I Wanna Be Like Whitney Houston! Child Of God!

by Kathy Sykes on February 19, 2012 · 23 comments

I know that some of you reading the title of this post are saying….Why? Why would you want to be like Whitney Houston? Even though she was an extraordinary singer and a physically beautiful woman, her life was so tragic. Why would you want to be like Whitney Houston? She drowned in a bathtub possibly from a drug related incident, she had problems over the years with drugs, she miscarried a child, had a troublesome marriage, had disputes with her father before he died and just seemed like she lived a sad life.

So, why would you want to be like Whitney Houston? Wouldn’t you rather be a person who has led your life on the straight and narrow, not made major mistakes in life, tried to be kind to your family and strengthen your marriage? Wouldn’t you want to be the opposite of Whitney Houston?

Well, let me explain it to you. If you have ever watched any interviews or read any stories about Whitney or even if you just watched her four hour funeral AND are a Christian, you would know exactly what I am talking about.

Whitney’s troublesome life and problems with drugs DID NOT DEFINE HER. Her FAITH did!!!!!! And that is all that needs to be said. If I have to die (and it is sure that I will), then I want people to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I loved the Lord and he loved me. Just like Whitney.

There was never a time when Whitney was talking about her struggles that she did not reference the Lord in her life. She was human and not always perfect, but she knew Who was in charge of her life and she knew she was never alone. She knew that she had to make the decisions to change her habits but she knew that the Lord still loved her and was giving her that time.

This may sound strange to some of you but, Whitney’s faith (while on drugs) was stronger than mine (on some days). That makes me reflect.

Why do I want to be like Whitney Houston? It is easy to praise the Lord and count it all joy when things are going well, but can you do it when millions of people are criticizing you, when you are craving drugs and can’t get out of bed, when you are arguing and fighting with your husband, when your friends turn their backs on you? Can you praise His name then? Whitney did and never stopped!

Whitney’s faith and love of the Lord was like a child. You either believe or you don’t. There is no grey area. We make our relationship with God too “adult”. We are the children of God and he is our Father. If we do wrong, he will not be pleased but we can repent and do better. Whitney’s mother prepared her in the best way possible. Not to be a great singer, but to give God all the glory whatever her walk in life would be. Whitney’s mother has done well and is well with her soul.

The night before Whitney died, she sang “Jesus loves me this I know” on stage with a friend. It was her theme song. She sang it all the time. Why? Because she believed and knew it to be true. Whitney’s “feelings” may have been hurt in this world, but her soul was always strong and anchored in the Lord.

Her funeral was minimal, in the sense that there was one hearse (no horses and carriage), one gold casket, one flower spray and two other arrangements. The church was not packed out with celebrities and gawkers. It was by invitation only (those who knew her and loved her), her friends and family spoke of her walk with the Lord and sang songs of praise and almost no one shed a tear on stage, only smiles and joy that she is finally resting with the Lord.

God knows our purpose before he knows us as a person. I believe that even though Whitney was an amazing singer, that was not her gift to the world. Her gift was to show us that when you die, be sure that the world knows that you loved the Lord. No matter your circumstances, will your FAITH out shine the sorrow? Are you speaking what you believe and people are clear on that?

I wanna be like Whitney Houston!

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CEALIE BENSON February 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

I love this blog post, it was very well worded and definitely right on point.


Kathy Sykes February 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I appreciate your feed back. I hope others “got it” as well!


Kathy Sykes February 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I appreciate your feedback!


MaryVonda Clay Ramsey February 19, 2012 at 9:25 am

Powerful article!


Kathy Sykes February 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Thanks. She made a major impact on the way I see living life with my hand in His hand!


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Nanette February 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Love this article! Well said sister. It is easy to praise God when life is all good but what about when life is not so good? I too want to be like Whitney and say…LORD I look to You! When life has tossed me about and all my strength is gone I look to God: the author and finisher of my faith. Thank you Jesus for your never ending love.


Kathy Sykes February 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

The Lord is well pleased!


