At a time when the country is in turmoil, one big-name singer is stressing the importance of staying grounded in faith – and spreading the message to every person that “you are loved.”
American Idol star and Grammy award-winning country singer Carrie Underwood recently emphasized the role of faith in her life, marriage, and family. She made her comments while starring in the video series “Mike and Carrie: God & Country” with her husband, former professional hockey player Mike Fisher. Released by the Christian nonprofit I Am Second, the show became fully available on June 17 and offered a peek into the couple’s center on God.
Their relationship began in 2008, when the two met through a mutual friend. Two years later, they were married. Today they have two sons: 5-year-old Isaiah and 1-year-old Jacob.
In the third episode, Carrie revealed that she felt called to let others know their value.
“This goes for everybody, everywhere,” she urged. “You are loved. And you are wanted.”
This held true no matter someone’s circumstances.
“There are some not too great things that happen in the world and happen within families and we are all flawed and our flaws, I think, sometimes ripple out onto everybody else,” she admitted. “But through everything, I want the people in my life that I love to know that they are loved by God.”
According to Carrie, God “wouldn’t have made any of us if He didn’t want us.”
“That’s part of my purpose in the world. No matter who you are or what you’ve done,” she said, tearing up. “If I could just make everybody feel that they are loved.”
Her children gave her a different perspective on God’s love.
“I have a forever love, unconditional love for my children,” she said, “but God has real, unconditional love for His children.”
Her son, Isaiah, is learning to live out his faith too.
“I feel like because we have an open dialogue about God, he just says things,” she said, recalling a time when he told her, “I have to love God, even more than you, Mommy. I love God so much.”
Also talking about Isaiah, Mike brought up one of his “favorite moments as a dad.”
When Isaiah once got a “boo-boo,” Mike said, “I put my hand on him and I prayed for him one day.” The next day, when he woke up, he felt better and insisted, “Jesus healed me.”
Almost two weeks later, their roles reversed. When Mike hurt himself by cutting his finger, Isaiah insisted, “Daddy, we need to pray.”
His greatest fear, Mike said, would be “having a child that didn’t have a real relationship with Jesus.”
“I want my sons to see me and be like, ‘This is real … this is like a transformed faith,’” he said.
In the fourth episode, Mike revealed that the reason why he’s passionate about being outdoors and being with his hunting apparel company, Catchin’ Deers, is that he can use them to “point people to the Creator.”
That’s when Carrie chimed in. While her husband loves hunting, she’s a self-described animal lover.
“I feel like this is another way that God has intervened,” she said, pointing to how their faith transcends differences.
“First and foremost is our faith, we know God brought us together and trust His judgement,” she urged.
Back in the first episode, Mike also touched on the role of faith in their relationship.
“I think it gives us a kind of a center ground where that’s the most important thing in anything and then your differences, if they’re rooted in that ... there’s always a way," he revealed. "It always is God working in it.”
He brought it up again in the fourth episode.
“We’ve been, as the world sees it, blessed with a lot of things and doing what we love to do, and money and fame,” he said. “But there is no true happiness in the things that everyone sees that should be great with us apart from a real relationship with God and with Jesus.”
And the couple have known suffering, they stressed. In the second episode, they opened up about trusting God after facing multiple miscarriages, after Isaiah was born.
“You pray and you pray, and sometimes I think I’m guilty of expecting God to be a genie in a bottle,” Mike said.
After the first miscarriages, he was “probably the most honest I’d been with God ever in my life.” That’s when Mike “just sensed that God told me that we’re going to have a son and his name’s Jacob.”
But then, Carrie suffered another miscarriage. At that point, she remembered crawling into Isaiah’s bed and bawling as he slept.
“Having a child, it’s like, even if you know what’s wrong with your child, you want them to talk to you about it,” she said. “You want to make that connection, and I just had an honest conversation with God. And I told Him how I felt.”
After that, Jacob, their second son, was born.
Mike recalled Jeremiah 29:13, which says “you will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” He added, “It’s so true.”
“So many times, you’re on the mountain tops and things are great,” he said. “But then you go through the valleys and you actually really seek Him and His will and that’s when you learn and grow.”
At the end of the series, Mike hoped that they could encourage others in their faith.
“We’re not perfect,” he concluded, “but we have that one thing in our faith and that’s why we’re here, is to glorify God with what we’ve been given and hopefully we point people to the answer.”