Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others


November 2015

Selfless in a Selfie World


Two-Edged Sword


“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…”

With that piece of scripture we can feel confident enough to go up against the schemes of the devil anytime. We have the Word of God. What a powerful weapon to fight the enemy with!

But what about using the “weapon” to protect ourselves?

For example:

Proverbs 15:1 says, in part, “a soft answer turneth away wrath…” Most likely there have been many arguments fought with “I am going to kill them with kindness”. Answers are spoken quietly but turmoil rages within.

How about taking that same scripture and allowing it “to protect you” instead of “fight for you”? Truly speak a soft answer with a gentle spirit. Not to win an argument, but in obedience to the Word. In doing so you will find peace for yourself. The wrath within you vanishes. You can see more clearly, the heat of the moment passes and you are blessed by the overwhelming presence of your God.

Use your weapon wisely.

Thankful for my cousin 

April Showen
Everything this lady does screams style!! 

April is a successful graphic design artist and owner of a fashion forward boutique in her hometown, Ripley, West Virginia.

Leaving a Legacy Ministries benefits from her trendy–yet classy eye. She designed the ministry’s logo. She also created my business cards. The clothes I wear when I teach come from @shop218 (her store).

To have someone that stays on the cutting edge of design be part of my ministry brings me such relief and happiness. I am so blessed that she also happens to be my cousin. 

Proverbs 25:28


Thankful for my friend

Beth Eichelberger

It amazes me how God brings people together!! Beth and I attended our first PTO meeting in hopes of expanding our social circles. She had just moved to the area from North Carolina and I had come here from West Virginia. We realized at this meeting that all of our children are the same ages–our youngest just a day apart. The next week we began weekly playdates that are still going strong two years later. 

Beth is an English major. By the time I found this out I had already committed to writing my book. I was so excited when I saw the pieces starting to fall in place. (Knowing Beth I knew that she would gladly help me out.–even though she and her husband were in the middle of building a house, raising three boys and adjusting to their new way of life–she has a wonderful heart to help others.) God had not only blessed me with another friend to go through life with but one that would directly affect my book. 

As my editor she gave advice that was thought-provoking as well as technical. When it came time for me to submit my copy to the publisher I was confident that it was the best I had to offer in part due to her expertise.

I am so appreciative of Beth’s willingness to help me give my best. My book has become a big part of Leaving a Legacy Ministries and I am so grateful for her input concerning it.


Self-control is a needful virtue. The Word teaches that the absence of it is like a city without walls. 

You’re opening yourself up to destruction if you choose not to use it. 


David was assigning jobs to the Israelite people. These jobs were the way in which they would glorify God. It was also what they would be known for.

As part of the church you have been given the opportunity to work for the Lord. Not to save you but as a showing of the faith that you have in Jesus. Your works will be how people know who you are–what you stand for, who you believe in.

Is there evidence of the faith within you? Are you working for the Lord? Can you be identified as a follower of Christ?

Thankful for my friends

Shannon Rushing

Vickie Dunkerson

These two ladies introduced me to an entirely different way to study the Word. Before I had moved out here I didn’t realize that there were actual study guides made for women to complete together. Shannon and Vickie were all about them though. They would alternate hosting bible studies at their house. I always left feeling closer to God, strengthened in Godly friendships and full (both are great cooks and wonderful hostesses).

When I wrote my study guide I knew that I needed to get their opinions on the layout, the direction, the content–everything– because their wisdom on the matter is invaluable to me. 

I would choose a thousand times over to have Shannon and Vickie as part of Leaving a Legacy Ministries. Their perspective is much appreciated and I am forever grateful that they are willing to help me along in this ministry. 

#leavingalegacym #feelingthankful

Jeremiah 29:11


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