I believe that everyone has this voice within themselves and either that voice is caged with silence or it's released with a roar of passion that can literally change the lives of others. This voice might come in the form of an idea, a product, a book, a business, literally any vehicle you can think of to deliver whatever it is that's inside you to those who need to see, hear, taste, smell, or touch what you have.

Whether your voice is caged or released is truly dependent upon your environment, the people you surround yourself with, what you allow into your mind when it comes to television, radio, or the types of books you read... All these influences and more shape the way you think, the way you act, the habits you form, and ultimately where you go in life. 

So in order to take control of your voice you have to take control of the influences in your life. 

Once you do that, it's important that your voice be heard. Again, maybe it's to put that idea into fruition, write that book, create that product, or begin marketing your businsess to the masses... Whatever that voice is inside of you, the fact is that it needs to be heard... Otherwise, what purpose is it serving. 

Yesterday, my daughter turned 6 years old and whenever she turns a year older it causes me to reflect on my own age and although it would be nice to be 6 years old again, the fact is that time continuously moves forward whether you want it to or not. It's safe to say that time waits for no one and the reason I'm talking about time is because when we talk about getting our voice within out in the open, we may constantly find ourselves coming up with excuses on why we should wait or why now isn't the "right" time. 

But if time is continuously moving forward, then the "right time" is literally up to us. You don't have to wait until you retire to live your passion, you don't need this thing or that thing to get started, and more importantly, if you're here watching this video right now, then I'm willing to bet it's not TOO LATE to get started. 

Do you want to literally tap into that voice with inside yourself, that passion that keeps nagging at you over and over and get it the attention it deserves? 

What if I told you that Idea, Product, Book, or Business isn't silly and if it can help others and make you your best you, then it's absolutely worth your time?

Would you like to know how to finally get started, regardless of your background, your experience level, or even your financial status?

Would you like to know how to turn your passion into a profitable income for you and your family?

If you're truly ready to at least take the first step and find out how all this is possible, then what I want you to do... better yet what I encourage you to do is to click here now and we'll see you on the next page...Now...is the time... Click here and let's get started!

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What does blogging and passion have to do with each other? They have a lot to do with each other and in this blog post I'm going to show you how to start a blog the right way and pursue your passion with ease. 

Before we begin, it's important to realize that when you start a blog, you're doing it for the purpose of creating attention and awareness to your passion. 

Your passion is important and obviously it will be something you'll want to share with others. However, if you're not able to get your passion the attention and awareness it deserves, then you're really doing yourslef an injustice. 

For example, let's say your passionate about giving back to your community. Maybe you want to start a boys and girls program where Mentors and children can come together and grow, thereby positioning your community for strength.

In order for you to launch something like this, you'll need to bring attention and awareness to this idea. Now there are a number of ways you can do this. Many ways that can take a lot of time, money, and effort. There's nothing wrong with going that route, but you want to ensure that you choose an effortless path that is both cost effective and productive.

If you start a blog, you'll not only be able to bring the right attention and awareness to your idea, but you'll also be going down a path that is both cost effective and productive. 

Contrary to popular belief, it should not cost an arm and a leg to start a blog. A blog is very powerful and will allow your web visitors to be well informed on what your passion is all about. This can actually be way more powerful than putting up flyers and word of mouth. You can reach a wider audience and get people's attention. They're most likely spending a lot of time on the internet, so you'll be able to get front and center.

Also, it's important that you inform them on how they can get involved. The good thing is you can target who you want. Therefore, you can concentrate on your local community only and target those type of visitors. 

You might be wondering, "If it's so powerful, simple, and cost effective to start a blog, then why isn't everyone doing it?" 

The fact is that if you don't do it the right way, setting up a blog can be extremely time consuming (Hours/Days/Weeks), costly, and it can literally rip the motivation out of you before you even get started. 

With that being said, there is a right way to start a blog an if you want to know more about it and how you can get your passion rolling today on a powerful platform, then click here now and let's get your blog up in just a few minutes!

