Canaan’s Rest represents a quiet place “set apart” for the purpose of hearing God's voice, growing in intimacy with the Lord, and being renewed in soul and spirit.

About Us

Al and Judy Hendrickson have been married since 1965 (56+ years) and have spent their whole married life helping others in their spiritual life. Maturity and growth in Christlikeness have always been a priority in their relationships with others. Their spiritual journey has evolved around Al’s calling as a pastor for over 40 years and Judy as is partner and helpmate in ministry. Over the years, the Lord has led them into their unique ministries across the upper Midwest.

Al has a burden for men and their spiritual life. Beginning with the healing he has found for his own masculine soul, Al has sensed a call to bring healing to the broken hears of men. Judy has always had a gift and desire to write. Her blog is read by hundreds daily. God has gifted her with the ability to see God in the ordinary circumstances of life.


The purpose of Judy’s blog is to draw readers into closer intimacy with the Lord. Through her daily devotionals, Judy hopes to help others hear the Lord’s voice and see Him at work in their ordinary, everyday lives. He is always speaking and we have to be quiet enough to hear what He desires to say to our hearts. Judy’s devotions are written from the flow of how God often speaks to hear in her stream of consciousness and encourages others to hear His voice in the language of their hearts.

In our busy technology-driven world, the need is great to quiet ourselves and to take time to go apart with the Lord as it says in Mark 6:31: “Come with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.” Judy’s desire is to help others slow down and be quiet and attentive to the Lord’s gentle whispers.

Wildman Journey

“Wildman” describes a man who is passionate about following Jesus and becoming a soulful man.  He knows he must descend from his head into his heart, getting in touch with his deepest desires and longings.  He takes seriously the warning of Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  A Wildman lives a soulful life, knowing that transformation begins from the inside out.

John the Baptist is our model for being a Wildman.  He was a voice crying in the wilderness.  John was passionate, surrendered, prophetic, and countercultural.  This blog site is committed to helping men find affirmation for their masculine souls in today’s “sexual wilderness” with its “gender wars” and cries of “toxic masculinity.”

Only Jesus can heal, restore, and affirm men in their masculinity.  There is a crisis in masculinity within our culture.  The future of our nation depends upon the healing of the masculine soul.

1 Comment

  1. Cynthia Daly

    Hi Judy and Al. With God’s help we are trodding along in our Christian walk with Jesus. Please continue to pray for our grown children. Sean and Samantha both have CMTD and have suffered from it. Sean has never married but wanted to do so. He has trouble with walking. shaking and hand control. He takes medications for it. Samantha has braces for her legs. Both have trouble with balance. Samantha has been married to a woman, Heidi, and they have a now 4 year old child who we love, our only grandchild. Samantha, Heidi and Sean are not walking with the Lord. I’ve been praying for years. Aiden, their son, has not had any teaching about Jesus. They live near Seattle, WA. Sean lives in Nevada. We live in Smithville, MO.

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