Sharon O February 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm

She was beautiful and I am sure she is singing in the choir now with others who have gone before her.
Her life was sad, but she did leave a legacy and that is not just the way she died it was also the way she lived.


Kathy Sykes February 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Her life was sad but true! But by the grace of God, that would be us!


Patricia Glasgow February 20, 2012 at 4:25 am

..The Bible has faithful servants of God who we can learn from – Ask your self honestly was Whitney a Good Example for You or a Warning in the way she lived her Life ending in sad consequences! I don’t want to be like Whitney faith without works claiming to love Jesus but the life style She choose shows otherwise – Faith has to be constantly built up by reading the bible,praying and application of spiritual things in your life to show your actively faithfully to God -we’re imperfect so yes we will make mistakes but we need to rely on God constantly to help us fight fleshly desires like drugs, drink and any bad habits- Whitney had a sad ending due to the life style she choose – Simply saying I love God and have faith in God is not enough -we need to let God guide us -Work in harmony with your constant prayer searching out the counsel in God’s word then obey it 2 Tim 3:16,17 -Jesus was perfect but yet he showed that he relied on God to help guide him daily in his mind and heart, thinking and decisions. As a result Jesus knew what to do in each situation, and he did exactly what his Father wanted him to do.
Act with faith in God’s ability to guide you properly through life in this wicked world –


Kathy Sykes February 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I do agree with you that Faith without work is in vain. Living this Christian life is not an easy one and it is not meant to be. We must “strive” to make the right decisions and act accordingly AND rely on the Lord for the rest. I believe she did that. Who knows what our end will be but the Lord. I still see her message being that even though her FLESH may have been defeated by evil, her FAITH (that God was in charge and still loved a sinner) was intact!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing!


Jeanine Byers Hoag @ Seasonal Color Analysis February 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Awesome post! I wrote one about her, too, on Saturday night after watching her funeral. I totally understand what you’re saying about her faith and it’s a comfort to me to know that her relationship with God was so strong even though she was so troubled.


Elizabeth February 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

‎..I don’t want to be like
Whitney! Yes she believed in God and she sang Yes Jesus loves me yet she had faith without works 2 TIM 3:5 – Action speaks louder then words – she showed us that she chose Drink and drugs over serving God in the right way.
-You cannot slave for two masters abusing drink and drug abuse is not pleasing to God Matthew 6:24 – God could read her heart so its in Gods hands and he says there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteous when God makes things new on earth and rid the earth from all the problems. I pray and hope that we who say we have faith in God really learn how to serve God in the correct way and keep learning and applying what we learn from the Bible about God and the real faithful servants of God mentioned in the Bible like Jesus the greatest example ( the Bible has examples for us to follow and warnings -I surely think Whitney was a warning that if you don’t follow Gods guidance fully your life could be cut short. Live for God not for your own fleshly desires – those who faithfully endure in serving God to the end lives forever in Gods memory until the time comes when he will resurrect these asleep in death. Our loving God does give us Hope but if we try to apply in our life to live good following the bible standards life would be so much better for us amid life main problems such as sickness, money problems and whatever anxieties of this wicked world God guides us and teaches us how to cope with problems and shows us how to have a spiritual balance too -if only we will truly listen to God… 2 Tim 3:16,17


Kathy Sykes February 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Agreed! We “must” stay grounded in the Word of God and keep our circle close of like-minded individuals in order to fend off the evils of this world.
Do we really know that Whitney was not on the road to recovery through the grace of God? The autopsy results are not confirmed yet. But yet we are so eager to pass judgement. If the results come back that she had prescription drugs in her system, does that mean she was not “in the process” of recovery? Falling away from God and working our way back will be a process. You speak of HOPE….Can we just dismiss the reports that she had been doing very well in the last year with dealing with her problems…with the help of the Lord? Or should we just think that they were covering up for her? Is she exempt from that HOPE?
I don’t know the answers to these questions but what I do know is……..in her last days, she recognized and acknowledged the LOVE of the Lord and how she remained in reverence to Him (in spite of)!
Thanks for sharing.


