“I Look to You” – Whitney Houston’s Lasting Gift

The funeral for Whitney Houston was today.

In August 2009 after a long absence from the studio Whitney Houston released her seventh and final album “I Look to You.” It debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number one with sales of 305,000, beating her previous career best first-week sale of 205,000 units with Just Whitney (2002). Whitney told the press in London that her latest album will reflect her emotional state and chronicle events in her personal life since her last musical release in 2002. Whitney said,

“That makes it real. The changes that we go through, the transitions that we go through, the tests that we go through, being a mother, becoming a single mother. It all had its ups and its downs, but for the most part, I kept my faith and I kept my head up… I took my time. All the triumphs and the ups and downs and stuff, it’s all incorporated on the album, and hopefully not only does it inspire me, but inspires a whole lot of other people.”

Whitney ‘s career started in the church. And after all of those years of pain and addiction she never quit searching for Him.

“I Look to You” may not be Whitney Houston’s best seller. But anyone who has battled addiction or divorce or loss can find comfort in this beautiful hymn of praise.

I Look To You

As I lay me down
Heaven hear me now
I’m lost without a cause
After giving it my all

Winter storms have come
And darkened my sun
After all that I’ve been through
Who on earth can I turn to?

Chorus:
I look to you,
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong
aI look to you,
I look to you
And when melodies are gone In you I hear a song
I look to you

’bout to lose my breath
There’s no more fighting left
Sinking to rise no more
Searching for that open door

And every road that I’ve taken
Led to my regret
And I don’t know if I’m go’n make it
Nothing to do but lift my head

Chorus:

My levees are broken
My walls are coming down on me
My rain is falling
Defeat is calling
I need you to set me free
Take me far away from the battle
I need you
Shine on me!

Whitney Houston was buried today. (Livestream here)
She was 48.
Rest in peace, Whitney Houston.

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  • Patty

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1452922778001

    Whitney Houston’s downward spiral.

  • Joanne

    She was a great singer, and her singing was the standard everyone seemed to be judged against, but she threw away her gift for drugs and alcohol. Such a waste.

    OT

    http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1782/499/How_much_were_officials_of_Obama_regime_paid_for_this_treason.html

    Did anyone know Obama was giving away Alaskan islands and the oil rich waters round about them? WTH!

  • bg

    ++

    may God be with you Whitney, rest in peace, Amen

    ==

  • Patty

    #2

    I bet Sarah did.

  • Toddski

    I loved Whitney, and was very upset over her death, but she was still a junkie……Too bad she couldn’t practice what she preached, especially this song !

  • bobdog

    Beautiful woman, beautiful voice.

    Wasted.

  • greenfairie

    Jesse Jackson of course can’t resist the cameras.

    Whitney came from the church and her mother had been a famous gospel singer. But the world’s temptations of money, drugs, and fame took her off the rails and ended her life too soon.

  • Joanne

    It is good to know that she still placed her faith in God. It is unfortunate she could not find the strength to conquer her addictions.

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  • squeaky
  • davo

    What I know about Whitney Houston could fit in a thimble but thanks for posting this. I would never have expected this here. So much self-righteousness exudes on these political forums in the form of “she got what she deserved” Here’s hoping she didn’t and that none of us do!

  • pjean

    The music is incredible! Kevin Cosner did a really fantastic tribute.

  • Sasja

    She was just a another singer and celeb who messed up her life because of her decision to do drugs. For pity’s sake. This is past being disgusting.

    Joanne, @#2.

    It is the US, USSR Maritime Boundary Treaty.

    I believe this started during the Ford administration with Henry Kissinger. No actual treaty was drawn up until the 1990’s when George Bush was president. Before our Senate ratified it in 1991, then Sec of State James Baker signed a secret executive agreement with Eduard Shevardnardze, agreeing to abide by the terms of the treaty. When it was ratified in 1991, George Bush signed it.

    It was never ratified by the USSR, nor Russia for that matter. I guess the Ruski’s have finally gotten around to ratifying it. Me thinks I remember something from 2003 about this but will have to do a little research.

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  • NeoKong

    Such a shame.
    Rest in Peace Whitney.
    God has you now.

  • bg

    ++

    “There but for the grace of God, go I”

    “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

    In 1Cor. 6:2-3 Jesus authorizes us to judge. Judge we must else we
    could not discern good from bad, proper from improper, righteousness
    from evil. But judge behavior, not the individual; the deed not the doer;
    the choice not the chooser. The individual/doer/chooser is accountable
    for his/her deed/choice, but judge the deed/choice in your judgment.
    Jesus could see a king in a shepherd boy. And an Apostle in a murderer.
    So while we must judge one’s behavior we must we try to nurture the
    goodness in an individual: to separate the deed from the doer.

    ==

  • Steven

    Jesse is only there to show his mug and bring out the race card at this service.

  • Kathleen

    It just disappoints me that people are so self-righteous. I am comforted that God will be our final judge and not the people who cannot keep their ugly words and thoughts to themselves.

  • pjean

    One of the celebrants made the most perfect point. He thanked Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston for choosing to having her funeral at Whitney’s childhood church. A location could only hold a couple hundred mourners, but as this gentleman said, “Thank you Mrs. Houston, in your decision, you brought everyone to church today”.

    Sweet.

