Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others



What’s with the Flag?

So how does a book with #winning as the title have a picture of a white flag of surrender?? It wasn’t the original plan, I’ll tell you that. I had a completely different vision. But, when the proof came back for me to sign off on, I couldn’t do it. I didn’t have a peace about it. I talked to my group that has helped me with several decisions concerning this book over the past couple of years (Dad, Mom, Cass, Jeffrey, Tim, Kayla, Sarah and of course Trae) While I was talking to Mom and Dad, Mom suggested a flag. Immediately the white flag came to my mind. As soon as we hung up I prayed for the Lord to give me confirmation that the white flag was to be on the cover. The very next words I heard were “white flag in the wind” from the song Air I Breathe by Mat Kearney playing on Klove. I knew then that the Lord wanted that as the cover for #winning. So, here’s a special shout out to my mother. I am so glad that she is sensitive to the Lord’s voice and willing to act on it. Also, I am super grateful and continuing to stand in awe that Jesus, the King of Kings, cares about our details!!

Qualified to Work

Zacharias and Elisabeth. Two people in history that were chosen to be part of God’s plan. This couple would become parents to John the Baptist, the forerunner to Jesus.

What made them so special? Luke 1:6 tells us that they were righteous and blameless.

Our righteousness was as filthy rags….until we accepted Christ’s. We were guilty of sin….until Jesus washed it away.

Because of Jesus, God looks at you, Child of God, as righteous and blameless. You are now qualified to do great things for God’s kingdom. Don’t allow self-doubt deter you from following Christ’s leading. He is covering you and preparing the way.

Beautiful Reminder

I’m big on writing down what the Lord speaks to you so you can look back at it later for encouragement. 

Almost three years ago, after much prayer, I knew the Lord called me to writing Bible Studies. He used the scripture John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” to confirm it. 

From this verse my ministry name was born, Leaving a Legacy. My ministry logo, a flowering tree rooted on the Word, with an L on each side was the perfect picture representation of what I try to do. Each day I write my post I pray for the Spirit of wisdom to descend upon me (scripture found in Ephesians chapter 1) -so pearls as in a “pearl of wisdom” are now my most favorite. 

As many of you know I’m currently working on writing my second book. I needed a bit of a push to keep at it. The Lord reminded me of my verse. Peace flooded my soul. I decided to have a pendant made to remind me of my ministry I was called to. What a beautiful reminder that what I’m doing isn’t of myself and that I am not alone. Thank you @gutsygoodness for your beautiful custom artwork that blesses my soul. 

Christmas 2010

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Of every man, woman and creature, Jesus is the only one that has ever chosen to be born. He is also the only one who knew that in choosing life He was ultimately choosing death.  Literally, He was born to die.

And still yet He chose you. Us. Everyone.

While surrounded by legions of angel worshippers, in such a place of beauty that we can’t even fathom, He chose to leave it all to be born in a lowly manger. He left it all so that He could become our righteousness through the death of the cross.

“He was born to die” may seem like a morbid Christmas greeting at first. But if you know Him, if you call Jesus your Savior, then the greeting doesn’t  just give you reason to celebrate this wonderful season; it gives you reason to live.

II Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Cardboard Testimonies


My girls and I watched some “cardboard testimonies” on youtube yesterday.

So. Powerful.

And encouraging.

Jesus is very much alive and real and working in people’s lives.

Which had me wondering, what would your “cardboard testimony” be? If you had to briefly describe what Jesus has done for you, what would you say?

For me:I used to struggle with studying God’s Word/Jesus has given me the desire to get into it daily

Choose Life


Saul persecuted the church. His life’s goal was to see Jesus’ followers defeated.

Then he met Jesus on Damascus Road.

Jesus didn’t call Saul a sinner, leave him to his own and tell him there wasn’t any hope.

Instead He called Saul out on his sinful lifestyle, told him He was there for him and then gave him purpose for his life.

Are you living defeated in your past mistakes? Do you wallow in the wrongs you have done and feel like there isn’t any hope?

Those feelings aren’t of The Lord.

Yes, He calls sin sin, but then he willingly forgives it. He doesn’t bring it back up to beat you down. He stretches out His hand for you to rise up in Him. He gives you a hope and a future filled with promise.

Be conscience of which voice you’re listening to.  One is life. One is death.

Choose life.

Acts 26:13-19

One Authority

Before Paul converted to Christianity he had to get approval from his superiors to accomplish his goals.

Once he surrendered to Christ the need for man’s approval vanished. Christ became the One he answered to.

There is freedom in Jesus.

Recognize humans’ judgments for what they are: opinions.

Jesus is the only one with authority in your life.

Galatians 1:10-20

Polar Opposites

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.

None of what Christ did was logical according to man’s wisdom. He was righteous and without sin but yet chose to take on a death he didn’t deserve in hopes that one day we, the filthy sinner, would choose to accept the gift of salvation.

He, “the perfect one” gave himself in hopes of gaining us “an imperfect people”.

Thank the Lord that his ways aren’t our ways.

The Creator

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“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from The Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

He created this to remind you that he can make beautiful things out of what was once nothing.

He, the Creator, is your helper.

Go ahead. Worship your God

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