Liddell February 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

In a since a lot of us are like Whitney. As Christians we are challenged by various things. Her’s just happen to be made public. It’s easy for us to be judgmental as we watch her life on TV, between our major trials. But also as Christians, God gives his grace to go through anything we come up against. The word says that my strength is perfect in your weakness. God’s grace is stronger and very capable of getting us through anything. So why do I say a lot of us are like Whitney? Because we make choices to allow God’s grace to work through us or yield to temptations. None of us are perfect, we are all a work in progress. God gives us his grace to perfect us in what he wants us to be. We have many opportunities to go contrary to the word. The battle is in our minds. Are we renewing our minds to God’s word or are we succumbing to voice of the enemy trying to lead us in a different direction?
I believe in my heart that Whitney was saved and in heaven now. Those other voices were louder and more appealing to her than God’s grace that was available to her. Unfortunately they lead her to a tragic end before she could allow the “grace” to guide her.


Kathy Sykes February 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Well said! And the church said AMEN!!


Joanne Norton February 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

One of the thoughts I had while seeing a few of the video clips on-line was that, no matter what had happened and in spite of what anyone might think, MILLIONS while watching and listening to the speakers heard the Word of our Lord, the faithfulness of His guidance, of His caring for us and for salvation. In our present-day world, this may well have planted piles of seed into God-empty hearts. The results may be overwhelmingly glorious.


Kathy Sykes February 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

Yes, millions went to church on that day and I hope something was also said to make them believe!


Golda February 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

I DON’T WANT TO BE LIKE WHITNEY! I want to be like JESUS because he is the author and finisher of the believer’s faith. It shall be revealed at the judgement where our souls shall reside. I pray that Whitney Houston finds a place in the Lambs Book of Life.
We don’t know and can only speculate her fate. Only the Lord knows Whitney’s heart from the moment she sang her last song onstage that night to the quiet prayers of forgiveness she MAY have uttered before bed, to PERHAPS her giving morning praise when she arose, and in the afternoon of her bathing one can ONLY suppose, who knows what hymn she sang or prayer she said while contemplating the hours of a day that she unknowningly would not live. But one thing that we do KNOW and can confirm is that at the hour of her death she left behind a phenomenal testimony. She gave us the Gospel of Jesus Christ LIVE to the entire world for 4hrs. It has become a lasting impression permeating through the hearts of those who received the Word of the Lord that day. It may have been the Lord’s will to take her then to save her from that which she was bound to ( her flesh was weak but her spirit willing) and while doing so He chose to magnify upon her continuous confession that He Loves Me (HE LOVES US) and that without Him we are nothing in this life. Blessed be His name.
So moving forward let us remember there is no sting in her death, for she shall rise again one day. In the meantime for those of us who remain in this life let us ‘love one another’ and commit to the Father, Son & Holy Spirit (3-in-1) being at the center of our lives. Amen.


Kathy Sykes February 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

There were definantely aspects of her life that we would not like to share, but all in all she still was and is a child of God and but for the grace of God, we have not experienced her story! Let’s continue to pray that the Lord keeps his arms around us and that WE do not move away from him!
Thanks for sharing!


yolandie April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwow!!!!!!!!THIS IS TRUELY AMAZING! I LOVE THE LORD and Whitney too! She was my idol and i truely adore her and thank GOD for a heaven sent angel that could grace thee earth.I totally agree with you, i truely believe that her mistakes didn’t define her. She had the most beautifull funeral and it made me and i think the whole world see what she was about.Many times we are made too believe because the media wants us to believe it, but its seldom true. So i belief that Whitney lived her life to the fullest with GOD always in the driver side and thats how i wanna live my life. Wanna share a short story of myself. I am a 25 year old female from South Africa and i have made up my mind to never sing in my life becoz of an incident that happend in my childhood. But since Whitney died GOD rest her soul , i finally have my calling. GOD wants me to be a minister in singing. I am so excited and scared at the same time, but just like Whitney i know GOD is with me and that he loves me. So i put my trust and faith in GOD to carry me through. FOR I LOVE THE LORD



Kathy Sykes April 14, 2012 at 5:08 am

Always seek your passion/dreams and seek the Lord’s guidance!


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