Cherie Burbach

About Cherie Burbach

Cherie Burbach is the founder of Putting on the New. She is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. For more, check out her website.

How We Respond to Fake News

How We Respond to Fake News

Don’t worry, ya’ll, this isn’t a political post. While the term “fake news” has been used a lot in the political world these days I’m actually talking about stories that we Christians share on social media that are fake. Very often these stories are about pop culture or Bible prophesies, or even sometimes, Christian values. […]

I Just Can’t, God

I Just Can’t, God

Do you ever find yourself saying that sometimes? “God, I… just… can’t.” The younger me (and sometimes, even the current me) prays that with a sense of defeat. This sentiment would come at times when: I was working for people who didn’t appreciate me, so I felt sadness ruling my heart I would dread dealing […]

The Frustrating World of Social Media

The Frustrating World of Social Media

Every so often I hear grumblings from my Christian sisters and brothers about how sick they are of social media. And I get this. Social media can be a wonderful tool to spread the light but it can also be a place to quickly burn yourself out. There is too much of everything there: too […]

Learning… UGH

Learning… UGH

One thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while now is expand the distribution areas for my ebooks. When I first started this Indie publishing thing a decade ago, I had them on a lot of places and painstakingly formatted them for each individual outlet. That was years ago. For the last several years […]

The People Who Can’t Accept Your Forgiveness

The People Who Can’t Accept Your Forgiveness

Have you ever had someone you forgave just not seem to accept your forgiveness? Forgiveness is such an awesome concept that I don’t think many of us really understand it or accept it as much as we should. It’s one of the things that, as a relationships writer, I get asked about a lot. I’ve […]

The Hard Times Have a Purpose

The Hard Times Have a Purpose

I’ve been putting my writing and art “out there,” into the world online for over a decade now. And while I get lots of wonderful comments, I also get some “haters.” Not just negative people, but people that attack me for my beliefs, my looks, my work… whatever they can find. It’s never easy when […]

Some Whining From Here In the Middle

Some Whining From Here In the Middle

I’m feeling out of sorts today. I feel, sometimes, like I don’t understand the world or what I’m supposed to do in it. I don’t get why people do and say certain things. I don’t always get why *I* feel the need to do or say certain things. And on top of it all, I’ve […]

Deliberate Practice While We Wait for Blessings

Deliberate Practice While We Wait for Blessings

It’s been an interesting couple of years for me. After a decade of freelance writing I took my hobby of painting and developed a business from it. Being in these two creative worlds has allowed me to see how fragile we are as creatives, how much we long for certain achievements or ways to find […]

How Trust Has Played Out in My Working Life

How Trust Has Played Out in My Working Life

This year, the word I’ve focused on is “trust.” Ironically, I never had trust issues with family or friends or my husband. Only God. At the beginning of the year, I saw myself as someone that didn’t trust God enough. He has worked on me, not just this year but every year in this area. […]

You’re Not a Christian If You Don’t Vote For….

You’re Not a Christian If You Don’t Vote For….

I have very few “rules” for the writers of this site. I want them to share their experiences and thoughts and stories, and the only guidelines I give are that we don’t tear others down and we don’t get political. This site started three and a half years ago and so we haven’t had much […]

When You Miss the Blessings the First Time

When You Miss the Blessings the First Time

I’m not a morning person. I also don’t like to be rushed. I’m a deep thinker and that often means I ponder things and work slowly and carefully. Combine those things with our little family business of doing craft fairs, which always requires early mornings and being rushed getting things ready and add in a […]

The Ugly Stage

The Ugly Stage

I’ve always painted, first with watercolors as a kid and then in tempera, oils, and acrylics. The last few years I’ve been doing mixed media, which involves layering on different types of paint and color and texture. Very often I use music sheets or old books in my art. Sometimes I use lace or special […]

Truthful, Not Hurtful

Truthful, Not Hurtful

We’ve got this saying in our house that goes “Be truthful, not hurtful.” It’s something we remind ourselves about when we’re having a discussion or handling touchy situations with others.

The Blessing in Challenge

The Blessing in Challenge

All my life, I’ve had challenges. Oh, I know, we all have. My challenges have included growing up with an alcoholic parent, health issues, financial challenges, and a host of others. I used to joke that perhaps God didn’t see how much challenge my life had when he would add something else. That was when […]

Occasionally Use Words

Occasionally Use Words

There is a quote I like, one that I go back to often, that says: “Preach the gospel always. Occasionally use words.” This quote has been incorrectly attributed to Francis of Assisi, and others, and honestly, I don’t know where it came from and don’t need to know. It speaks to me even if it […]

What Will You Give Up to Trust God?

What Will You Give Up to Trust God?

I adopted a word of the year (“trust”) and have been very mindful about the times I find myself not trusting. A few weeks ago, I had a professional challenge that shook my entire world, and I found myself going back to the word “trust” again and again. I feel like this word was whispered […]

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

What is your purpose? This question used to be an obsession for me, but it’s one I think a lot of writers focus on. We connect with God creatively when we write and we so earnestly want to “add to the kingdom.” We want people to read our words to embrace belief, grow in their […]

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

I came to Jesus very, very young. Or should I say, he came to me that way. I was a toddler. I didn’t know what was happening. I have some memories of this and things people have told me, and based on these things the story is that one day I had this fascination with […]