Country music star Reba McEntire credits God and her Christian faith for getting her through a two-year split from her husband and subsequent divorce she says she never wanted.
"I prayed every day [for God] to help me have the strength to move one foot in front of the other to continue on with what I'm supposed to be doing and why He put me on this Earth in the first place," McEntire told CMT's Cody Alan during an interview earlier this month.
"The divorce was not my idea," she explained. "I didn't want it in any shape, form or fashion. It was really hard to make the adjustment when someone's not happy. I just want everybody to be happy in their lives because our lives are too short to be miserable. I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles and go play somewhere else, is what Daddy used to always say."
While the reason for the couple's divorce is not publicly known, McEntire's said some of what her former husband, who was also her manager, did was unforgettable.
The CMA winner revealed to Parade magazine interview last week that she questioned God's plan throughout her two year split wirh her ex-husband.
"I have a long list and so many questions for God. Why did this happen? And how did you allow that?" she questioned. "Over the last two years I've been going through a divorce. God's way is the best way. And it seems to me that Narvel is happier and I'm in a really good state of mind. It's taken me this time to pull through why and how. And there's been a lot between us and I believe that to forgive is easier than forget."
"I can never forget some of what he did," she continued. "But going on with life is what's really important. And my faith helped me with that. I think about what God wants me to do. I focus on that. Faith is really important. It keeps me sane and it keeps me hopeful."
McEntire signed a new deal with Nash Icon Records and is gearing up to release her first new album in five years, titled Love Somebody.