GNO with Joan Kouba: The Army, Dementia, and Concerts

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I’m a wife, mom, and teacher who is striving to worship my Lord and Savior with music and by sharing what I have learned with others.  


What is a lie that you believed as a younger woman that you don’t believe now?
I always thought that I wasn’t good enough, pretty enough, or smart enough to be successful at anything. I didn’t ever consider that God was working in my life to prepare me to serve Him by teaching others how to worship Him with music.  You can be used by God if you are willing for Him to use you because you are His child, and He will prepare you for anything He has chosen for you.
 What is the best beauty/fashion tip that someone gave you?
You don’t need to follow trends. Just chose clothes that are attractive and modest for your body type.  This will allow others to focus on your personality, not your body. 
 What has God taught you about trusting Him?
God has reminded me so many times that He is in control of my life, not me.
He helped me in college, when I had a broken engagement, to realize that His best was yet to come. And boy… was Doug so much better for me! We have become best friends, lovers, and partners in teaching others about loving to worship God with music. I can’t imagine it any other way.
When I have looked for jobs He has provided better jobs than I could imagine. Each one has been an opportunity for me to encourage others when they need encouragement. When Doug and I have had rough times with money, we have always been confident that God would carry us through and He always has.
As my children have grown, God has drawn me closer to Him as I prayed for them as they make/made their life choices. My oldest son, Philip, provided many opportunities for prayer as he served in the Army. God protected Him and I always had confidence that He would be protected.
My mother suffered with dementia and I felt like I should take care of her, but couldn’t quit my job to do so. I did the best I could, but then God showed me when it was time to get professional help for her care. God directed me to wonderful caregivers when we could no longer care for her in our home. I trusted Him with her care and she was happy through her last months living in that facility.
Throughout all of my struggles, God has proven to be faithful and trustworthy. I always knew he would be faithful as His Words says in Psalms 36:5: 

Your steadfast love, O Lord, is as great as all the heavens. 
Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.”
How has God revealed your gifts to you? What are they?
The Lord has shown me that I am using my gifts of teaching music to students and adults by helping me create beautiful music with the groups I lead. Others continue to encourage me by reminding me that the concerts or presentations went well and was honoring to God.

He has shown me that I have an encouraging spirit. I love to help students see that they can successfully honor God with the talents He has given them. I also enjoy praying and encouraging my peers and friends when they do something great, and I love supporting them when they need help.

How has God given you understanding about your identity in Him?
God has shown me His love, faithfulness, and care. He has revealed His desire to know me better. He wants me to know Him and worship Him and to show others how important it is to worship God through music.

  “For the Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, 
and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.” Psalm 100:5


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