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  • RCL

    That news about Whitney Houston or any other “Star” is even posted here is symptomatic of what’s wrong with this country. Weak sisters totally incapable of calling a spade a spade.

    …the Light came into the world but men chose darkness because their works were evil.

  • bg

    ++

    squeaky #10 February 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    [Whitney Houston died at the age of 48. Most articles about her death
    said something like, “Houston struggled with drug and alcohol problems
    for years …”

    But Houston also struggled with something else that black Republicans
    and black non-Democrats can understand: ridicule and ostracism for
    “selling out,” or “acting white,” or not being “black enough.”

    Ebony, the black monthly magazine, wrote about the then-27-year-old:
    “Black disc jockeys have chided her for ‘not having soul’ and being ‘too
    white.’ … She was booed at the Soul Train Music Awards. … It’s enough
    to drive a good Christian girl to drink, drugs or at least to cursing. But
    not Whitney. Though it hurts her deeply, she handles it all with aplomb.”

    Did she?

    [..]

    You don’t have to be black to demean a black Republican.

    The tea party supported Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., a black man who denounced Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, and urged them to “get the hell out of the United States of America.” Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., a white man, said that West is “not representative of the African-American community.” About West, a former Army colonel who saw action in Iraq, Moran insultingly said: “(West) just seems clueless now that he has climbed aboard ship. He’s climbed this ladder of opportunity that was constructed by so many of his ancestors’ sweat, sacrifice, blood. You know they did everything they could for his generation to be successful. But now that he’s climbed on board ship, instead of reaching down and steadying the ladder, he wants to push it off. You know — ‘I’m up here, if you’re not with me, too bad.'”

    So, a white Democrat — whose party hasn’t carried the “white vote”
    in nearly 50 years — tells West, a black Republican, that he is not
    “representative of the African-American community.”

    Bet Whitney could relate. ]

    good read, thanks for sharing..

    ==

  • Steve

    Thank you for posting this Jim! We used it – with a Hat Tip on Common Cents…

    Steve
    Common Cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

  • kato

    Is it true that the Taliban has called a one-day cease-fire in honor of Whitney Houston’s death?

  • Steven

    No suprise here. What a jerk!

    Bobby Brown was asked to leave Whitney Houston’s funeral today … after he got into an argument with Whitney’s family over whether or not he could bring nine people into the church with him … TMZ has learned.

    Brown was spotted going into the church today in Newark, NJ … but was seen leaving shortly thereafter.

    According to our sources, Brown was invited, plus two, but instead showed up with an entourage of nine people. We’re told Bobby became upset when he found out they would not seat his whole party.

    http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/18/whitney-houston-bobby-brown-funeral/

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  • Bobby Brown

    Meh…. Slow news day.

  • mcc

    I need you to set me free
    Take me far away from the battle
    I need you

    Maybe this was the only way God could answer her prayer…
    Today she’s safe in His arms. Rest in peace, dear Whitney.

    We’re not all equally strong – or weak in similar ways.
    She was able to admit she was her worst enemy…
    A powerful confession – and strength – in itself.

    It might be that God is showing us all His children —
    and it’s He who decides whether we’ve succeeded or not.
    But through it all, He loves us every step of the way.

    Thank you, Jim, for posting this.
    This lesson reminded me of my earthly father to whom I often turned for wisdom:

    http://www.planetofsuccess.com/blog/2011/developing-empathy-walk-a-mile-in-someone%E2%80%99s-shoes/

  • Bobby Brown

    By the way Jim, your a raving homosexual. Tattoo the words to that song on your pussy.

  • norral

    i find it hard to believe so many are without compassion. that is not a reflection on whitney it is a reflection on them. whitney was loved and gave her all. so she had problems so what u saying u dont. to me she was a magnificent shining light on a hill. rest in peace dear princess you are now safe in the arms of your beloved jesus

  • wanumba

    God is more forgiving than men.

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  • Harpergang

    Her walk didn’t match her talk.

  • Dsiyah

    I thank God for blessings us with Whitney Houston because she taught me alot although I’ve never met her. Her music and voice was amazing. Her struggle helped me to see that we’re all human and no one is exempt from everyday struggles yhat only God can fix. I Look To You is a perfect example ofwbo to look to when you’re tired amd don’t know what to do. All of you negative people with your negative comments sicken me. She did drugs so what everyone has faults she fought her way back and her story and struggles inspired and encourage alot of people. What have YOU done that’s what you need to be worried about. Her success speaks for itself and instead of down talking her, let her rest in peace knowing that through God she touched millions and will continue to do so in death.
    REST EASY WHITNEY YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED

  • Stacie

    Beautifully said, Dsiyah!

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  • David Brehan

    Was so glad to see this post. I stumbled upon this song of hers on the day she passed and it broke my heart that it contained the line “I don’t know if I’m go’n make it”. I have to say, her death has weighted on me unlike other celebrity death and I am still not entirely sure why. But I think it comes down to a basic human desire to want to see others triumph over the obstacles in life. The reality of life is that some make it and some don’t, regardless of the gifts you’ve been given. In this instance, I am unable to dismiss her as another “junkie” who met the predictable end. I will always see her as the cute, sweet girl that burst into our lives back in the 80’s and reinforced what is good with the world. And with this song, I will remember that no matter her material success she was vulnerable to the same darkness every human is…and ultimately she knew to keep looking for the light.