“I just knew in that moment it was no longer healthy for any of us,” she recalled of her divorce from Lawrence. “I packed one suitcase. It’s the first time I really heard God’s voice. And I didn’t know I was leaving to actually divorce. I just thought this is the best thing for the moment. To me marriage was forever.
“Until my mother passed away, my parents were married for 30 years. My grandparents were married 60 years. So when I left that night, it was terrible. I felt ashamed about it. I was hurt, I was scared. My family was 3,000 miles away.”
Smith said she was certainly not looking for her relationship with Emmitt, after her therapist had warned her not to rush into a new relationship and, instead, to “take it easy.” But the football star gave her every phone number possible to keep in touch, and the rest is history.
“I just wanted to say congratulations to my beautiful wife on the release of her new book ‘Second Chances,’” he began in the video. “There's folks in this book that have experienced heartache and hardships just like you and I have. In this book you can find those stories. Go out, pick it up, read it, share it with others. And congratulations to my beautiful wife."
Pat Smith hopes her book will encourage readers to let go of the past and be brave moving forward in life.
“You’ve got to forgive yourself and you have to forgive whatever that is that’s holding you back,” she explained. “Whether it’s a person, a decision, something that happened to you, there is so much power when you allow something to hold you in that place but when you can let that go, it actually gives you the power to move forward. Because God has amazing things just waiting for us out there and we miss it because we’re looking back.”