Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others



You are Still Loved

David had a desire to build a temple for The Lord but The Lord wouldn’t allow it. The Lord wanted Solomon, David’s son, to build it instead.

David could’ve gotten mad and tried to build it anyway. He could’ve thrown the blueprints away. But instead he blessed Solomon as he gave him the charge to build the temple.

Sometimes we want so badly to serve The Lord in a certain way. Maybe we wish we could play an instrument, or have a great talent for speaking in front of others. The list of things that we may want to do varies.

But at the top of every Christians’ list should be the desire to see God glorified, even if it’s not in the way they had envisioned.

Our desires will become reality if they’re ordained by God. But if we realize that they aren’t then we need to graciously move on to what The Lord has for us.

I Chronicles 28:1-20

All is not lost

Have you ever experienced the sickening feeling when you realize that you’ve messed up big and that you’re not the only one being effected by your decisions?

Jonah probably experienced that feeling when he woke up on a ship being tossed all over the sea in the midst of storm. Immediately he knew that his disobedience was the cause of the storm. He knew that he and the others aboard the ship were experiencing the consequences of his choice to run from the calling of God. Every man on that ship was being adversely effected.

But God was able to turn even this situation to good.

Up to this point the men on the ship all served different gods. They didn’t serve Our Lord. But when they saw the power that He had over nature they bowed to The One True God. God used Jonah’s mistake as an opportunity to draw these men to Him.

I’m not suggesting that you choose to disobey God’s will in your life because it will work out fine. But I am wanting to encourage you if you’re experiencing regret over a decision you have made that all is not lost. God can use it for good.

Repent and start moving forward. God will not hold it against you but He’ll allow good to come from it.

Jonah 1:1-16

#winning Peace

“Peace isn’t a result of an absence of conflict. Instead, peace is a constant in our lives when we live in the will of our Savior.” …#winning Wisdom for God’s Warriors

You can get your own copy of #winning on Amazon or Westbow Press. Links below. 👇🏻

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!!

Reigning Over You

The disciples were overwhelmed by the storm that they were in the midst of. It consumed them so much that they began to doubt Jesus’ care for them.

But when they went to Jesus they realized his authority. They became witnesses to the peace he commanded. They then knew that the most influential power was possessed by Jesus, not the storm.

In our trying times it is my prayer that we will always be found overcome by peace from our God instead of overwhelmed by the power of the storm.

Mark 4:35-41


Psalm 27:1-4
Close out the world. Get quiet. Envision The Lord sitting on His throne in His kingdom looking directly into your eyes listening to you speak to Him.
That’s powerful. The Lord we serve is high above all else, using the earth as His footstool. Yet He cares enough about you to look into your eyes and to listen to what you are saying. As you imagined The Almighty God focusing on you notice that you weren’t seeing the trials or tribulations that you may be going through. You were completely focused on God alone.
David acknowledged The Lord as God. He was aware of all the turmoil that faced him. Yet David chose to focus on God. His desire to worship Him, seek Him and talk with Him took precedence over everything else that surrounded him. David’s spirit was made confident and peace prevailed when he sought The Lord that was hearing his prayers.
Ask The Lord to bring a vision like this to your mind when you become bogged down by the world or pursued by the devil. Focusing on God and the relationship that he offers you can bring you confidence and peace. Because it isn’t just our imagination. It’s reality.

Peace in God’s Will

“We’d rather be in the will of The Lord hours from family and everything we have ever known than out of His will surrounded by the ones we love and familiar with our surroundings.”
That was the answer we’d give folks when they’d ask why we’d move so far away from home. It was our mantra for packing up our family and moving a day’s trip away.
But our four year old needed more of an illustration than an explanation. So The Lord gave me the story of the prodigal son.
It went something like this: “See Punkin, the boy was living with his daddy right where God had put him but he decided that he didn’t like where God wanted him. He thought it would be better for him to be somewhere else. So he decided to leave the place God had put him. But when he got to where he thought would be the best place he realized that it was way worse there. He wasn’t happy at all. So the boy wanted to go back to the place God told him to live. He went back to his daddy and started living where God told him to. Then he was happy again because he was living where God wanted him to live.
We know that Jesus wants us living here. And even if we decided to go back to where our family is we wouldn’t be happy. Our hearts will be happiest here because this is where God wants us.”
Peace would come over that child. She’d go back to playing and laughing within seconds of hearing the story of the prodigal son. 
And my heart would burst again with thankfulness for the guidance of the Spirit and for the healing balm that the Word provides.
Jesus continually offers peace and guidance to his children through his Word. Look to it for reassurance and comfort.

Storms of Life

As Jesus lay asleep in the ship a storm surrounded them. The wind blew. The waves rocked the boat. The disciples were scared. They went to Jesus afraid that He was going to let them die.
“Peace, be still.”
The winds stopped. The waves settled. The storm was gone.
With those three words Jesus showed His disciples that He truly was God. 
They realized His power.
All because of a storm they went through.
In this life we will endure uncertain times. This doesn’t mean Jesus has abandoned us or that He doesn’t care. It’s in these difficult times that we can see God’s power. 
Run to Him. 
Be amazed by the God you serve.
Originally posted May 28, 2015


‘I don’t know what I’m thinking. Except that I want terrible things to happen to you and for you to be miserable until the day you die.’

That statement is in direct contrast to “for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.

But sometimes we allow our emotions to override what we know to be true and begin acting as if the first statement is true. 

But no matter where you are in your life it never is. God is ever-present, guiding us, loving us, bringing the best for us. We can rest easy when we believe and live according to the Word.

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