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Superiority Inferiority


Superiority and Inferiority

I’ve never really understood the drive many have to compete and compare people against each other, but I believe for most it is fueled by our individual values and ambitions in life. Such attitudes has spawned the rationale behind many wars and much of the hate, prejudice, and racism that is prevalent in society today. I have never had a desire to conquer the world, or conquer people. People helping each other has always been one of my greatest inspirations and my deepest desire is to always do whatever brings glory to God. Considering my faith many times love for God has caused Christians to go war, there is undeniably a time for everything.

Many times Christians fall short of the example of Jesus for we are as human as any other societal group. Throughout history we have seen  people of all kinds take on the face of evil and hypocrisy. All have fallen short of grace, but learn to stand back up on their own feet. In rash judgement many tend to exploit the good and bad we all posess. Everyone’s life is a personal journey, but we often find the most joy in like minds and like hearts. However, we live in a diverse world and will always face differences that will challenge our individual stances in life. Likewise, we will always face trials and tribulations that will reveal our individual character and hopes. Right now the most critical issue we face in society is the war for acceptance.

There has been so much debate on what it truly means to accept someone and to have unconditional love. In my eyes accepting people doesn’t mean you are forced to change who you are, nor does it mean you have to agree with other's individual life choices. Acceptance to me means you accept the humanity in us all. This means you choose to accept people at the most basic level-human. At the human level we are all the same, and the only thing superior is God our Creator. Faith in God empowers me to believe in universal love and a universal connection and this love doesn't come from nothing.

Anyone who lives in a state of defeat is unaware of their untapped, unlimited potential, strength, and priceless value. Anyone who forgets their stumbles and thinks they cannot fall is ignorant to the adversity that drives every character to be revealed. Is your opinion of yourself a reflection of how the majority sees you, or a reflection of how you choose to see the world? Be true to thyself and know who you are. Essentially, no one can tell you who you are and what you shall become because your path is driven by your own choices and beliefs. You decide, make a decision and own it. You live the struggle and you reap the consequences and rewards of your actions. Focusing on opposition and the faults of others and yourself only fuels a sense of false pride or loss. No one is immune and no one is privileged because at the end of our lives your life will speak for you. Life will speak to your memory and the peace of your soul. The greatest gift you have is your heart and the heart is where we truly connect not in the mind. Humility is often illogical and irrational to the simple minded, but it’s what separates us from the beast.

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.” 
― Eleanor Roosevelt, It Seems to Me: Selected Letters


To Your Happiness,

MJ. Ferren

NOAH 2014



It’s been decades it seems since there was a biblical movie out in mainstream theater. I think the last few movies we saw were the classic Ben Hur and the Ten Commandments, which they usually broadcast every Easter on television. It seems with the rise of so many conflicting factors in society that Christianity and Christian based movies are not popular in the main stream. It’s interesting though because every year they come up with Christmas movies, but we know that the majority has taken the focus from Christ with Christmas for centuries. Now after so many years they come out with a Biblical based movie called Noah, starring mainstream actors such as one my favorites Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, and Jennifer Connolly.

You got to wonder what direction are they going to go with the Bible’s truth. From the trailer it looks fascinating to see where they may take the story, I just wonder if they were able to capture the integrity of the story. Something tells me though it may be nothing like the Ten Commandments in caliber, but it’s definitely a movie I want to be supportive enough to see. When most Christian movies go straight to DVD, as a Christian you want to support the effort to go mainstream, well if it doesn’t take anything away from who we are.

As we know from the Bible, God looked down on the earth as saw great sin, corruption and wickedness and found favor in no one except Noah and his family. He was extremely hurt and displeased and decided to start the world over. Consequently, he decided to flood the world for 40 days, he warned Noah years in advance who also warned the people. God finally instructed him to take only 2 of every kind of animal male and female and take them unto the ark.

