Rescued from Idolatry and Hope Found with Jim Ravella

In this episode Jonathan interviews Jim Ravella, Ginger’s Ravella’s husband and co-author of the book, Hope Found.  Jim answers the question, “How has God rescued you?” with a very surprising answer that is a great reminder that loss can lead to much gain. He shares how his greatest trial in life and the loss of his wife Andrea Fuller Ravella in 2007 would provide a gift that would keep giving to him despite the pain. Jim married Ginger in 2008 and they have seven children, Nicholas (35), Anthony (28), Boston (23), Greyson (21), Isabella (18), Aspen (15) and Annalise (15).

 

Jim currently serves as a Vice President for the Gary Sinise Foundation, a non-profit charity whose mission is support our Nation’s Defenders, Veterans, First Responders, their families and those in need.  He is a retired United States Air Force Colonel and fighter pilot with 26 years of service and numerous awards including multiple Top Gun Awards and the Meritorious Service Medal.


Part 2: Rescued - Hope Found with Ginger Ravella

In this episode Jonathan continues his conversation with Ginger Gilbert Ravella,  a military wife and widow, mother of five, stepmother of two, writer and international speaker.  At 36 years old, she faced the sudden tragic loss of her college-sweetheart husband in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the horrors that quickly followed.

 

Ginger continues her story of redemption in marriage to her now husband Jim and in family with their 7 kids that were ages 2-22 combined when they united.  She shares how God used her pain in making her to be a warrior for Him. They discuss the beauty and the complexities of blending a family and how important it is for us to have our identity based in Jesus.


Rescued - Hope Found with Ginger Ravella

In this episode, Jonathan interviews Ginger Gilbert Ravella,  a military wife and widow, mother of five, stepmother of two, writer and international speaker.  At 36 years old, she faced the sudden tragic loss of her college-sweetheart husband in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the horrors that quickly followed. Ginger shares her story, sudden loss and the overwhelming nature of the life she found herself living.

 

Ginger answers the question, “How has God rescued you?” sharing the depth and darkness of her anxiety and depression and shares how it has built a heart of compassion in her for those going through similar pain.


BONUS: More Parenting Encouragement


Moving On

In this season wrap up, Jonathan talks about what it means for him to move on from his tragedy of losing his wife Wynter. He shares how moving on doesn’t mean forgetting and the importance of remembrance. Join him as he verbalizes his process, some of it for the very first time. 

 

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The Spirit of a Father

Jonathan sits down with one of his spiritual fathers, Pastor and Author Scott Wilson, as they recall the moments where Jonathan needed a father the most. They remember Scott showing up for Jonathan and the girls as Wynter took her last breaths and leading them through her funeral and into today. They discuss what it means to have a spiritual father and what it means to be a spiritual father. 

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Do you still believe? The gift of faith with Jeremy & Adrienne Camp

Jonathan catches up with his friends, singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp and his equally talented wife and vocalist, Adrienne Camp. The couple came into his life in a special way through events surrounding Wynter’s death.  Like Jonathan, Jeremy experienced the loss of his wife and Jeremy and Adie join the podcast to share God’s goodness through their friendship and the faith developed through loss and grief. They discuss their new film I Still Believe and how God has worked in their family and marriage and even changed their ministry through this COVID season.


What Kind of Old Man or Woman?

Jonathan sits down with one of his spiritual and vocational mentors, Bill Collins. Bill, a faithful husband, father to 7 children and more than 20 grandchildren is  a retired corporate executive who is still leveraging his life for the Kingdom in his 70s. He is precisely the man Jonathan aspires to be one day.  Jonathan and Bill have a conversation about what it looks like to be a wholehearted follower of Jesus and the characteristics of such a person as a parent, leader and ambassador for Christ.


Soul Talk with Alena Pitts

Jonathan interviews his oldest daughter, actress and vocalist, Alena Pitts.  In their conversation they define what it means to engage in “soul talk,” meaningful conversations between God and yourself and oftentimes yourself and others. Jonathan shares a story that marked his life that involved Alena after the passing of her mother, Wynter Pitts, and Alena shares her heart, pain and learnings since losing her best friend and mentor.