinner, or bedtime.
Let the Adventure Begin:
Things you will need:
- Bible (your Compass for our adventures)
- a timer
- slips of paper with categories on them: flying creatures, swimming creatures, land creatures, insects, flowers, fruit…………
- copy of EE Otter and the Bullfrog Bullies (optional)
- 3×5 cards, one for each family member
- Play the game: “Take-A-Moment”
Decide who will go first and have that person draw a category slip. Now set the timer for 30 seconds and see how many creatures he/she can name from the category drawn. You can decide if you will have a winner and award a prize.
Begin by asking what they think of the how many different creatures that exist. Where did they all come from? How could they all be so different? Why are there so many types and kinds? Which is their favorite?
Next, open God’s word, and then pray together for His wisdom and revelation as you learn more about what an awesome God we serve. Read from Genesis 1. As you read about what was created on each day, you can ask the family to recall some of the creatures they named during the game. Ask them what God had to say about His creation. “It was good” It had to be good because God is only and always good and His creation reflected His character.
How did God define days in the Genesis account? Some Christian teachers and pastors teach that it is possible for God to have used evolution as a way to make the world; that each day could have been a million years since God exists outside of time. This is not Truth! What does God say? He says “and the evening and the morning were the…….day” Once God set the sun and moon into their orbits, He then created a timetable for His creation that was a 24 hour period. For further proof of God’s definition of days and how He used 24 hour periods to create our amazing world, see what He said to Moses in Deuteronomy 20:4.
The very beginning of the Bible tells us God created the world, what does the New Testament have to say about that? Since the Bible, from its’ first word to its’ last word is all about God’s love for us and His plan of redemption for us through Christ, He must tell us something of creation in the New Testament too! Read Colossians 1:16, and/or Acts 17:24-31. Talk about how these verses reinforce what God said 2000 years before in the Genesis account.
If you are using EE Otter and the Bullfrog Bullies, read chapter one and then let the kids tell you some of the things mentioned that God created. Also, have them repeat Opaah’s saying, “Seasons will come and go. The river’s water will rise and fall, but the Word of God stays true through it all!”
Finally, get out your compass! Write the bible verse that your family will be meditating on and memorizing this week on a 3×5 card. Then let all of the adventurers find a place to “post” their compass. It should be somewhere that everyone will be able to see it throughout the week. It will serve as your weekly Compass point to keep everyone headed in the right direction.
Perhaps a snack of animal crackers would be a great treat for everyone after their adventure today in the Laurel Wood! And come back here on Monday for a list of fun activities, quotes and discussion ideas that will reinforce today’s devotional.