For years people mocked and ridiculed Noah and thought he was crazy. I can imagine when the flood finally came the water was more so the tears of our heavenly father enveloping them. As we Christians we know that we are saved by faith alone, and God’s mercy, grace, and love is abundant through Christ. The flood came long before are Savior came, but God’s love is unchanging. He did not come to destroy, but to preserve. We strive daily to not take the Lord or his blessings out of context, but that is something Atheist and cinema can easily do.

From the moment the trailer for Noah debut on YouTube massive criticism from people came about slighting  Russell Crowe for portraying Noah, going so far as to call him a sellout for playing such a fantasy role in their eyes. Fantasy?! Why is there such as issue because it’s a biblical movie, and the context makes people so self –conscious. When is it politically correct to be a Christian? Why is it the whole world can speak, but we must temper what we say to sensitivities of others so, but the world can speak recklessly to us? Why would Russell Crowe be a sellout for playing Noah? Well we have to wait until 2014 to see how he plays this famously patient and humble man. Whether you are Christian or not I suggest you see this movie to see the depiction of Noah’s personal struggle with his faith.

Imagine how Noah may have saw the world, how he was being viciously attacked from inside and out, and how he knew God to be talking specifically to him. How can anyone process the value of their life among the loss of millions? Certainly, he must have fought his sanity as many speculated, but his faith held strong and he was saved. Noah is a powerful story because it truly teaches us about personal character and faith. Noah wasn’t a perfect man, but he still had the love of God in him and love for his neighbors.

If anything I hope this movie helps people step outside of themselves and go back to the Bible and read to grasp the reality of the story, and the concept of God’s true love.  From the Great Flood, to Sodom and Gomorrah, to Jesus, God’s mercy for his creation has always be incomprehensible and incomparable. It’s certainly not something we can grasp without looking outside the scope of ourselves, and not blaming the Creator for our own individual choices. God loves us so much he gives us freedom to choose who we want to be, but his love so profound it shows us who we really are.

Check out Noah trailer here! 

“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

~ Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer 


To Your Happiness,

MJ. Ferren




What's the one word that can help you achieve any goal?

Tony Robbins said that successful people do what failures won't do! He said, "When it seems impossible, when it seems like it's not going to work, you're usually just a few millimeters away!" 

It's like mining for diamonds and as you continue digging and digging through all the rocks and all the dirt, you stop... not realizing that you're only a few milimeters away from achieving your goal. 

However, if you adopt this one word in your mind, you'll dig until you've finally reached that goal and I'm sure the struggle you went through to get there will be well worth it. 

So what is that one word that I'm talking about?

The one word that can be described as the difference between a winner and a loser.

A successful person and one who simply fails. 

The one word is...


If one gives up on their goals, they're simply not committed. 

However, if you don't give up and you stay committed to what it is you truly want to achieve, then it's not a matter of "if" you'll achieve your goals. It's a matter of "when". 

This one word may seem obvious to many people. However, the question is, "Why aren't a lot of people adopting this into their lifestyle?" We can talk about all the struggles and obstacles that life throws our way. We can talk about all the hardships and tough times that we experience. 

However, at the end of the day... it's something we can all talk about, but not something we all have to allow to hold us back. You see, we all struggle in different ways and at different times in our lives. 

That's the beauty of success. You have to struggle and endure before you can truly get what it is that you want in life. It's not like buying a lottery ticket and hoping and praying to get lucky. 

To get what you want in life, you have to work for it. A big part of you continuing to move forward and work for your goal is to simply stay committed. 

This has to be the fuel deep inside of you that propels you're entire being to achieve. I'm talking deep down into your inner core. Some call it a core committment. 

A committment so strong, that you absolutely must achieve your goal. 

It starts with a decision and then a committment to that decision. 

That's really how we achieve anything. 

We decide we want to do something and we simply commit to doing it. 

The problem is that when one decides they don't want to do something, they too can simply commit to not doing something and they won't. 

It goes both ways and you have to understand that. One way will move you towards your goals and the other way will push you further. 

Be committed to being committed in life!


JL Ferren

The Voice Within Team

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