My name is Richard Ware and I was raised on a small family farm in North-central
Missouri. As a youth I attended a small Baptist church on a semi-regular basis.
Upon graduation from Bucklin R-II High School, Bucklin, Missouri in 1972 I enlisted
in the US Army and headed for Basic Training in October of that same year. I served
a 3 year tour of duty: Two years in Germany and I finished my enlistment at Fort
Belvoir, Virginia. Since those youthful years I have also served in the Air National
Guard, Great Falls, Montana, and the Army National Guard in Macon, Missouri.
In February of 1973 I married a young lady from Marceline, Mo and from that
marriage four children were born: Shane, Brandie, Robert, and Kevin. All are grown
now with their own families, and actually in spite of their dad, all have grown into
really cool people. After leaving home in 1972 I turned away from God and walked
the more travelled roads for about 27 years. Actually I ran down the hammer lanes
of life as fast as I could run. I thought, as many men do, that I was the
“big dog in the puppy pen” and I preceded full steam ahead just having a lot of fun.
In reality, I had so much fun; it led to bankruptcy in the mid 1980’s and divorce
at the end of that same decade. As a note, that’s where the fast lane of life takes
In 1999 I re-dedicated my life to Jesus and shifted lanes. Now I walk in the
“right” or “slow” lane ….the path less travelled that leads to the narrow gate where
my Lord and Savior will be waiting at my journey’s end.
And though I am flawed, I am forgiven.
And though I still mess up and fall down from time to time...my heavenly Father picks me up,
dusts me off, and with a gentle swat on the backside He tells me to get back out there and do a little better.
Currently I occupy my workweek
as an Over-The-Road truck driver. That is my occupation; my calling is that of an
Evangelist, sharing the Gospel with people in the trucking industry. I have been
blessed with the ability to write songs….which is amazing because I neither play
a musical instrument nor read music. The truth be known, I am just the “pen” that
God uses to write down the lyrics, and as I drive down these highways and byways
crisscrossing America, God gives me a melody to the words. I then record my vocal
to the words and send my rough vocal recording off to Nashville where a professional
musician puts everything into the final song.
ministry takes me to various churches where I share the Good News through my songs
In 2007 I began “Jesus Cross My Heart Ministries” which is based on that old
phrase that many of us said as a child when we swore to keep a promise….
”Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a thousand needles in my eye!” With
that phrase in mind, I thought how we as Believers have been given the greatest promise
of all. And that promise from God is eternal, cross my heart….and it is a Promise
that we are all called, not to keep to ourselves, but to share with the world. To
preach the Good News of Jesus Christ … The Great Commission!
So out of that thought God gave me these words: “Cross my heart and hope to
live, and give me words to give to those who stumble lost through the night. And
give me, Lord, a mustard seed of faith for those in need….Oh, Lord cross my heart,
cross my heart and hope to live!” From these words a poem was birthed, and then
went on to be the chorus of the song that God wrote through me: Of course the title
of that song is: “Cross My Heart”. Cross My Heart is my signature song for Jesus
Cross My Heart Ministries.